Although tattered ragamuffins with gambling hands are prone to dining with the fishes, it's the esteemed members of land-society who dine atop the fishes. Merge seafaring and supping proclivities with today's Groupon: for $100, you get a sunset dinner cruise for two from Atlantic Sailing Experience (a $350 value). Cruises depart from Oak Harbor Marina in Pasadena, and are scheduled to begin in May.
Atlantic Sailing Experience's Larry Vazzano, a USCG-licensed boat pilot, captains the mighty 40-foot Wharf Rat sailboat to lead water tourists on a four-hour jaunt across the wave-speckled expanse of Chesapeake Bay. Along the way, Wharf Rat will sniff out the calm waters of a local creek and drop anchor, shifting the focus from sightseeing to food-eating as guests devour their dinner. Proactive passengers can partake in sailing particulars, such as manning the helm, setting sails, and then speaking softly to the sails to make the boat move. Hands-off riders can simply relax while enjoying the sunset and making happy faces at nearby wildlife.
Atlantic Sailing Experience
Under the steady hand of Coast Guard-licensed captain Larry Vazzano, the Wharf Rat slices through the blue waters of Chesapeake Bay. The intimate vessel's sails harness the breeze, turning this way and that above the heads of passengers to find the best angle to the wind. Its decks bustle with activity of guests helping prepare sails or taking the helm as well as relaxed onlookers enjoying the unique view. Meanwhile, viewed from the cockpit dining table, the sun reaches its zenith and glitters off the peaks of waves, or dips slowly behind the forested shoreline, dyeing the whole world in orange, red, and purple.
Captain Larry loves this experience––the Atlantic Sailing Experience, as he calls it––so much that he's shared it with over 600 guests. In addition to his nautical know-how, he shows off his prowess at the grill for brunch and dinner, churning out tasty barbecue and vegetable sides from his own garden. Of course, he doesn't just sail and eat. He also charters his ship for exciting sailboat races and the occasional voyage to the end of the Earth.
1343 Old Water Oak Point Rd.
Pasadena, Maryland 21122Get Directions