Combining the serene glide of a pelican with the pensive pace of a sea turtle, sailing is the best coupling of land and sea since the Little Mermaid got her legs. Master the art of watercraft with an all-day weekend lesson for two at BaySail for $195 (a $390 value). About an hour-and-20-minute drive from Philadelphia and just under an hour from Baltimore, BaySail's informative and accredited courses are responsible for helping boating babies develop their sea wings. A free shuttle from the train station is available.
You and a partner will spend the day on board with a professional instructor getting briefed in boating basics. Together, you'll explore skills and knowledge including tacking, jibing, hand jiving, points of sail, parts of the boat, and rigging, among others. Courses run rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an hour-long lunch break. Slip on comfortable boating clothes, pack a water bottle and camera, and prepare to spend a day in schooner school.
BaySail relies on new or recent model sailboats for its lessons, all of which are polished, cleaner than a laundered shirt, and fully equipped. Its location in the historic town of Havre de Grace boasts protected waters, ideal for beginners and postcard-perfect views of the greater Chesapeake Bay. Prove your worth to potential dates by mastering the sea, take your energetic nephew on an adventurous outing, or add a new interest to your social-networking profile.
Must be at least 15-years-old to sail and must sign a waiver; light-soled shoes are required.
- The sailing instructional classes were small so everyone learns to be a great skipper! – Danielle F., Insider Pages
- BaySail has been great and I have enjoyed your classes, cruises and people. – Kathleen H, testimonial
- I feel very comfortable working with the staff. The instructors have been first class. I have learned so much. – Paul S., testimonial
Right where the mouth of the Susquehanna River yawns into Chesapeake Bay lies the protected, uncrowded waters of Havre de Grace harbor. BaySail's instructors take advantage of these opportune conditions, operating a sailing school that's accredited by the American Sailing Association. Upholding training standards that have won the ASA's School of the Year award, they lead sailing classes ranging from introductory lessons to certification courses in coastal cruising and bareboat chartering. In addition to lending its fleet for lessons, BaySail's team rents its vessels—from a Capri 22 to a Hunter 460—to members. The sailboats also glide out on chartered cruises, taking guests to nearby destinations such as Inner Harbor and the Sassafras River, where sassafras trees come to spawn every winter.