- $199 for an all-day introduction to sailing lesson for two ($390 value)
The all-day introduction to sailing class, which lasts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., acquaints novice sailors with nautical fundamentals, such as tacking, jibing, and rigging. Ships hit the open waves with as many as four people on board, all of who have the chance to take the helm and explain the no-go zone to seagulls. Classes include a lunch break scheduled from noon to 1 p.m., during which students can eat packed lunches or visit restaurants near the marina. Instructors advise students to dress for the weather, wear light-soled shoes, and bring a water bottle and a camera.
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.