Sailing harnesses the wind's power and prevents it from becoming too bored, when it begins to blow out other people's birthday candles or whisk away toupees for its own amusement. Steer a more peaceful course with today's Groupon: for $150, you get a three-hour sailing excursion for four at Bodega Bay Sailing Adventures (a $300 value). Adventurers are asked to come prepared with close-toed shoes with good traction and a set of warm clothes.
Owner and Coast Guard–licensed captain Rich Crumley guides passengers as they sail past sea lions, verdant hills, and picturesque vistas during hands-on tours from Bodega Bay Sailing Adventures. A foursome of adventurers don life jackets before boarding a Coast Guard–inspected, 33-foot sailboat. During the three-hour excursion, passengers can learn to trim sails and tack the stern while aided by Captain Crumley's experienced nautical know-how, or relax as breezes waft across the hull, whispering whimsical sea shanties. Chimney Rock looms on the horizon as sailboats glide past wildlife, including sea lions, seals, and whales, and along the scenic coastline of Bodega Bay's cozy hamlet.
Bodega Bay Sailing Adventures
Picking a criminal out of a lineup is hard, but at Bodega Bay Sailing Adventures, the staff knows that picking a plant out of a lineup is even harder. On the company’s naturalist tours, naturalist Katja Svendsen arms passengers with comprehensive ID cards, printed with pictures and descriptions of local flora and fauna. As they identify the plants as well as the whales and seals native to Bodega Bay’s hamlet, Svendsen explains topics such as the causes of tides and human’s impact on the bay. Meanwhile, US Coast Guard-licensed captain Rich Crumley steers the sailboat. Crumley can also captain the 33-foot vessel during traditional tours, supervising passengers while they steer to ensure they don’t turn in a tiny circle forever.