$449 for the "Fundamentals of Sailing" Course from Celestial Sails ($1,000 Value)

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Professional sailors offer an introductory course to sailing that takes place on 44-foot yacht

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Promotional value expires Nov 15, 2017. Amount paid never expires. Younger than 18 must be accompanied by guardian. Subject to weather. Registration required. Subject to availability. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

  • “Fundamentals of Sailing” Course: 15-Hours (Three 5-Hour Sessions)

Course on 44-Foot Beneteau includes : Points of Sail, Tacking and Jibing, Safety at Sea, Weather, Crew Overboard Recovery, and Knots. Deal also provides instructional DVD of sailing procedures and practice line, which does not include Textbook & Sailing Gloves at additional cost of $25 for each. Also the customers can bring their own Sailing gloves. Written and Practical Exam concludes the course. Signed release form required.

Celestial Navigation: Finding the North Star and Using It

Aside from building a fire by snapping your fingers, nothing will impress your fellow explorers like reading the stars. Check out Groupon’s study of celestial navigation.

Explorers need only two things to determine their direction while boating or backpacking without a map or a compass: a basic knowledge of how the Big Dipper looks, and a flexible neck. The key in the Northern Hemisphere is finding Polaris, also known as the North Star. To start, look directly up and locate the collection of stars that resemble a rectangular basin with a handle sticking out of its upper-left corner. This is the Big Dipper. Next, crane your neck until your shoulders feel really good, and notice the bright star hovering above the Big Dipper’s upper right-hand corner. This is Polaris. From any position in the Northern Hemisphere, Polaris leads north. Alternatively, those in the Southern Hemisphere can use the Southern Cross constellation to determine which direction leads toward the South Pole.

When looking at the sky, an explorer should keep in mind that these constellations don’t always appear right-side up, depending on the position of the Earth and the amount he or she drank at margarita night. As such, it might require some twisting and turning to properly orient to the correct view.

Customer Reviews

While visiting Chicago, we went on a lovely sail that departed at 4. The views of the city from the water were amazing and the captain was accomodating, informative, and conversational. I would highly recommend visitors to the city try a charter sail instead of the tried and true but cookie cutter architectural boat tours. The next time I visit, I will definitely look into booking another sail with Celestial.
Geoffrey M. · May 25, 2017
Great time and will do it again. Sanjay was informative and entertaining.
Tom L. · August 28, 2016
We had great time ! Amazing boat , very experienced capitain Loved our trip Would do it again Definitely recommend this yacht trip ! Btw, firework was amazing !
Inna G. · July 11, 2016

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