Boat captains must master nautical lexicon before setting sail to ensure that they can distinguish port, which means left, from starboard, which means launch the vessel into deep space. Count down to a lake launch with today’s Groupon: for $79, you get a sailing excursion for two from Seven Seas Sailing School of Buffalo (a $199 value). Cruises take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Seven Seas Sailing School whisks passengers across the sparkling waters of Lake Erie on afternoon or evening cruises helmed by seaworthy captains. While bobbing among the waves and taking in the picturesque scene, sailing duos are permitted to snack on refreshments they brought with them via picnic basket or burro. Two-hour cruises embark either at midday or sunset. Up to four additional guests ($25/person) can tag along for group outings and help to build human pyramids on deck. This Groupon also entitles buyers to a $50 discount for each person on sailing classes ($349 for an individual; $599 for a pair).
Seven Seas Sailing Center
Open since 1970, the U.S. Sailing Association–accredited Seven Seas Sailing Center offers landlubbers a taste of the aquatic life aboard sailboats manned by U.S. Coast Guard–certified captains. The team regularly exercises budding sailors' sea legs with certification courses and a seven-part Basic Sail program, and has also instructed students with multiple sclerosis and worked with the Sea Scouts to construct the world's first brick sailboat as part of a mission to take down rogue lighthouses. Seven Seas' headquarters on the Buffalo Ship Canal, complete with on-shore barbecues, a gazebo, and dockside gardens, hosts regular Friday-night family Sailabration events that combine food and fireworks with lively cruises and contests. When not sailing through their own programs, Seven Seas' captains and boats have been featured as crews in The Sullivans and Bruce Almighty.
284 Fuhrmann Blvd.
Buffalo, New York 14203