$99 for a Three-Hour Sailing Lesson from Go Sailing Chicago ($200 Value)

Central Chicago

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In a Nutshell

  • Learn basic skills & terms
  • Experienced, friendly captains
  • 36-foot Catalina sailboats
  • Laid-back atmosphere

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Sep 16, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 5 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Must reserve lessons by 6/15/11, lesson must be used by 9/16/11. 1 week cancellation or fee up to Groupon price may apply. Must be 18 or older. 250lb weight max. Must sign waiver. Subject to weather. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Learning to sail bestows people with stylish windblown hair and the ability to talk to clams before putting them in chowder. Reap boating benefits with today’s Groupon: for $99, you get a three-hour sailing lesson from Go Sailing Chicago (a $200 value). This Groupon is valid for lessons on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Groupon buyers can also receive $100 off a future four-day Sailing 101 course.

Go Sailing Chicago's experienced, licensed captains teach nautical novices how to harness the winds to cruise the waves of Lake Michigan. Climb aboard with a group of three other cadets for a three-hour lesson to learn essential water-taming skills and concepts, such as sail shape, boating rules, seamanship, and the driving habits of fish. A rundown of the boat's basic parts instills a thorough knowledge of maritime anatomy, and a lesson on knot tying helps lone ropes become entwined in a love more enduring than Nessie's love for photo ops.

The sailing lesson's easygoing atmosphere lets seafarers chip in occasionally while riding the tides or dart from bow to stern under the captain's command. All classes take place on board a 36-foot Catalina sailboat stocked with easy-to-handle oversized equipment, gloves, and life vests for students to model. The educational odysseys depart near Chicago Yacht Club.

Go Sailing Chicago

Gliding across Lake Michigan, the sailing party watches the sun sink beneath the Chicago skyline. As the last rays fade from view, the city's skyscrapers throw their light onto the lake's surface. The captain steers the ship past Grant Park and Millennium Park, and then veers out toward Navy Pier, where the ship's passengers find a prime viewing spot for the Saturday-night fireworks show.

In addition to charters like these, the captains of Go Sailing Chicago—all holding US Coast Guard Master Captain licenses and certifications from the American Sailing Association and US Sailing—furnish beginner through advanced sailors with sailing gloves and life jackets before leading hands-on instruction in proper seamanship. Launching from DuSable and Monroe Harbor, and sometimes other points along the lakeshore, Go Sailing Chicago's four-boat fleet meets or exceeds the safety standards set down by the USCG and the most persnickety of ship-in-a-bottle builders.

Customer Reviews

Highly recommend this groupon. Had a great captain that was very knowledgeable, great way to understand the basics of sailing.
Colleen G. · June 6, 2014
It was very fun!
Patricia S. · September 20, 2012
Had a great time with Capt. Tom. Highly recommend it.
Robert K. · August 22, 2012
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    Central Chicago

    400 E Monroe St.

    Chicago, Illinois 60603

    773-710-7245

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