Sailing on international waters allows sailors liberties that can't be taken on land, such as marrying a video game, naming a dog a swearword, or rebroadcasting NFL games without the written consent of the league. Go above the law with today's Groupon: for $89, you get a three-hour Introduction to Sailing course at Barnegat Bay Sailing School in Bayville (a $180 value).
Barnegat Bay Sailing School helmsman captain Mike tacks against the winds of sailing inexperience, earning his school the five-time distinction as an American Sailing Association Outstanding Sailing School. The Introduction to Sailing course teaches deckhands basic seafaring skills such as taking the helm, hoisting the main, and trimming the jib aboard ASA Gold Standard–rated rental sailboats, whose safe environments allow fledgling sailors to make common rookie mistakes such as mixing up port and starboard or calling the bow a curtsy. For three nautical hours, a certified sailing instructor shouts out orders at up to four students, and once satisfied with improvement, bestows upon each cadet a 40-page Sailing Made Easy booklet and a superpower-endowing can of spinach. New parents of watercraft can opt for the Getting to Know Your Boat course, a three-hour course for up to four individuals that helps captains and crew get to know their new ship outside of an awkward icebreaker cruise.
Barnegat Bay Sailing
Captain Michael Bandera and first mate Audrey Rosenberg have a lot in common, but few of those threads is as strong as their common love of sailing. Sailing together since 1991, the pair explored the coast of New Jersey for seven years before deciding to open Barnegat Bay Sailing Charters. Today, they continue to lead charters, and also teach American Sailing Association–certification courses and specialized sailing lessons for people of all experience levels. They even earned a 2010 ASA award for Outstanding School.
Aboard the Margarita, a sloop-rigged Catalina 30 sailboat, groups gaze at the New Jersey shore at sunset or midday during one of many scheduled charters. When not taking in views on deck, guests can lounge in the plush cabin with a bathroom and refrigerator full of cold bottles of water, in case a situation demands bribing Jersey's pirate bands of retired rock stars. The team also rents out sailing boats for seaborne sojourns.
100 Harbor Inn Rd.
Bayville, New Jersey 08721