Odysseus, after realizing that drive-thru windows would never learn to decipher his muffled dinner order, finally abandoned his giant wooden horse-car for an open-air sail back to Ithaca. Emulate this great Grecian journeyman with today’s Groupon: for $112, you get a private two-hour sunset sail for four people with Lanier Sailing Academy (a $225 value).
The skillful skippers of Lanier Sailing Academy deftly tour landlubbers around the winsome waters of Pensacola Bay. Awash in the glow of a retreating sun, the two-hour nautical odyssey allows nascent mariners to revel in relaxation, enjoy watery vistas, and practice Rockette kicks with newly spawned sea legs. Beautiful scenery feeds the soul, and cruisers are invited to bring aboard drinks and snacks to feed their stomachs or use in the event of a merperson-instigated food fight. The experts at Lanier Sailing Academy recommend toting along water, sun protection, and a camera to enhance the evening’s wave-riding experience, and all cruisers must outfit feet in shoes with soft, light-colored soles.
Lanier Sailing Academy
Just off the white-sand coastline of northwest Florida, Lanier Sailing Academy teaches students to captain their own aquatic adventures with classes in cruising, chartering, and navigation. Classes include programs for beginners to advanced students, starting with the Practical Sailing for Basic Keelboat Certification course, in which novice navigators learn to steer boats, trim sails, and avoid swashbuckling sea otters. While working toward certification in various programs, students explore the Intracoastal Waterway and its bounty of dolphins, rays, blue pelicans, and myriad fish. Lanier Sailing Academy’s experienced members earn membership into the Buccaneer Sailing Club and are able to rent and sail 22- to 25-foot boats at their leisure.
600 S Barracks St.
Pensacola, Florida 32502Get Directions