Sailing around the world is much easier when you learn which knots are edible and why dolphins aren't marriage material. Learn the basics with today's Groupon: for $115, you get a two-day introductory sailing course at Pacific Sailing in Santa Cruz (a $230 value).
Navigating since 1979, Pacific Sailing equips would-be windjammers with the skills needed to successfully maneuver on the open ocean. Skins eager to build up their salt crust can enroll in the two-day basic-sailing-and-seamanship course. Offered year round in Saturday-Sunday and Monday-Tuesday pairs, the class trains budding mariners in the essentials of sailing, including trimming, tacking, and screaming "white whale!" in a believable fashion. Classes are limited to four students and helmed by U.S. Coast Guard-licensed instructors who coach novice wave-wranglers aboard 27–30-foot sailboats in Monterey Bay. After 12 hours of on-board instruction, landlubbers are sufficiently schooled to pass themselves off as deckhands to gangs of pirate filmmakers.
As one of the only outfits in America that conducts its training on the open ocean, Pacific Sailing presents would-be water dogs with the chance to glimpse dolphins, seals, and overzealous English Channel-swimmers. Registration is encouraged two weeks in advance so consult the calendar to determine the best route to pelagic proficiency.
Pacific Yachting & Sailing
Out through the harbor and into the gorgeous Monterey Bay, the skippers of Pacific Yachting & Sailing navigate their sailboats onto the open waters during lessons and chartered boat rides. They lead a variety of classes here, catering to uncertain beginners and seasoned sailors alike. They also leave Monterey Bay on chartered trips to exotic locales, including Greece, the British Virgin Islands, and Tahiti.
790 Mariner Park Way
Santa Cruz, California 95062Get Directions