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 to The Sailboat Club. Choose between the following options:
- For $90, you get a two-hour introductory sailing lesson for two (a $300 value).
- For $195, you get a two-hour chartered sunset cruise for up to four people (a $375 value).
Boasting an accreditation from the American Sailing Association, The Sailboat Club pairs patrons with licensed captains who harness gentle winds across the placid cerulean mirror of the St. Johns River. In an introductory sailing class, a seasoned boater elucidates the general principles of navigating a wind-powered craft without giving costly bribes to Poseidon, and pupils ogle sun-soaked beaches and small towns tucked in at the water's edge. The sunset cruise allows quartets of passengers to kick back as a skipper guides their craft away from timeshare-hawking sirens and points out any dolphins, manatees, alligators, and osprey that happen to wander by. Water murmurs quietly against the hull as patrons watch the sun splash oranges and reds across the sky as it settles below the horizon.
The Sailboat Club
The wind picks up over the St. Johns River, catching the sails of Cap'n Don Stokes's fleet of boats and propelling the vessels along the coastline, where sailing instructors point out ospreys perched in the trees as the sea stretches into the distance.
This natural revelry is thanks to The Sailboat Club, whose crew frees members from the responsibilities of boat ownership—such as maintenance, insurance, and renting slips—and grants unlimited sailing on a fleet of sailboats. Additionally, as an accredited training facility of the American Sailing Association, the club encompasses a team of instructors who teach lessons for all levels of sailors, ranging from those who just noticed wind to experienced sailors seeking a captain's license.