For centuries, humans have harnessed the power of the wind to travel the seas, fly key-bearing kites, and carry malicious dandelion seeds to the lawns of neighboring kingdoms. Employ fortuitous gusts to traverse the waters with today's Groupon to Sailworld Cape Cod in Buzzards Bay.
- For $35, you get a two-hour standup-paddleboarding lesson (a $70 value).
- For $65, you get a three-hour introductory group windsurfing lesson (a $125 value).
Sailworld Cape Cod's skilled instructors roam friendly waters with fledgling thrill-seekers, imbuing them with the knowledge and ability to harness the wind and waves. Standup-paddleboarding lessons send water wanderers out on Buttermilk Bay to propel themselves across the deep. Each student learns to balance on a board sized according to his or her individual height, weight, and deferred dreams before embarking on the technique and safety lesson. After mastering the ability to stand and paddle, explorers can zigzag around the bay for two hours.
During a three-hour group lesson, novitiate sailors can learn all the safety, logistic, and navigational essentials to build a base for mastering windsurfing wizardry. By the end of the class, most students will be able to use their newly gleaned knowledge to uphaul, sail away, turn, and backflip through a ring of fire. Sailworld includes all equipment for the lessons but encourages participants to bring sunscreen, hats, water shoes, and drinking water to squirt at thirsty fish.
Sailworld Cape Cod
Jim Ballantyne's passion for windsurfing started in an unexpected place—on Austria's snow-dusted mountain peaks. After growing up in Westfield, Jim left for Europe to pursue a skiing career and subsequently spent his summer days windsurfing on Lake Garda in Italy. Realizing he had more passion for being on the water than on the mountains, he became a windsurfing instructor, surgically implanted a fin on his dorsal side, and moved back to the United States.
Today, Jim and his wife, Pam, continue to organize windsurfing lessons, as well as standup-paddleboard lessons. For experienced riders, they rent gear and a maintain a stock of new and used equipment, which expands to further action sports such as biking and snowboarding.
139 Main St.
Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts 02532