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 from Schooner Inc in New Haven. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get a two-hour Harbor Discovery or Sunset cruise (up to a $30 value).
- For $20, you get a two-hour specialty cruise (up to a $40 value).
The traditionally rigged Quinnipiack sailing vessel masts zephyr-wooing sails to comfortably ferry guests along New Haven Harbor. Licensed captains man each water-gliding vessel, providing a thrilling, interactive adventure against salty-aired seascapes. Sharpen maritime scholarship on the Harbor Discovery sail, which includes crew-led seminars on the harbor’s wildlife and ancient aquatic navigation, as well as lessons in knot-tying, sail-raising, and competitive harpoon-vaulting. Or, at eventide, soak in a brilliant New England gloaming while carousing placid waters on the Sunset cruise. All sailing adventures are BYOB, so feel free to pack a picnic basket for the trip and enjoy picturesque vistas with homemade treats, hand-smashed grape nectar, and handcrafted periscopes.
Savor the sea in style with a specialty cruise, such as the Sunday brunch cruise, which sates deep-sea appetites with savory cuisine from Cafe Romeo, or a GLBT-friendly cruise soundtracked by local DJs every other Friday. Join the swashbuckling Captain Kidd and the Freeman of the Sea as they lead families through pirate lore and treasure hunts, or leave baby buccaneers at home for an adult sail where Captain Kidd trades soothing sea chanteys for muddled drinking ditties.
All sails cast off from the rock-ensconced dock at Long Wharf Pier, and each ticket benefits Schooner’s educational programs, which include lessons in marine science, sailing, and the history of the Long Island Sound. Reserve tickets online after perusing the calendar for upcoming sails.
Schooner Inc began in 1975 as a means to highlight the plight of the Long Island Sound and to help amplify the positive difference that the Clean Water Act was starting to make in US waters. Today, the company connects more than 8,000 people each year to the beauty and history of New Haven Harbor via public sails, summer camps, and educational programs.
For the last 23 years, the Quinnipiack—central Connecticut's only traditionally rigged tall ship—has hosted hands-on marine experiences for kids and adults. The New Haven mayor has officially decreed the schooner to be the city's flagship, as well as the ship Most Likely to Wear Couture Sails. The spacious boat was named to honor the Native Americans who inhabited the region and is helmed by an experienced and friendly crew.