What You'll Get
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: for $75, you get a two-hour private sailing lesson for up to four people or a one-day bareboat charter rental for up to four people at Sebago Sailing, Inc. in Bokeelia (a $225 value).
As experienced sailing instructors and passionate seafarers themselves, Sebago Sailing owners Mike and Maura have devoted more than 10 years to sharing the splendor of the open sea. Aspiring aquanauts learn the fundaments of sailing, such as how to heave the halyards and navigate against the wind, in a two-hour cruise on a 22-foot Catalina around Charlotte Harbor. The curriculum also includes an overview of sailing rules and regulations, preparing landlubbers for a potential lifetime of exploring the oceans and gossiping with seagulls.
Experienced sailors can take the helm of the 30-foot O'Day charter sailboat. Within five minutes of unmooring the sloop from the company's port on Pine Island, the oceanic wonders of Charlotte Harbor open up before newly boated boatswains. Spend an entire day searching for wild dolphins or plesiosaurs, explore the area's many outdoor tiki bars, or set anchor for an afternoon hiking, kayaking, or snorkeling at Cayo Costa State Park—an island paradise accessible only by boat. Whether you want to sail to Marathon Key or Venice, Mike and Maura facilitate aquatic aspirations, mapping out the proposed course on a Garmin GPS or olde-timey treasure map.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Nov 1, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Limit 1 for up to four people. Reservation required; subject to availability. Must sign waiver. May reschedule due to weather. Tax included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.