$189 for Two Five-Hour Intro to Sailing Lessons ($400 Value)
Intro to sailing classes are held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends, and typically take place over one weekend or consecutive Sundays. After instruction of basic tasks, students then move on to the basic keelboat course, in which expert instructors introduce newcomers to basic terminology, rigging, turning, and sailing both upwind and downwind. Students rotate turns driving the boat and keeping it at a comfortable amount of heel, and will skipper a ship around a local island or course by the end of the second day.
Sound Sailing Center
A new graduate of Martin van Breems' Basic Keelboat course out on his first sail was pounded by driving rain and battered by winds raging at almost 35 miles per hour, but he kept his cool. When his fellow sailors found him, his jib was rolled, his main was reefed, and Breems recalls that it, "felt pretty darn good to see him doing exactly what he should have done in difficult conditions, instead of panicking."
Founded in 1986, Sound Sailing Center’s expert sailors introduce students to the Sound during their professional-quality classes. Their instruction philosophy ensures the proper learning environment for each student with classes that span several days with fewer students per class and a fleet equipped for single-handed sailing. The center also offers a variety of membership options.