What You'll Get
Come sail away from the daily grind and into the gentle, sweet-smelling waters that have inspired countless sonnets, oil paintings, and Styx. For $130, today's Groupon gets you and up to three of your friends a two hour-long sailing lesson (a $270 value) from South Bay Sailing in Redondo Beach Marina. South Bay's down-to-earth, experienced sailsmen take you out and show you how to step the mast, rig the sail, and cruise out on the open water on a 26-foot boat. Children are welcome, but must be large enough to wear a life jacket.
South Bay is known for its racing and competitive sailing programs, and its instruction focuses on the performance aspect of sailing along with teaching the basics. Don't be surprised if, after your lesson, you find yourself spending afternoons wondering about wind direction, hoisting makeshift mainsails in the garage, and pulling cleats and winches out of your pajama-pant drawstring. Gliding gracefully and quietly across the ocean in a boat that needs no batteries, engine, or nuclear reactor is a sublime experience. Turning the boat to port or starboard is pretty good, too.
Take friends, family, or your friend's family and learn how to sail, or kick back and enjoy the two-hour cruise. Sailing is a skill that can last a lifetime, and a bout with three friends at South Bay is a stellar way to get started. If two hours aren't enough to satiate cravings for water gliding, you can purchase two Groupons and string them together for a four-hour excursion.
You must call to schedule your lesson at least a month before the Groupon's expiration date.
- ...the man behind South Bay Sailing... cruises the Pacific on one of his four boats every day of the week. If he's racing, all the better.... Averaging about three races a week in the summer, [he] aims to have students gain the skills needed to join him in weekly yacht club-sponsored races. – Megan Bagdonas, The Daily Breeze
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jun 20, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Valid from 9am to sunset only. Reservation required; must book at least 1 month prior to expiration, subject to availability. 2-wk cancellation policy or Groupon is forfeited. 2 Groupons may be used for 4-hr lesson. Children must fit in life vest. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About South Bay Sailing School
South Bay Sailing School immerses its patrons in the art of wind-propelled boating in the rolling tides near Redondo Beach. With an able stable of watercraft, its skilled sailing instructors await to impart lessons, competition rentals, and relaxing charters. The company's fleet of J/Boats, Farr Yachts, and Topper Sailboats compete in local and long-distance races when not being used for the noble work of helping nautical hopefuls of all levels achieve captainship through South Bay Sailing School's ASA-certified lessons, which were recently voted Best Sailing Lessons in Easy Reader's Best of the Beach. Instructors can also ferry patrons around the verdant South Bay coastline during charter cruises, including special variants such as sunset cruises and champagne sojourns. South Bay Sailing School conducts its watery excursions year round, enabling guests to challenge local dolphins to multiple staring-contest rematches.