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Sail away from the daily grind and into the gentle, sweet-smelling grind of the Pacific Ocean with this Groupon, an hour-long sailing lesson with up to three of your friends at South Bay Sailing. 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.
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 teach them how to sail. Sailing is a skill that can last a lifetime, and a bout with three friends at South Bay is the perfect way to get started. Plus, you can purchase multiple hours if you crave more water gliding.
South Bay Sailing’s owner is a speed-sailing celeb. He’s been featured in Easy Reader and The Daily Breeze: > * …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
How to Remember Sailing Terms
Experienced sailors are well-versed in boating terminology, but for beginners, here are some helpful tricks to remember what these sailing terms mean:
- Port: The port side is the left side of the boat and port has four letters, just like left.
- Starboard: Has nine letters, just like the words Carrot Top, which is why it denotes the side of the ship where Carrot Top is standing.
- Mast: Rhymes with past, and just like the past, is the part of the ship that sailors refuse to dwell on.
- Hull: The hull is a specific dream every sailor has towards the end of their careers in which hockey great Bobby Hull tells them, “It’s time. It’s time. It’s time.”
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 2, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Can purchase multiple hours. Sailors must be large enough to fit in to a life jacket. Available from 9 a.m. to sunset. Departure times are subject to availability. 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.