A true miracle of nature, the wind can move massive sailboats effortlessly through choppy waves and keep the corners of flying carpets finely starched. Feel the wind in your hair with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $195 for a two-day Basic Keelboat Sailing I course (up to a $400 value)
- $385 for a four-day certification package including Basic Keelboat Sailing I and II courses (up to a $775 value)
Two-day courses on weekdays and weekends begin with a quick introduction before boat captains take up to four sailors through the basic safety procedures necessary to navigate a Santana 22 keelboat. Then students get hands-on experience in steering and raising sails during lessons, which take place almost entirely on the water.
The Basic Keelboat Sailing II course refines skills learned in the first level and incorporates new techniques for greater control, helping students prepare for the American Sailing Association certification exam for basic keelboat sailing. Lessons take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the first and third weekend of every month. These lessons help prepare for the ASA certification test, which is an extra $39 for membership and $30 for the cost of the test itself.
Rendezvous Charters’ crew helps people to experience the San Francisco Bay providing lessons, yacht and sailboat charters, and fractional- sailing boat-sharing memberships. During lessons, staffers challenge students to turn theory into hands-on action, using American Sailing Association guidelines to transform landlubbers into landlubbers who can sail. For those who prefer to outsource steering, Spinnaker Sailing’s captains load up to six passengers for private cruises aboard skippered 30- to 50-foot yachts. Parties can request to sail around Angel Island or stop in at Sam’s in Tiburon to grab drinks or dinner. Meanwhile, Spinnaker Fractional members share luxury Beneteau boats, indulging in the benefits of boat ownership without being bogged down with the cost of insurance, fees, and vessel upkeep.
San Francisco, California 94107