Sailing in Lakeside

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  • SailLaser Jacksonville
    On the calm waters of the Fleming Island Marina, SailLaser Jacksonville outfits recreational mariners with Laser Class sailboat rentals, and their friendly, experienced instructors teach nautical skills to fledgling sailors in private lessons. After donning a life jacket, rental customers choose a craft from SailLaser Jacksonville?s fleet of modern, personal dinghies that avoid the pitfalls of vintage Pequod-inspired vessels. The Bug and Pico Lasers sport manageable controls capable of introducing young children to steering, and popular Sunfish slice across the marina or explore the winding St. Johns River. Wind ripples through hair while gliding across placid waters in an Olympic-class Laser Radial rig, and legs can stretch out in the roomy cockpit of the Zuma. During the lesson, instructors shepherd beginners through the basics of sailing, explaining equipment, demonstrating techniques, and answering questions about the difference between port and a fortified wine. When water conditions are rough, wave-based classrooms move onshore for dry-land tutelage.
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    3027 U.S. 17
    Fleming Island, FL US
  • Kayak Amelia
    With help from a staff of paddleboarders, surfers, environmental scientists, and a dog named Dillon, Kayak Amelia founders Jody and Ray Hetchka combine their love for outdoor sports with environmental conservation. Ray, a certified naturalist and self-described tree hugger, peppers guided kayak, bicycle, and paddleboard eco tours with facts on flora, fauna, and all the best smells circulating throughout the island's delicate ecosystem. In addition to guided tours, Kayak Amelia teaches paddleboard and kayak lessons, and leads fishing trips and overnight kayak excursions. Guests can sign up for tours, or rent equipment for the day, at Kayak Amelia's storefront, Y.B. Green's General Store, which carries eco-friendly gifts such as beeswax candles, carved bone necklaces, and clay-dyed clothing.
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    13030 Heckscher Dr.
    Jacksonville, FL US
  • The Sailboat Club
    The wind picks up over the St. Johns River, catching the sails of Cap'n Don Stokes's fleet of boats and propelling the vessels along the coastline, where sailing instructors point out ospreys perched in the trees as the sea stretches into the distance. This natural revelry is thanks to The Sailboat Club, whose crew frees members from the responsibilities of boat ownership—such as maintenance, insurance, and renting slips—and grants unlimited sailing on a fleet of sailboats. Additionally, as an accredited training facility of the American Sailing Association, the club encompasses a team of instructors who teach lessons for all levels of sailors, ranging from those who just noticed wind to experienced sailors seeking a captain's license.
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    12752 San Jose Blvd.
    Jacksonville, FL US
  • Queen's Harbour Yacht & Country Club
    Carved from 1,000 acres of native forests and surrounding wetlands, the spectacular par 72 course at Queen?s Harbour enchants sportsmen and nature lovers alike with fairways flanked by intercoastal waterways. Pairs of golfers putt, chip, and drive their way through 7,017 yards of scenic playing grounds designed by pro-player, acclaimed architect, and stunning polo-shirt model Mark McCumber, as Southern breezes sweep through Spanish moss on century-old oak trees. Masterfully avoid stepping on cracks that break mothers' backs by rolling over them (mothers, that is) in the included golf cart before stepping into the clubhouse postgame to relax amid airy verandas overlooking the picturesque freshwater marina. Designed to provide a challenge to players of varying skill levels, Queen?s Harbour welcomes guests to spoil their walk on a course that has hosted such prestigious tournaments as the PGA Tour Qualifier and the Mercedes Collegiate Championships. Grab today?s Groupon to spend a leisurely day with a like-minded link lover, or share it with a stranger with a remarkably similar appreciation for fresh air.
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    1131 Queens Harbor Boulevard
    Jacksonville, FL US
  • Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville
    Freedom Boat Club first set sail in 1989 from a single site in Sarasota, Florida, and today, has grown to 60 locations throughout the United States. A simple alternative to boat ownership, the club grants its members access to a large fleet of vessels while eliminating boating's many hassles, such as cleaning, storage, and purchasing the naming rights to S.S. Minnow. At each club location, members have fully fueled deck boats, fishing boats, pontoons, and cruisers at their disposal, which they may utilize for any number of adventures. They can simply cruise around local waters, coast to entertainment destinations, or plan snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing trips with groups of friends.
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    12807 San Jose Blvd.
    Jacksonville, FL US
  • Now and Zen Charters
    Named after its 2003 42-foot Manta catamaran, Now and Zen Charters whisks its guests on day cruises and sailing vacations at several scenic Florida sites. While cruising the waters around Miami and Biscayne Bay, clients take advantage of luxurious onboard amenities both inside and in the open air. Be they seated on the trampolines, bow seats, in the salon, or in the sling seat, they enjoy an easy ride thanks to a sturdy 21-foot beam while listening to tunes on a four-speaker stereo system.
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