A seaworthy vessel must be watertight so that no spilled champagne affects the aquatic ecosystem and no jellyfish sneak into sailors' beds. Discover other nautical qualifications with this Groupon.
Up to three aspiring sailors at a time take to a 27-foot Soling craftthe same used in the Olympics' three-man sailing events until 2000to fill noggins with the basics of managing rigging, sails, and tacking in the gusty winds of Boston Harbor.
Alternatively, a skippered cruise on a larger 30- to 40-foot vessel glides along the city's spectacular skyline, allowing passengers to test their meddle trimming sails or taking the helm. The weekday journey swings by historic sites such as the Boston Tea Party and includes dancing to the musical stylings of spastically sneezing whales. Customers are allowed to bring food and beverage and can choose to listen to entertainment or have a narration of the sightseeing and city landmarks.
As an added bonus, Groupon purchasers receive a $99 credit toward any of the "Learn to Sail" programs for use after the Groupon. Reservations are accepted through the end of the sailing season in October, but sailors should book their voyage by July 31 for the best availability.
Head instructor Francois Asselin has guided Boston Sailing Center's neophytes to seaworthiness for more than 15 years, with his programs reaching more than 400 students annually. Mr. Asselin and his cadre of 15 other sailing instructors take small groups onto the water to provide hands-on experience with the ropes, sails, steering, and maintenance of sailboats. Together, they introduce the science of seamanship or sharpen the skills of experienced sailors so they can eventually set sail on their own with a complete mastery over wind, water, and doing jumping jacks with a peg leg.
Boston Sailing Center owns an armada of vessels, which, in addition to lessons, may be chartered for on-the-water events or lent out to members for regular sailing. Skippers conduct tours of Boston Harbor's skyline, stopping at scenic islands for impromptu picnics or to let parents maroon angst-ridden teenagers.
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