Sailing Vacation / School
I'm from CT and have two round-trip tickets to anywhere Continental US. We let ourselves get bumped our last airline trip.
I'm pretty comfortable captaining been sailing a lot the last two seasons and on and off for 20 years before that. My wife sailed 25 years ago but has lost her confidence. I would like to use my tickets this winter to go some place warm, maybe Florida as it is close and do some sailing.
If I could pickup a charter certificate and/or get some training for my wife that would be best.
I could, with effort, keep my mouth shut and just let the teacher teach.
What schools, programs do you recommend?
David, I did Blue Water Sailing School out of Ft. Lauderdale about 6 years ago with my (then) 15 year old son. It was a live-aboard school, with trip from Ft. Laud to somewhere in the Keys, then back. Boats were older, but you know what, it taught me how to live on a boat I could afford, warts and all. A bit rough around the edges, but worth the experience, including getting hollered at by the Miami marine police for anchoring in some cove that was supposedly restricted. As I said, kind of a real-world experience.
On the other hand, I did the Colgate school with my wife on Captiva 3 years ago, for precisely the same reason you're thinking - giving my wife the confidence to sail without my bluster. We stayed in a condo on the beach, and sailed during the day, after some morning classroom work. It worked. She loved it - and it substantially lessened the fear of heeling and sailing in general, as well as the intimidation of big boat sailing.
Maryland school of seamanship was fun. On the chesapeake bay and blue water to caribbean and other places
I'm attracted to this website Sailing Lessons - Florida Sailing School - Bareboat Charter - Navigation Classes - Catamaran Sailing - Yacht Charter
I'll give them a call and see if they are still in business.
I like the couples focus, don't know the area though.
I talked to them this weekend. Very personable person that took my call.
I'll have to check it further.
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