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Annapolis Sailing schools
I''m going to try and answer your question the best I can. I never took a "beginners" class because I had already done some sailing and felt confident that I knew the basics. The first sailing class I attended was called "Advanced Sailing" through the "Offshore Sailing School" in Captiva,Florida.The advanced class was very good for learning navigation and sail trim.I assume that the Annapolis School has an equivalent, but I don''t know this for fact. I went from the "Offshore" class to the "Annapolis Sailing School" the following year to take the 5 day "Bareboat Charter Certification" course.That course covered a lot of different areas of sailing and seamanship,with emphasis of course on a cruising sailboat.Navigation,sail trim,preparing a cruising boat,lots of hands on docking procedures,safety,regulations,and more.If you''ve not taken any courses,but have done some sailing, I recommend the path I took if you''re wanting to get a "Bareboat Charter Certification." If you''ve not done any sailing,then a beginners class would be appropriate.Also,if you''re an experienced sailor,you might be able to talk to the instructor at the Annapolis School and go right into the "Bareboat" course.I don''t know this for fact, but I have heard others say it can be done.I hope this helps.Good luck!