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Learning to Sail near Tampa

Hello All!

I have been reading every thread possible trying find out as much about sailing as possible. I live near Tampa and want to learn to sail. I see there are a lot of schools and such that will teach you but unfortunately that all cost quite a bit. I currently do not have much in the way of disposable income as there is a little one(3yr old) in the house and all of the day to day bills. I know several threads have advised to find a local sailors who need a crew for a day or so trip. Unfortunately, I seem to continually strike out with those. I took sailing lesson as a kid and I have always had a passion for the water. Now that I am 27, I am looking to follow my dreams. I am looking for the basics before I buy something small to ride around the bay and maybe down the coast of Florida.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to where I should be looking or should I just save up the money and take the sailing class? From what I've read a class or a book can only teach you so much. I am not looking to jump in a 20 ft boat with the pipe dream of living off the land/sea and cruise the world in it(though I don't see that completely unfeisable for the right person(not me)). Any and all suggestion or advise would be helpful.

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Re: Learning to Sail near Tampa

Take a look at USF in St pete.They have great moderately priced learn to sail programs.....
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Re: Learning to Sail near Tampa

I just finished my lessons with Boca Ciega Yacht Club in Gulfport. (St Pete area) I can't say enough good things about the people at BCYC.

Classes are offered twice a year, April and September.
BCYC Sailing School St Petersburg, Gulfport, Florida

I am not affiliated with the school in any way, just a happy customer. The courses are taught on Catalina Capri 16.5s Classes are on Wednesday nights with practical application (sailing) on Saturdays or Sundays (you pick) over a 5 week period. Classes fill up quick, so if you are interested then I suggest contacting them asap.
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