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Discover Sailing Program -St Petersburg FL

                                    
                                 
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                                                           REGISTER HERE!

 

                 * There is a $15 fee assessed for registrations processed on-site.  

Looking to have some fun while learning new cruising/sailing skills or fine tuning those you already have? Let Sail America train you through our educational programs - Cruising Seminar Series or Discover Sailing on-the-water hands-on clinics. Come work with American Sailing Association (ASA) Instructors, meet experienced world cruisers, and make new friends along the way!

 

ASA INTRO – "TEST THE WATERS" - Aboard a Jeanneau 379 - $150* 

Interested in sailing but don’t know where to start?  This two-hour introductory class is for you!  This program is an introduction to sailing by the book, the ASA book.  Your instructors will take you on a sail while explaining each ASA classes in detail, from ASA 101-104.

With our ASA certified sailing instruction,this training will give sailors of all experience levels an opportunity to become more competent and confident in their abilities. If you choose to venture beyond the sailing basics, we’ll expand your horizons by teaching you what you need to know.

This clinic is offered all days throughout the show, several times per day.

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ANCHORING - Aboard a Jeanneau 349 or Jenneau 509 - $150*

It has been a long day of sailing and the anchor is now down. Time for some rest. But, the wind is picking up and you're having trouble falling asleep. Asking yourself if you chose the right anchoring technique? Then this training is for you. Learn the best anchoring techniques to deal with many of the conditions you will face Am I safe from other boats anchored nearby? What about changes in current, tide or wind? What if I begin to drag?” These and other questions are addressed in the Anchoring Clinic. 


This two-hour hands-on, on-the-water class will introduce you to such techniques as picking up a mooring ball, setting an anchor properly, setting two anchors, anchoring bow and stern, Bahamian anchoring and Med mooring. We will discuss selecting the right anchor configuration for your situation, what to do about a fouled anchor, risk of rode in the prop and other issues.

Our goal? A good, sound sleep the next time you spend the night at anchor.

This clinic is offered, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 2:00pm.  Your instructor will be one of the licensed and certified members of the award winning staff of Sailing Florida Charters and Sailing School.   Space is limited to 6 people per time slot. 

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DOCKING- Aboard a Jeanneau 349 or Jenneau 509 - $150*

This two-hour clinic will teach you how to control your vessel in close quarters maneuvering, instead of the other way around.  It is one of the few classes that you will use every time you depart or arrive at a dock—and most students are pleasantly surprised to find themselves at an advanced-or even expert—level at the end of this fun session. 

Following a short discussion about the 4 forces at work while motoring (prop walk, prop wash, wind, and current) we will review the basic undocking and docking techniques.  This is a “hands-on” clinic, so you will be doing all of the driving.   You will practice fairway turns and backing the boat, and then we’ll move into a series of drills designed to lead you to mastery of these docking situations:  upwind, downwind, crosswind, portside-to, starboardside-to, bow-to, and stern-to.  Your final exercise will be backing your vessel into a slip with confidence and authority.

The clinic is offered Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Your instructor will be one of the licensed and certified members of the award winning staff of Sailing Florida Charters and Sailing School.   Space is limited to 6 people per time slot. 

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CATAMARAN SAILING - Aboard a Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 - $175*

Are you getting ready for your next charter vacation? Are you curious why so many sailors and charter companies are choosing multihulls?  What are the main differences between CAT and monohull sailing? Are you looking to expand your sailing knowledge to include cruising catamarans?  Then this is the clinic for you. 

During this two-hour, on-the-water clinic you will learn to maneuver a large cruising catamaran under both sail and power. You’ll learn about docking, anchoring, man over-board, and general systems of a large cruising catamaran. 

This clinic is offered Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Your instructor will be a certified ASA instructor from the award winning staff of Sailing Florida Charters & Sailing School, Inc.  The clinic is limited to 6 people per time slot. Please note; this class assumes intermediate sailing skills and experience.  The goal of this class is to transfer your existing skills set sailing a monohull to a cruising catamaran.  The class will not cover basic sailing.

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CATAMARAN SAILING IN STYLE (WITH WINE & CHEESE) - Aboard a Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 - $195*

Are you getting ready for your next charter vacation?  Are you curious as to why so many sailors and charter companies are choosing multihulls?  What are the main differences between CAT and monohull sailing? Are you looking to expand your sailing knowledge to include cruising catamarans?  Then this is the clinic for you. 

During this 2-hour, on-the-water clinic you will learn to maneuver a large cruising catamaran under both sail and power. You’ll learn about docking, anchoring, man over-board, and general systems of a large cruising catamaran. 

This clinic is offered Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Your instructor will be a certified ASA instructor from the award winning staff of Sailing Florida Charters & Sailing School, Inc.  The clinic is limited to 6 people per time slot. Please note; this class assumes intermediate sailing skills and experience.  The goal of this class is to transfer your existing skills set sailing a monohull to a cruising catamaran.  The class will not cover basic sailing.

This program is the same Catamaran Program as above, but is offered at the end of the day, Friday and Saturday at 3:30 p.m., and includes wine and cheese to enhance the sailing experience.   
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First Sail - Aboard an Ideal 18 - $75*

 
U.S. Sailing’s First Sail Program is a 2-hour on-the-water experience designed to offer the participant an introduction to sailing in a safe, fun and exciting environment while allowing for the maximum "tiller Time" to control the boat and feel the excitement, exhilaration and freedom that sailing can offer.  Classes are offered in partnership with the St. Petersburg Sailing Center and are limited to 3 sailors per boat so register now!  Pre-registration is recommended but on-site registration is also available at docks S7-S9.  
 

This clinic is offered daily from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p..m.  Click here for more information about the First Sail program

                        
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