COME SAIL AWAY
Its a shame to live in New York and not enjoy the water, even if its only catching the sunset from an outside table at a waterfront restaurant. But if you want a more direct experience, you can learn to sail at SailNY. A nonprofit group dedicated to bringing affordable, public-access sailing to New Yorkers since 1996, they offer a full program of training and racing in addition to recreational sailing with a fleet that includes five 27-foot Solings, three cruisers, and two safety boats. For beginners, your passage into the world of sailingas their website promisesis the Basic Keelboat course, which happens over two consecutive Sundays (9:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and takes its lead from US Sailings Basic Keelboat. The cost is $325 (not bad, at about $20 an hour). The Keelboat course is the prerequisite for other classes, including Coastal Cruising and even a Skipper Qualification Clinic. (Requests for information on three-hour tours will be met with rolling eyes.)
Sun., May 23, 9:45 a.m., 2010
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