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Sailboat Racing on Casco Bay, Maine

sailing lesson

Sailboat Racing on Casco Bay, Maine

Duration
4.5 hours
Group size
Up to 6 people
Includes
Food, Drinks, Equipment
Hosted in
English
sailing lesson

Sailboat Racing on Casco Bay, Maine

sailing lesson

Sailboat Racing on Casco Bay, Maine

Duration
4.5 hours
Group size
Up to 6 people
Includes
Food, Drinks, Equipment
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

Climb aboard Decoy, a 35 foot C&C sloop for an "around the bouy" race every summer Thursday on beautiful Casco Bay, Maine. We will meet in Portland at the Maine Yacht Center clubhouse at 4PM, conduct a safety briefing and then set sail to the race course 4 miles north from our dock location. Captains' Bob & Maggie will explain the features of the boat and explain how sail trim, boat handling, teamwork and tactics all work together to make the boat fast & competitive. Guests will trim the sails, help with navigation & take the helm. We'll compete in the "Cruising Class" – using our mainsail and jib against 10-15 boats of similar size. Once we arrive at the course location (between Falmouth and Great Diamond Island), we will cross the starting line at 6PM in the best position possible - keeping in mind all the other boats will be trying to do the same thing, at exactly the same time - exciting stuff! The race itself will be a combination of upwind and downwind legs, lasting about 90 minutes. Once finished, we will sail back to the dock, enjoying snacks & beverages as the sun sets over the beautiful Portland skyline, arriving back at about 8:30 pm.

Your host

Learn more about Maggie

Maggie

Maggie & her husband Bob are lifelong sailors & passionate racers who have competed in the Casco Bay sailboat racing scene for more than 20 years. We are both licensed USCG Master Captains, Circumnavigators (sailed around the world) and ran a successful catamaran charter boat business for several years in the US and British Virgin Islands, taking 6 guests for week-long adventures. Prior to our careers in sailing, we were business executives - Bob worked at IBM for 20 years and then help found a successful professional services company. Maggie was a newspaper editor and a community relations executive. We are both currently "pre-tired" - Bob is active in professional boat deliveries, ski instructing and occasional "handyman" work. Maggie is an artist, property manager, personal chef and beekeeper.

What's included

Food
We'll have light snacks (chips / nuts / fruit / cheese & crackers - etc.). We'll also supply bottled water. Guests can…
Drinks
We will supply bottled water. Guests can bring their own beverages, including beer or wine - although we do not encourage…
Equipment
We supply life preservers for each guest.

Where you'll be

We will be sailing on Casco Bay along the Maine coastline between Falmouth & Portland. The course takes us past multiple islands - Mackworth, Great Diamond, Peaks, and Clapboard Islands. We depart / return from Maine Yacht Center in Portland where there is ample parking & restrooms available.

Availability

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 10 and up can attend. No previous sailing or sailboat racing experience required.

More tips

Sailboat racing requires a bit of movement around the boat - guests should be reasonably fit to enjoy this experience. If you are prone to motion sickness, this may be an issue, but over the counter remedies & good hydration can help. We have a marine toilet aboard.

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Sailboat Racing on Casco Bay, Maine
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