"You can't learn to sail in a classroom." - Capt. Todd Bracken
At Dauntless Sailing School our focus is on adult beginners (and those with some experience yet looking to fine-tune their skills). We help nurture every level of sailor, from those who have never stepped foot on a sailboat to the couple who plan to spend their retirement years cruising the world aboard their own sailboat. Whatever your ultimate objective in sailing, Dauntless Sailing School is where your adventure starts!
Adult Beginner Sailing Course (Our Flagship Offering)
Our hands-on, 6-session adult beginner sailing class covers the basics of “big boat” sailing. Learn sailing fundamentals including parts of a sailboat, how to sail regardless of wind direction, basic sailing terminology, safety procedures, basic rules, anchoring and docking. By the end of the course participants are able to perform all of the tasks necessary to depart the dock, go sailing, and return to the dock with minimal or no instructor intervention. Class fee is all inclusive. All necessary safety equipment is supplied (life-jackets, etc.). Classes are forming now! Book early to reserve your spot! No previous experience is necessary.
Great Lakes Excursions
Looking for the ultimate Midwest sailing adventure on a budget? Join Capt. Todd for several days of immersive, hands-on learning and fun while port-to-port sailboat cruising on the “big water” of The Great Lakes. This "intermediate" level sailing experience builds on the fundamental skills taught in our Adult Beginner Sailing Course and adds basic coastal navigation instruction (what in nautical terms is called piloting), use of modern navigation electronics, and coastal cruising planning (course planning, boat provisioning, overnighting on-board, etc.). These excursions vary from three days to seven days based on what area of the Great Lakes we sail. Course fee is all inclusive (activities ashore not included). Pre-requisite: Adult Beginner Sailing course.
Ever fantasized about sailing in the America’s Cup? This isn’t that, but it’s close. This experiential learning opportunity is reserved only for the true sports adventurer. Participants are active racing crew members aboard “Dauntless” for a major offshore regatta. This course focuses on the educational experience, though winning is always a nice bonus. Secure your spot early - participation is limited. Pre-requisite: Adult Beginner Sailing course.
Ocean Coast Cruising Expeditions
How does island hopping in the Caribbean sound? How about a trip up the eastern coast of Ireland? Ever thought about circumnavigating Scotland (around the Highlands and back through the Caledonian Canal including the famous Loch Ness)? Coastline of France or Italy anyone? Don't have a passport? There is always the New England coast or an adventurous cruise down the Florida Keys. These expeditions vary and are organized every several years based on participant interest. Pre-requisite: Adult Beginner Sailing course.
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