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Old 17-08-2009, 10:18   #1
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Sailing Schools Near St. Pete

Hi all,

My girlfriend and I are going to St. Pete Beach in Florida for a week in late September. We are both new to sailing and would like to take a course (ASA 101), and I was looking at I also looked at Colgate's program, but I think she will be more comfortable on a larger boat (would keep her interest better I believe). Ultimately our goal is to become certified to rent a bareboat in that area as well as BVI's once we have enough experience/miles.

Does anyone have any experience/recommendations on these schools? What Captain I should request?

Your input will be greatly appreciated!!!


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Try Annapolis. They have a pretty good rep.

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I took a course from and was very pleased. I can recommend them.
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Not sure if this is too late, when picking a school, you may want to also want to consider what will be YOUR first boat. There is a difference between sailing with a tiller, and sailing with a wheel. If you are liking to buy a 22-25 foot boat with a tiller, suggest you learn on that. If your looking at larger 30-33 foot boats, you'll probably want to take classes on a 30 footer (typically the ASA max for a 101 class) with a wheel and auxilary power.
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