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ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA

Day Sailing for Beginners

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Program #8024RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Our campus is at sea level.

Itinerary for Oct 12 — Oct 17, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre waterfront hotel is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.

Contact info:
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: http://www.marinacoveresort.com

Room amenities: Clock radio; coffe maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony

Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shiffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for prices
Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 12 - Registration and Orientation
Arrive To: Check-in. Proceed to meeting room for registration and receipt of program folder that contains the most current itinerary.

Dinner: Hotel Dining Room.

Evening: Get to know the staff and other participants. Overview of program and facilities.

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre waterfront hotel is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.

Contact info:
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: http://www.marinacoveresort.com

Room amenities: Clock radio; coffe maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony

Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shiffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for prices
Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 13 - Eckerd College Waterfront Program/Sailing
Breakfast: Hotel Dining Room.

Morning: Begin the day with an introduction to and tour of the Waterfront Program of Eckerd College. Discuss the proper attire for the program, and what to do in case of bad weather. Materials will be distributed, you'll learn about the types of boats that are going to be used and about general safety around the waterfront and while on the boats. During the lecture you will learn about sailing terminology, wind direction, points of sail and tacking. After a short refreshment break, go dockside for a class on knots and rigging and the parts of the Colgate Day-sailer that will be a part of your learning experience.

Lunch: Main Cafeteria on Eckerd Campus

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon sailing (approximately 3 hours). You'll get the feel of the helm and learn about Skipper crew placement. You'll learn how to determine where the wind is coming from, and concentrate on sail trim and tacking. A debrief will take place after sailing and then you'll head back to the hotel for dinner.

Dinner: Hotel dining room

Evening: Each evening will feature either a lecture in conjunction with the course, a presentation, a movie or entertainment by a local artist.

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre waterfront hotel is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.

Contact info:
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: http://www.marinacoveresort.com

Room amenities: Clock radio; coffe maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony

Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shiffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for prices
Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 14 - Waterfront sailing and lectures
Breakfast: Hotel Dining Room.

Morning: Jibe that sail! Flick that rope! Lectures to include learning how to manuever downwind with jibing, sailing, heaving and flicking. There will be a short refreshment break mid-morning. Rig boats before lunch.

Lunch: Main Cafeteria on Eckerd Campus

Afternoon: Start the afternoon with a short video that describes "Points of Sail". Lectures will cover docking and shortening the sail. The group will then be divided in two and rotate learning about Marlinspike (knots, heaving and flicking) and docking practice. Once dockside you'll learn more about reefing and derigging. A debrief will take place after sailing and then you'll head back to the hotel for dinner.

Dinner: Hotel Dining Room.

Evening: Each evening will feature either a lecture in conjunction with the course, a presentation, a movie or entertainment by a local artist.

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre waterfront hotel is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.

Contact info:
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: http://www.marinacoveresort.com

Room amenities: Clock radio; coffe maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony

Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shiffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for prices
Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 15 - Field trip / sailing
Breakfast: Hotel Dining Room.

Morning: Take a break from sailing and visit a local sail loft and marine outfitter.

Lunch: Main Cafeteria on Eckerd Campus

Afternoon: Today's lecture will consist of reviewing old material and then learning about the various aspects of anchoring. Spend the afternoon sailing (approximately 3 hours). Learn about anchoring, sail trim and reefing. A debrief will take place after sailing and then you'll head back to the hotel for dinner.

Dinner: Hotel Dining Room.

Evening: Each evening will feature either a lecture in conjunction with the course, a presentation, a movie or entertainment by a local artist.

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre waterfront hotel is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.

Contact info:
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: http://www.marinacoveresort.com

Room amenities: Clock radio; coffe maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony

Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shiffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for prices
Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 16 - Waterfront for lectures and sailing
Breakfast: Hotel Dining Room

Morning: Learn about: (1) Safety and Rules of the Road (2) Charts and Piloting / latitude & longitude; determining distance (3) Right of Way / Man Overboard Recovery

Lunch: Main Cafeteria on Eckerd Campus

Afternoon: Start with practicing MOB with a life jacket. Then, spend the afternoon sailing (approximately 3 hours). A debrief will take place after sailing and then you'll head back to the hotel for dinner.

Dinner: Hotel Dining Room.

Evening: Each evening will feature either a lecture in conjunction with the course, a presentation, a movie or entertainment by a local artist.

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, October 17 -
Breakfast: Hotel Dining Room.

Morning: End the week with a morning sail.

Lunch: Hotel dining room. Program concludes with lunch today.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
1 Field trips
6 Hands-on experiences

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