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Day Sailing for Beginners

Program Number: 8024RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/12/2014 - 10/17/2014; 4/12/2015 - 4/17/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
Price starting at: $878.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Water Sports Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Experience the freedom and pleasure of sailing in this small-group adventure. Begin with an overview of sailing fundamentals before going dockside to become familiar with the boats — 23-foot to 27-foot “day sailers” known for their stability. Each boat is skippered by a qualified sailing instructor with 4-5 participants serving as crew. Instruction is in easy stages to ensure comprehension of the basics before getting out on the water. Then, with the wind in your sails, enjoy cruising under expert guidance. Come prepared for a delightful adventure!




Highlights

• Learn the components of a sailboat, their uses, basic sailing terminology, rigging, boat handling, sail adjustment and maneuvers, rules of the road, weather and safety.
• Enjoy five sailing sessions of several hours each, putting your new knowledge and skills to work in the ideal conditions of beautiful Boca Ciega Bay with its protected waters and generally moderate winds.
• Off the water, explore the lovely city of St. Petersburg and Eckerd’s lushly green waterfront campus.



Activity Particulars

Sailing in Tampa Bay three hours daily on stable, 23- to 27-foot boats.




Date Specific Information

10-12-2014, 4-12-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Eckerd College.




St. Petersburg (Florida)

Known as the “Sunshine City” with an average of 361 sunny days per year, “St. Pete” has 234 miles of shoreline and boasts 125 city parks, as well as one of America’s top-ranked beaches and the largest municipal arena in the southeast.



Accommodations
Waterfront hotel on Tampa Bay with two swimming pools, private beach, tennis and shuffleboard, bicycle rentals, and fitness center.
Meals and Lodgings
   Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
  St. Petersburg, FL 5 nights
 Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
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: 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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: call for prices Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: call for prices Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Room check-in between 4:00 and 5:00pm. Meeting room will be determined at check-in. You will be staying at Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove that night.
  End of Program:
Dining Room on final day. You will be staying at Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free at the Magnuson Hotel for the duration of your stay.
Transportation
  Train or bus availability: Greyhound 727.898.1496 180 9th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33705 Amtrak 800.872.7245 5251 110th Avenue North Pinellas Park Square, Suite 101 Clearwater, FL 33760 Taxi service (see "ground transportation") available to college campus.
To Start of Program
  Location:  St. Petersburg, FL
  Nearest city or town:  Tampa, FL
  Nearest highway: I-275
  Nearest airport:  Tampa International Airport
  Transportation to site: From Tampa International Airport: SuperShuttle at 800.282.6817 or www.supershuttle.com Taxis>Yellow 813.253.0121 or United Cab 813.253.2424 Car Rental> Avis 800.831.2847, Budget 800.527.0700, Dollar 800.800.4000, Hertz 800.654.3131, Enterprise 800.736.8222, Thrifty 800.847.4389 From St. Petersburg Clearwater International Airport: SuperShuttle 800.282.6817 or www.supershuttle.com Taxis United Cab 727.535.0000, Clearwater Yellow Cab 727.799.2222, Clearwater Yellow Shuttle 727.525.3333
  From End of Program
  Location: St. Petersburg, FL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
 
Driving Directions
  Northeast of St. Petersburg I-4 or I-75 south, merging onto I-275 (St. Petersburg). You will travel approximately 20 miles, all the way through Tampa, across Tampa Bay and past the downtown St. Petersburg exits. Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left.
  Southeast of St. Petersburg I-75 north to I-275. Cross the Sunshine Skyway Bridge ($1.00 toll). Take exit 16, right onto Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your right.
  St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport Turn left onto Roosevelt Blvd. (686) as you exit the airport. Follow to Ulmerton Road. Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left..
  Tampa International Airport I-275 south (St. Petersburg). You will travel approximately 20 miles, all the way through Tampa, across Tampa Bay and past the downtown St. Petersburg exits. Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left..
Elevation Note: Our campus is at sea level.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration and Orientation
(Sunday, October 12)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Eckerd College Waterfront Program/Sailing
(Monday, October 13)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Waterfront sailing and lectures
(Tuesday, October 14)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Field trip / sailing
(Wednesday, October 15)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Waterfront for lectures and sailing
(Thursday, October 16)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:
(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: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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