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Day Sailing in Florida Breezes

Program Number: 8024RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/12/2015 - 4/17/2015; 10/11/2015 - 10/16/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
Price starting at: $935.00 - 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

4-12-2015

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10-11-2015

Enjoy some of the best sailing weather of the year. This week we assume that everyone has had some sailing experience. Sailing basics will be reviewed in the classroom and on the water, but the emphasis will be on honing skills already learned and acquiring more knowledge to enhance sailing enjoyment. If you have already enjoyed Day Sailing for Beginners at Eckerd College or another beginning sailing course, this week is for you.



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
To Start of Program
  Location:  St. Petersburg, FL
  Nearest city or town:  Tampa, FL
  Nearest highway: I-275
  Nearest airport:  Tampa International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: St. Petersburg, FL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

St. Petersburg/Magnuson Hotel

 

To Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Amtrak
phone: 813-221-7600

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

5251 110th Avenue North Pinellas Park Square, Suite 101 Clearwater, FL 33760 Taxi: Yellow:813-253-0121 United:813-253-2424

 

Magnuson Hotel/St. Petersburg

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
See below
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

5 miles

   

United Cab: 727-799-2222 Clearwater Yellow: 727-799-2222

 

St Petersburg Magnuson Hotel

 

To Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Greyhound Lines
phone: 727-898-1496

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

To/From Eckerd College 727-8981496 To/From Greyhound Lines-7 Miles (For Greyhound Only) Greyhound Lines 180 9th Street North St. Petersburg, Fl 33705 Taxi: United:727-535-0000 Clearwater Yellow:727-799-2222

 
Driving Directions
  From North to the hotel 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.
  From South to the hotel 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.
  From the St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport to the hotel 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.
  From the Tampa International Airport to the hotel 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.

Equipment Requirements: You will be getting on and off a sailboat every day. Deck shoes or sneakers are preferred. No flip-flops, sandals or open shoes.
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, April 12)
   
 Arrive To: (Sunday, January 25) Day Highlights Welcome and Orientation/Dinner at the hotel Overnight Location* St. Petersburg, Florida Accommodations Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove Arrive To CHECK IN: Available from 3:00 pm at the Magnuson Hotel front desk. PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. ORIENTATION: 5:00 pm. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities and answer any questions that you may have. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner in our private dining room with table service.
 Evening: The evening is yours to begin to know your fellow participants, walk around the hotel, unpack or relax.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Eckerd College Waterfront Program/Sailing
(Monday, April 13)
   
 Breakfast: The buffet breakfast in our meeting room features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage).
 Morning: Board our motor coach and head to Eckerd College. Begin the day with an introduction to and tour of the Waterfront Program. 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: Lunch at the Eckerd College CEC Café. There is always a selection of various entrees to choose from in a self-service format with trays. Beverages include hot tea and coffee, juices, milk and soft drinks.
 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: Dinner in our private dining room with table service.
 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, April 14)
   
 Breakfast: The buffet breakfast in our meeting room features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage).
 Morning: Board the bus and head back to the Eckerd College Waterfront: Jibe that sail! Flick that line! Lectures to include learning how to manuever downwind with jibing, sailing, heaving and flicking. Rig boats before lunch.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Eckerd College CEC Café.
 Afternoon: 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: Dinner in our private dining room with table service.
 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, April 15)
   
 Breakfast: The buffet breakfast in our meeting room features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage).
 Morning: Take a break from sailing and board our motor coach for a sailing related field trip.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Eckerd College CEC Café.
 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: Dinner in our private dining room with table service.
 Evening: Captain Richard Johnson will offer a presentation entitled, "Egmont Key: Sentry of the Bay".
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Waterfront for lectures and sailing
(Thursday, April 16)
   
 Breakfast: The buffet breakfast in our meeting room features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage).
 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: Lunch at the Eckerd College CEC Café.
 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: Tonight’s buffet dinner will be specially prepared and served to you in a private setting on campus.
 Evening: Tonight you will enjoy an evening of musical entertainment with Eckerd College's a capella group, The Tritones.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Waterfront for sailing and lectures
(Friday, April 17)
   
 Breakfast: The buffet breakfast in our meeting room features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage).
 Morning: End the week with a morning sail.
 Lunch: Lunch in our private dining room with table service. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar adventures and we look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys.
   
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.

Suggested Reading List


Fast Track to Sailing: Learn to Sail in Three Days


Author: Colgate, Steve


Description: The learn-to-sail book for when you are in a hurry to gain your sea legs At the Offshore Sailing School, the Colgates have taught more than 100,000 adults how to sail. Now they are making their proven instructional methods available to you so you can fulfill your sailing dreams in little time. Though designed around three days of intensive instruction, the book adapts easily to any learning pace. You can master the fundamentals in three days--or over a summer of leisurely sailing.



Sailing: The Basics: The Book That Has Launched Thousands


Author: Franzel, Dave


Description: With SAILING, acclaimed teacher and racer Dave Franzel moves you quickly from book to boat. It is his firm conviction that the best and most effective way to learn to sail is to be out on the water. Accordingly, he treats the theory of sailing in a straightforward, no-nonsense fashion--just the way he's done so successfully for years at his Boston Sailing Center. The essential information in this book is comprehensive, effectively reinforced, and clarified with more than 100 excellent line drawings. SAILING is exactly what it says it is. After studying this book, you'll understand the fundamental concepts well enough to be confident of your abilities when you board your boat for the first time. You'll learn how to sail on and off moorings and docks, how to trim the sail, and how to balance the boat properly. You will be introduced to the rules of the road, anchoring, navigation, spinnaker sailing, heavy-weather sailing, and basic seamanship. In short, you'll have all the keys to a successful, fun, and safe time under sail. Pleasant sailing!



Start Sailing Right!: The National Standard for Quality Sailing Instruction


Author: Fries, Derrick


Description: US SAILING developed this book in partnership with the American Red Cross to help you become a more confident and accomplished sailor. Start Sailing Right is a fantastic primer for anyone with an urge to get out on the water - and a reference guide for a lifetime. It offers one practical, usable tip after another and profuse use of large, clear diagrams, making sailing understandable and putting the new sailor at ease.





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