Set Sail! Gliding Across Lake Champlain With Your Grandchild

Embark on an incredible adventure with your grandchild as you learn to sail from the pros each day, explore the peaceful landscapes by bike and study the lake’s friendly sea creatures.
Program No. 24087RJ
6 days
Starts at
1,499 / ADULT
999 / CHILD

At a Glance

Hoist the sail. Grab the mainsheet. Duck under the boom. Zoom across the lake and feel the wind in your hair. Alongside your grandchild, learn the ins and outs of sailing from local experts in breathtaking Vermont. From knot tying to gybing, master the skills needed to dart across the sparkling lake with nothing but the wind as your engine. When you’re not “all hands on deck,” explore the best of Burlington by learning about local wildlife, helping preserve its important ecosystems and biking along the coast – anchors aweigh!
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Getting in/out of a van, sailing for about three hours a day, walking up to two miles, biking up to eight miles on mostly flat bike paths and some standing.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Take turns being the captain as you learn how to sail from experts during daily instruction, and take your newfound knowledge back home with you!
  • Ride a bike along the beautiful Island Line Trail to learn about the environment from a unique perspective.
  • Study all of the fascinating sea critters that live in or near Lake Champlain, and help protect them during a lake clean up with members of the nonprofit, Rozalia Project.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Sail: The Basics The Book That Has Launched Thousands
by Dave Franzell
With Sailing: The Basics, 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 decades at his Boston Sailing Center, and more recently, his St. Thomas Sailing Center. The essential information in this book is comprehensive, effectively reinforced, and clarified with more than 100 excellent line drawings. New to this edition is a discussion of advances in electronic navigation and weather apps. Also new is a section on the use of asymmetrical spinnakers.
Sailing for Dummies
by JJ Isler
Sailing has played a crucial role in the growth and development of the world as we know it. But even in today's high-tech, fast-paced world, the sport of sailing still brings tremendous pleasure to those who choose to indulge in it.Whether you want to race or just cruise at a leisurely pace, "Sailing For Dummies" will speed you along your course to sailing mastery. If you've never sailed before, here's the primer you need to get started and choose the right sailing school for you. If you've already gotten your feet wet, you'll now be ready to take your next steps--whether they include sailing around the world, racing, or just safely including your children in the adventure.A textbook, user's manual, and reference book all in one, "Sailing For Dummies" introduces you to the exciting world of sailing, and shows you everything from how to tie the right knots to how you should dress when you take to the seas. "Sailing For Dummies" gives you practical, easy-to-follow advice from buying the right equipment and gear, and setting sail for the first time to watching races on TV. Inside, you'll also discover how to: Select the best boat to buy or rent for your sailing needsNavigate like a pro--day or night--with the help of charts, satellites, and compassesHandle mishaps such as torn sails and leaksRecover from a capsize, tow a boat, and keep safety a priorityUnderstand U.S. federal boating regulations and other rules of the seaFind a sailing school that fits your schedule and your budgetMake sailing fun for the entire family--from toddlers to teensLocate the best cruising destinations around the world Featuring photos, illustrations, and tips "Sailing For Dummies" can help you tell the difference between a sailboat and a catamaran--and get you sailing in no time

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