In celebration of a recent milestone, Nick and I celebrated by taking a 3 hour private sailing lesson on White Bear Lake. Northern Breezes Sailing School offers delightful packages for either 2 or 3 hour private sails. Rates are between $200-$300 for these lengths and include a certified instructor. You can have up to 4 guests on the boat. What Nick and I enjoyed most about it was the chance to explore sailing before committing to taking an expensive class. We had discussed wanting to charter boats on vacation, but that requires a certification. This helped us make the choice as to whether we wanted to pursue that avenue.
What I enjoyed most about the experience was the mix of learning and relaxation. There was ample time to enjoy a champagne picnic and cover all the basics that are usually taught in a four week class, including terminology, keeling, and jibing. Paul Kritzik, our captain, was unbelievably knowledgeable and had a gift for explaining complicated instructions in a simplistic manner. The entire 3 hours was well worth the money! Consider it for a special occasion, as it exposes you to something new and provides a memorable experience! I custom-created this with Northern Breezes, so I don’t think it’s listed on the website, but give Lil a call via their number and she’ll help you arrange something. They sail on numerous Twin Cities lakes and offer classes as well.