I recently interviewed Capt. Bill Dix over at BaySail sailing school and Chesapeake Bay Charter service located at Tidewater Marina up in Havre De’Grace, MD. We met at the United States Sailboat Show recently held in Annapolis, MD and he told me the basics of what they do at the school.
They are an American Sailing Association (ASA) certified school that offers all level of classes, from uncertified Introduction to Sailing classes aimed at novices that just want to experience sailing for the first time and maybe learn a few basics, to the ASA 101 Basic Sailing course, which will teach you all of the basics in both book form and practical experience, where you can start filling out your log book and documenting your sailing time, up through specific courses such as Docking and Navigation, all the way up to ASA 106 which entails a circumnavigation of the Delmarva Peninsula. You can also earn your bareboat chartering certification which will enable you to charter boats at any ASA base throughout the world.
Classes last anywhere from two day weekend classes, through 5 day full week classes, and some classes can be combined to fit your needs and schedules. There are also additional classes that are Multi-hull specific so you can charter catamarans, which area so popular on the charter market in the Caribbean.
Full certifications can get a bit pricey for your average person, but for anyone that is really interested in getting into sailing, it can be a great way to take the financial risk out of purchasing a boat and keeping it up with storage and maintenance.
Baysail also offers charter, with or without Captains, for those sailors that do not own boats and want to hit the waters of the bay for anything between an half day and full weeks.
Boats listed in the fleet range from 22ft Catalina Capri’s to a Hunter 460 for family cruising. Rates start at $155 for a half day during the week for a 22, up to $2695 for a full week of cruising on the 460. Captain fees will be extra, as will provisioning.
They also offer Sailtime, a fractional ownership option, a quote from the website, “A SailTime fractional sailing membership is the newest way to sail the Chesapeake Bay. SailTime is like a gym membership for boats. When you join, you pay a monthly fee and we give you a set of keys to a brand new Hunter sailboat. A SailTime membership is ideal for those who charter several times a year and for those who would like a little more flexibility to sail on the spur of the moment whenever they have free time. It’s just like having your own boat at your disposal for one third of the annual cost.”
Boats on offer for Sailtime range from a Hunter 33, to a Hunter 41.
You can also book a sailing Vacation, whereby you hire a boat and a captain and head out for 3 or 5 days sailing upon the Bay. According to the Website, “This summer, sail the Chesapeake Bay with one of our BaySail captains on a beautiful 35′ yacht. You can choose between a 3-day, 5-day or week-long excursion to the quaint towns & sheltered inlets of the upper bay. No sailing experience necessary – you are free to just relax, or you may choose to get some instruction & take a turn at the helm. Whether it’s a romantic get away for 2, a group of friends or a family vacation, you’ll have great memories from this unique cruise for years to come. Call BaySail at 410.939.2869 for additional information.
Pricing starts at $465 per person for a 3day/3night cruise with weekday departure.
Pricing based on a 33 foot sloop & 4 – person occupancy. Limited to 6 passengers per cruise.”
So if you or anyone you know are interested in checking out the sailing world, or want to log your experience by taking classes, or want to Fractionally own a boat or just take a sailing vacation, check out BaySail.