Capt Dave's Tips            

Having just returned from a week's journey on both coasts of Florida, I am reminded of the many things that drew me to the sport and recreation of sailing.  As I sailed along the southern shore of Cumberland Island I watched the horses graze near the beach.  I watched as a submarine entered the bay headed for a nearby military base while being escorted by a helicopter and several surface ships.  I passed a group of shrimp boats returning to port after a long day offshore.  While returning to the marina at the end of the evening, I was escorted by a pair of playful dolphins that were as curious about me as I was of them.  The docking was particularly challenging due to the swift currents the Georgia coast is known for, yet provided an opportunity to demonstrate a mastery of skills and judgment.  It was a day rich with stimulus and opportunities to see and experience things most never see; unless they're sailors.

A few days later I attended an annual sailing industry meeting of senior executives in Tampa.  It was an eclectic gathering of masters in sailing and industry experts who came from all walks of life.  Few began their careers in sailing, but all were drawn to the sport for very similar reasons.  We discussed balance sheets, economic outlooks, industry profiles, marketing initiatives, education strategies and competitive differentiators.  The more interesting aspects of the meeting though were the side discussions of sailing destinations everyone enjoyed over the past year.  Enough sailing and business talent filled the board room to leave one in awe for a very long time.  A collection of individuals most would never meet; unless they're sailors.

During my stay in St. Pete I was able to practice sunrise, sunset and meridian noon day celestial navigation sights from the convenience of my beachside accommodations.   Due to the rather unusual nature of the process of taking celestial sights, several people stopped by to talk and ask questions about what I was doing.  For most, it was an unexpected opportunity to witness celestial navigation; unless they're sailors.

One evening I was invited to join an unusual group of individuals from all parts of the country who come together only once each year to celebrate their common challenges and opportunities.  I would not have normally been included in this group except for the distinction of being the "resident sailor" who possessed stories of sea journeys, distant lands and different cultures.  The marina was full of power boats but still somehow the sailor is always the one that stands out from the crowd.  These are life experiences most people seldom ever know or hear of; unless they're sailors.

Sailing affords opportunities and experiences that fill your imagination and enrich your casual conversations at parties and at the water cooler at work.  Sailing offers rich opportunities to see sights, experience freedom, observe nature and meet others from different places that you might never meet otherwise.

Life can be boring; unless you're a sailor. 


     So What's NEW!
New Clinic Announced

Due to student demand and suggestions we've added a GPS Navigation on-the-water clinic. This 2 hr on-the-water navigation exercise includes review of the various GPS unit parameter options & navigation info provided by the data pages, entry of destination Lat/Lon coordinates into various GPS units and their actual use. 

The next class date is November 22nd noon - 2 pm.

With the addition of this latest clinic we feel that we offer one of the most complete and diversified sequence of navigation educational programs available.

Navigation Courses:

CON_105_a 7 ½ hr classroom “Navigation Principles” class.    
CON_105_b 5 hr classroom “Lab” hands-on instruction.    
CON_105_c 2 hr on-the-water hands-on exercises         - DAYTIME  
CON_105_n 2 hr on-the-water hands-on exercises         - NIGHTTIME  
GPS Nav 2 hr on-the-water hands-on exercises         - DAYTIME  
CEL_107_a 10 hr classroom "Celestial Principles" class.    
CEL_107_b 5 hr classroom "Lab" hands-on instruction    
CEL_107_c 2 hr on-the-water Moon/Planets/Stars         - TWILIGHT  
CEL_107_m 2 hr on-the-water Sun Meridian Noon Day - DAYTIME  

Gill Foul Weather Annual Sale
  Not only did Gill provide the apparel for the movie Morning Light, they offer local sailors huge savings at the end of each season at their sale!

You don't want to miss the best sailing gear sale of the year:
Saturday November 8th! 
8 am - 5 pm

At the end of each season Gill's North American distribution center in Buford conducts a huge sale on their end of season biking and marine apparel (foul weather gear, warm wear, shirts, shorts, footwear, gloves, sunglasses and accessories). 

               1025 Parkway Industrial Park Dr
                        Buford, GA 30518

See their web site for sizing charts.

The ONLY ATLANTA viewing of
Morning Light
will be 11/14
at the Hollywood 24 in Chamblee off I-85

See Everyone There!

Fall Leaf Cruise
     As many of you already know we offer Educational Training programs year round but our Recreational programs are only conducted from spring till fall. 

All summer long we've conducted monthly Full Moon Sunset outings with many offering entertainment such as mind readers, magicians, flutist, fireworks and most recently Ghost Stories of Lanier featuring a séance to connect with "Ghosts" of our participants.

Well it's that time of year again and you don't want to miss our last Recreational Outing for the season.

November 2nd at 1-3 pm will be our annual Fall Leaf Cruise.

Ready To Go Chartering But Can't Afford The Boat? 
  Windsong has students who own sailboats in charter service with Conch Charters and Sunsail Yacht Charters around the world.  

Each yacht owner is allotted several weeks charter at any Sunsail base around the world!  Often owners find that they are unable to use all their time and make unused weeks available to other Windsong students at considerable discounts.  

This program is explained on our web site under the heading
"Bareboat Charter Discounts"

In order to qualify for these discounts
initial contact must be through Windsong,
NOT through Sunsail or Conch Charters.


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     Windsong Events
Boat Show Coming

(Click above for show info)





WHEN:   January 14-18, 2009
Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA



   Saturday January 17, 2009 
12:00 pm - Introduction To Sailing
1:00 pm - Celestial Navigation
2:00 pm -
Introduction To Sailing
3:00 pm -
How To Go Sailboat Chartering
4:00 pm - Introduction To Sailing

Sunday January 18, 2009
12:00 pm - Introduction To Sailing
pm - How To Go Sailboat Chartering

Sunset Cruises - Memory Keepsakes

Below are some links to photos from some of this season's events:



     So What's Been Going On?

Upcoming Classes
We have several seats available over the next few weeks of classes.  

You can click on the class description below for more information.

Ground School Classes:  (Check the web site for the most CURRENT list of dates and exact times)

  Basic Keelboat Sailing Theory 12/06
  Basic Coastal Cruising 12/13
  Bareboat Chartering 12/15 & 12/17
  Coastal Navigation_a    Theory 12/11, 12/16, & 12/18
  Coastal Navigation_b    Lab 12/20
  Coastal Navigation_c    On-The-Water 11/02
  Coastal Navigation_n 11/02
  Advanced Coastal Cruising 12/07
  Buying The Perfect Boat 11/09
  12Volt Marine Electronic Systems 12/14
  Engine Maintenance 11/02
  Marine Meteorology 11/17 & 11/19
  Radar Navigation NEW! 11/16
Sailing Outings: (Check the web site for availability, dates and exact times)
  Sailing Outings Every Weekend
  GPS Navigation Add HYPERLINK   NEW! 11/22
  Fall Leaf Cruise 11/02
Windsong T-Shirts

These are great to tell others about
your sport and accomplishments.





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Friends don't let their friends go through life
without experiencing sailing!

Invite someone to join you today!


                We're listening!!

Many times students' suggestions are implemented on the spot!  We pride ourselves in our customer service and attention to the needs of our students. If you have thoughts or ideas, drop us a line or give us a call.  All things are possible; you simply need to ask. 

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all our students for their loyal support through the seasons and encourage everyone to bring one new friend along each year as you sail.  As we grow and expand our operation, we want to make our products and services available to all who may be interested, but someone has to make the introduction.  Share the love of your sport with those who may be interested in our unique collection of programs.

You'll be glad you did and so will they!