Capt Dave's Tips            

I am constantly reminded of the "Treasures" that life sends our way.  One of the truly great things that I treasure the most are the stories that I hear from our staff and students of the opportunities that come their way; to go sailing.  Lake sailing is wonderful don't get me wrong, but anytime you get to the "salt pond", life is always better. 

Some of us are lucky enough to get away to some corner of the blue ocean each year to do a bit of sailing, snorkeling, beach combing and bar hopping.  Everyone has their small patch of paradise they look forward to all year and talk about the rest of the year upon their return.  The stories I hear are wonderfully sensual and filled with passion that rekindles my resolve to go back and do it all over again; everywhere!

A few years ago we began adding staff and student sailing stories to our web site so that others can begin to learn about and appreciate the endless possibilities to us all.  If you haven't visited "Our Stories" (6th link from the top on the right hand side of our home page) you are absolutely missing some of the best adventures around! 

These stories are real life adventures by our staff and fellow students who have been diligent enough to work toward and realize their dreams.  I invite you to go experience adventure vicariously through their stories and listen to their challenges and rewards.  There's nothing else in life that compares to actually doing what they've each experienced, but reading their stories is a wonderful second best; until your opportunity comes!


     So What's NEW!
Boat Handling Courses:
Heave-To-Reefing 4/25  
Maneuvering I 5/23 (Required for Anchoring & Docking)
Docking I 6/6
Anchoring I 6/13
Maneuvering II 6/13
Spinnaker 7/11
Crew Overboard 7/11
Docking II 7/25
Anchoring II 8/22
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  
Ready To Go Chartering But Can't Afford The Boat? 
  Charter through Windsong and SAVE!

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


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     Windsong Events
Sunset Cruises
Sunset cruises are a great way to introduce yourself or your "special someone" to the joys of sailing in a social setting. Each cruise offers an escape for some time alone on the tranquil waters of Lanier, a romantic escape for a couple or celebration of a special event.

Reservations are $70 per person or $95 for a couple for the 3-hour cruises.

4/25 6-9 Nature Cruise

5/23 6-9 Nature Cruise
6/27 6:30-9:30

Corporate magician Joe M. Turner ( will entertain us on our June cruise.  Joe’s combination of sleight-of-hand and mental magic has been featured everywhere from Massachusetts to Maui – and has put him in high demand by companies like Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Pratt & Whitney, and hundreds of others.  Joe’s application of magic to corporate messaging was featured on CNN Headline News.  He performs at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Atlantic City, and in his own one-man show, Shenanigans, at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta.

With Joe’s warm, witty personality and world-class sleight-of-hand skills, this will be a cruise to enjoy and remember!

7/03 7-9 Fireworks Show

Each year we participate in a unique opportunity on Lanier to observe the Fireworks Show conducted by University Yacht club on Lanier.  This is one of our most popular outings. Participants experience the brilliance of the spectacular show from our boats situated in the bay within excellent ear and eye shot.  If you've never experienced a fireworks show while on the water you've missed the best seats possible. The reflection of the explosions light up the waters around you and the percussions of the show echo across the waters. 

Since this annual event occurs the day before July 4th there are no traffic jams or crowds to contend with.

You do not want to "Miss The Boat" for this event.  Make your reservations TODAY!

8/1 6-9

Bill Kahler ( will be returning for his fifth season by popular demand as one of our Sunset Cruise entertainers.

Bill is a singer songwriter who has been compared to Van Morrison, James Taylor, John Hyatt, Kenny Loggins and David Wilcox.  Bill has shared the stage with Branford Marsalis, Joe Sample, Three Dog Night, Paul Reisler, Darrell Scott, and Matthew Kahler, to name a few.

Bill has written several "nautical" songs per my request and they're all quite good! His warm vocals deliver the lyrics of well crafted, earthy, heartfelt songs performed by guitar, sax, mandolin, accordion and piano.  Bring some cash because you're going to want to take some CDs home with you in memory of the delightful evening



When Jesse Milton is around, some unusual things happen. The belief in the impossible is kindled and intuition is ignited.  Everybody has a great time.  Milton is a cerebral entertainer who can:
  • Discern names, numbers, and important years from the past
  • Intuitively predict mental images, and perceptively discover things about individual personalities
  • Show participants how their own intuition can be set ablaze

Milton is NOT a mind reader, but his engaging and light presentation is filled with surprises, bizarre phenomena, and audience participation.  The audience will warm up quickly, and will find out things about each other they never knew. 

Join us as Jesse returns for his third season of educational and entertaining demonstrations of unusual abilities and uncanny understanding of human nature. 



Nature Cruise
10/10 5-8 Ghost Stories of Lanier
11/1 3-5 Fall Leaf Cruise  

Below are some links to photos from some of last 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 5/09
  Basic Coastal Cruising 5/30
  Bareboat Chartering 4/21 & 4/23
  Coastal Navigation_a    Theory 5/07, 5/12 & 5/14
  Coastal Navigation_b    Lab 5/16
  Coastal Navigation_c    On-The-Water 6/06
  Coastal Navigation_n 6/20
  Advanced Coastal Cruising 5/02
  Buying The Perfect Boat 5/31
  12Volt Marine Electronic Systems 6/07
  Engine Maintenance 7/26
  Marine Meteorology 6/15 & 6/17
Sailing Outings: (Check the web site for availability, dates and exact times)
  Sailing Outings Every Weekend
  GPS Navigation 6/06
  Fall Leaf Cruise 11/01
Windsong T-Shirts

This is our only annual fund raiser so that we can provide snacks and water during some of the classes and outings.

Order your Windsong T-Shirt TODAY and support our efforts to make your every sailing experience, the best!