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Sea Yourself Here

Southeast

The calm waters and pretty shoreline towns make the Chesapeake Bay an ideal starting point for beginners. Take a class at America's oldest and largest training facility, Annapolis Sailing School, and learn everything from navigation to offshore cruising in just one weekend. Dock at the Crab Claw restaurant, a local hangout, for steamed or fried blue crabs. $375 weekend beginner course, Annapolis Sailing School, 800-638-9192

Northwest

The San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington offer marine parks accessible only by boat on islands such as Doe and Sucia. Join an all-woman crew at Windworks Sailing Center and charter one of their cabin sailboats. Starting at $99 a day (nonmembers), Windworks Sailing Center, 206-784-9386

International

If you're eager for open water, head to the island-littered Caribbean. The Bahamas and Virgin Islands boast year-round sailing in warm crystal waters and short hops between countless tourist-friendly harbors. At Offshore Sailing School, an instructor takes you and three other students on a 26-foot keelboat (a flat river boat) and teaches you the basics. 3- to 6-day courses start at $1,195, including accommodations, Offshore Sailing School, 800-221-4326

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