Sacramento may not be a coastal city, but what we lack in oceanside views, we make up for with our rivers and lakes. From a lazy day of riverside picnicking and inner tubing, to white water rafting on the North Fork, Sacramento has some of the best watersports in the state. If you ever wanted to do something more involved, now’s your chance: the Sacramento State Aquatic Center (1901 Hazel Ave.) at Lake Natoma is now offering special two-day sailing crash courses. The course starts from square one, making it perfect for those who have never sailed before, or those who haven’t been on the water for a while. Over just 14 course hours, the Aquatic Center staff will drill you on everything from boat handling to docking, making sure you’re ship-shape by the end. And yes, you will get wet. Capsize recovery is an important part of sailing, too, so make sure you bring a swimsuit or clothes you don’t mind getting wet. Upon completion of the course, you’ll be eligible to rent sailboats from the center. Hardcore hobbyists can even join their sailing club membership, with unlimited boat access and facility use. General price is $185. Visit for dates and info.

**This write-up first appeared in print on page 9 of issue #291 (May 8 – 22, 2019)**