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The Interview: Sailing with Anthony Sandberg of OCSC Sailing

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Anthony Sandberg of OCSC Sailing

Anthony Sandberg of OCSC Sailing

 

We’re giving away sailing lessons with OCSC Sailing in Berkeley, California this month, so it seemed like a good time to grab a few minutes with OCSC’s founder, Anthony Sandberg.

Anthony founded the Olympic Circle Sailing Club (OCSC) in 1979 with a borrowed J-24 sailboat and built it into a nautical powerhouse. Today OCSC has more than 50 boats, 80 instructors and has taught more than 25,000 people how to sail. Really learn to sail, that is, since OCSC’s  home sailing grounds are San Francisco Bay, where the winds often clock 25 knots. The company has been singled out multiple times over the years as one of the best places to work in North America, most recently in 2013 by Outside magazine.

I met Anthony last fall at the Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS) in Namibia, one of the driest places in the world. That may be why the two of us had such an animated discussion about sailing. I touched base with him this week while our giveaway contest is underway.

What is it about sailing that gets people excited?

As JFK said, “We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.”

There is romance and wonder being carried by the wind anywhere you wish to go.  To guide an invisible force to your will gives you a sense of control and confidence.  It is magic and ancient.
How did you get into sailing?

I grew up in Hawaii two blocks from Waikiki Beach.  I actually have no memory of learning to swim or sail or surf.  Being a water baby was just the way we grew up.  Even today at 65, I become a child again when I step aboard a boat and raise the sails.  My life’s passion has been to share the joy I experience.  I want to teach the world to sail.

Have you done long voyages or are you happy on the waters of San Francisco Bay?

I left home at 16 (we were living in California then) and sailed back to Hawaii and around the Pacific.  I have sailed virtually everywhere in the world on both modern and traditional vessels.  Caribbean, Mediterranean, Scandinavia, Central & South America, Asia and India and Africa….even Antarctica.  No excuse for my behavior.  I love travel and adventure.  And yet for the pure pleasure of just sailing with predictable good winds there is no place better than San Francisco Bay.

How about the team-building aspects of sailing – can it actually help someone become a team player in a world where that seems to be increasingly necessary?

Major corporations like Google, Apple, Genentech, Facebook, Twitter, AirBnB, etc. regularly send teams to us.  Everyone is in the same boat and the actions of each make a direct difference in performance.  Teamwork and communication may be hard to notice when everyone is in cubicles – but on a boat it is all out there to be seen.  Are you pulling your weight or just being a spectator?

I know that OCSC helps people prepare for bareboat experiences – how difficult is it to handle one of these boats in a place like the Caribbean and how do your prepare would-be sailors?

The major goal of our clients is to do exactly that – skipper their own rented boat in the Caribbean.  Later they discover that everywhere in the world worth sailing for fun has similar yachts for charter.

Typically one would take three weeks of sailing instruction interspersed with days of practice over the course of a year.  At that point they have all the skills and confidence to charter a larger yacht anywhere.

Where is your next voyage?

We just had 80 participants on 12 yachts who just sailed the coast of Thailand for two weeks in February.  I’m leading a group of similar size on the coast of Croatia this September for two weeks.

Be sure to enter our giveaway contest for sailing lessons with OCSC Sailing in San Francisco Bay!

 

Sailing with OCSC in San Francisco Bay

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Win a Sailing Course in San Francisco Bay with OCSC Sailing

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Sailing in San Francisco Bay with OCSC Sailing

Sailing in San Francisco Bay with OCSC Sailing

We’re thrilled to be giving away two of OCSC’s Basic Keelboat Certification Packages, a five-day (or two weekends) comprehensive course designed both for students who have no sailing experience and for those who have experience, but want to be sure they learn to sail the right way, with OCSC SAILING, the “#1 rated sailing school in North America!” according to Practical Sailor.

With an emphasis on practical training and experience learning to sail, you will learn all the essentials of sailing quickly and more thoroughly than you thought possible. You will be at the helm – learning to sail – on the morning of your first class, and in command of the boat through all of the fundamental maneuvers by the next afternoon. While you learn about sailing using practical training, you will enjoy several short classroom sessions sprinkled throughout the course.

  • Skipper 18′ – 27′ boats in protected waters with light to moderate conditions.
  • Learn how to sail and crew on similar-sized yachts in open water and more challenging conditions, like the San Francisco Bay.
  • Receive a US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification and be ready to move on to basic cruising and a lifetime of sailing!

 

HOW TO ENTER & WIN
For a chance to win this Basic Keelboat Certification Package for Two with OCSC SAILING, just fill out the form below. Multiple entries are welcome, so come back and enter once a day through May 7, 2014. Complete details and rules are below. The winner will be notified by e-mail on or about May 15, 2014.

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Sailing San Francisco Bay with OCSC Sailing. Photo by Greg Tarczynski.

Sailing San Francisco Bay with OCSC Sailing. Photo by Greg Tarczynski.

THE PRIZE

This prize is for one (1) five-day (5) OR two (2) weekends Basic Keelboat Certification Package for two (2) people with OCSC SAILING

What’s Included:

  • Basic Keelboat Certification Package: A comprehensive lifetime preparation course that is a place for participants to learn how to sail.
  • Textbook, binder, and manual: Included with the class are a US Sailing Basic Keelboat textbook, a Basic Keelboat manual, and binder to keep all your materials together.
  • Additional training with Two Vital Seminars: Seamanship I and Navigation I. Each study hall is three hours and is given alternately on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Both seminars cover aspects of sailing vital to safe boating. Subjects covered include topics such as reading a nautical chart, right-of-way rules, and more.
  • Free spray gear: In any course you take with OCSC, we loan you waterproof pants and jacket along with a comfortable, Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device.
  • Guaranteed certification: Besides the course, you get training that focuses on targeted coaching sessions aimed specifically at a few of the most difficult maneuvers for those skills you still need to refine at no cost for ninety days from the start of the program.
  • Personal attention: With OCSC, you receive more instruction and personal attention than in any other beginning sailing course. You learn in a supportive environment with others of equal ability. We limit the classes to three students and one instructor per boat. You spend the majority of your time participating in the operation of the boat. In addition, the curriculum is more thorough than any you’ll find anywhere: 34 hours of instruction (41 hours in the week-long option), including six hours of study halls in Navigation and Seamanship.

What’s Not Included:

  • Transportation to and from OCSC SAILING in Berkeley, CA 94710
  • Pre-, during, and post-trip accommodations and meals
  • Insurance of any kind, including travel insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

The winner can choose any scheduled Basic Keelboat course during 2014. If the winner is unable to travel in 2014, they can redeem the prize on a scheduled Basic Keelboat course departure in 2015.

No credit will be extended for unused portion of the package. Package may not be redeemed for cash, resold or transferred. Gratuities are not included. Airfare not included. The total cash value of the prize is approximately $2,200.

OCSC Sailing class. Photo by Greg Tarczynski.

OCSC Sailing class. Photo by Greg Tarczynski.

During our “Learn-to-Sail” course, you’ll enjoy learning the following:

  • Nautical terminology: The critical job of clear communications.
  • Sailing theory: Why sails move a boat forward, even into the wind.
  • Safety on the water: It’s always more fun when everyone is and feels safe.
  • Basic knot tying: Learning the art of knots is a gratifying part of your training.
  • How to properly rig a sailboat: Preparedness is the key to a successful sail.
  • Docking and departing from a slip under power: To ensure the beginning and end of your sails are easy and dependable.
  • Safe marina procedures: How to enter and depart any marina safely and confidently.
  • The four basic maneuvers of a sailboat: Tacking, gybing, heading up, and bearing away.
  • Points of sail: Names for angles of the boat to the wind when you are steering straight.
  • Sail trim: Sail trim is vital to your boat speed and control. You’ll learn how to adjust your sails to the best advantage.
  • Crew overboard recovery procedure: Learn to quickly recover a crew who has fallen overboard
  • Reefing: Learn how to reduce sails to control the boat in higher winds
  • Right-of-way rules: What to do when near other vessels to ensure you avoid collisions.
  • Equipment regulations: Learn what equipment is required by the Coast Guard and how to use it.
  • Tides and currents: Precisely forecast the speed and direction of currents throughout the Bay and elsewhere, as well as determine how to compensate for them while sailing.
  • Aids to navigation: Sign posts of the sea. Learn how they help you stay in deep water.
  • Nautical chart reading: Charts are like maps, only much more precise and detailed for the challenging nautical environment. Know how to use them to stay aware of your location.

 

Good to know:

  • Our three-to-one student-to-instructor ratio provides you with the smallest class size in the country and offers you an amazing opportunity to learn to sail the right way.    
  • Our guarantee provides you with as many additional three-hour coaching sessions as you need to fully demonstrate your Basic Keelboat skills dependably.
  • If you’re taking the weekend format, the two weekends don’t have to be consecutive, however if it is possible, we suggest taking them as close together as possible. Practice makes perfect when learning sailing!
  • This course prepares you to take the following courses:  Basic CruisingNight Sailing CourseOCSC Seminars.
OCSC Sailing in San Francisco Bay

OCSC Sailing in San Francisco Bay

  • ABOUT OSC SAILING

OCSC Sailing, is a San Francisco Bay sailing school and sailing club. We offer sailing lessons, sailboat instruction, US Sailing Certification, sailboat charters, club membership, corporate teambuilding events, and bareboat vacations. Our sailing schools Berkeley location is in the center of San Francisco Bay. From beginner sailboat lessons, to offshore training, to spinnaker sailing, to world cruising preparation, we are committed to teaching you how to sail with confidence. Our Sailor’s Resource Center is packed with Live Web Cams, Live Wind Forecasts, San Francisco Bay Sailing Guides, and more. If you want to go on a bareboat vacation, we can also prepare you for your bareboat charter. Our Sailing Flotillas are a great way to take your first sailing vacation. Of all the California sailing locations, it’s hard to beat the Olympic Circle Sailing Club’s Central Bay, Berkeley location. We’re in the Berkeley Marina and we’d love to take you sailing!

 

Our Story

OCSC Sailing began in 1979, with one boat, a shed, and a simple idea: share the joy of sailing and take care of our clients the way we’d want our friends and family to be treated. Three decades later, we’re still doing the same thing. Our community has grown, but we still know our customers, and they are still our friends.

Our Campus

Three docks with over 50 boats right on San Francisco Bay, a club room with stunning views, state-of-the-art classrooms, pro shop, gear rental, and professional service department – everything you need to serve your sailing needs. We’re a playground for grownups, complete with boats, bonfires, barbecues and some of the most renowned sailing conditions in the world.

Our People

At the core of OCSC Sailing’s success are 75 enthusiastic and professional men and women. Learn more about the people you’ll meet – on the desk, on the dock, on the water.

Our Mission

We teach sailing to enhance people’s inextricable link to the ocean, to nature and to each other. We do this as stewards and teachers of the joy, art, science, tradition and responsibility of sailing. We’re sailors on a voyage of discovery. Welcome aboard.

COMPLETE RULES: OCSC SAILING Giveaway

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN

1. How to Enter. Between 10:00 a.m. Eastern time (“ET”) on April 7, 2014 and 11:59 p.m. ET on May 7, 2014, (the “Giveaway Period”), you may log onto EverettPottersTravelReport.com to enter this Giveaway. To enter, fill out your full name and e-mail on the entry form and click “Submit Now.” Entrants may enter once a day, each day, during the Giveaway Period.

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2. Eligibility. Participation is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and Canada who are 21 or older as of date of entry. Proof of age and legal US or Canadian residency may be required. Void outside of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and Canada, as well as where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law. Employees and partners of  everettPottersTravelReport.com, OCSC SAILING, its subsidiaries and affiliates, and their immediate families (parents, children, siblings, spouses) or members of the same household (whether related or not) of such employees/partners are not eligible to enter. This Giveaway may only be entered in or from the United States and Canada. Entries originating from any other jurisdiction are not eligible for entry. You are not authorized to participate in the Giveaway if you are not located within the United States or Canada. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

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4. Prize. This prize is for one (1) a five-day (5) (or two (2) weekends) Basic Keelboat Certification Package for Two (2) people with OCSC SAILING

What’s Included:

Basic Keelboat Certification Package: A comprehensive lifetime preparation course that is a place for participants to learn how to sail.

Textbook, binder, and manual: Included with the class are a US Sailing Basic Keelboat textbook, a Basic Keelboat manual, and binder to keep all your materials together.

Additional training with Two Vital Seminars: Seamanship I and Navigation I. Each study hall is three hours and is given alternately on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Both seminars cover aspects of sailing vital to safe boating. Subjects covered include topics such as reading a nautical chart, right-of-way rules, and more.

Free spray gear: In any course you take with OCSC, we loan you waterproof pants and jacket along with a comfortable, Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device.

Guaranteed certification: Besides the course, you get training that focuses on targeted coaching sessions aimed specifically at a few of the most difficult maneuvers for those skills you still need to refine at no cost for ninety days from the start of the program.

Personal attention: With OCSC, you receive more instruction and personal attention than in any other beginning sailing course. You learn in a supportive environment with others of equal ability. We limit the classes to three students and one instructor per boat. You spend the majority of your time participating in the operation of the boat. In addition, the curriculum is more thorough than any you’ll find anywhere: 34 hours of instruction (41 hours in the week-long option), including six hours of study halls in Navigation and Seamanship.

What’s Not Included:

Transportation to and from OCSC SAILING in Berkeley, CA 94710

Pre-, during, and post-trip accommodations and meals

Insurance of any kind, including travel insurance

Alcoholic beverages

Items of a personal nature

Gratuities

The winner can choose any scheduled Basic Keelboat course during 2014. If the winner is unable to travel in 2014, they can redeem the prize on a scheduled Basic Keelboat course departure in 2015.

No credit will be extended for unused portion of the package. Package may not be redeemed for cash, resold or transferred. Gratuities are not included. Airfare not included. The total cash value of the prize is approximately $2,200.

 

5. Notification. The winner will receive a prize e-mail which must be submitted at time of booking or the space is not valid. The letter will contain instructions for redeeming the prize. The winner will be notified by e-mail on or about May 15, 2014. In order to redeem the prize, the winner must contact OCSC SAILING after notification from Everett Potter’s Travel Report. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion. Trip dates are subject to approval by OCSC SAILING. If the winner does not respond to our e-mailed notification within seven (7) calendar days of first notification attempt, if the prize notification is returned as undeliverable, if the winner rejects his/her prize, or in the event of noncompliance with these Complete Rules, such prize will be forfeited and EverettPottersTravelReport.com reserves the right to select an alternate winner from all remaining eligible entries. Upon prize forfeiture, no compensation will be given.

6. Conditions. By entering, you agree to opt-in for weekly e-mails from Everett Potter’s Travel Report and occasional e-mails on special offers, promotions and news from OCSC SAILING All federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner. Participation in this Giveaway and acceptance of prize constitutes the winner’s permission for EverettPottersTravelReport.com, and OCSC SAILING to use his/her name, address (hometown and state), likeness, photograph, picture, portrait, voice, biographical information and/or any statements made by each winner regarding the Giveaway or EverettPottersTravelReport.com for advertising and promotional purposes without notice or additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. EverettPottersTravelReport.com and OCSC SAILING are not responsible if the prize cannot be awarded due to delays or interruptions due to acts of God, acts of war, natural disasters, weather or acts of terrorism. Entrants who do not comply with these Complete Rules or attempt to interfere with this Giveaway in any way will be disqualified. There is no purchase or sales presentation required to participate.

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Win a Czech Republic & Austria Bike Tour with Backroads and Adventure Collection!

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Biking with Backroads in Austria and the Czech Republic

Biking with Backroads in Austria and the Czech Republic

We’re thrilled to be giving away the Czech Republic & Austria Bike Tour, a six-day ride from Prague to Vienna Along the Danube, with Backroads, the World’s #1 Active Travel Company, and Adventure Collection.

This six-day trip starts in captivating Prague, with its glorious architecture, music and cafés. Then you trace the gentle contours of the Bohemian landscape on two wheels. Absorb firsthand accounts of the Communist era. And delve into enchanting cities including Tábor and Český Krumlov, a fairy-tale town with a medieval castle looming overhead and a warren of cobblestone streets. Roam through Austria’s Wachau Valley wine region and stop in at a heuriger. Even find the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned. Last stop: romantic Vienna.

Biking with Backroads in Austria and the Czech Republic

Biking with Backroads in Austria and the Czech Republic

HOW TO ENTER & WIN

For a chance to win this Czech Republic & Austria Bike Tour for two with Backroads and Adventure Collection, just fill out the form below. Multiple entries are welcome, so come back and enter once a day through April 4, 2014. Complete details and rules are below. The winner will be notified by e-mail on or about April 15, 2014.

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Register for a chance to win a 6 day Czech Republic & Austria Bike Tour for two people (sharing) with Backroads and Adventure Collection. By entering, you agree to opt-in for weekly emails from Everett Potter’s Travel Report and occasional emails with information on special offers, promotions and news from Backroads and Adventure Collection. To enter, you must be at least 21 years old and a legal resident of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia or Canada.
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Biking with Backroads in Austria and the Czech Republic

Biking with Backroads in Austria and the Czech Republic

 

THE PRIZE

This prize is for one (1) six-day (6) Czech Republic & Austria Bike Tour for two (2) people (sharing) with Backroads and Adventure Collection

What’s Included:

  • Skilled professional guides
  • 5 nights hotel accommodations
  • All meals except 2 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Use of a Backroads custom-built titanium bike

What’s Not Included:

  • Transportation to and from Prague & Vienna
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and meals
  • Insurance of any kind, including travel insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

The winner can choose any scheduled trip departure for the Czech Republic & Austria Bike Tour during 2014. If the winner is unable to travel in 2014, they can redeem the prize on a scheduled trip departure in 2015.

No credit will be extended for unused portion of the package. Package may not be redeemed for cash, resold or transferred. Gratuities are not included. Airfare not included. The total cash value of the prize is approximately $7,196.

 

Riding with Backroads in Austria and the Czech Republic.

Riding with Backroads in Austria and the Czech Republic.

ITINERARY: CZECH REPUBLIC & AUSTRIA BIKE TOUR

DAY 1 Explore Tábor, a 15th-century enclave sitting atop a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside  Stroll the cobbled streets of its lovely Old Town, lined with colorful homes, open-air cafés and artisan vendors  A clever maze of tunnels lies below the streets, which in times of danger were used to shelter its citizens.

DAYS 2-3 Český Krumlov, a charming 13th-century town with twisting lanes and red-tile roofs where most of the buildings are designated cultural monuments  Pedal across the hills of Bohemia, through tranquil farmland and Holašovice, an impeccably preserved World Heritage-site village  In Český Krumlov, behold views of ornate 13th-century Krumlov Hrad, the second-largest castle in the Czech Republic  Dive into Czech history with Helena, our local friend and historian  Gather at a local pub for a pint-sized taste of Czech culture.

DAYS 4-5 Discover two intriguing countries and cultures in one trip  Czech treasures make way for Austria’s beautiful Waldviertel, draped in forests and rolling fields of barley and wheat – a great place to pedal  Bike along the fabled Danube River and through Wachau Valley vineyards  Visit Melk, whose magnificent Baroque abbey is perched high on a rocky promontory  A local oenologist invites us over for a private estate tour and tasting of famous Rieslings and grüner veltliners.

DAY 6 Austria’s picture-perfect villages with onion-shaped church steeples  Soak up the views from the Dürnstein’s castle ruins, where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned  Say goodbye in vibrant Vienna, an enchanting place to extend your vacation.

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REVIEWS FOR THIS BACKROADS ADVENTURE

“I really can’t say enough positive things about the trip and the two leaders. Simply put, it was one of the best experiences of my life. I don’t know one person who can claim to have experienced a new culture on such a wide and intimate scale. Add the great people on the trip, the food, my birthday gift and the 800 some odd pictures I took…well, I’m already looking at my next adventure with Backroads. Outstanding!”

Jeff Dalton – Annapolis, MD

“I loved this trip. It was really a great experience all around. I loved the blend of athletic activity, with cultural and historical information. The guides are truly amazing people. The people were very nice and lively and intelligent. It was a great first Backroads experience.”

Hilary Thomas – New York, NY

“This was a tremendous experience. The leaders were outstanding, the van/bike support excellent, the destinations and accommodations terrific. I felt safe knowing that someone had my back. Also, it was a great blend of fitness and leisure, while also fulfilling my need for learning about new cultures. Overall, this will go down as one of my most memorable vacation experiences. Thank you!”

Marjan Panah – New York, NY

 

Backroads

Backroads

ABOUT BACKROADS

Tom Hale, founder of Backroads and Adventure Collection, possesses a passion for two seemingly divergent interests – business and back roads – which he has powered into the world’s most successful active travel company.

Armed with a Masters in Environmental Planning from UCLA, Hale was six months into an environmental planning position in Las Vegas when the back roads called. A middle-of-the-night inspiration to start a bike touring company motivated him to pedal 5,000 miles alone through the West, all the while formulating plans for his new business. Settling in Berkeley, Hale washed fondue pots by night and built his fledgling travel company by day. In true entrepreneurial fashion, he did it all – designed the itineraries, maintained the bikes, led the trips, produced the catalog. His first trip – a bike tour of Death Valley – attracted four guests (one of them his mother.) Fast-forward 35 years of nearly consistent growth to 2014.

Today Backroads annually hosts thousands of guests on biking, walking & hiking and multisport trips worldwide. Their 183 trip itineraries showcase the best lodging, dining, cultural attractions – and of course back roads -in destinations from California’s Wine Country to classic settings in France, from the pampas of Patagonia to the hill country of Thailand. Backroads is staffed by some 135 people in its Berkeley headquarters and regional offices in Utah, Canada and France, and also employs approximately 390 Trip Leaders worldwide. From the beginning, Hale has strived for and succeeded in offering off-the-charts trips, believing that the world is best experienced up close and under one’s own power. Backroads success is largely measured by an exceptionally high rate of repeat guests – on average about 80% become repeat and referral guests. Visit Backroads at www.backroads.com.

 

ABOUT ADVENTURE COLLECTION

Adventure Collection consists of 9 dynamic adventure companies:

  • Backroads
  • Bushtracks
  • GeoEx
  • Lindblad Expeditions
  • Micato Safaris
  • Natural Habitat Adventures
  • NOLS
  • O.A.R.S.
  • Off the Beaten Path

Adventure Collection member companies are experts in the activities they offer. These include cultural exploration, bicycle touring, hiking, walking, expedition cruising, safaris, general touring, mountain biking, heli-skiing, heli-hiking, mountaineering, rafting, sea kayaking, river kayaking, wildlife and nature cruising, camping, horseback riding, rain forest exploration and ecotouring, snorkeling, fly fishing, llama trekking, sailing, golfing, and more. Visit Adventure Collection at www.adventurecollection.com.

 

 

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1. How to Enter. Between 12 p.m. Eastern time (“ET”) on March 4, 2014 and 11:59 p.m. ET on April 4, 2014, (the “Giveaway Period”), you may log onto EverettPottersTravelReport.com to enter this Giveaway. To enter, fill out your full name and e-mail on the entry form and click “Submit Now.” Entrants may enter once a day, each day, during the Giveaway Period.

All entrants must have a valid e-mail address. No automated entry devices and/or programs permitted. All entries become the sole and exclusive property of EverettPottersTravelReport.com and receipt of entries will not be acknowledged or returned. Delivery of prize will require a street address (no P.O. Boxes) upon winning. EverettPottersTravelReport.com is not responsible for lost, late, illegible, stolen, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, misdirected, technically corrupted or garbled entries, which will be disqualified, or for problems of any kind whether mechanical, human or electronic. Only fully completed entries are eligible. Proof of submission is not proof of receipt by this web site.

2. Eligibility. Participation is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and Canada who are 21 or older as of date of entry. Proof of age and legal US or Canadian residency may be required. Void outside of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and Canada, as well as where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law. Employees and partners of EverettPottersTravelReport.com, BACKROADS AND ADVENTURE COLLECTION, its subsidiaries and affiliates, and their immediate families (parents, children, siblings, spouses) or members of the same household (whether related or not) of such employees/partners are not eligible to enter. This Giveaway may only be entered in or from the United States and Canada. Entries originating from any other jurisdiction are not eligible for entry. You are not authorized to participate in the Giveaway if you are not located within the United States or Canada. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

3. Random Drawing/Odds. One (1) winner will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received during the Giveaway Period. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Drawing will be conducted by EverettPottersTravelReport.com on or about April 15, 2014. By entering the Giveaway, you fully and unconditionally agree to be bound by these official rules (“Complete Rules”) and the decisions of EverettPottersTravelReport.com, which will be final and binding in all matters relating to the Giveaway.

4. Prize. The prize will be given to one (1) winner. This prize is for one six-day CZECH REPUBLIC & AUSTRIA BIKE TOUR for two (2) people (sharing) with BACKROADS AND ADVENTURE COLLECTION. The winner can choose any scheduled trip departure in summer 2014 or 2015. The winning prize is valid through BACKROADS AND ADVENTURE COLLECTION’s 2014 season, which ends in September 2014. If the winner is unable to travel in 2014, they can redeem the prize on a scheduled trip departure in 2015.The prize is subject to regular booking policies and availability.

What’s Included:

  • Skilled professional guides
  • 5 nights hotel accommodations
  • All meals except 2 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Use of a Backroads custom-built titanium bike

What’s Not Included:

  • Transportation to and from Prague & Vienna
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and meals
  • Insurance of any kind, including travel insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

 

Winner’s certificate is for (2) two people sharing the same accommodations. No credit will be extended for unused portion of the package. Package may not be redeemed for cash, resold or transferred.  The prize may not be sold on eBay or any other auction site. Otherwise, the offer becomes invalid.

The total cash value of the prize is approximately $7,196.

5. Notification. The winner will receive a prize e-mail which must be submitted at time of booking or the space is not valid. The letter will contain instructions for redeeming the prize. The winner will be notified by e-mail on or about April 15, 2014. In order to redeem the prize, the winner must contact BACKROADS AND ADVENTURE COLLECTION after notification from Everett Potter’s Travel Report. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion. Trip dates are subject to approval by BACKROADS AND ADVENTURE COLLECTION. If the winner does not respond to our e-mailed notification within seven (7) calendar days of first notification attempt, if the prize notification is returned as undeliverable, if the winner rejects his/her prize, or in the event of noncompliance with these Complete Rules, such prize will be forfeited and EverettPottersTravelReport.com reserves the right to select an alternate winner from all remaining eligible entries. Upon prize forfeiture, no compensation will be given.

6. Conditions. By entering, you agree to opt-in for weekly e-mails from Everett Potter’s Travel Report and occasional e-mails on special offers, promotions and news from BACKROADS AND ADVENTURE COLLECTION All federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner. Participation in this Giveaway and acceptance of prize constitutes the winner’s permission for EverettPottersTravelReport.com, and BACKROADS AND ADVENTURE COLLECTION to use his/her name, address (hometown and state), likeness, photograph, picture, portrait, voice, biographical information and/or any statements made by each winner regarding the Giveaway or EverettPottersTravelReport.com for advertising and promotional purposes without notice or additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. EverettPottersTravelReport.com and BACKROADS AND ADVENTURE COLLECTION are not responsible if the prize cannot be awarded due to delays or interruptions due to acts of God, acts of war, natural disasters, weather or acts of terrorism. Entrants who do not comply with these Complete Rules or attempt to interfere with this Giveaway in any way will be disqualified. There is no purchase or sales presentation required to participate.

7. Additional Terms. In case of dispute as to the identity of any entrant, entry will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry. “Authorized Account Holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, educational, institution, etc.) responsible for assigning e-mail addresses or the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. Any potential winner may be requested to provide EverettPottersTravelReport.com with proof that such winner is the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with the winning entry. Any other attempted form of entry is prohibited; no automatic, programmed, robotic or similar means of entry are permitted.

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EverettPottersTravelReport.com reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, extend or suspend this Giveaway should (in its sole discretion) virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention, fraud or other causes beyond its control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of this Giveaway or for any other reason EverettPottersTravelReport.com deems it necessary. In such case, EverettPottersTravelReport.com may, at its discretion, select the winner from all eligible entries received unaffected by the problem. EverettPottersTravelReport.com reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of this Giveaway or web site. EverettPottersTravelReport.com may prohibit an entrant from participating in the Giveaway or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that said entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of this Giveaway by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair playing practices (including the use of automated quick entry programs) or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants or EverettPottersTravelReport.com representatives.

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8. List of Winners. To obtain the name of the winner, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by April 30, 2014 to: Everett Potters Travel Report Attn: BACKROADS AND ADVENTURE COLLECTION Giveaway Winner, 146 Third Avenue, Pelham, NY 10803.

 

 

 

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Contest: Win a 2 Night Golf Getaway to Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club in Florida

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Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club

Our two-night “Golf Getaway for Two” at Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club in Aventura, Florida has just ended. This prize is for a two-night stay in a Fairmont Golf  View room included a round of golf for two and a group golf clinic at Fairmont Turnberry Isle in Aventura, Florida.

Pueblo Bonito Pacifica

But the good news is that our latest contest is a three-night “Getaway for Two” at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort & Spa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. This prize is for a three-night stay at the luxury all-inclusive Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort & Spa. So enter daily for a chance to win!

Win a “Getaway for Two” at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino in San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Our giveaway contest for a three-night ” Getaway for Two” at San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino in San Juan, Puerto Rico (three (3) nights accommodation for two (2) adults in a deluxe ocean front room, airport transfers, daily breakfast in the 21st floor Executive Lounge and one dinner for two (2) people in Ristorante Tuscany) has just ended, and a lucky winner is already making plans for their San Juan getaway.

But don’t give up — our newest contest, a three night getaway for a family of four to the Gran Real Resort & Casino in Cancun, Mexico, has just begun. Click here to enter – and remember to enter daily!

Giveaway: “Spa-Tacular Getaway for Two” at Mohonk Mountain House

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Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, New York.

"Spa-Tacular Getaway for Two" at Mohonk Mountain House

Our three-night "Spa-Tacular Getaway for Two" at Mohonk Mountain House, a National Historic Landmark resort just 90 miles north of New York City, has just ended. One lucky winner  has received  three (3) nights accommodation for two (2) adults, three (3) meals daily, afternoon tea and cookies, and a $390 spa credit per person at the Spa.

But the good news is that our next contest has begun — three nights at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino in Puerto Rico. Click here for details.

Win a Free 4 Night Vacation in the Florida Keys — a $1,600 Travel Contest Prize — at Hawk’s Cay and Hyatt Key West

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Hawk's Cay Resort.

Our latest travel contest has just ended and one lucky winner has won a 4-night stay in the Florida Keys at Hawks Cay Resort and the Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa.

But the good news is that our next contest — for a getaway at Mohonk Mountain House — begins on July 7, 2010. So come back and enter daily for a chance to win.

  

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Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa.

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