Unfortunately, most people only experience the joy of sailing by accidentally flying oversized kites too close to pools. Get a maritime leg up on the average landlubber with today’s Groupon for a two-hour sailing lesson from Hudson River Community Sailing for $79, a $180 value.
You'll get one lesson with no more than three other naval novices to ensure that each participant receives individual tips and attention. Under the eye of a licensed captain who is 90% guaranteed not to be a stapler, you’ll learn the ropes and rudders aboard the popular J24. A 24-foot-long standardized sailboat, the J24 is the most likely boat you'll encounter on the marina, so your newfound skills will transfer to plenty of future vessels. The Hudson River crew has an impressive captain’s log of combined experience on the waterways of NYC and beyond. They’re happy to share their skills, knowledge, and passion for sailing with you—explaining, for example, that boats (unlike most NYC transportation) rarely get replaced by royalty-toting litters and inefficient rickshaws. Your two-hour tour gives you the opportunity to learn new skills, spend time with friends, or meet new ones, all while catching some breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. Hudson River Community Sailing calls the top-notch pier and boathouse in the Hudson River Park at 26th Street home. After your sail, you can check out The Frying Pan Restaurant next-door, a moored ship and outdoor bar that keeps the great Manhattan views coming (closed until May, or April if the weather permits).
The Hudson River folks are a unique combination nonprofit and sailing club. Proceeds from adult lessons and memberships go toward funding scholarship-based programs for at-risk urban youth. These programs help kids have constructive fun and learn an entertaining hobby, all while earning a math credit to help them graduate. You can buy up to two Groupons per person, or multiples as gifts—and each instructional outing can accommodate up to four people, so start sending semaphore messages to friends or strangers with that unfortunate, land-locked gait. Call ahead to schedule your lesson.
- …through a program run by a nonprofit group called Hudson River Community Sailing, the youngsters got a crash course in boating last week, and picked up a few lessons about teamwork on the side. Bill Bahen, founder and director of the group, started the summer sailing program this year in the hope of increasing accessibility to a sport central to his own life. – Javier C. Hernandez, New York Times
Hudson River Community Sailing
Hudson River Community Sailing is a unique combination of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and sailing club. The proceeds from adult lessons and memberships go toward funding scholarship-based programs for at-risk urban youth. Each year, their Sail Academy,—an after-school academic program built on experiential, student-first lessons—immerses these students in the world of sailing and boat building. In addition to unlocking the secrets of boating, these sessions teach students the functional fundamentals of math, science, and self-esteem, earning them credit towards graduation along the way. The club's other youth work include the First Mates program—which preps students for college and career through a deep dedication to boating, racing, and navigation—and the City Sail summer program, which groups students into a small crew for a week of character-building exercises aboard a working 24' boat.
Hosting frequent fundraising events, such as the Dark and Stormy benefit, helps the team introduce as many new mariners as possible to the singular pleasure of sailing the Hudson. Their sailors also enjoy the perks of the club's location, drinking in awe-inspiring views of the Manhattan skyline that the Beatles saw just as they landed their moon module on Ellis Island.
W 26th St. and 12th Ave
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