Unfortunately, most people only experience the joy of sailing by accidentally flying oversized kites too close to pools. Get a leg up on the average landlubber with this Groupon.
$75 for Sunset Sail for One on the Hudson River ($150 Value)
Departing from an award-winning pier and boathouse, 2.5-hour sunset sailing trips depart Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at 5:30 p.m. Trips aboard the company's fleet of J/24 sailboats let up to five passengers soak up sailing basics or just enjoy scenic views of the New York City skyline and the New Jersey hills at sunset.
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 Hudson River
New York, New York 10001