What You'll Get
- $80 for a two-hour Taste of Sailing trip from Hudson River Community Sailing
- Learn basic sailing skills
- Experienced, passionate crew
- 24-foot-long J/24 sailboats
- Skyline views
- Support at-risk youth
- Call ahead to schedule your sail.
Hudson River Community Sailing comes recommended by Time Out New York, and this worthy cause is praised by both the New York Sun and the New York Times: > * …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
The Fine Print
Must call to schedule lesson. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About 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.