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Hudson River Community Sailing Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Sports, Swimming & Other Water Recreation

Mission: Hudson River Community Sailing is a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to developing leadership in underserved New York City youth through sailing education and providing maritime recreation to the community at large.

Programs: Youth program - develops leadership and academic skills needed by students to succeed in high school and prepare for college and the work place. Important life skills such as teamwork, self-reliance, persistence and responsibility augment the academic skills that are developed through the mediums of sailing and boat building. The youth program consists of multiple projects which include, but are not limited to: sail academy - a year-long after-school project offered, in partnership with seven new york city public schools, to students entering their first year of high school which provides the opportunity for the students to earn academic credit in mathematics, science, and physical education by participating in hands-on boating combined with classroom instruction; first mates - after successfully completing the sail academy project, students are eligible to continue in the first mates project which uses volunteers to provide mentoring, college preparation, homework support, and career discovery while also furthering the development of expertise in sailing and the marine environment, boat building and maintenance, navigation, and racing; and city sail - a fee-based, week-long summer youth camp which provides any student in grades 6 - 11, many of whom receive full or partial scholarships, the opportunity to learn to sail, develop leadership and teamwork, and understand basic scientific concepts related to sailing.

adult program - a fee-based sailing and membership program which offers adults a us sailing sanctioned community sailing center, sailing lessons and classes. Fees and dues from this program are used to subsidize the costs of the projects which are provided to underserved youth at reduced or no cost through the youth program.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing friendly staff! I had an enjoyable day and learned a lot!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hudson River Community Sailing is a wonderful organization and contributes tremendously to the atmosphere on the River. The organization is made up of wonderfully hard-working individuals who are totally committed to providing top-notch sailing and boating programs. From beginner level sailing to advanced level, the skills and enthusiasm the staff imparts to participants is outstanding. All of the HRCS programs are well-organized, well-planned, and well-executed. New York City is indeed fortunate to have HRCS on the River!

Mark73

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great group of hard working and concerned individuals. Their efforts afford a terrific opportunity for young adults ( High School Students ) to learn math and science and more importantly teamwork and responsibility - through the great sport of sailing . And have lots of fun too!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a student at Sailing Academy. I started the Sailing Academy this year. I have learned a lot about sailing. I love sailing a boat. I love going on trips, see sights, and meet new people. I can't wait to learn how to build a boat during the winter and sailing it in the spring! Oh! and we have great instructors! They are funny, friendly, helpful, skillful, and smart. Thank you for teaching me how to sail!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm humbled by the work that HRCS is doing to better the community of New York City through the medium of Sailing. Serving over 500 kids and 5000 adults annually it is a truly amazing organization. The kids programs are all subsidized by traditional non-profit funding sources as well as the revenue generated from the adult sailing side. Kids earn a credit in either math, physical science or physical education upon completion of the courses. There is a paid internship program for graduates of the academic long after school program. Just amazing the work! This organization is bar none the most innovative sailing non-profit world wide!!! Check em out for yourself and see.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is in the Sail Academy and this organization delivers an incredibly valuable service to the students in the program. Not only does he have the opportunity to sail on the Hudson River every week (my husband and I are very jealous), but he's also gaining tangible knowledge in math, science and ecology as well as intangible but equally valuable skills like teamwork and leadership. The instructors are all friendly and skilled. I've already begun to see growth in our son in these areas - all while he's having fun and being outdoors!

Joel10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member for a year now. This has been a tremendous opportunity to learn how to sail and to meet some fascinating folks. HRCS is a fantastic community with tons of people eager to share their experiences and mentor newer sailors. The captains are always eager to help newer members learn and become comfortable on the water. Further, the member outreach this past year has been phenomenal. There have lots of unique experiences (overnight cruising class, City Island transits, racing classes) made available and a greater opening of opportunities to get on the water. I look forward to next season.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband is a crew-level member of HRCS, which has given me the opportunity to take a class and also sail with them several times as a guest. The HRCS staff is knowledgeable and safety-oriented, while still being a lot of fun. We're very glad to be part of the fantastic learning opportunity that HRCS affords to New Yorkers of all ages.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm a crew-level member of the HRCS sailing club. This is the best deal on the Hudson and it makes me additionally proud that all the proceeds go towards high-school education. This organization does an amazing job for those kids and for the community in large.

Tracy30

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son started sailing with HRCS 3 years ago when he started grade 9. What an amazing opportunity for a nyc kid to learn to sail, twice a week, out on the hudsen river. He has grown tremendously with this program, learning leadership skills, math and physics as it relates to sailing. During his 1st year in the program the kids designed and built a one man boat. The staff are incredible role models!! They are well educated, young and make the program fun. My son used to show up in snowstorms for his 2, 3 hour sessions a week. I can't say enough about this wonderful organization. There are not many free after school options in New York City, and this one reaches kids from all walks of life! I am hoping that my son will graduate from HRCH next year with a captains license, and he is talking about studying marine architecture in college.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have both donated and volunteered with Hudson River Community Sailing (HRCS) and am a huge fan of this organization. HRCS's "Sail Academy" recruits students from New York public high schools and engages them in a year of academic after school programming using sailing and boat building as its medium. The program has had amazing success in improving both the students' interest and skills in math and science. Not to mention teaching the students the importance of teamwork and leadership. The staff is intensely dedicated and committed to making sailing accessible to all members of the community, often working weekends and late nights to help grow the organization and to make it a success in the face of minimal resources. I highly recommend supporting this organization by volunteering and/or making a donation. Given that HRCS is located on the Hudson River, they are especially in need of donations to help recover from Hurricane Sandy.