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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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



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!



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.