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.
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!
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!
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.