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.
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!
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.