Sail Academy recruits 9th grade students from nine public high schools who need support in math and science and engages them in a year of academic after school programming using sailing and boat building as its mediums.  The curriculum is based on the methodology of experiential, student-centered, discovery learning; math, science, and character-building are taught through concrete, hands-on situations in small groups led by positive, responsible role models.  Upon completion, students may earn academic credit.  During the fall and spring, students sail on J-24s at our Pier 66 boat house on the Hudson.  During the winter, students build 9-foot wooden Optimist dinghies on the campus of one or our partner schools.  We partner with Brooklyn Boatworks on the design and curriculum around boatbuilding. 

Program Outcomes

College and Career Prep Students are aware of post-high school opportunities and the associated processes
Leadership Students take initiative in program activities
Academics Increase proficiency in math
Stewardship Students are stewards of their equipment and workspace
Sailing Skills Students can demonstrate the 1st year sailing skills and earn the NYS Safe boating certificate
  • Harvest Collegiate High School
  • Hudson High School for Learning Technologies
  • Humanities Preparatory Academy
  • James Baldwin School for Expeditionary Learning
  • Landmark High School
  • Manhattan Business Academy
  • NYC Lab School of Collaborative Studies
  • NYC Museum School
  • Quest to Learn

Don't see your school listed?  Email abaum@hudsonsailing.org to get involved.

During the school year, students meet at the Pier 66 boat house once per week, Monday-Thursday, from 4-7pm and on select school holidays/weekends.

The 2015-16 Program Dates are:
  • Fall - The Math Behind Sailing, Part I - September 28 - November 19
  • Winter - The Math Behind Boat Building - November 30 - March 31
  • Spring - The Math Behind Sailing, Part II - April 4 - June 9
  • Wooden Boat Launch / Return to the River - Saturday, May 14 (12pm-3pm)
  • Graduation (6-8pm) - Thursday, June 23 (6-8pm)
The HRCS Mission
Hudson River Community Sailing develops leadership and academic success in underserved New York City youth through sailing education and provides maritime education and recreation to the community at large.
HRCS is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

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