Students spend a week as a small crew learning to steer, navigate, control the sails, and calculate speed. They also learn about the Hudson River and its marine environment. Most importantly they learn about themselves. Many schools offer physical education credits for completing this program.
"I would tell any friend to join because it’s really fun and how great it is to learn a new sport."
"It’s so much fun, you learn something new and not everybody gets the chance to do that, it’s a thrill!"
"You meet great new people and you will just learn to love sailing."
What is City Sail?
The best way to spend a week in NYC. Escape the heat and noise of the city and spend the week on the Hudson River. Drive the boat, meet kids like you, and learn cool skills to impress your friends and family. Go fast and measure your boat speed. Accelerate through the water and learn what lives in the water. On the boat, you will work in small groups - no more than 5 per instructor.
When is City Sail?
Offered over 10 week-long sessions between June 29 - September 4. Program is held from 9am-4pm with options for early drop-off and late pick-up. Students may sign up for multiple weeks - first-timers usually opt for 1-2 weeks and veterans go for 2-3 weeks.
Who attends City Sail?
Students in City Sail are diverse in many ways. They come from all 5 boroughs of NYC, many states in the USA, and many countries around the world. They range in age from 5th-11th grade (10-17 years old). Some have never sailed and some have sailed for years (no boating or swimming experience is required).
Where is City Sail?
Program is held at our Pier 66 Boat House, located where West 26th Street meets the Hudson River in New York City. The program also utilizes various green spaces in Hudson River Park adjacent to the boat house. While on the water, we mostly stay between Pier 96 at 56th Street and Pier 40 at Houston Street, unless we are going on a trip.
Session 1: June 29-July 3
Session 2: July 6-10
Session 3: July 13-17
Session 4: July 20-24
Session 5: July 27-31
Session 6: August 3-7
Session 7: August 10-14
Session 8: August 17-21
Session 9: August 24-28
Session 10: August 31-September 4
Each week, the program sails to the Statue of Liberty or Palisades/GWB, depending on tides that week.
9 am - Assemble to discuss morning lesson/activity and schedule for day
930 am - Break into two groups, Group A and Group B:
Group A - Out on the water sailing, learning a specific aspect of sailing and how to work as a team, taking a trip, racing, or playing a game
Group B - In small groups on land, learning how sailing, math/science, and leadership/teamwork connect through games/activities.
12 pm - Break for lunch, get some water, and rest out of the sun. Play games on land and discuss the afternoon lesson/activity
1 pm - Groups A and B switch from what they did in the morning
330 pm - Debriefing, discussing what we learned today and what we will learn tomorrow
4 pm - Time to head home and rest up for another great day tomorrow
Early drop-off and late pick-up are also available for an extra fee.
Fees and Enroll
Early Drop-Off and Late Pick-Up:
8am Drop-Off - $100/week/child
5pm Pick-Up - $100/week/child
6pm Pick-Up - $175/week/child
How to Register:
1. Click on the "Sign up for City Sail" red button at the top of the page. You can also sign up for multiple students and early drop-off, late pick-up there.
2. A completed Medical/Waiver form is required for each child - Youth Medical Waiver Form.
Having trouble? Give us a call at 212-924-1920 or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hudson River Community Sailing strives to serve a diverse student body. We offer scholarships to families with documented need. If you believe your family qualifies for a scholarship, click the red button at the top of the page "Apply for City Sail Financial Aid".
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How many weeks should I sign up my son(s)/daughter(s) for?
For children who have never been in a camp/program before, I usually recommend one week - a second week can usually be added if they want to continue. For children who have been in some type of camp/program before, I usually recommend two weeks as a start and then more weeks can usually be added. For these students, I think they are only really finding their stride and making lasting friendships as well as developing their skills by Wednesday/Thursday and then all of a sudden the week is over. Having a second week really solidifies the experience.
2. How old are most students in the program?
This really depends on each week and is difficult to predict. Each week usually has a strong cohort of 10-13 year olds but it is also not uncommon to have a strong 13-15 year old group. Regardless, activities alternate between age-group specific and age-mixed so that students meet new people and have different types of experiences in their boat groups and land activities.
3. Is each week the same? Will my child just be learning/experiencing the same thing twice?
While some activities are repeated each week in order to develop students skills through repetition (and because we think they are effective), each week truly does offer a whole new set of experiences. To give a concrete example, the weekly trip alternates each week between southbound (NY Harbor, Statue of Liberty) and northbound (Palisades, George Washington Bridge) due to the switching of the tides.
4. What are the transportation options to City Sail?
Unfortunately we do not offer home pick-up or drop-off services. Getting to City Sail is easy:
Bike (the best way): Follow the Hudson River Greenway to Pier 66. When turning off the Greenway, dismount and watch for pedestrians. There is bike parking outside our boat house (be sure to use a "U" or thick chain lock).
Train/Bus: Take the C,E, or 1 train to 23rd Street and then either take the M23 Bus to Chelsea Piers and walk up to 26th Street or walk from the subway to 26th Street and 12th Ave. If walking from the subway, cross 12th Ave at 26th Street, cross the bike path (look both ways!), and walk towards the red boats. To your right, you will see our gray boat house.
Car: There is no drop-off directly adjacent to our facility. Families may park on 12th Ave or 26th Street (be very careful of parking rules) and walk their child across 12th Ave to our boat house. Students may also be dropped off at the corner of 26th and 12th. For extended parking (ie. when signing in on Monday), use an area garage (closest are Chelsea Piers or 25th and 11th).