City Sail Registration is now open for the 2020 Season!
What is City Sail?
City Sail is HRCS's week-long sailing summer camp where kids escape the heat and noise of the city and enjoy the Hudson River. Students learn new skills, make friends, build sailing skills, and have fun on the water! Students work in small groups - no more than 5 per instructor/boat.
When is City Sail?
Chelsea: 9 week-long sessions (June 29th- August 28th)
Inwood: 4 week-long sessions (July 20th- August 14th)
Students may sign up for multiple weeks. First-timers usually opt for 1-2 weeks and veterans go for 2-3 weeks. Options for early drop-off and late pick-up.
Who attends City Sail?
5th-10th grade (9-16 years old). No boating or swimming experience required.
** NEW ** Referral System!
Tell your friends about our camp and receive a $50 gift certificate applicable towards any HRCS program or merchandise if they sign up! Make sure that they list your name on the "how did you hear about us" section in the registration form, then give us a call and we will issue you your referral bonus. (Sorry, no siblings or previous camp participants- offer valid for new customers only)
Fees & Enrollment
Base Fee: $595/week
Additional week or child: $550/week
8am Drop-Off: $100/week
5pm Pick-Up: $100/week
6pm Pick-Up: $175/week
Rescheduling and Cancellation
Rescheduling - A session may be rescheduled prior to 14 days before the start date of the session for a $50 fee per camper.
Cancellation - A session may be cancelled and full refund received prior to 30 days before the start date of the session.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How many weeks per camper?
We recommend two weeks to start. This will give student the opportunity to learn basic skills, and then reinforce the skills.
2. How old are most students in the program?
Age distribution varies by week. HRCS will divide activities and boat groups by age and experience level to ensure that students learn with peers.
3. Is each week the same? Will my child just be learning/experiencing the same thing twice?
Some activities are repeated each week in order to develop students skills through repetition (and because we think they are effective). That being said, each week offers a whole new set of experiences. To give an example, the weekly trip alternates each week between southbound (NY Harbor, Statue of Liberty) and northbound (Palisades, George Washington Bridge).
4. What are the transportation options to City Sail?
Bike: Follow the Hudson River Greenway to Pier 66.
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, and walk towards the water. You will see our gray boat house.
Car: There is no drop-off directly adjacent to the facility. Families may park on 12th Ave or 26th Street (beware the strict parking rules) and walk the student across 12th Ave to our boat house. For extended parking (ie. when signing in on Monday), use an area garage (closest are Chelsea Piers or 25th and 11th)
Note: We do not offer home pick-up or drop-off services
5. What do you do if there is bad weather?
We never cancel City Sail for bad weather. We will not go on the water if there are dangerous conditions (sustained winds above 20 knots or imminent lightning/thunder). Students will focus on land-based activities and games until conditions improve.
Have more questions?
Please give us a call at 212-924-1920, or send an email to the program director Alexe Taylor at 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, please fill out this form before May 15th.
Calendar & Schedule
City Sail runs for nine weeks in Chelsea and four weeks in Inwood. Students can sign up for one, two, or more weeks. Each week follows the same general structure, but specific lessons and activities vary from week to week, so that students who attend more than once never get bored.
“I can’t tell you how much this means to me… as a single working parent, to know that every day with City Sail my teenager is involved in something meaningful to him in a beautiful setting on the Hudson. He’s excited, learning, relaxing (all too rare for a city kid), and, most important, he’s engaged."
- Former City Sail Parent