City Sail Registration is now open at our Chelsea and Inwood locations.
Now through March 31st, use code inwoodearlybird2019 to take 15% off your sign up fee at our Inwood location!
What is City Sail?
City Sail is our week-long sailing summer camp where kids escape the heat and noise of the city and enjoy the Hudson River. Students have the opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends, and build sailing skills, all while having fun on the water! On the boat, students work in small groups - no more than 5 per instructor.
When is City Sail?
8 week-long sessions between the first week in July through the fourth week in August in Chelsea (July 1st- August 23rd). 3 week long session between the second and fourth week in August in Inwood (August 5th-23rd). Camp runs from 9am-4pm. There is also a half-day option available at our Inwood location (mornings 9 am - 12pm and afternoons 1 pm - 4 pm). Students may sign up for multiple weeks - first-timers usually opt for 1-2 weeks and veterans go for 2-3 weeks. There are options for early drop-off and late pick-up.
Who attends City Sail?
Students in City Sail range in age from 5th-10th grade (9-16 years old). Some have never sailed and some have sailed for years. No boating or swimming experience is required.
Where is City Sail?
City Sail is held at our Pier 66 Boat House as well as at Dyckman Street Marina. Pier 66 Boat House is located where West 26th Street meets the Hudson River in New York City. HRCS Uptown is located inside Dyckman Street Marina in Inwood, home to the restaurant La Marina. Take the A train to Dyckman Street and walk west, downhill, towards the River.
Fees & Enrollment
Base Fee: $595/week
Additional week or child: $550/week
Half-Day Weekly Fee: $325/ week
Additional Half-Day Week or Child: $295/week
8am Drop-Off: $100/week
5pm Pick-Up: $100/week OR 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 $25 fee per child per session.
Cancellation - A session may be cancelled and full refund received prior to 30 days before the start date of the session.
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.
We will begin notifying applicants of our scholarship decisions in mid-May.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How many weeks per camper?
For children who have never been in a camp/program before, we 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, we recommend two weeks as a start. 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 varies by week. Generally we have a both a strong cohort of 9-12 year olds and 13-16 year olds, which we split up into separate groups. We try to divide activities and boat groups by age to ensure that students learn with their peers.
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 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?
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)
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 dangerous conditions exist (sustained winds above 20 knots or imminent lightning/thunder), but we will still do land-based activities until conditions improve.
Having trouble? Need more questions answered?
Give us a call at 212-924-1920 or send an email to our program director Alexe Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calendar & Schedule
City Sail runs for eight weeks in Chelsea and three 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