Summer 2022 Update: CITY SAIL IS SOLD OUT. You may join the waitlist below.
City Sail is HRCS's week-long sailing and STEM camp where kids escape the heat and noise of the city and enjoy summer on the Hudson River. Students learn new skills, make friends, build sailing knowledge, and have fun on the water!
If the week you'd like is full, please join our waitlist.
Teen Sailing Camp: For students ages 14-17
Students will follow the US Sailing Basic Keelboat Curriculum and develop their leadership skills. Optional $50 fee to receive a US Sailing Basic Keelboat Book and Certification (multiple choice test required to obtain certification).
Select "Teen Sailing Camp" when registering. This program runs from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday-Friday.
Hudson River Community Sailing strives to serve a diverse student body. We offer scholarships to families with documented need through the Hollis Salzman and David Barry Memorial Scholarship Fund. This fund honors the lasting impact former HRCS Board Member Hollis Salzman and her husband David have on our community. Hollis and David were dedicated to the education of youth in our city, and believed all NYC young people could benefit from sailing. If you believe your family qualifies for a scholarship please click below to apply.
What is City Sail?
City Sail is HRCS's week-long sailing camp where kids escape the heat and noise of the city and enjoy the Hudson River. Students learn new skills, make friends, build sailing knowledge, and have fun on the water! Students work in small groups with a dedicated instructor.
When is City Sail?
8 week-long summer sessions.
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?
5th-11th grade (9-17 years old). No boating or swimming experience required.
Fees & Enrollment
Base Fee: $695/week
Additional child: $665/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 students the opportunity to learn basic skills, and then reinforce those 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. For 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 of 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 email@example.com.
Calendar & Schedule
City Sail runs for eight weeks. 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