Commitment to Equity & Inclusion

Hudson River Community Sailing strives to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment welcoming to all. Sailing as a sport has not been inclusive, and reflects the social and racial inequity of our society. We are committed to building a diverse community where everyone is respected, empowered, and supported in their growth. This work is ongoing and below are just a few of the steps we are taking.


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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at HRCS

The HRCS staff and board are taking targeted steps to help make the organization and its programs a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive place for all of our participants. HRCS is an organization founded on the dual mission to close the achievement gap between young people from under-resourced schools and their more affluent peers, and to provide equitable waterfront access for all New Yorkers. These principals have always been core to our work.

Key components

  • Full-time staff attended a daylong anti-racism training and discussed how to incorporate our takeaways into program design.
  • Designed and placed banners (pictured at left) in the boathouse to make it a more welcoming space.
  • Launched a gender equity committee to focus on closing the gender gap, and training more female skippers.
  • Partnered with “Shades of Black Making Waves” to introduce more people of color to the sport.
  • Created a Board Development and Governance Committee that will oversee diversity, equity, and inclusion goal.
  • Piloted a boatbuilding curriculum that focuses on non-colonial boat designs and the many communities of color that have traditional roots in sailing.

We Welcome Your Feedback

We hope your experience at HRCS is a welcoming and positive one. Please let us know your thoughts by filling out the survey at the end of your sail or emailing us at Thank you!