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Hudson River Community Sailing develops leadership and academic success in underserved New York City youth through sailing education and provides maritime education and recreation to the community at large.
Founded in 2008 by Bill Bahen, HRCS partners with public schools to offer credit-bearing afterschool programming, internships, mentoring, and college readiness. Our youth development platform uses sailing, boat operation, and boat building to further academic skills and instill the qualities of character necessary for college and career success. HRCS also serves the broader community through affordable marine education and recreation for individuals, groups, schools, businesses, and families.
Accolades and Organizational Relationships
In its first decade, HRCS has provided waterfront access to over 20,000 youth, adults, and families. We expanded to Inwood in 2016, launched a second youth development program there in 2018, and piloted an adaptive sailing program in 2021 to serve youth and adults with disabilities. We are a US Sailing Certified Community Sailing Center, and have been awarded "Outstanding Community Sailing Center" in 2016 and "10 Years of Hallmark Performance," in 2019.
We have lasting partnerships with a number of maritime and educational organizations in the city. HRCS is a member of the Student Success Network, the Youth Development Institute’s Career Internships Institute, and CUNY ‘s CARA College Inquiry CBO Consortium. In Inwood, we operate in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and we are a permittee of the Hudson River Park Trust in Chelsea. We have a close relationship with our elected officials in both District 10 and District 3, as well as with the Manhattan Borough Presidents’ office.
Watch to learn about our expansion to Inwood
Fleet and Facility
We have 12 J/24 sailboats, the most popular keelboats in the world, from various years, and 13 new J/80s, purchased from 2018-2020. The boats are fast and sporty, while being stable and safe, and are typically crewed by 4 or 5 sailors. HRCS operates from Pier 66 in Chelsea, and Dyckman Marina in Inwood.