HRCS is in the process of safely reopening in the wake of Covid-19. We have resumed our lessons, with protocol that includes reduced capacity and face coverings and sanitization of space and equipment. These policies are available here.
At HRCS, we believe everyone should have access to sailing. We offer lessons to the public, ranging from short, introductory sails to weekend-long certification courses. Come sail with us, see the city from the water, and learn a fun new activity.
Proceeds from our sailing lessons help underwrite our youth development programs for public high school students. If you have questions or want to customize a private lesson, call us at 212-924-1920
Our 2020 Sailing Season has ended
Thank you for a great season! We'll begin running lessons again early next Spring. To receive updates about our lesson openings as well as our other programs, you can sign up for our mailing list here.
Gift Certificates are also available at the bottom of this page.
Basic Keelboat Course
18 hours $475 (Full weekend course) + $50 Certification Fee
This course provides the student with a foundation of skills and follows a curriculum set by US Sailing, the national governing body of sailing. Students learn how to rig and derig a boat, sail at different angles to the wind, tie various knots, and predict weather patterns. Skills taught on the water are reinforced in the classroom.
16 hours $500 (Full weekend course)
Designed for sailors with keelboat experience who are looking to take the next step into performance sailing. Ideal for sailors who want to try our new fleet of J/80 boats. Graduates will have successfully demonstrated the ability to skipper and crew a keelboat in moderate wind/sea conditions, and demonstrate their understanding of performance sailing techniques.
Chelsea: 3 hours $100
Inwood: 2 hours $75
Perfect for those new to the sport. Learn how to steer, control the sails, and practice basic maneuvers in our most popular course. After a brief lesson on land, students will get hands experience on the water with a US Sailing certified instructor.
Chelsea and Inwood: 3 hours $100
Ideal for those with basic sailing skills. Come with a goal you want to achieve, and we will help you achieve it. Open lessons are a budget friendly way to get individualized instruction.
Chelsea only: 3 hours $130
Looking to take your skills to the next level? This class, held on our brand new fleet of J/80 sailboats, is the ideal next step for sailors who have taken our Intro or Basic Keelboat courses, or who are looking to build on prior experience.
Individual rate $90/hr.
Group Rate: $350 for 2 hrs. ($100/additional hour)
With our Private lessons you are guaranteed an instructor and a boat all to yourself. Our most individualized lessons are perfect for people brand new to sailing, but also for those who have experience to build upon. Our staff will work with you to reach your goals.
Lessons are currently capped at 3 participants due to COVID-19 policies.
Chelsea: 3 hours $95
Inwood: 2 hours $75
Take to the water as the air cools, the water darkens to a deep blue, and the city skyline begins to glow in the last light of the day. Few things are better than skimming along the smooth water on a graceful and quiet sailboat at sunset. Learn to sail, brush up on your skills, or just sit back and enjoy the view.