Learn to Sail Today

HRCS offers a variety of affordable small group and private sailing lessons to sailors of all skill levels. Beginners can learn the basics, while more experienced sailors can build their skills with advanced lessons and weekend-long courses.

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All HRCS lessons with the exception of Family Sails and Private Lessons are capped at 4 participants and are intended for those who are at least 18 years old.

Full Weekend Courses


Basic Keelboat Course

Offered in Chelsea and Inwood
18 hours / $560 + $65 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.

*HRCS offers a Women's Basic Keelboat course as an option for female identifying students who would prefer a single-gender option.*

Member Sailing for Lessons


Chelsea and Inwood: 3 hours $125

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.

Lessons open


Chelsea and Inwood: 3 hours $125

Ideal for those with basic sailing skills. Come with a goal you want to achieve, and we will help you achieve it.

Lessons Private

Private Lessons

$450 for 2 hours (up to 5 people) $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.


Sunset Sail

Chelsea: 3 hours $125

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.


Family Sail

 Chelsea and Inwood: 2 hours $225 Available at select times only

Enjoy fresh air and a relaxing afternoon with your family or cohabitants. Get outdoors and learn new skills together.

Preparing for Your Sail

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