Fifteenth Annual

Sailing for Scholars Gala and Regatta

October 16-20, 2024

Sailing for Scholars Gala

The Model Room at The New York Yacht Club

October 16, 2024 / 6-9PM

Sailing for Scholars is Hudson River Community Sailing's annual fundraising gala to support STEM and leadership development for NYC public school students and provide maritime access to New Yorkers of all abilities. This year’s event will be held at the New York Yacht Club and includes a silent auction, special guests, and other surprises. The fun continues on Saturday and Sunday as teams race in a two-day regatta. Your support will help HRCS strengthen its foundation and build for the future.

Join us for a great weekend supporting a great cause!

Podium team 2
SfS 2021 Gala Group
Best Buddies 2

Meet Our 2023 Honoree

Vanessa Galvez, P.E., ENV SP

Vanessa Galvez

Vanessa Galvez is a civil engineer working for Jacobs. She works in construction management on New York City infrastructure projects. Her previous projects include construction of rain gardens throughout the city and the construction of Starlight Park in The Bronx, which features two new bridges and the Bronx River shoreline restoration. Currently she is working on the construction of floodwalls on the Coastal Resiliency projects.

Vanessa was born and raised in Queens, NY. She graduated from Thomas A. Edison Vocational and Technical High School and attended NYU Tandon School of Engineering where she received her undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering.

She is the daughter of immigrant parents from El Salvador and is a first generation college graduate. Her hobbies include hiking, backpacking and kayaking. Vanessa's love of nature contributes to her passion for working on projects which fight climate change.

Sailing for Scholars Regatta

Dyckman Marina, Inwood

October 19-20, 2024

With racing all weekend long, teams compete both on the water and to raise the most money in support of Hudson River Community Sailing's innovative youth development and maritime access programs. Winners are announced at a post-event reception at The Hudson. Donate below to support your favorite team or racer! Not sure which team to support? HRCS's youth racing team, the Sea Dragons, is looking strong this year!

Interested in fielding a team? Teams sign up to raise $5,000 (J/24) or $10,000 (J/80), get professional coaching, and compete in the two-day regatta. Contact Maeve Gately at for more information.

14th Annual Sailing for Scholars Committee

Mark Horowitz, Co-chair

Thomas Bourveau, Co-chair

Geraldine Abdoo
Quemuel Arroyo
Stacy Blain
Jen Buice
Suzanne El Sanadi
Olivia Gassner
Seena Hassouna

Meegan Hollywood
Courtney Hugo
Jeff Ignaszak
Stuart Israel
Matt Killen
Alice Lurain
Randy Medrano

Kona Moori
Samantha Paradise
Alyce Russo & Steve Schall
Maggie Ryder
Summer Snyder
Jeph Tausig-Edwards & Alex Valcic

Thank you to our sponsors!

SfS 2023 Event Sponsors Composite (6)