October 22, 2020 | 7PM
Virtual Celebration


Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
Matthew Washington, Deputy Borough President
Tracy Edwards, The Maiden Factor

Sailing for Scholars is Hudson River Community Sailing's annual fundraiser to support our innovative youth development program Sail Academy. This year’s event includes a virtual celebration emceed by students, live music, a silent auction, special guests, and other surprises. The fun continues on Saturday and Sunday as teams race in a socially-distant regatta.

Tickets include access to the Virtual Celebration on Thursday and live-streamed regatta with commentary on Saturday and Sunday. Join us for a unique event to support a great cause!

Gale Brewer headshot

Gale A. Brewer
Manhattan Borough President

Gale A. Brewer is the 27th Manhattan Borough President, responsible for advising the Mayor and City Council on borough concerns, commenting on all land-use matters in the borough,
advocating for the borough in the municipal budget process, and appointing members of Manhattan’s 12 Community Boards. The Borough President also chairs the Borough Board, made up of City Council Members and Chairs from the Community Boards, and the Borough Services Cabinet, composed of senior officials from City agencies delivering services in the borough.

Portrait of current Deputy Director of External Affairs

Matthew S. Washington
Deputy Borough President

Matthew S. Washington is a Deputy Manhattan Borough President. In this role, he has overseen the distribution of over $100 million in capital funding to enhance parks, theaters, hospitals, museums, affordable housing developments, community centers and public schools. He has also been actively involved in neighborhood planning processes and rezoning efforts throughout Manhattan. Matthew was named to the 2018 New York City 40 Under 40 Rising Stars list published by City & State New York.

Tracy Edwards head shot

Tracy Edwards MBE
The Maiden Factor

Tracy won international fame in 1990 as the skipper of the first all-female crew to sail around the world when they raced Maiden in the 1989/90 WRTWR. Maiden won two legs and came second overall in her class, the best result for a British boat since 1977 and unbeaten to this day. Tracy paved the way for other women to follow. Maiden was sold but was found and restored by Tracy in 2017. The Maiden Factor was set up to promote and fundraise for the education of 130 million girls worldwide who are currently denied this basic right.

Ticket Types


Deckhand | $75

Virtual Celebration ticket, silent auction entry, and live-streamed regatta


First Mate | $100

Virtual Celebration ticket, silent auction entry, live-streamed regatta, plus one raffle entry (two 2021 tickets to Hamilton + a private sail aboard an HRCS J/80)


Captain| $125

Virtual Celebration ticket, silent auction entry, live-streamed regatta, one raffle entry into 2021 Night on the Town package (two tickets to Hamilton + a private sunset sail), and a swag bag with a cocktail kit

Pickup available at HRCS Boathouse (Pier 66) in the week before the event.


Admiral | $500

All of the above. Pays for a scholarship to City Sail, our summer sailing camp


Poseidon | $1,000

All of the above. Pays for an entire semester of Sail Academy for a public school student

Add Ons | $25

A swag bag with a cocktail kit. Pickup available at HRCS Boathouse (Pier 66) in the week before the event. Swag can also be mailed to your address

One raffle entry for two 2021 tickets to Hamilton and a private sail aboard an HRCS J/80

Sailing for Scholars Planning Committee

Debora Abrams-Wright • Quemuel Arroyo • Kristen & Erin Berry • Robert Burke & Betty Schlicht • Erin Byrne • Matt Coudert • Jay Cross • Nelson Garcez • Mark Horowitz • Stuart Israel & Tia Bowman • Michael Kurtz & Lisa Cleff Kurtz • Andrea Minkow & Claude Sliver • Claire Murphy • Emory O'Mealia • Randy Medrano • Kelsey Nason • Barry Pool • Alyce Russo & Steve Schall • Hollis Salzman • Gardner Standart • Joe & Clinton Standart • Alex Valcic & Jeph Tausig