PrerequisitesStudents complete the first 2 years of program.
ScheduleMeet once per week, Monday-Friday, 4-7pm
TripsStudent Plan Overnight Trips (Fall Spring), Irvington (End of Spring Overnight)
Typical DayEach day is a different "track", focusing on a specific sailing-related topic. Students work with their track leader both on land and on water. During this time, students are pulled out in small groups to complete targeted college and career prep, or additional academic supportĀ as needed.
CreditCan earn PhysEd credit.
Program Outcomes
COLLEGE/CAREER PREPARATIONStudents gain advanced skills necessary to post-high school success and learn about college opportunities. 12th grade students are supported through the college application process
LEADERSHIPStudents act as role models to younger students and leaders within program
ACADEMICSStudents increase proficiency in math/science
STEWARDSHIPStudents are stewards of their community, and educate the next generation of stewards
SAILING SKILLSStudents can demonstrate the 3/4th year sailing skills and earn the US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification and HRCS Student Captain Checkout
Program Dates
Last Week of Sept Start of program
Election DayStudents support 1st year Fall Trip to Caven Point
First Saturday in MayReturn to the River Celebration and Wooden Boat Launch
Last Weekend in JuneSpring Trip to Irvington
Last Thursday of Regents WeekGraduation Ceremony

In their third and fourth years, students complete the First Mates program. During this time, students have the opportunity to choose from several different tracks, focusing on the specific areas that they find most engaging. Sample Track Options:


Skipper Track and Intern Training

Students will build high-level sailing and operational skills, working towards their Student Skipper and Basic Keelboat Instructor Certification. During the Winter, students will complete training preparing them to work across all departments of HRCS



Explorers will learn the navigation, safety, and cruising skills necessary to plan and execute overnight trips.



Racers will learn the skills and tactics necessary to compete at a high level against peers and adults.



Builders will continue to hone their woodworking and engineering skills through a variety of individual and group projects.