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SailNY welcomes all sailors and potential sailors . We provide activies ranging from sail training from introductory sailing for the complete novice to frostbite match racing for the most hardened racer. Financial subsidies are available to those who otherwise may not be able to afford the sport.

Our goal is to sail-train all who would like to sail, so they might enjoy a thrilling and rewarding sport.

New members certified to the basic keelboat level--either by ASA,US Sailing or our own course of instruction--receive a Competent Crew designation. They sail with at least one qualified skipper on board, but are encouraged to take the helm during recreational sails and fleet racing.

Skipper rating is conferred upon sailors who successfully complete our Skipper Qualification Clinic. Skippers are privileged to take out a Soling at almost any time, as long as at least one other person is aboard. The clinic presumes intermediate keelboat sailing skills and considers local Hudson River conditions; especially currents, tides and traffic. ASA 101 (or equivalent) certification is required to enroll in the Skipper Qualification Clinic.


For those with no sailing experience, we offer our own Basic Keelboat course. After successfully completing this two-day, 16-hour, course (usually taught on two Sundays), you will qualify as Competent Crew and be on you way towards a Skipper's rating.


Those with some sailing experience including those who have recently taken a basic sailing course though not yet ready to skipper, can join SailNY as Crew members. During recreational sails, crew will have a chance to practice steering, sail trim, and other boat-handling skills with some informal coaching from a Skipper. The club provides opportunities for Crew and Skippers to find one another. Crew members are encouraged to become Skippers as rapidly as possible, so they can then themselves coach new Crew members.


Skippers must be able to rig sails, sail a triangular course, and pick up a mooring without power under normal conditions; they must be familiar with keelboats as large as 27 feet and must not venture out in conditions that exceed their abilities. In addition, Skippers must have a basic knowledge of the U.S. Inland Navigation Rules, know how to obtain and use tide and current data to plan a day sail, and have good local knowledge of the sailing area. Skippers are generally expected to provide informal coaching to Crew members.

Members, generally
Participants in SailNY's activities are required to become members of the New York City Community Sailing Association, a not-for-profit organization. Members are expected to contribute annually at least five hours of work to maintain the fleet, generally by cleaning, sanding and painting boats. Members who contribute at least twenty (20) hours of service to the association may vote at the annual meeting for directors. Directors in turn elect officers, who manage the organization.

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