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Hudson River Community Sailing

  • Hudson River Community Sailing
  • 207 12th Ave
    Pier 66 Boathouse
  • New York, NY 10001
  • (212) 924-1920
  • 2007
  • Sunaina Rao
  • Academic Director
  • (212) 924-1920

Program Description

Sail Academy, HRCS's flagship program, provides youth development, academic enrichment, and leadership education through sailing and boatbuilding to 200 students in NYC. Students earn academic credit in physical education, math and science as they learn to sail, navigate, construct small wooden boats, and study the marine environment.

The curriculum is based on the methodology of experiential, student-centered, discovery learning; math, science, and leadership are taught through concrete, hands-on situations in small groups led by positive, responsible educators.

In Sail Academy Chelsea, students enter the program in the fall of their freshman year and over the course of four years they learn to sail, build wooden boats, and work as a team. In Sailing by Numbers, 9th grade students gain skills in math as they are introduced to sailing. 10th grade students in Ocean Literacy study the science of the Hudson and learn to become stewards of the river. As students enter their 11th and 12th grade years, they gain more independence and have the opportunity to specialize based on their interests. They choose between elective tracks taught by various HRCS staff in areas of expertise including racing, passage-making, engine maintenance, and boat building. This specialization both engages students and gives them a taste of the structured independence of college courses.

Sail Academy Inwood serves middle school students and the program follows a similar progression to Sail Academy Chelsea, with sailing in the fall and spring and boat building in the winter. The Sail Academy Inwood curriculum is adapted from the US Sailing Reach curriculum. This year we have also included robotics into our curriculum through a project where students build and test underwater Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs).

We operate Sail Academy in the context of a vibrant Community Sailing center that gives NYC affordable access to the water. The Community Sailing program also provides our youth with meaningful internships and connects them with diverse volunteers, career speakers, and mentors.

Services Provided

  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College transition and retention support
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 150
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0


  • Less than 25%