If you want to sail frequently,
get a great value, and have other
people to sail with...
Club is the answer!
It's also FREE for one year
if you sign up for 4 certification courses, Learn-to-Sail through Coastal
Navigation! Get a complete sailing and cruising education - practice
and expand your horizons for free!
City Island Harbor and Western
Long Island Sound offer some the best sailing waters in the region.
You're already in these waters before you even cast off your mooring!
No time is wasted getting to enjoyable, productive areas to sail - a pitfall
of most other schools and clubs. Regardless of the wind direction,
there's a great itinerary just waiting for you. It's what makes sailing
and cruising instruction at our school so productive and enjoyable,
Club sailing is fairly common in sailing
schools these days. Why choose a club plan as opposed to renting?
And why OUR club plan?
see now, why a club plan...
Value. If you sail often,
you pay much less than a per-rental rate. It's better than owning
for many people, as they don't have to deal with maintenance, insurance,
Someone to sail with. Many
people have trouble scaring up crew to share the cost of a rental and just
help out. With a club, you can meet many other sailors and make new
friends. Plus, they're available to join you for...
Special activities. Some club
plans (not all) organize occasional special activities that enhance the
value of your membership. These can include flotilla trips, moonlight
sails, dock 'n dine trips, shoreside parties, and even races.
now why NY Sailing's
Unlimited sailing. Sail as
much as you want! No limits on how many times you sail, and very
reasonable reservation policies. During the week, you get unlimited
guest privileges, too, with reasonable weekend guest privileges.
If you're "skipper" rated, you don't even have to sail with other club
members if there's room for just you and your guest/s! Our "Last
Minute" reservation policies let you and your guests get out even more.
Skipper and crew members pay the same dues, and crew have equal opportunity
to steer, trim, etc. Everyone gets equal time.
Evening & night sailing.
Want to sail in the evening, or even at night? Any night of the week?
We're your Club. No one else offers this.
Moorings, not docks. Regardless
of wind direction, it's always a cinch to pick up your mooring. The
Club's two diesel launches whisk you in and out comfortably and safely.
(If you haven't used moorings, we'll teach you how.)
Overnights: a NY Sailing exclusive!
If you have Basic Cruising certification, you can take our boats with engines
out overnight! If you have Bareboat, you can take a boat out
for a long weekend! There's no extra charge. Bring your own
guests, sign up with other club members, or ask us to help you mix &
match. The value of this special privilege alone would pay for your
membership in a couple of trips!
Need to take the course to take advantage?
We'll set up a package deal for you. Contact
us to discuss.
No blackout days. Many clubs
are closed one, even two days per week. Our fleet is available to
you 7 days per week.
Longer season. We're open
from late April through early November - sometimes even earlier & later
depending on weather.
Value. You get more for your
money. We give you more days to sail, more hours, more special opportunities
and activities, more potential for discounts on your sailing - and we give
this all to you in a superior sailing environment. Why spend
50 to 100% more to sail in a poor location, or with no evening hours, or
with no overnights, or live with days of the week you cannot sail - or
all of the above? For that matter, why spend a little less sacrifice
some or all of our special benefits? There's certainly no value to
paying an initiation fee elsewhere for the right to then pay your membership
fee! Add our Club discount to the mix, and unless you've taken all
the courses or destination trips you will ever take, our value becomes
Your club membership
is FREE if you sign up for 4 certification courses from Learn-to-Sail
through Coastal Navigation!
here for details.)
-enjoying a sunset sail aboard our Hunter 25.5.
Location. We've said it before,
but will say it again: we have the best and most versatile sailing grounds
of any club or school in the region. Don't take our word for it:
a ride with us! (Contact us to arrange this
for free.) We're plenty accessible, too. Don't spend almost
as much time travelling around Manhattan, or to Jersey City, as you would
to get to City Island and the gateway to Long Island Sound - only to waste
any time saved by a shorter trip just getting out to productive sailing
waters (and then back again, later)! Tell use where you live, and whether
you're using public or driving. We'll tell you how to get here and
how long it takes. We can usually pick you up from the subway too.
Experience. Our family started
doing this in the mid-sixties. In fact, we began with a sailing club
before we started our first sailing school! This is an owner-operated
business, just as our first school was. We have more real, hands-on
experience than perhaps any other operator.
Variety of boats. We have
a fleet of Beneteau First 21.0's, as well as several larger cruiser/racers
with engines. All are fun, seaworthy sailing vessels that will help
you further develop your sailing skills. Assuming you have appropriate
experience and training, you can skipper any of the boats, and there's
no surcharge for the larger ones! There's even the opportunity to
do overnight trips, at no extra charge. To get ready for that, you
might want to take advantage of our...
Discount on courses. Club
members save 10% on any of our courses and clinics - including early bookings
for our destination trips in the British Virgin Islands, Italy, Greece,
and other locations, for which Club members will get special early announcement
before the general public and other customers. If you're already
a New York Sailing Center graduate, you get 10% off already, so we'll give
you an extra 5% on local certification courses for a total of 15%!
Outstanding facility. Our
new home at the Stuyvesant Yacht Club affords spacious lounge areas, large,
clean bathrooms and showers, parking, 2nd and 3rd story views over Eastchester
Bay and the Western Sound (see the afternoon sea breeze developing from
Long Island before anyone else can!), on-site restaurant and bar with commanding
water views, large gazebo by the water for shade and rain protection while
watching the boats go by, etc, etc.
Club members save 10% on any of our courses
and clinics - including early bookings for our destination trips in the
Caribbeand and Mediterranean.
Want to join for
free? Sign up for these courses at the full price, and your membership
is free for one year!
-a view from the mouth of Manhasset Bay. Sun is setting over
Membership is for the boating season in
which you join, and by joining, you agree to pay the relevant dues as outlined
below.If dues are paid in full up front, you save $100 (does not apply
to specials, pro-rated memberships, etc).
Installment plan: 50% down, 25%
in one month from signing up, and final 25% balance one month later.
Immediate family discount: 50% off
for as many as you wish to enroll, whenever they enroll. This is
defined as married, or immediate relative (parent, sibling, or child),
residing in the same household, and solely at the discretion of NY Sailing
Friends & other family joining
together: 20% off each if signing up at same time.
Discounts cannot be combined.
Skipper: those competent to skipper
our boats, whether graduates of our school, certified graduates of other
schools, or with comparable experience and skills. The type of boat
a skipper can reserve will correspond to their experience and certification
level. See more details under boats.
Crew: those not competent to skipper
a boat. Crew members must have taken a basic sailing course, or have comparable
experience, to join. Meeting these prerequisites does not necessarily
qualify a member to be skipper versus crew.
Membership dues are the same for both skipper
Everyone gets equal time! The
distinction between skipper and crew is whether you can be in charge of
the boat - not whether you get to steer equally (or trim sails, etc) -
NO INITIATION FEE
We also include a quick checkout of your
sailing skills to determine if we can allow you to act as skipper, and
on which boats.
Weekdays - unlimited, as long as
other members are not displaced. Otherwise, 1 one guest permitted
each time. No requirement to sail with another member: if you're
the only one available, and you can bring someone reasonably capable of
helping out, you can go if you're skipper rated. If you're crew rated,
you must sail with another skipper member.
Weekends: members get 6 weekend
guest passes; allowing one person at a time with each pass. If there
is extra room on the day of the reservation, you may bring as many guests
as there is room for on the boat for which you hold a spot, without using
any of your passes. We will allow more frequent guest uses on weekends
as long as space permits and we're not turning away other Club members.
The Club's goal is to provide maximum sailing
time and value to members, so we do not allow unlimited guest privileges.
Also, we do not allow you to pay for extra guest privileges, as this will
only defeat the purpose of the club and the money will not go back into
the pockets of displaced members. However, if there's room on a boat,
we're very flexible with guest privileges and last-minute reservations.
We believe that the limits in place are a reasonable balance that will
benefit the entire membership.
Three Beneteau First 21.0's with 110 genoas
and 'storm' jibs (portable 3.5 horse o/b's available)
Seafarer 26 with in board diesel and roller
furling jib & genoa
Pearson 26 with 4 stroke electric high-thrust
o/b and roller furling
Cal 27 with inboard Atomic 4, roller furling,
Dutchman main, head & holding tank
Pearson 31 with diesel, wheel, roller furling,
C&C 33 MKI with wheel & roller furling.
We reserve the right to replace fleet
boats with comparable substitutions. We do not guarantee that all
boats will be operable at all times, and make no guarantee of the availability
or functioning of outboard or inboard engines. Notwithstanding the
above, every effort will be made to ensure that a sufficient number of
boats is available to comfortably accommodate club demand. If membership
grows to the point that capacity is strained, the Club will add suitable
boats to the fleet.
MEMBERS PER BOAT: maximum of four
to five, depending on size and grouping. Minimum: can be just you
singlehanding once we know you can do it.
Skippers with Basic Cruising or higher
certification can overnight on vessels with engines (including the Beneteaus
if temporarily equipped with an outboard). Skippers with Bareboat
or higher can overnight for up to three days/two nights on vessels with
inboard diesels. In some cases, Coastal Navigation certifiation will
be requried. It will depend on your proposed itinerary and the number
and experience of guests. CoNav will not required for overnights
to Manhasset Bay or Hempstead (where you can dock 'n dine at Louie's Oyster
Bar & Grill, Marino's, or Steamboat Landing, then drop a hook or grab
a mooring for the night - or, if you're feeling lazy, you can pay to stay
at the dock. That's a nice splurge sometimes, but as these are protected
harbors, anchoring is a cinch.
Overnight trips are private; if you are
a skipper and you book an overnight, we will not add other members to your
boat. You choose who comes along. However, any two or more
members can choose to sign up together for overnight trips, as long as
there is one skipper aboard with sufficient certification. Also,
you can request to be paired up with others needing skipper or crew for
overnights, and while we make no guarantee of finding a match, we will
endeavor to find other members for you to go with.
N.b.: when you reserve a session,
you do not have to use the full session. You may arrive late and/or
leave early. The full session you reserved is available for you.
Weekdays: two sessions. 10-2
Night sailing: Once checked out
and you're cleared to do this, you can sail up until just before midnight.
(Launch service ends at midnight so you have to hail for a pickup and be
ready to board the launch BEFORE the stroke of midnight.) If
you want to return later, you must check with the Director (accessible
by text for this) to get approved. Then, you can return anytime you
want. The Club has reciprocity with a neighboring facility for midnight
- 8am service and you'll be advised how to contact them for service.
For our Beneteaus, there are two
sessions when we're not full, and three sessions when we are.
Two-sessions: 9-3, and 3-9.
Three sessions: 9-1, 1-5, &
If we book you for a longer 2-session
schedule, and we're filling up,
For the other boats: two sessions - 10-3:30
and 4 to 9.
Overnights (if qualified): take
the vessel sometime during the 4-9 session, and return it by 10am the next
Flexibility in hours: as long as it doesn't
affect members who have reserved adjacent sessions, you can set your own
Done by phone or e-mail; confirmation by
Weekdays: there is no limit on reservations;
you may make as many as you want as far in advance as you want. However,
we do not guarantee availability if you do not make them 48 hours or more
in advance. You must cancel at least 24 hours in advance. as
weekdays are generally much less busy than weekends, there is no guarantee
that other members will be available to go with you. If that is the
case, a lone skipper can take guests, but crew members cannot go without
a skipper member.
Weekends: You can reserve no more
than 2 weeks in advance and hold no more than two reservations at a time.
Once you use at least one reservation, you can make another. You
can change reservations at will, as long as you do so at least 24 hours
in advance. If you cancel less than 24 hours in advance, or fail
to show, you forfeit one reservation within two weeks of the end of the
session you missed.
If you try to make a weekend reservation,
but we are either full or no other members sign up 24 hours or more before
the session (and you aren't qualified to go on your own with a guest),
you may carry another reservation within the next 3 weeks.
"Last Minute" reservations
You can join a boat without an advance
reservation on a "last minute" basis if there is room as follows - if by
5pm the day before a morning or mid-day session, or if by 11am on the day
of an evening session. These do not affect your reservations on the
books, and there is no limit to how often you take advantage of this.
See related provisions under Guests.
N.B: These provisions are
intended to help ensure good average availability of spaces for other members,
deter you from sailing. The idea behind our club plan is to encourage
active participation. We will endeavor to get you out sailing whenever
possible, and will be as flexible as possible in enforcing the reservation
and guest provisions without displacing other members. For example,
if we have plenty of room on the schedule you can carry extra reservations
further in advance.
SECURITY DEPOSITS and other doom
& gloom scenarios...
Each member must supply a credit card to
be authorized for a security deposit before their first sail. The
amount of the initial authorization is $250, but in the event of damage
that is not ordinary wear and tear as determined by club, the amount charged
to the members card on file will be the estimated damage divided by the
number of members on board, up to the limit of Club's insurance deductible
(currently $500 for hull policy and $1000 for liability, and subject to
change without notice if Club changes insurance). The initial authorization
of $250 is not to be considered an accord in satisfaction unless the combined
charges cover the damage, or the Club's insurance deductible, whichever
is greater. If Club's insurance denies responsibility for the claim,
each member is responsible for all damages, jointly and severally, up to
the value of the vessel. In the event of gross negligence, willful
misconduct, or other irresponsible behaviour or use of the vessel, or violation
of club rules for use of boats as provided to members upon joining, the
member or members responsible shall be fully responsible for all damages
and Club will charge the member or members cards for the full value of
all damages, regardless of insurance coverage. If a member's card
is declined, this will not absolve that member from their responsibility
under this provision.
A Member's privileges will be suspended
if they do not pay their installment dues or if they do not pay for damages
as required above. Club may take any legal action to recover monies
due to Club for dues or damages, and Member expressly agrees to be responsible
for reasonable legal fees incurred by Club in recovery.
Club dues and initiation fees are non-refundable
with no exceptions. If you become unable to continue sailing due
to a new medical condition or injury, solely as determined by the Club,
you have two options. You can either:
1. Suspend your membership until such
time as you are able to continue, and resume your membership privileges
for the amount of time you were not able to use them. The Club will
have sole discretion to make all determinations regarding this provision.
2. Transfer or sell the remaining term
of your membership. The purchaser or transferee will be responsible
for a new initiation checkout fee if relevant. We will try to help
you find someone to take over your membership, but are not obligated to
The club will organize occasional club
activities such as the following:
Guest privileges for these activities will
be on a space-available basis, with details announced when the activity
Moon light sails and evening sails (with an
instructor on at least one boat)
Dock 'n dine excursions for lunch or dinner
(everyone pays for their own food & drink)
Club mixers on the waterfront
Destination trips where club members get early
announcement, first choice of spaces, and a discount for early booking.
Educational seminars & clinics
There is no additional charge for local
events except for your share of food & drink on dock 'n dine excursions.
Each member/guest will pay for what they ordered, but everyone will split
the tax and tip. This is simple and fair. Members must bring
for settling up as multiple credit and debit cards are awkward.
Local events will made available to non-members
as room permits. Destination trips are open to anyone who is a good
fit as determined by the Sailing Center, but members will still get the
early announcement and early-booking discounts above.
The information above is intended as a descrption and summary of our
club plan. For complete details, read our membership application
Still "on board?" Contact
us to request a membership application, or to request more information!