Become A Member of the New York Sailing Collective
The NYSC Academy is a unique opportunity for interested sailors to learn the necessary skills to become a knowledgeable skipper. This interactive program places you at the helm of a 36’ coastal-cruising style sailboat where you will be taught the fundamentals of boat handling by learning sail theory as it applies directly to recreational cruising. The program focuses on interactive hands-on learning to build your skills and broaden your knowledge base focusing on how to prepare for a sail, crew operations and skills, leaving the dock and mooring, navigation, weather, safety including overboard rescue methods, anchoring techniques, and securing the boat properly.
We take an intuitive approach to learning how to sail and while the program will spend extensive time during the program learning the foundation of sailing principles and sail theory, the focus of the Skipper Academy is interactive and practical with the goal set on learning how to do it yourself. It will go beyond the traditional framework of sailing instruction and instill the skills to progress with the program and join the NYSC Skippers Program where you have opportunities to sail yourself in New York Harbor aboard our fleet.
New York Sailing Collective Skipper Member Upon graduating from the Skipper Academy, qualified sailors will have the opportunity to join the club and become a Skipper Member gaining access to the fleet to sail on your own. Graduates of the Skipper Academy will also be able to participate in the NYSC Regatta series where the fleet races in New York Harbor during summer weekday evenings. Skipper Academy graduates will receive exclusive Sailing Collective Travel Co. charter options abroad as well.
• Classes take place at 2:00 & 6:30 pm
• Classes are 2 to 3 hours
• There will be space for 4 Skipper Academy members per session
• Post-sail cocktails at Grand Banks Oyster Bar
• 10-week membership program
• Membership exclusive apparel included
• Because of the curriculum philosophy, the curriculum will not be linear - if you miss a class, you will have the opportunity to gain information in other classesCost: 10-week program | Summer 2020 Discount: $1690 per member (Full price: $2150)
• Monday 6:30 Session: SOLD OUT
• Tuesday 6:30 Session: SOLD OUT
• Wednesday 2:00 Session: current availability: 2
• Wednesday 6:30 Session: current availability: SOLD OUT
• Thursday 2:00 Session: current availability: 4
• Thursday 6:30 Session: current availability: SOLD OUT
**PLEASE INDICATE THE SESSION YOU PREFER UNDER NOTES ON BILLING PAGE**
NYSC Skippers Academy offers private sessions for your family or your friends. With groups ranging from 2 to 5 people, we can create a bespoke training program aboard our club sailboat during the week and weekends from 6-week sessions to 12-week courses. To qualify to become an NYSC member, a 10-week course is required. Contact Sailing Collective and ask us about our bespoke Skippers Academy program.
* Because of Covid-19 awareness, we ask for members to sign up as a couple or a pair with someone they have been in regular contact with to minimize the exposures of interacting in close proximity with others. There will be hand-sanitizer available aboard and we ask for students to utilize sailing gloves while aboard. The instructor will also take a temperature check for each student before embarking. Students who have a fever or Covid-19 symptoms will be unable to attend until further testing is conducted.
After graduating with a degree in Outdoor Education, Ross Beane has been relentless about sharing his love of wilderness travel with people wherever he goes. Having worked with programs from Alaska to Maine, he enjoys guiding students of all ages and abilities into beautiful and remote locations to foster technical know-how and an appreciation of the natural world. With multiple certifications in wilderness emergency medicine, he brings with him an understanding of risk management that keeps it safe without compromising fun. An avid sailor since youth, Ross has made many safe crossings and has taught sailing for The Wooden Boat School, New York Harbor Sailing Foundation, and the Manhattan Sailing School before joining Dayyan to help start the Sailing Collective.
Dayyan Armstrong founded the Sailing Collective out of a passion for connecting people with the world through adventure and sailing. Having been raised with values based on multi-cultural awareness and the importance of global culture, Dayyan combined his enthusiasm for sailing and exploration to create an integrated sailing vacation organization open to adventures, explorers, and sailors alike. With a background in music performance, social theory, and a graduate degree in economics from the New School for Social Research, Dayyan is always excited to participate in discourse in topics of theory, art, adventure, and exploration. Outside sailing and exploration, Dayyan is passionate about cured meats, design, Maine, social theory, Cook’s Illustrated, a good museum, photography, Harper’s Magazine, and various types of cooking over fire or coals.
Andrew began sailing after college in his hometown of Chicago, where he spent summers cruising the coastline in J/22s with friends. His appreciation for sportsmanship grew into offshore yacht-racing, crewing foredeck in the 40ft class. After a few years in the regatta circuit, Andrew moved to England to achieve his personal goal of becoming a Yachtmaster of the Royal Yachting Association. The pursuit has taken him the world over and he comes to Sailing Collective an adventurous and social spirit. Today, he's a New Yorker in the making, dining his way through Manhattan and sailing about the island.
Taylor Collins grew up sailing the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. He spent his childhood racing Lasers and crewing on Defiance, a C&C 35, and Scorpio, A Creekmore 36. After earning a Masters in City Planning from the University of Arizona, Taylor relocated to New York City and quickly immersed himself in the sailing scene. As as sailing instructor, Taylor has introduced many New Yorkers to the sport of sailing and regularly leads charters in the Caribbean. Taylor is one of the original Sailing Collective captains and has sailed with The Sailing Collective in many locations worldwide. He is a certified diver and a fantastic vacationer. When not sailing, Taylor tends bar at Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s Walter Foods and works on his trucks and motorcycles.
Pier 25 Marina is the heart of the New York City boating community. NYSC keeps its fleet at the Pier 25 Marina mooring field. The marina is lively and one of Hudson River Trust's finest parks. Post-sail, we can enjoy oysters and beverages at the Grand Banks Oyster Boat aboard schooner Sherman Zwicker. The pier is also home to a wide range of recreational activities such as volleyball, mini-golf and a number of concessions stand.
Subways: 1 train at Canal Street | A C E train at Canal Street | 1 2 3 train at Chambers Street
225 West Street
New York, NY 10013
The marina is just 5 minutes from Battery Park and easy access for Uber / taxi drop off and pickups.
Sessions 2020 Summer Season:
Session 1: Tuesday Eve - July 21st to September 22nd
Session 2: Wenesday Afternoon - July 22nd to September 23rd
Session 3: Wenesday Eve - July 22nd to September 23rd
Session 4: Thursday Eve - July 23rd to September 24th
Session 5: Thursday Afternoon - July 23rd to September 23rd
Skipper Academy Member Perks
Weather conditions will dictate whether or not we will set out for our session. Thunderstorms represent danger and if the forecast indicates high probability, we will postpone the sail. The head skipper will notify crew in the event of inclement weather and whether of not the sail will be delayed or postponed.
If inclement weather including thunderstorms or a squall strikes, we will return to Pier 25 Marina and conduct the rest of the lesson aboard or over beverages aboard Grand Banks Oyster Bar.
Rescheduled classes will take place on Thursday evenings and week 13 on September 27th, 2020.
A 50% deposit is required and full payment due in full Week #1
Sailing Hudson River: Departing from Pier 25 Marina we set sail north up the Hudson River bound for the George Washington Bridge sailing by Manhattan’s Midtown and Upper West Side along the way. It will take roughly 3 hours to sail the west side of Manhattan and one we reach the George Washington Bridge, we will drop anchor in one of two anchorages: the Ross Dock Palisades Park in New Jersey or the Dyckman Marina in Inwood, Manhattan.
Jamaica Bay: Sailing south towards the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, this daylong voyage takes us south cruising through Upper New York Harbor and through the Narrows sailing towards Breezy Point Lighthouse where we will drop anchor off a sandy beach for an afternoon of activities. There will be roughly 3 hours of sailing total with plenty of time to enjoy activities ashore once we set anchor off Breezy Point.
Upper New York Bay: South of Manhattan Island is New York Upper Bay surrounded by Staten Island, New Jersey, and Brooklyn. This large bay offers prime sailing opportunities as we tack back and forth with the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline towering above. During our sailing course along Upper Bay, we will circumnavigate Governors Island, sail by Ellis Island, sail under the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg bridge can sail as far north as Rosevelt Island sailing alongside the United Nations building. This is a great opportunity to see New York City with a whole new geographic perspective.
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