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Re: Dinghy Sailing in New York City? Possible?
If you have $1500/year, you can join "offshore" sailing school (Jersey City NJ) and rent their keelboats for daysailing mornings or afternoons. Best deal around IMHO, far cheaper than owning and their boats, Colgate 26's, are some of the best sailing daysailors around.
There are some sunfish and optimists in liberty state park (Jersey City NJ), not sure how that works but I'm pretty sure you can't keep your own dinghy there.
There are various kayaking clubs etc on the hudson river, but be aware that the wind usually sucks on the Hudson anywhere north of the southern tip of manhattan. There is an outrigger canoe club in manhattan as well, on pier 36 I THINK, they too have keelboats moored there but be aware that New Jersey (and jersey city) is infinitely cheaper than New York, and closer to Manhattan than Brooklyn is travel-wise. Nice club house as well, showers/restaurant/etc, and there are plenty of decent beaches within daysailing range.
In fact, if you will be working in Manhattan, you should really look into Jersey City as its downtown is somewhat comparable to the scene in Brooklyn and it is much nicer, with better access to sailing/beaches/etc (I am biased of course), plus you can own a car and actually use it (decent parking and not so much traffic as brooklyn) so that's nice.
If you want to travel a bit (you will have to take two trains instead of one) the Raritan yacht club has plenty of dinghies (serious ones too) and some great sailors too. It's also a nice cruising ground and has a pretty good racing scene without all the ferries/tourboats/etc interrupting you all the time.
Last edited by peterchech; 06-26-2012 at 12:42 PM.