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09-11-2012 03:43 PM
nygabe
Re: Dinghy Classes in New York City Area

Hi Michele-There's definitely a couple places that are still open in the fall, there's the Dinghy Shop in Amityville (I think they only have one Sunfish and a Hunter 140 that they rent out but I could be wrong)...also there's the Waterfront Center in Oyster Bay with plenty of Sunfish, which is the closest place to NYC I've found to rent one and it's right near the train station. In order to rent at the Waterfront Center you need to set up a check-out test with one of their instructors, I haven't done that yet but I took a couple lessons there. Maybe we could head there sometime and get checked out.
09-11-2012 03:13 PM
mcast
Re: Dinghy Classes in New York City Area

Hey Gabe,
Thank you for your reply! I would be up for renting some sunfish and have some fun! Do you think that it's still possible to do it in the Fall?

Best
Michele
09-10-2012 05:07 PM
nygabe
Re: Dinghy Classes in New York City Area

Michele and Mathew-I live in NYC and have been renting Sunfish on Long Island near public transportation, if you guys are interested in sailing sometime be in touch

-Gabe
09-10-2012 10:02 AM
mcast
Re: Dinghy Classes in New York City Area

Dear Matthew,
I also live in the New York area and I am an experienced dinghy sailer. I am looking for a mate to sail with on dinghies in the New York area. It doesn't really matter if your are experienced or not. So if you want to meet up and look for a sailing school or for a rental dinghy that would be great!

Best
Michele
06-02-2011 10:40 AM
jjablonowski I agree with WanderingStar that you shouldn't discount small keelboats.

The western part of Long Island Sound has good access to open water, predictable winds, negligible tidal currents. Convenient travel can be important, too. If you don't want to be automobile-bound, consider the Long Island RailRoad to Port Washington or MetroNorth to New Rochelle or Mamaroneck.

The New York Sailing School iin New Rochelle could be an option. They use Sonars for instruction and rental to their graduates.
06-02-2011 12:45 AM
nygabe Hey just saw your post-I took a dinghy class up in Westport CT (Longshore Sailing School-accessible via Metronorth) and am now looking into renting boats at some places off the LIRR (The Waterfront Center in Oyster Bay and the Dinghy Shop in Amityville).

If you might be interested in splitting a private lesson or just practicing on some rentals sometime, let me know.
05-20-2011 10:46 AM
Medusa28
Sailing instruction

As was mentioned, NYC is a big place. I belong to a non profit sailing club in New Jersey, just across the bay. We have youth instruction (9 to 16 yrs) as well as adult instruction and a "loaner boat" program, so you can practice. There are three loaner boats an O'Day 19, a Rhoades 19, and a Harpoon. Prices are reasonable. A few moorings available if you have your own boat.
check riverratssailing.org. We are on the Navesink River just south of Sandy Hook.
Lou
05-07-2011 10:22 PM
CrazyRu
Catamaran!!!

Get yourself a cheap catamaran and join Sandy Hook Catamaran Club. Or just join the club and find someone to crew for.
Club isn't far from NYC and it is superb place.
http://www.fleet250.org/shbcc/public/index
05-07-2011 08:18 PM
hellosailor Matt, the American Red Cross of Greater NY (ARC/GNY) used to have, and probably still has, a dinghy sailing class that is taught on Flushing Meadow Park lake every year. You might want to dig that up, IIRC it is cheap, affiliated with some small sailing club that also has two larger boats operating out of the World's Fair Marina nearby, all accessible from the #7 train.

Most of the sailing schools in the city will be using something bigger, J/24s, Solings, something in the 22-26' length. Some of the yacht clubs have dinghy programs but they're often for the juniors. Still, if you call around you may get some referrals.
05-07-2011 03:03 PM
CalebD One place in NYC to look into is: SailNY - New York City's Community Sailing Association
They sail 27' Solings in the Hudson River. The Soling is not exactly a dinghy but is a sporty racing boat.
This place in Oyster Bay does rent some dinghies: WFC - The WaterFront Center, Oyster Bay, NY - Daily Sailboat & Kayak Rentals

Many of the boating clubs in the area also have 1 Class dinghy racing matches throughout the season. This club is just one example and has a competitive Lightning fleet: Nyack Boat Club
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