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07-04-2012 10:40 AM
QueenElvis
Re: Dinghy Sailing in New York City? Possible?

Welcome to Brooklyn, assuming you make it. There's GREAT sailing out of Gateway Marina on Flatbush Avenue and you can beach-launch your dinghy from there. And a bus stops right at the door. Unfortunately for you, there's not much of a dinghy community there (but maybe I'll pull out my dink and sail with you).

You're always welcome to come aboard my Cape Dory 330 for a ride, and there's plenty of other guys and a couple of gals with sailboats, so you'd have lots of instant company.

I've been out on the water on the most gorgeous of sailing days, and found myself to be alone - even on a weekend! It never ceases to amaze me that the water is so neglected as a past-time in NYC. The sailing is great, the water is clean and you can't beat the views. What's better than sailing past the Statue of Liberty? Or past the Cylcones field on Friday evening when the fireworks go off?

If you make it down for a field trip before you commit to the move, get in touch. I'll be happy to show you around.

Malcolm
Big Orange Marine
Your Boat's Best Move
boat transportation for the Hudson Valley,
the northeast and the entire US
06-29-2012 11:30 PM
paulk
Re: Dinghy Sailing in New York City? Possible?

You say you're looking for dinghy sailing, but don't say what dinghy. Thistle? 470? 420? Lightning? 505? Opti? Vanguard 15? Sabot? Different clubs in the NY area have different fleets. You may need to travel a bit to get to where they have boats like yours. In Manhattan, currents tend to make dinghy sailing difficult. They don't call it Hell Gate for nothing. Buttermilk channel may have a hefty chop churning much of the time. It's not like Toronto.
06-29-2012 12:52 PM
kawest
Re: Dinghy Sailing in New York City? Possible?

I sailed a Wayfarer/CL16 when I lived in Ontario but I'm now sailing on Halifax Harbour. I wouldn't want to be out in the harbour in a dinghy for all the reasons previously mentioned. I imagine New York harbor would be even more challenging.

My solution was to buy a Colgate 26 daysailer. As noted above by petercech they are the boats used by the Offshore Sailing School in Jersey City and you can join and rent their boats. They are a beautiful sailing boat almost dinghy like in their handling but with the stability and safety that a keel and outboard offer. It has certainly expanded my sailing horizons and would be an opportunity for you to try something different.
06-27-2012 11:51 PM
WanderingStar
Re: Dinghy Sailing in New York City? Possible?

Jamaica Bay is big, shallow, and breezey. Find a club, marina, or private dock there, and use public transportation. If you fancy a train ride to Port Jeff I'll take you out on my boat.
06-27-2012 10:05 AM
lillia28
Re: Dinghy Sailing in New York City? Possible?

Check the navesink river in Monmouth county NJ. Several sailing clubs, ditto raritan bay.
Lou
06-26-2012 10:08 PM
murphbmurph
Re: Dinghy Sailing in New York City? Possible?

I took instruction with NYC Community Sailing and then sailed with them for a couple of summers. They keep their 27' Solings at the Lincoln Harbour Marina, on the Jersey side of the Hudson, just south of the Lincoln Tunnel. Weekend days they match up experienced skippers with newbies, 3-4 to a boat, and go out for a few hours.
I now have a Precision 185 I keep at an inland lake. It would be very difficult to manage something as small as my 18 1/2' boat on the Hudson - the currents, tides, cruise ships, barges, tugs, sightseeing boats make it very busy. I don't think the Honda 2 HP I have would be a match for those currents.
06-26-2012 08:18 PM
smurphny
Re: Dinghy Sailing in New York City? Possible?

Can't imagine it'd be much fun trying to avoid the traffic in NY Harbor or dealing with the current, which can top 4 knots just N. of The Battery. Getting in and out of the city will be the challenge but no so much on weekends. There seems to be a lot of sailing activity along the north side of western LI Sound pretty close to the city. That's also probably the easiest escape route. Toward NJ you'll hit shore traffic on weekends and beach traffic on the LIE going out to LI. If you want to go a little farther, up on the Hudson, Poughkeepsie has two yacht clubs with active one design sailing.
06-26-2012 07:17 PM
JimsCAL
Re: Dinghy Sailing in New York City? Possible?

Port Washington on Long Island is a quick (30-40 minute) ride on the LIRR. Yacht clubs there have small boat sailing. At least one (Manhasset Bay) has a fleet of Ideal 18s that are shared. Next harbor out is where I am in Glen Cove. Its a longer (1 hour+) ride on the LIRR. My club (Hempstead Harbour Club) permits small boats to be stored on trailers or kept on moorings. We have an active Laser fleet. Sea Cliff YC has fleet of Ideal 18s that are shared. Next harbor out is Oyster Bay with 2 clubs - Sagamore and Sewanaka. Sagamore is right near the LIRR train station. Not sure what small boats they have there. Also near the station is a commercial marina (Oyster Bay Marine Center) and the Waterfront Center WFC - The WaterFront Center, Oyster Bay, NY - Long Island Sound: Sailing, Boating, Marine Education, Field Trips, Recreation, Kayaking, Summer Programs
06-26-2012 05:39 PM
Tempest
Re: Dinghy Sailing in New York City? Possible?

I taught sailing in NY harbor the past last two summers, I never saw a dinghy on the hudson, when I've been out. That's not to say they aren't there. I've just never seen em .
Without an engine if the wind dies, and it does, you are drifting with the current. ( 2-3 knots + ) as Caleb said, Or paddling.

I have seen paddelboarders out there, so anything is possible.

If you dunk a laser in front of a tug and barge, or one of the many ferries it could get ugly.

I would look to some of the spots others have mentioned.
06-26-2012 04:11 PM
CalebD
Re: Dinghy Sailing in New York City? Possible?

Is your boat a CL 14'?

With all the commercial traffic around Manhattan and the currents in the Hudson (2-3 knots) and East Rivers (3-5 knots) dinghy sailing is a questionable proposition. Even the NYC Community Sailing http://www.sailny.org/cms/ group uses 27' Soling's with an outboard on the transom.
However, you will find places to sail a dinghy in LI Sound, on Raritan Bay and up the Hudson. Nyack Boat Club has several fleets of racers, several are dinghies. Nyack Boat Club
Most of these places will take at least an hour to get to though.
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