Hudson River Community Sailing (HRCS), a leading charitable organization that develops leadership and academic success for underserved New York City youth and provides maritime education and recreation to the community at large, will host its annual fundraising event, Sailing for Scholars, on October 11-13 in New York.
All proceeds from Sailing for Scholars directly support HRCS’s Youth Development programs, including Sail Academy, a four-year program that uses sailing and boat-building to teach math, science, and leadership to high school students. Concepts are taught on land and water using small-group, experiential learning. With locations in Chelsea and Inwood,HRCS currently partners with nine New York City middle and high schools to offer academic and social-emotional support. The academic curriculum is designed with New York City Department of Education teachers to support state standards.
In 2018, HRCS launched the STEM to Stern Campaign to build capacity by raising $1.5 million to invest in a new fleet of 15 J/80 sailboats with adaptations to make sailing accessible to everyone, a second Sail Academy Program for public school students in Inwood, and a classroom boat for youth and members. The organization has raised half of the funds thus far, and the first five J/80s will be used in this year’s regatta.
Last year, the Sailing for Scholars gala and regatta raised more than $200,000 for HRCS and Sail Academy. The 2018 Sailing for Scholars schedule will include:
Thursday, October 11—Gala and Silent Auction—HRCS will host a gala with a silent auction and a program led by students at the New York Yacht Club’s legendary Model Room from 6-8:30pm. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be provided. Tickets can be purchased on Hudson River Community Sailing's website.
Friday, October 12—Coaching and Practicing—There will be practice sessions from 11am-5pm at Pier 66 for all teams competing in the regatta. Coaching will be provided by Kristen Berry of Gale Force Sailing.
Saturday, October 13—Regatta—The race will take place at Pier 66 at 1:30pm. Those not racing can join HRCS on the Frying Pan for a spectator event that will include food and race commentary. Entry is free with a suggested donation. For more information firstname.lastname@example.org.