location, location…

Over 50 years of our family giving you more of what you go to sailing school for!SM

City Island – where NYC ends and serenity begins!  Note the satellite image showing proximity of City and Hart Islands, in yellow, to Manhattan.

We teach navigation in Manhattan, but we SAIL out of City Island…

“A little bit of Nantucket in the Bronx” Jack Newfield, prolific author and journalist/columnist for both NY and national publications.

Watch us on New York’s Channel 5!  “Closer Than You Think: City Island,” including its America’s Cup history, and sailing at NY Sailing Center!  See why reporter Christal Young said, “The vibe is a lot more Cape Cod than New York City.”

(Of course, we don’t sail out of City Island when we’re on a sailing vacation course with you in the Caribbean or Mediterranean.)

Some schools have multiple locations…  Some locations have multiple schools!

City Island has been home to sailing schools since 1964 – far longer than anywhere else in the New York Tri-State area.  It’s only a mile and a half long by half a mile wide, yet it’s home to all this, giving it the most sailing density in the region…

  • 3 sailing schools (all ASA affiliates)
  • 1 sailing team: Fordham University Rams
  • 3 yacht clubs whose fleets are almost all sailboats
  • 1 sailmaker: Doyle (global; formerly Hild Sails, a renowned regional loft) 


Excellent sailing and teaching waters, plus easy access from Manhattan and other Boroughs (including by public), and much of New Jersey, Westchester, Connecticut and Long Island.  Live on the Upper East Side?  We’re a 35′ ride on the 6 train plus a quick pick-up at the station.  But even if it takes you a little longer to get to us from wherever you live, it pays off huge dividends for the rest of the day that you won’t get elsewhere.

Kewl arial shot of City Island and what surrounds it, by Donald Zachary Schweter (long-time friend of the Sailing Center). Bottom: Orchard Beach, NYC’s largest public beach, with wood and shoreside trails, tennis and basketball / paddle courts, jetties, and lots of birds! Middle: City Island on right, and part of Hart Island on left. Top: the western North Shore of Long Island and eastern Queens! Also, the Throgs Neck Bridge on top right. All this is your playpen and progression park for sailing.

It doesn’t make sense to have a quicker commute to your sailing club, but waste the entire day in a poor sailing and learning environment!  Here’s how our waters give you more:

  • Gentle currents.  Our learn-to-sail boats have no motors.  Don’t need ’em!  And, they’re not part of the learn-to-sail standards.  You’ll learn to start and stop under sail – the way you’re supposed to.  Don’t try that on the Hudson or NY Harbor, where standing still fighting the current is standard.
  • Steady breezes.  No skyscraper wind shears here, nor parallel rivers converging in confusion.  Our breezes are much steadier, making learning more fun and effective.  You’ll learn to deal with the natural wind shifts found everywhere.
  • ‘Play Pen.’  We can set our Obstacle CourseSM buoys at will in open City Island Harbor, where there’s plenty of room to work on all skills at any pace.  See our students in action on it and how it “gives you more of what you go to sailing school for!”SM
  • Low commercial traffic.   Almost none, very predictable… and zero in our ‘play pen.’  In NY Harbor and the Hudson/East Rivers, dodging commercial traffic is a huge time waster and more than a little dangerous.
  • ‘Terrain’ variety.  We have the learning zone and ‘play pen’ (bunny & green ski slopes).  We have the open Sound (blue & black slopes).  We have it all, on-demand, and there’s no time wasted getting to whatever we need.

So, what’s it like to get to us?  Quick and convenient by public or car (we’ll give you directions later). Here’s part of the NYC Subway Map, with little City Island on the top right…

sub map CI crop
Half the length of Manhattan away from it, City Island is easy to get to by the 2, 5 & 6 trains, the Dyckman Street Bus, and Metro North. We can usually pick you up from any station and if not, there are bus and taxi transfers available. Only 35′ from UES on the 6 train to Pelham Bay Park.

(Click pic for full size)  Our Google Map listing shows us smack dab in the center of everything – but not in the middle of nowhere. Extremely convenient by road from much of the Tri-State area.

Ready for directions?  Here you go  Or, just ask us.

All that… and being on New York’s ‘out island’ to boot.  City Island is a charming little boating community that’s only half the length of Manhattan away from it.  Yet, after crossing two bridges and NYC’s largest park to get here, one understands where the famous columnist Jack Newfeld was coming from when he wrote that City Island is like “a little bit of Nantucket in the Bronx.”

For our instructional sailing vacations we sail out of both the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.  Our prime stomping ground down south is the British Virgin Islands, or BVI as they’re known.  Why?  They have the best balance of conditions, attractions, and logistics – and they’re just about impossible to get tired of, as evidenced by how many cruisers from around the world keep coming back year after year, and decade after decade.

For the Med, we like variety, and have sailed in Greece, and Italy. and Croatia.  Why?  Do we really have to spell out these spots?  Well, maybe from a sailing standpoint.  They are cruising paradises, with abundant options on where to go in a one-week trip.  Med trips happen each fall, somewhere after Labor Day and before Columbus Day (second half of September to early October).  This way we beat the crowds and still have summer weather and warm water.  And, the restaurants, cafes and bars are still hopping!

All the best boats, teaching props, and instructors won’t do much good if the teaching terrain is lacking.  Ski schools don’t send their 1st-timers up the lift to double-diamond mogul trails.  A sailing school has to have access to suitable teaching waters too.

Ready for directions?  Here you go.  (Pulls up Google Map showing our address and lets you put in your origin and method of transit.)

Any questions on directions?  Just hit us up!)