Learning to sail in New York City

Learning to sail in New York City

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I always wanted to take a sailing lesson but never knew I could do it right in Manhattan until now. I went to the Manhattan Sailing School in North Cove.

Bob Woodring was my captain and sailing instructor. Our skipper was Rubbet, who is actually a hedge funder in real life.

I hopped in the J24 and of course put on my life jacket. We shoved off with a little help from the boat's motor. It got us out of the marina faster.

Once we were in the harbor we put up the sail. I walk along the vessel praying not to fall in. That water was so dirty, to say the least.

I took a few minutes relax and look around. The sky was gorgeous. Manhattan looked perfectly peaceful from the view. Now wonder why my captain sold his business to sail fulltime?

It was so relaxing while the waves were calm and no boats were around. But once we saw one, we go to work. It was time to move, which meant I needed to learn how to change course. So first I learned how to tack. Then it was time jibe, which is a little tricky to me.

So I learned the basics: hoisting, tacking, jibing, and boat safety. I was tired. And if you were wondering, the waves from the small boats did start to get to me. So it was time to go back to the hustle and bustle. But I'll definitely do this again.

Manhattan Sailing School is located in Lower Manhattan next to Battery Park City. A basic sailing course -- which is far more extensive than what I did -- will run you around $300 to $400.

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