Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Out on the River

It's the first day of September, but summer isn't over yet and neither is the Hudson Sloop Club's sailing program. On three days this week, there are opportunities to go sailing with the Sloop Club, to learn the basics of navigation and sailing or just to experience being out on the river.

Tonight, from 5:30 p.m. until sunset, the Sloop Club is offering a class called Intro to Navigating the Hudson, which teaches the characteristics of the river and how to navigate your boat safely. During the same time, there is the Tuesday Sail by the Hudson-Athens lighthouse, Middle Ground Flats, and Athens, to get a feel for sailing on the Hudson.

On Saturday, September 5, from 4 to 8 p.m., the Sloop Club is offering a four-hour course in Sailing Basics, which will demonstrate how to rig a boat, sail at different angles to the wind, and maneuver and teach basic sailing terminology. There is also a Saturday Sail, from 5:30 p.m. until sunset. 

On Sunday, September 6, from 2 to 7 p.m., the Sloop Club is offering free Community Sails on the Hudson for two hours or less leaving from the waterfront. 

Sailing classes are open to anyone aged 14 or older, and sliding scale pricing is available. Check out the Hudson Sloop Club website for more information about fees and to sign up.

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