Help Us Teach Local Children To Sail!
In 2017, the Hudson River Maritime Museum, a non-profit, founded the Riverport Sailing and Rowing School to foster respect and understanding of the Hudson River and its maritime traditions by providing access to the river through high-quality sailing and rowing instruction for people of all ages.
After a small and very successful pilot program in 2017, we are more than doubling our youth offerings this season. With four weeks of programs and up to twenty-two students each week, we expect to introduce over eighty youth to sailing on the Hudson!
To accommodate the increase in the number of students in our programs, we have partnered with the Riverport Wooden Boat School(RWBS) to build a fleet of six new sailing dinghies, called Optimist Prams. Optimist Prams are ideal for teaching beginner sailors on the Hudson River due to their simplicity and their youth-friendly design. RWBS has been constructing the fleet of Optimist Prams in their free afternoon youth wooden boat building program, YouthBoat.
We Need Your Help!
Our fleet of Optimists are so close to being completed! The community has come together to support our efforts to donate materials and many volunteer hours to help build our boats BUT, we have reached a point in the boat's construction where we need purchase our last remaining pieces of equipment so we can launch our boats and begin our sailing season.
By providing teens and pre-teens high-quality sailing education on the water, we show them the importance of keeping the Hudson River clean for everyone to enjoy and in preserving the important history of the river.
A donation to our youth sailing program will make affordable and professional sailing education on the Hudson River a reality for dozens of local youth for many seasons to come!
Please show us your support by donating and sharing our campaign!
To learn more and to sign up for our youth and adult sailing programs, please visit: