N.Y. Harbor offers classic sailboat rides

July 31, 2008 at 3:43 pm 1 comment

If you don’t have a boat, or if you would like a change of pace by letting another skipper do the driving, consider a classic sailboat ride on New York Harbor.

“It’s a beautifully protected harbor with good breezes, so people can enjoy good sailing without fear of getting seasick,” said Pat Harris, who runs the Ventura, sailing out of North Cove on the West Side of Lower Manhattan.

Ventura is a 72-foot Herreshoff-designed sloop commissioned in 1919. Excursions include sunset and moonlight sails, and a bring-your-own brunch on Sundays. You can also bring your dog on Sundays. Call (212) 786-1204, or go online at sailnewyork.com.

On the New Jersey side of the river, the Richard Robbins, a 72-foot schooner built in 1902, sails out of the Lincoln Harbor Yacht Club in Weehawken. Dinner and brunch sails are offered to the general public, and private charters are available. Call (973) 966-1684, or visit classicsail.com.

“You’re on a historic wooden ship, with varnished and painted wood,” said the captain, Alan Jadro. “You’re outside, with a great view of everything, and the feeling of being close to the water.”

Back to Manhattan, also sailing out of North Cove, is Shearwater, an 82-foot schooner built in 1929. Call (212) 619-0885, or go to shearwatersailing.com.

Uptown a bit at Chelsea Piers at 23d Street, the Adirondack and Imagine, two 80-foot replicas of New York pilot schooners, offer regular two-hour rides. A replica of a 1920s-style motor yacht, the Manhattan is available for those who prefer their propulsion by engine. Call (646) 336-5270, or go to sail-nyc.com.

At the South Street Seaport, the Pioneer, a 102-foot iron-hulled schooner built in 1885, gives harbor rides. Call (212) 748-8786, or check southstseaport.org. Rides are also offered aboard the W.O. Decker, a historic tugboat.

 

THE YOUNG ONES

 

Beautiful weather greeted the 350 young sailors racing in the Midatlantic Junior Olympic Festival hosted by the Island Heights Yacht Club on the Toms River Monday and Tuesday. Scott Barbano of the Brant Beach Yacht Club was the overall winner in the Optimist Gold Fleet, and Matt Cascioli of the Spray Beach YC took the honors in the Optimist Silver Fleet.

Scott Houck and Jack Orfel of the Annapolis YC won the Club 420 event, and Max Lopez of the Raritan YC won in the Laser Radial. Kelly McGlynn of the Little Egg Harbor YC won the girls title in the Laser event.

THE OLDER ONES

 

Sailors competing in the Squan Tri-Sail raced the bad weather to the dock Sunday in the final of the annual two-day regatta in the ocean near the Manasquan Inlet, and this year on a separate course in Barnegat Bay.

There were a multitude of trophies awarded. The Toby Price award, for overall performance, went to Dave Alldian of the Metedeconk River YC in the spinnaker division, and Fritz Baier, also of the Metedeconk club, in the non-spinnaker division.

The award honors the late Toby Price, a longtime writer at the Asbury Park Press who covered boating. The regatta was hosted by the Bay Head, Manasquan River and Metedeconk River yacht clubs.

 

HELPING HANDS

 

Sail-Habilitation, the Barnegat Bay program that takes disabled persons out for a day on the water, still needs volunteer skippers for their Community Boating Day Aug. 2 at the Lavallette Yacht Club.

Boats both power and sail capable of carrying four to six persons are needed. Helpers will be on hand to help transfer riders on and off the boats, and to assist during the ride.

If you would like to help call (732) 505-0202, or e-mail sailhabilitation@aol.com.

 

 

By Charles Zusman

The Star-Ledger

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