Always wanted to learn how to sail? Just bought a sailboat, but want some professional training? Now you can take custom lessons with the Riverport Sailing School.
Join our US Sailing certified instructors on one of our sailboats or arrange for instruction on your own boat (boat must pass safety inspection).
Each lesson is 3 hours long and takes place at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. You may register for more than one lesson at a time.
Once you register, we will work with you to schedule your lesson with one of our many qualified instructors. If you have dates or times in mind, please include them in the "notes to seller" field. Many instructors are available after 5 pm or on weekends.
Minimum of two students required
Pricing for two students is $150 per person for HRMM members, $165 for non-members.
Pricing for three students students is $125 per person for HRMM members, $140 for non-members.
Pricing for four students is $100 per person for HRMM members, $115 for non-members
Please list all student names and emails in the "Notes to seller" field.
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Basic Keelboat will include Preparation to Sail, Crew Operations and Skills, Sailing Theory, Leaving the Dock or Mooring, Navigation, Navigation Rules, International-Inland, Heavy Weather Sailing, Overboard Rescue Methods, Safety and Emergency Procedures, Anchoring Techniques, Returning to the Dock or Mooring. The course will use the "Basic Keelboat" textbook published by the United States Sailing Association. The textbook is included in course tuition. The class will be taught primarily on the water aboard the Riverport Sailing and Rowing School's 26-foot keel boats. Students will practice their on the water skills to gain confidence in operating their vessels. At the end of the course, qualified students will have the option of taking the test to qualify for the US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification.
This course is limited to 8 students, with a 4:1 student to instructor ratio.
Gunter Spilaus - Growing up in South Africa, Gunter comes from a family of sailors. He started sailing at the age of 6 in Optimists, and progressed through the ranks to Keelboats. Gunter joined the South African Navy as a Diver and quickly become a Dive Supervisor. Sailing competitively on large boats all around the Southern tip of Africa he solidified his love of sailing. Gunter earned his USCG Capt license and holds a Level 3 Coastal Kayaking Instructor. After 20+ years of managing outdoor adventure events, running teambuilding programs and guiding tours, he is as comfortable teaching kids in a summer program, as he is presenting to upper management at a corporate event. Gunter is an avid mountain biker and when not sailing, is hiking, biking or skiing with his wife and two daughters.
Christin Ripley - Christin grew up on the Gulf Coast of Florida where she learned how to sail. She has worked on tallships transiting the US East Coast and Caribbean, and sail-freight on the Hudson River. She's taught at sailing schools in Baltimore, Cape Cod, New York City, and NY's Hudson Valley. She holds 100-ton Inland USCG License, and US Sailing Level I and Basic Keel Boat Instructor Certification. When not sailing, Christin is designing and fabricating textiles in her Catskill shop "Objects 'n the Round".
Dates: Three Saturdays: September 8, 15, and 22
Price: $335 for HRMM members (Household & above), $395 for non-members
Location: Riverport Wooden Boat School
86 Rondout Landing
Kingston, NY 12401
Hudson River Maritime Museum
50 Rondout Landing
Kingston, NY 12401
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and related industries.
Become a member and receive benefits like unlimited free museum admission, discounts on classes, programs, and in the museum store, plus invitations to members-only events.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum receives no federal, state, or municipal funding except through competitive, project-based grants. Your donation helps support our mission of education and preservation.