Whether you’re new to sailing, or a seasoned sailor that wants to hone their skills, we have a program that will get you sailing like you’ve never sailed before! Experience the dramatic views of the Palisades and the Hudson Highlands from Haverstraw Bay, the broadest point on the Hudson River. Our unique location offers wide open sailing for uncomplicated teaching with easy navigation and steady breezes throughout the sailing season.
With over twenty years of sailing and teaching experience behind him, Steve Jennings founded the sailing school on the philosophy of teaching with “patience, not pressure.” We believe that Hands-On instruction is the best way to learn to sail, so the majority of class time is spent on the boats with personalized attention by expert sailors.
The Croton Sailing School was established in 1986 by Steve and Katherine Jennings. Steve Jennings grew up sailing and racing on the Hudson River and after spending time cruising the Caribbean and managing a sailing school in Virginia, he wanted to return to the most spectacular day-sailing he had yet discovered.
All our instructors are certified and personally trained by Steven Jennings. Instructors are trained to teach you with “patience, not pressure” and emphasize the benefits of Hands-On learning. We have instructors on staff certified by the ASA or US SAILING or possesses an USCG Captain’s license. Each also brings his or her own racing, cruising or daysailing experience into our standard class format, adding a personal dimension to the learning process. Instructors allow you to get “the feeling” of sailing so that your learning experience is a fun experience as well. Having taught thousands of students to sail safely our instructors at the Croton Sailing School are dedicated to making sailing a pleasure for you.
Learn to skipper a 20' - 27' sloop-rigged keelboat by day, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards.
Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered 25'-35' keelboat by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and seamanship.
Learn how to sail a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered 30'-45' sailboat during a multi-day cruise upon inland/coastal waters in moderate/heavy winds and sea conditions. Learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more.
Learn the the navigational theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in coastal and inland waters. On-water coastal navigation skills elements are contained in the ASA103, Basic Coastal Cruising, ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising, and ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising, in progressively increasing levels of detail.
Other Services Offered
- Private Courses
- Weekday Courses
- Weekend Courses
- Corporate Team Building Courses
- ASA 'Challenges'
- Summer Camps for Kids
- Day Sail Charters (member-only)
Croton Sailing School
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