|Some of Hudson River Community Sailing's fleet of J/24s|
I recently took my own words to heart. Last month my wife Vicki and I enrolled in a sailing course. To be more specific, we took the US Sailing Basic Keelboat Course offered by Hudson River Community Sailing.
I chose HRCS primarily because they offered classes that fit into our schedule, Monday and Wednesday evenings. Most sailing schools in the New York metro area offer classes only on the weekends, which made it impossible for us to attend. Only HRCS and one or two other schools offered weeknight classes and HRCS fit into our schedule better than the other schools. In addition, we could easily commute from our home in Queens to the HRCs dock and facility on the Hudson River in Manhattan via the subway.
|Guy, Cairon and Vicki in the cockpit of a J/24 on the Hudson|
While I still do not know the definitive difference between US Sailing and the American Sailing Association, I liked the fact that US Sailing dates back to 1897 and is associated with the Olympics. ASA dates only as far back as 1983. It also seems that many non-profit community Sailing Programs associate with US Sailing while most Commercial Sailing Schools associate with ASA, and I liked the idea of learning with a non-profit community organization, like HRCS, rather than a commercial for-profit school. However, if an ASA affiliated school had better fit our schedule, we probably would have taken classes there without a second thought.
|Alex teaching about the parts of a sailboat|
|Ripley and Tom on a J/24|