• Master the sails with lessons from a maritime champion
• Learn the basics, get certified or just ride along and soak in the view
• Cruise the marina on a keelboat used to train the U.S. Navy
America’s Cup competitor and Olympian Steve Colgate is a master of maritime, having raced yachts in Cuba, Spain, and England before he was out of his teens. Since 1964 he and his wife Doris, formerly a writer at Yachting Magazine, have been teaching neophyte sailors the ways of the sea on his award-winning keelboat Colgate 26—used for training sessions by the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard—at his renowned academies in New York, South Florida, and the Caribbean. Book a two-hour sailing lesson at his new outpost in Battery Park City’s North Cove Marina at Brookfield Place, where you’ll trim the sails, learn the basics, or just hang out in the sun and see downtown Manhattan from a gorgeous vantage point.
Arrive at the North Cove Marina by taking the train to Chambers, Park Place, Cortland or Fulton, depending on what works best for you. From each of these, it will be just a 5 or 10 minute walk to get to the Marina.
NORTH COVE MARINA: 250 Vesey Street; 212-786-4888 or 800-221-4326; offshoresailing.com; two-hour lessons available from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; $75 per person, per hour, with a 2-hour and 2-person minimum. Open from April 1- October 31.