Come Sailing

The sloop Clearwater is a nationally-recognized symbol of environmental awareness and a floating classroom to inspire tomorrow’s environmental leaders. Enjoy the Hudson Valley’s beautiful vistas and historic landmarks from aboard a majestic 106’ long replica tall ship. Learn about the Hudson River, its place in American history, and how a grassroots group of volunteers fought to save it.

Click on the type of sail you’re interested in, below, for the group sail application.

Clearwater’s sailing season runs from early April through the end of October, docking at numerous sites along the Hudson River, New York Harbor and western Long Island Sound. A basic sail program is three hours long, with 5-hour sails and extended programs also available.

Click on the type of sail you’re interested in below for the sail application form and for more information. 

Education Program“The Sailing Classroom” -Educational Group Sails

We bring history, biology, physics, and environmental science to life for your school or educational group. Since the launch of Clearwater, more than half a million young people and hundreds of thousands of adults have experienced their first real look at an estuary’s ecosystem aboard the sloop.Clearwater’s pioneering ship-based education programs are suitable for groups fourth grade through college.  Cost: $1,250. 

Public SailsPublic Sail Adventures

Enjoy a relaxing three hour sail aboard an historic tall ship! Sailing from docks up and down the Hudson River, experience the beauty of the river in the company of family and friends. Each sail is an ecological adventure as well as a voyage of discovery, learning more about the Hudson, and joining in songs about sailing and environmental concerns. Of course, all sails include time to relax and enjoy the beauty of the river!

SUNY 09 007Private and Corporate Charters

Charter America’s environmental flagship for your next special event. Sails on both Clearwater and Mystic Whaler are available for private parties, weddings and corporate events. Our sail programs can be customized to help you create a special event that energizes and re-connects your group, while providing your participants with an unforgettable, hands-on experience of the Hudson River. Cost: $2000 for non-profits; $2500 for individuals; $3000 for businesses.

Teaching onboardApprenticeships, Internships, and Volunteering

Join Clearwater’s crew for a week, a month, or longer as you develop your skills as a sailor and environmental educator. If you would like to help protect the Hudson River, meet other like-minded people, contribute to an organization you believe in, and improve your resume and life experiences, then Clearwater has great volunteer, apprenticeship, and internship opportunities for you aboard our historic sloop and renowned “floating classroom.” No experience is necessary for these once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to deepen your involvement with Clearwater and the river.