Clearwater Announces 2013 Spring Sail Schedule

Now Accepting Group Applications for Spring and Summer Sails

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, America’s flagship environmental organization, announces that the Spring 2013 Sail Schedule is now online and found on Clearwater’s website at www.clearwater.org/come-sailing/sail-schedule/. Clearwater is currently accepting applications to sail onboard the sloop during the spring and summer of 2013. The Summer 2013 Sail Schedule will be posted on the website mid-March.

The schooner Mystic Whaler joins the sloop again this season from April through June, to complement Clearwater’s educational and public sail programs. In addition, both vessels will offer public sails at Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, taking place on Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16 at Croton Point Park, in Westchester County, NY.

Offering a variety of sails, including educational group sails, private charters, and public sailing adventures, every sail is an ecological adventure and a voyage of discovery on an historic tall ship. Passengers have an opportunity to learn about the Hudson River, participate in the sailing of the ship, and join in sing-a-longs with the crew. Since Clearwater’s launch in 1969, more than half a million people have experienced the Hudson River’s estuary ecosystem firsthand aboard the sloop.

Clearwater’s educational group sails bring history, biology, physics, and environmental science to life for schools, summer camps, and educational groups. Clearwater’s pioneering ship-based education programs are suitable for groups from fourth grade through college and include dockside orientation before departure, a call for “all hands to the halyards” to help hoist the sails, a presentation on Clearwater’s history and mission,  participation in maritime and folk music, and an opportunity to take the tiller.

Private parties, weddings, team-building sessions, and gatherings onboard the sloop Clearwater or the schooner Mystic Whaler can be customized to meet each group’s needs, accommodating catered events and hired musicians. Our professional captains and crew have experience facilitating a wide variety of special events and will work to ensure that the details of each sail are arranged to perfection.

Public Sail Adventures are suitable for all ages, and engage participants with special themes, guest speakers, and musicians. Those sailing onboard enjoy the Hudson Valley’s beautiful vistas and historic landmarks from the deck of a majestic 106-foot long replica tall ship, while learning about the Hudson River, its place in American history, and how a grassroots group of volunteers fought to save it. The Public Sail Schedule for the spring and summer seasons will be posted mid-March.

The sail season runs from late April through the end of October, casting off from, and returning to numerous sites along the Hudson River from Albany to New York City, New York Harbor and western Long Island Sound. Most sails are three hours long, with 5-hour sails and extended programs also available.  Clearwater members receive a special discount when booking public sails.

The sloop Clearwater is a nationally-recognized symbol of environmental awareness and provides regionally- based high quality experiential education opportunities.

To book your group sail or for more information,  please contact Catherine Stankowski, Sail Program Manager, at (845) 265-8080 x7107 or at Sail@Clearwater.org

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