COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the pandemic, we do not expect to be able to sail with passengers or provide in-person education sails in 2020. The good news is that we have launched our new Clearwater Connects program, providing virtual sailing experiences on Clearwater and from the banks of the Hudson River for all ages. For more information and to discuss having a program curated for your group, visit our Clearwater Connects page

Join us on board the sloop Clearwater, a majestic replica of the cargo sloops that traveled the Hudson River in the 18th and 19th centuries and a nationally recognized symbol of environmental awareness! We sail from a variety of docks from Albany to New York City, April through October.

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*NOTE* A credit card is required to reserve a charter, but will not be charged until you have authorized us to do so.
You may still pay with a check or purchase order at a later date.

A basic sail program is three hours long, with 5-hour sails and extended programs also available.

Questions? Email

“The Sailing Classroom” – Educational Group Sails

We bring history, biology, physicClearwater_OnboardEducations, 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: $1,500. 

Take up the Slack – If you need assistance paying for your sail, see if a local business or individual can “take up the slack” with a full or partial sponsorship.

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Enjoy a relaxing two-hour sail aboard a 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! You can give the gift of sailing to a friend or loved one by purchasing a Public Sail Gift Certificate.

Private 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: $2,000 for non-profits and small businesses;

$2,500 for individuals;

$4,000 for corporate charters.

Traineeships and VolunteeringVolunteer2

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.

Tell us how it went:

Clearwater is constantly improving our educational sail programs and classroom materials. Please give us feedback on how your Sailing Classroom Program went so we can continue to serve you better. Fill out and return the following evaluation by mailing it to our office or emailing it to our education director, Erik Fyfe,

Clearwater Sail Program Evaluation (pdf)

Clearwater Sail Program Evaluation (online form)