The late 1960s were a time of political and social upheaval in the United States. Taking action to protect the river was a natural extension of the sentiments of that time, that are once again mainstream today. Clearwater inspired families and friends to work alongside each other to protect the resource flowing through their community. Today, Clearwater holds generations together through collective work to bring about a cleaner, greener, safer world. The memories in the Generations Story Archive share why grassroots generosity and community action are powerful forces for good.

“Real Sailing Happens on the Hudson.”

January 23rd, 2023|

Dear Clearwater, I first met Clearwater in 2009 when I started as a month-long winter maintenance apprentice. The stories I have about Clearwater and her people are many. The impact that the boat and the [...]

“Two Unforgettable Weeks Aboard.”

January 9th, 2023|

Dear Clearwater, This year in late September, I visited New York City together with my oldest daughter Rebecca. It was my first visit to the city after exactly 25 years. We stood at the Hudson [...]

“Growing Up Clearwater.”

December 19th, 2022|

Dear Clearwater, My first introduction to Clearwater was a winter maintenance potluck. I was 6 years old and my mom read about it in the paper. By the time I did my first week of [...]

“Clearwater Changed Everything.”

December 12th, 2022|

Dear Clearwater,  This August, I finished my second summer living, working, and sailing on the Sloop Clearwater, and I couldn’t be more grateful. If you told me in June of 2021 that a month later [...]

“The Gift Clearwater Gave Me.”

November 28th, 2022|

Dear Clearwater, My first time on the boat was an autumn sail out of Beacon in 1998, I was part of a Hudson Valley AmeriCorps team, and we had a team building activity (read: party) [...]

“Revolutionary Work.”

November 21st, 2022|

Dear Clearwater, My earliest memories of Clearwater go back to when I was about 4 years old, traveling with my parents Tom and Edral Winslow, going to places like Caffe Lena to see my father [...]

“Learning While Doing.”

November 14th, 2022|

Dear Clearwater, I remember my first trip with my students on the Clearwater and how much the integrative, hands-on experience excited and empowered even the weakest of science students. To prepare for each sail, students [...]

“Beginning Before Clearwater Was Born.”

January 12th, 2022|

Dear Clearwater, As children, my grandmother and her sister used to walk out to the Esopus Meadows Lighthouse at low-tide, often waiting too long until the tide was too high for them to walk back, [...]

“Clearwater Through and Through.”

January 12th, 2022|

Dear Clearwater, The Armour Family in 1994. It’s daunting to try to map out my family’s Clearwater story because I consider myself tremendously fortunate to have been born into this vibrant community. The [...]

“Four Generations of Clearwater.”

January 12th, 2022|

Dear Clearwater, I can recall my first memory of Clearwater, visiting with my parents down at South Street Seaport, not long after the Clearwater had first sailed into New York. Even as a boy I [...]

“Baby on Board.”

January 12th, 2022|

Dear Clearwater, This story starts in 2007, when Captain Julia Wilson was pregnant with her first child. She finished out the '07 season - well into her 2nd trimester and I was hired to replace [...]

“Clearwater is Where Your Family Grows.”

January 12th, 2022|

Dear Clearwater, It makes me happy to see my daughter, a former crew member, have this outlet and purpose, sail and environmental education. Seeing the close connection binding her and my grandson, over a [...]

The stories shared include tales from generations of winter’s past, potlucks, protests, volunteering to feed thousands at revival, and most importantly, bringing The Sailing Classroom to hundreds of thousands of Hudson Valley dwellers.

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