|The St. Bart's Sailing offers a unique sailing opportunity in the New York metropolitan area. You can participate in all aspects of sailing and boat ownership--without investing hundreds of dollars in lessons or thousands of dollars in your own vessel.
St. Bart's Sailing is not a co-op or time share. The Club's sailors manage and maintain Bright Star, a 34-foot sloop built in 1980 by Sabre Yachts. When you join St. Bart's Sailing, in a sense you take ownership of a small part of Bright Star.
St. Bart's Sailing's modest annual dues buys you a full season of free sailing on Bright Star, membership rates in classes and social events, and priority spots on our sailing vacations. You'll network with other sailors, make new friends, and share in some fantastic adventures at sea and ashore!
Sounds like a great deal? It is. Whether you're an experienced sailor looking for a way to get on the water, or a total novice interested in learning, St. Bart's Sailing has it all.
Bright Star is berthed in New Rochelle, NY--30 minutes from Grand Central. In the spring, summer, and fall she sails all day Saturday and Sunday and several weekday evenings. Sailors bring lunch and appropriate personal gear. A typical day includes sailing along the coast of Long Island's north shore and the Connecticut coast. With good wind, shorter weekday evening sails can cover the same territory.
Over holiday weekends Bright Star goes gunkholing. We meet Friday evening or Saturday morning, provision the galley, and set sail. Saturday and Sunday evenings we spend anchored or on moorings in two of the many beautiful nearby harbors.
Depending on availability, Sailing members may reserve all the slots on Bright Star to invite a party of their friends sailing. Naturally, such sais also aways include a Club certified Skipper and First Mate and must be scheduled in advance.
Charter in the Caribbean and other waters. A week in the tropics is an unbeatable adventure for novices and experienced sailors alike. More than ten years of experience helps us to plan and execute great trips to exciting destinations near and far. Cruising Weekends. Some holiday weekends we charter nearby, like in the Chesapeake Bay, combining the fun of a bareboat cruise with shorter, less expensive travel and familiar US waters.
Liberty Cruises. To kick off the sailing season we bring Bright Star to New York Habor for a week of evening sails.
Block Island. During the summer we take Bright Star on a week-long cruise to Eastern Long Island Sound calling at several New England harbors such as Fisher's Island, Mystic, Connecticut, and Block Island, RI.
Sailing clinics are taught by advanced Club members. While we do not charge for them, we do ask for a donation for class materials and expenses. Our beginning sailing program introduces the parts of a boat, sail trim, and boating safety. Intermediate introduces piloting, heavy weather sailing, and anchoring. Both clinics are full-day on-the-water events.
The Officer Program*
Even if you come to St. Bart's Sailing with no sailing experience, through our courses and participation you can become a First Mate and even a Skipper. If you already have a sailing background, go on a few sails to learn about our program, our boat, and our local waters and you'll be ready for promotion. To ensure the safety of boat and crew, all Skippers and First Mates take written and practical exams. Bright Star always sails with at least one Skipper and First Mate.
*First Mate and Skipper qualification is for training and insurance purposes only. It does not represent any formal certification or licensing from any official marine agency.