The Eco Schooner America 2.0 is the newest member of the Classic Harbor Line fleet. Schooner sailing in the Hudson is not new for Classic Harbor Line; oM has already experienced their 80-foot-long Schooner Adirondack. But even if you have enjoyed a sail on the Adirondack, a thrilling ride on the new boat is not to be missed. At 105 feet, and with a larger sail area, the boat cuts through the water at incredible speeds. The schooners may look like classic ships, but they are designed and built by Scarano Boat with the latest technologies, allowing them to be fast, safe, and comfortable.
On this particular outing, we sailed with Captain Andrew and his friendly crew. We boarded the boat at Chelsea Piers, and motored out of the marina. Shortly after departure, the crew raised the four impressive sails, and turned off the engine. We were soon traveling on a reach at 13 knots past the skyscrapers downtown and towards the Verrazano Bridge. The attentive crew brought us warm blankets and served champagne, red and white wine, and craft beers, including fine local brews by Butternuts Beer & Ale.
Sailing on the Hudson River is something that can be enjoyed by tourists and locals alike. As a local, if you have never seen the skyline and Statue of Liberty from the water, you will appreciate this trip. And as a tourist, there is no better view of New York City than from the deck of a schooner.
Day sails are $52, sunset sails are $72 and both will be offered until the end of November. For more information about booking tickets, other outings like the Morimoto Sushi and Sake Sail, brunch cruise, and more Classic Harbor rides, visit sail-nyc.com.
Photos: Courtesy of Pim Van Hemmen