Accepting group applications
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, America’s flagship environmental organization, is taking applications for the spring 2014 sailing season. Early-bird applications to sail onboard the sloop Clearwater or the schooner Mystic Whaler are being accepted through Nov. 1. Those interested in submitting an application can fill one out at clearwater.org/come-sailing.
The sloop Clearwater will begin its 45th year sailing the Hudson River this spring, providing educational programs onboard its renowned “Sailing Classroom.” Every sail is an ecological adventure and a voyage of discovery on an historic tall ship.
The schooner Mystic Whaler joins the sloop again this season, to complement Clearwater’s educational and public sail programs.
Clearwater’s educational group sails bring history, biology, physics, and environmental science to life and are suitable for groups from fourth grade through college. Educational sails include dockside orientation before departure, a call for “all hands to the halyards” to help hoist the sails, education stations, a presentation on Clearwater’s history and mission, participation in maritime and folk music, and an opportunity to take the tiller.
The Clearwater sail season runs from April to the end of October, casting off from and returning to several docks along the Hudson from Albany to New York City. Typical sails are three hours long with five-hour sails and extended and overnight programs available.