Sailing


 
Adventures under sail
 
Sail New York Harbor aboard historic 1885 schooner Pioneer. Students who explore our Harbor estuary under sail increase their environmental awareness of our local natural resources and develop historical perspective on the significant role of the port for our city and our country. Students help raise sail, see the Statue of Liberty and other Harbor landmarks, observe a variety of ships and waterborne commerce, and engage in exciting hands-on activities.


Select one of our two sailing options:

Sail New York Harbor | 2 hours | Grades 2-12 | $600 – $1000

  • Haul on ropes to raise sail
  • Measure water quality and study the ecology of the estuary
  • Apply mathematics skills and reasoning to interpret navigational charts
  • Click below for other possible program activities

  • Sail New York Harbor | 3 hours | Grades 2-12 | $1000 – $1300
    The same activities from the 2-hour sail are available, plus:

  • Set a trawl net to catch organisms from the bottom of New York Harbor (we release them afterwards)
  • Sail further, with more intensive sail training opportunities
  • Click below for other possible program activities
  • All programs are aligned with New York City and State Social Studies Scope and Sequence, New York State Math, Science and Technology Standards, New York City Science Scope and Sequence, and Common Core Standards

    2 Hour Sails

    Life Science

  • Examine plants and animals collected from dockside habitats and learn about their lives, their adaptations, and their role in the ecosystem
  • Observe small invertebrates with microscopes
  • Use watershed models to understand the water cycle and our drinking water
  • Physical Science and Math
    Ships couldn’t sail without physics.

  • Apply mathematics skills and reasoning to interpret navigational charts
  • Examine the pulleys and other simple machines that give sailors mechanical advantage
  • Tie knots to learn how friction can be a sailor’s best friend
  • Social Studies
    Ships changed the history of NYC and the world

  • Observe harbor activity and compare historic images to learn about how New York changed through time
  • Use modern and historic maps
  • Schooner Skills
    Sailing on a schooner requires teamwork, observation skills, and smart use of tools.

  • Haul on ropes to raise sail
  • Tie knots and learn how they are used
  • Read navigational charts and use compasses, dividers, and other navigational tools

  • 3 Hour Sails

    Life Science (in addition to choices from 2-hour sail)

  • Set a trawl net to catch organisms from the bottom of New York Harbor (we release them afterwards)
  • Examine and observe the vertebrate and invertebrate species we catch, and learn about their lives, their adaptations, and their role in the ecosystem
  • Physical Science and Math (in addition to choices from 2-hour sail)

  • Experiment with the levers, pulleys, inclined planes, and other simple machines that give sailors mechanical advantage
  • Measure wind and current
  • Explore the math behind celestial navigation and advanced charting
  • Social Studies (in addition to choices from 2-hour sail)

  • Sail to the sites of the Battle of Brooklyn and other local events
  • Learn about how projects such as the building of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge changed neighborhoods
  • Schooner Skills (in addition to choices from 2-hour sail)

  • Sail out beyond the Verrazano Narrows bridge
  • Stand look-out and learn how sailors communicate on board
  • Take a turn at the helm

  • Please note: time does not permit for each activity to take place on every sail, and some activities are weather-dependent. Please select a few activities, and we will customize your Pioneer sail as best we can.


    Schooner Pioneer

    About Schooner Pioneer

  • Fully certified and inspected by the US Coast Guard
  • Meets all safety regulations for Passenger Vessels
  • Operated by a licensed captain and trained crew
  • Launched in 1885, traditionally rigged and sailed
  • The most historic boat still working in New York Harbor
  • Capacity: 36 passengers (including chaperones)
  • Programs can be customized to meet your curricular goals and the needs of your students.
    Reservations and advance payment required.
    Limited scholarships are available.

    To book a program, or for more information please click the button below or call us at (212)-748-8568