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Benefit Event: Sail the Rensselaer Hudson River Shoreline on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater--SOLD OUT

Date: Saturday, September 09, 2017 9:45 am - 1:00 pm

sail on clearwater imagelargeThis event is SOLD OUT.

To be placed on a waiting list email Julie Moore

Clearwater sails rain or shine, and so will we!

Departing from the Rensselaer Dock

Please arrive no later than 9:45 am.

Join us aboard an authentic working Tall Ship – the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. This three-hour sail on the beautiful Hudson River will include dockside orientation before departure, Clearwater’s history, wildlife observation, education, even a chance at steering the ship.  Music by the crew and sing-a-longs. Refreshments available at the dock. 

Clearwater is a 106 foot long wooden sailboat, with one 108 foot tall mast. In the 1800’s such boats were a common sight on the Hudson and Long Island Sound; now, ships like Clearwater are a rare sight.


This is a benefit for the Rensselaer Land Trust and the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.

Limited 45 tickets, $135/pp.

Purchase your tickets HERE.


You will help to sail her: raising the mainsail and taking a turn at her tiller. The best way to ensure that your sail is enjoyable is to be prepared for what you’ll encounter on a real, working tall ship.

What to Wear:
Clearwater sails rain or shine with the exception of severe weather, so be sure to check the forecast and dress accordingly.

If there’s even a small chance of rain, bring rain gear.

  • If it’s cold wear clothing in layers, with a warm coat, sweater, long pants, scarf, and hat.
  • If the day is warm, bring a light jacket or windbreaker; it’s often colder on the water than on land.
  • If it’s sunny, a brimmed hat, high SPF sunscreen, and sunglasses should be worn.
  • Wear flat, soft-soled shoes. No clogs, flip flops or high heels should be worn onboard.
  • In any weather, make sure you wear clothing you can easily move around in and don’t mind getting dirty.

What to Bring:
Hydration is extremely important while sailing; we strongly suggest bringing a re-useable water bottle.
 You will not eat lunch onboard, but are welcome to bring a snack.
If you’d like to bring a camera, you may. It is important to always be aware of what is going on around you and note that there are appropriate times to take photos.

What NOT to Bring:
We encourage you to leave the following items at home:
For the safety of you and your devices, cell phones, iPods, portable music devices, and tablets should not be taken onboard. They are easily broken and can be distracting.
Headphones prevent passengers from hearing important information or directions from the captain and crew.
Backpacks can be bulky and often get in the way.

Many of the docks have facilities available on site and you are encouraged to use them before boarding the boat. Clearwater’s head, or boat toilet, is rustic; more like an outhouse than a bathroom. There is a barrel of wash water for hand washing on deck.

You are in good hands when onboard! Clearwater’s professional crew has been selected to combine the talents of a competent sailing team with those of a trained education staff. It is important to listen closely to the captain, crew and to your teachers, and to always follow the basic safety rules outlined at the beginning of your sail.
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