Our New Website

We've just finished a complete overhaul of our website and added tons of new features. We're still finishing off the our online store and that should be up very soon.  Please don't hesitate to give us feedback on the design or improvements you think we should make. We're always trying to do better and we appreciate your help.


Coast Guard Bound

Atlantic Yachting crew member Marcus de Oliveira has been accepted into the United States Coast Guard and will ship out mid March. Please join us in wishing Marcus the best of luck.


Around the World via Home Depot

Yachting Monthly UK - An American writer is hoping to follow in the wake of Francis Joyon's record-breaking round the world voyage. But unlike Joyon, David Vann plans to make the circumnavigation in a 50ft aluminium trimaran, Tin Can, that he has built almost entirely from materials from Home Depot, a US DIY store.

Vann's first boat sank under him - an experience recounted in his book 'A Mile Down'. This time he hopes that his boat's positive flotation will save him from a similar fate.

American sailing website Latitude 38 claims that Vann likens himself to Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to climb Everest. But, the website points out that Vann is " seemingly forgetting that Hillary made use of the best climbing gear at the's as though Vann wants to join the club of those who have made it to the top of Everest, but wants to be the first to make it having sewn his own shirt, pants, socks, and having cobbled his own boots."

Vann aims to complete his circumnavigation in 4 months. With conditions in the Southern Ocean as they are, this is widely believed to be unfeasible. Latitude 38 believes that is - just about - possible , "assuming that the Coast Guard doesn't declare it a 'manifestly unsafe voyage' and prevent him from leaving."

If nothing else, this is the latest in a long line of ambitious sailing stunts: Last month a round the world race in 10-footers was announced, and in 1982 ex-SAS man Tom McLean took 7 weeks to cross the Atlantic in a 9' 9" boat. Three weeks later his record was broken by an 8" shorter craft, so McLean simply took a chainsaw to his boat, cut off 2 feet of length and completed another crossing.


Under Construction

We can't wait until its time to start sailing again. Its really just around the corner. In the meantime we're busy preparing for our best year yet. Right now we're redesigning our website, so check back soon for all kinds of great new features, pictures, stories, and programs. In the meantime please excuse any problems the site might have, we're on it. We'll see you on the water real soon.

The Perfect Valentine's Day Gift

Looking for that perfect Valentine's Day gift? Well look no further. A gift certificate from the Atlantic Yachting Association makes the ideal present for that special someone in your life. Whether you are looking for couples sailing lessons, a private sailboat charter, or anything else on the water in Manhattan, we're here to help. We understand that Valentine's Day is a very special holiday and you may be looking to do something a little out of the ordinary; here at the AYA we specialize in the extraordinary, so please don't hesitate to contact us with your special request. We're here to make your experience on the water what you always dreamed it could be.


NYC Summer Sailing Camp visits the Blackboard Awards Camp Fairs

This Saturday and Sunday we will be at the Manhattan Media Blackboard Camp Awards Camp Fairs. Come by, say hello and learn all about the most exciting summer camp in Manhattan - the NYC Summer Sailing Camp. On Saturday Feb 2, we will be on the Upper East Side at St. Jean Baptiste High School, then Sunday Feb 3, we'll be on the Upper West Side at Congregation Rodeph Sholom. We hope to see you then!


A Seal visits the Boat Basin!

A seal has been hanging around on one of the dinghy docks on the north side of the Boat Basin. Read about him here in the New York Times or come by and say hello.

Winter Sailing

Despite the winter respite it seems that the sailing season never really ends, even when snowflakes are swirling. This is certainly the case this year. In the past month the sailing community is witnessing many major events, with many more scheduled.

At the present time, we have two 100’+ catamarans en route to smashing Dame Ellen MacArthur’s non-stop round the world record. After only five days at sea, Francis Joyon is already one day ahead of the record. 

The America’s Cup off-the-water legal battle has been settled in favor of BMW/Oracle. Each side’s attorney’s fees are certain to exceed the entire budget of an America’s Cup campaign just a few decades ago. 

For a timely, irreverent look at these stories and more in the world of sailboat racing take a look at these sites: : Interactive ezine about the world of sailboat racing. Includes articles, interviews, editorials, rumors, and message board. : Sail boats, sailors, yachts, yachting, boats, boating Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific. Regatta, racing news, offshore, inshore sail boat racing.

Sail.TV: One of our favorites for keeping up to date on the Americas Cup action, some great online footage for free too! : Competitive sailor's guide to weather, regattas, and resources on the web including news and race results.


The Perfect Holiday Gift

This year launch a dream for your special someone. Sailing is much more than a sport or a pastime, it truly is a passport to a lifetime of adventure. Give the gift that starts with an immediate thrill and grows into lasting memories. Whether you start them with Sailing Lessons, surprise them with a Private Charter, two weeks of Sailing Camp for the kids, or encourage them with a Gift Certificate for any amount, yours will be the gift that both of you will always remember.


So much news, no time to write it down...

We've been having an amazing summer so far. Our summer camp was a huge success with twice as many campers as we had last year. We've done tons of amazing charters, and even had a record breaking six engagements on board. We plan to be sailing throughout October, some of the best sailing is in September, so if you're considering coming out, now's the time.


The Best Experience Ever

CG on CitySearch says:

If you are searching the internet for the right yacht or sailboat charter, look no further. I got engaged on one of their sailing yachts , "GoLightly" (The boat was pristine) , and it was the most memorable experience ever. The captain (Miles) was extremely creative with helping me make this night a surprise evening to remember. Without giving away the mushy details (come up with your own idea! ;) - it could not have gone smoother. After I popped the question, the champagne, strawberries and roses I ordered were brought up to the front of the ship for us to celebrate. They then hooked up my Ipod to play one of my personal playlists on the boats speakers making it even more of a personalized experience. Extremely classy crew, smooth and discreet payment process, etc. This really had it all and then some! These guys really know what they are doing. Fair prices, GREAT service, in your face views of the manhattan skyline, what more do you want????? Do not hesitate to book with these guys. I plan to book a charter with these guys with a larger group of friends as well, so don't think it is only a private couples thing. Either way you can't go wrong. Thanks again AYA!


Sailing with the Dead

Last night we took a sunset cruise with Mickey Hart, the renowned Drummer for the Grateful Dead, as part of his new travel series The Trip.  It was an amazing evening that concluded with a full scale jam session as we sailed under moonlight into the marina.


We love getting feedback from our guests...

Especially when its like this:

Just want to say thank you again so much for a wonderful and memorable experience aboard your boat. The professionalism of your staff was incomparable.

All best wishes...

J. Lonshein


Space still available in this weekends Bareboat Preparation course

We still have two spots available for this weekend's (May 19th and 20th) Bareboat Preparation course. This is a very exciting overnight sailing course that prepares you to charter a sailboat up to 50 feet in length at hundreds of locations throughout the world. Bareboat Chartering is one of the coolest vacations available and this course teaches you the skills you'll need to set sail. Give us a call for a last minute registration.


This season's second engagement aboard Golightly

Last night the AYA crew braved the high winds and rough seas to get the future Mr. and Mrs. Nordberg the perfect setting for their engagement.  The second this year aboard Golightly. Congratulations again!


AYA Manager sails past Tropical Storm

Captain Sean Wentworth, general manager of Atlantic Yachting, dodged this seasons first tropical storm off the coast of Georgia on a delivery of a new Beneteau 473 sloop from Charleston to New York City. Sean battled the after effects of the storm the entire trip and at one point off the coast of New Jersey reached a speed of 15.6 knots under sail.


Congratulations to the future Mr. and Mrs. Lonshein!

Last night, Jonathan Lonshein and his bride-to-be Shirah Zidel were engaged to be married aboard Golightly during a magical, romantic sunset sail.  All the best wishes to the couple from Atlantic Yachting.


American Sailing Association IQC a big success

Six instructor candidates participated in an ASA Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Preparation instructor qualification clinic yesterday aboard our Beneteau at the Boat Basin. It was a light wind day with the ever swift currents of the Hudson giving us a chance to practice some difficult docking maneuvers. All six candidates successfully passed and will be awarded ASA instructor qualifications up to the ASA 104 level. Congratulations to all! 


Sailing Season Begins

The weather is flawless, the boats are in the water, and we're busy getting back in shape... Sailing season is here! Our first charters start May 1 and we still have openings for the coming weeks.  Sign up now to be among the first back on the water in New York City!


Camp is filling up quickly

We are getting an overwhelming number of campers this summer and it should turn out to be a really fun year with the addition of our new boats and great new staff members. There are still spaces available in every session so if you are looking at one in particular sign up soon as they seem to be filling up quickly.