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About Atlantic Yachting

Atlantic Yachting is a boutique, family-run sailing company and Manhattan’s oldest sailing school. In 12 years Atlantic Yachting has grown to become Manhattan’s premier sailing provider, offering everything from Private Sailboat Charters, to Group and Private Sailing Lessons for adults, and New York City’s first Summer Sailing Programs for kids. We believe it is our hospitality and our true desire to provide an outstanding, authentic sailing experience to every client that has earned us glowing reviews, numerous return customers, and exceptional press.

Eric Emerick
Instructor

Eric Emerick began sailing at age 12 on a lake in Northern Indiana. When not working on the family farm or playing soccer, he spent most Saturdays each summer competing as the youngest skipper in the local fleet, often teaching friends and family members the basics of sailing in exchange for their assistance as crew. First majoring in Engineering at Purdue University, he drastically changed tack, ultimately graduating with a Theatre Acting degree and a certificate in Entrepreneurship & Innovation. His pursuit of further training in acting technique at the Maggie Flanigan Studio brought him to New York. Nicknamed ‘The Hudson River Cowboy’ often donning his signature cowboy hat and trademark Midwestern charm, he’s been sharing his passion for the art and science of sailing with Atlantic Yachting since 2018.

Aisling Flaherty
Youth Programs Manager

In 2009, Ais began her first summer as a camper with Atlantic Yachting. Coming back every summer since, she climbed AY’s ranks and is currently the Co-Director of Youth Sailing Programs. This summer, Ais is also the COVID contact for Youth Sailing Programs.

Born and raised in Manhattan, Ais attended The Dalton School before heading north to Waterville, Maine for college. Part of the class of 2020, Ais double majored in American Studies and Art with a Concentration in Photography at Colby.

Caroline Gentry
Owner

Dressed to impress at age 3 in a nautical striped ‘sailorette’ suit with matching bow in hair is where it all began for this mariner. As a young North Carolinian, Caroline spent her youth on and around the water, dreaming of the day that she sails with Atlantic Yachting. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a stronger passion for sailing than economics, Caroline hopped aboard a privately owned custom sailing sloop as crew. Her time aboard yachts has taken her throughout the Bahamas, Caribbean, Central America, and even the canals of England. She believes that the people that you meet along your journey are sometimes more memorable than the sights you see, so she aims to make an awesome lasting impression on your charter.

Jonathan Horvath
Ops Manager

Jonathan learned to sail in a small lake at a Summer program when he was nine years-old. He fell in love with the sport, and ten years later he was running the program. The same thing happened here in NYC.

Jonathan is one of the veterans on our crew. He's been with us over a decade, and in that time has done basically everything: led our Summer Sailing Camp, served as crew and captain on our private sailboat charters, and over countless lessons, helped get hundreds of new sailors out on the water. Before joining Atlantic Yachting he spent ten years teaching sailing in Rhode Island, the U.S. Virgin Islands and his home state of Florida.

Off the water, Jonathan is an actor and voice over artist, host of speed dating events, and a graduate of the Brown University/Trinity Rep. Acting Conservatory.

Ben Kalish
Youth Programs Manager

Ben has been sailing since age 7 and teaching sailing since age 11 (You can fact check this with the Sarasota Youth Sailing Program).
Ben came to Atlantic Yachting looking for a summer job while attending school in New York. They have since found a true home away from home with the company and their fellow instructors.

Ben is also an actor and writer. They enjoy cycling, painting, dancing and anything related to boats or planes.

Marcus de Oliviera
Captain

Marcus has been with us since the beginning. He is an expert sailor who has sailed, worked and lived on boats nearly all of his life. From day sailers to mega yachts he has literally done it all. He recently returned from a two years serving in the United States Coast Guard where he patrolled the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Marcus is a a USCG licensed captain and leads many of our private sailboat charters

Dave Polakoff
Charter Captain/Senior Instructor

Dave has been sailing on the Hudson River, around New York City, for over 25 years and loves sharing his knowledge, experience, passion, and enjoyment of sailing and New York City/ Hudson River history with sailing students and charterers alike.

Dave has also logged extensive sailing hours on the Chesapeake Bay and in the British Virgin Islands.  Dave has American Sailing Association certifications up to Coastal Navigation (ASA 105), plus Basic, Coastal, and Bareboat Sailing Instructor certificates, and is licensed by the United States Coast Guard.

Dave is a graduate of Lehigh University.  When not sailing, Dave is an avid photographer and a member of the New York City rock-n-roll cover band, “OTTO,” where he’s the drummer, and would drive the band boat, if they had one.

Logan Rowell
Owner

Logan had already restored a sailboat and was living aboard, sailing throughout the Bahamas, by the age of 18. Since then, the North Carolina native has acquired tens of thousands of miles as a yacht captain in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Pacific; including 3 Panama Canal transits. Even after seeing everything from a win at Antigua Sailing Week, to a mid-Atlantic knock down, Logan's greatest thrill is watching students and charter guests catch the sailing bug. He holds a US Coast Guard Masters Captains License and a Business Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School. Logan was president of the UNC sailing club and a collegiate cyclist. On his days off you will definitely find him making laps in the park.
As soon as the cold hits NYC, Logan heads offshore on his personal sailboat for warmer climates (and surf!).

Thomas Rowell
Instructor

Thomas's love of sailing began on a lake in the Adirondacks when his friend said, "You'll figure it out!" and jumped off their 12-foot Sunfish. He has worked with Atlantic Yachting since 2016, starting as a mate on charters and later teaching private lessons and summer camp for kids.

Off the water, Thomas is a photographer and filmmaker focused on wildlife conservation and environmental portraiture. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, a Fellow at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and a National Geographic Explorer.

Zoë Tomlinson
Youth Program Counselor

Zoë has been with Atlantic Yachting since 2013, where she went from camper, to Counselor-in-Training (CIT), to Assistant Counselor over her 8 years.  She is incredibly excited to become a full fledged counselor with AY’s Youth Sailing Programs beginning 2021.

Finishing her time at the Convent of Sacred Heart, Zoë is looking forward to starting her undergraduate experience at Colorado College as part of the class of 2025.  Although undecided regarding her academic pursuits, she is excited to find out while playing for Colorado’s basketball and lacrosse teams.

Meet Our Fleet

J/24 - Youth Programs, Group & Private Instruction

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Our J/24’s are outstanding educational sailboats. The J/24 has become the world’s most popular keelboat and is renowned for its excellent handling and fine feel for the wind and water. The J/24 was designed to fulfill the diverse needs of recreational sailors such as cruising, one-design racing, daysailing and handicap racing. It is the perfect boat for youth sailors because it provides the feel and handling of a small boat, with the stability and safety of a larger, non-capsizing boat.

J/80 - Group & Private Instruction

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The newest addition to our sail training fleet, the J/80 is a sleek, modern racer and day sailor with clean lines and a lot of power. You’ll love the spacious cockpit, large sail area and effortless boat speed, even in light wind. Even in heavier wind, the boat retains impressive stability and handles its power with ease.  But with great power comes great responsibility, so we recommend the J/80 for our intermediate-to-advanced students.

Benetau Oceanis — Charter Yacht

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Brand new for 2021! Vitamin Sea is a Benetau Oceanis—a modern sailboat with all the amenities. Relax and stretch out in the spacious cockpit, complete with above-deck table stocked with your favorites treats by our attentive crew, or make your way up to the bow for breathtaking views of the NYC skyline and the Statue of Liberty—all while streaming your own custom playlist to our Bluetooth sound system. Too much sun or a little bit of rain? No problem! Vitamin Sea’s canvas Bimini shade will keep you cool and dry, but there’s plenty of space to catch some rays too. While you’re relaxing topside, the Benetau Oceanis’s fast, stable design is working hard below the waterline to get you to all the best spots quickly and safely.

A Word About Safety

Our entire fleet is optimized to keep things safe and fun for both and novice and advanced sailors. With full wraparound lifelines (cable railings around a boat) and a heavy lead keel, the risk of ending up in the water is very, very slim. All our vessels have reefing mainsails and multiple foresail options. What does this mean? It means that we are able to “de-power” the sails depending on wind speeds, making for a safe, comfortable experience.

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