About Us

About Atlantic

Atlantic Yachting is a boutique, family-run sailing company and Manhattan’s oldest sailing school. Since its inception in 2006, 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.

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B Armstrong


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

B is also an actor and writer. She enjoys cycling, painting, dancing and anything related to boats or planes.

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Amber Crabb


Amber learned to sail as an adult on her college sailing team in Bellingham, Washington and quickly fell in love with racing small dinghies.

After securing her US Sailing certification to teach, she began instructing at her local nonprofit boating center where she learned how cool and fast J24s are! Four years, a degree in Environmental Policy, and hundreds of sailing students later, Amber decided to move to New York for a change of scenery, pace, and community.

While racing sailboats hooked her, Amber is deeply passionate about sharing the healing and therapeutic benefits of sailing with anybody interested. When not on the water, you can find Amber working at her neighborhood coffee shop in Brooklyn (probably while drinking an iced honey oat latte!) Passionate about equitable environmental policy and climate justice, Amber hopes to pursue a law degree in the near future to become a better advocate.

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Eric Emerick


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.


Christopher Fletcher


Christopher has always found himself near some body of water – literally. Growing up in central Boston, his dad introduced him to the sport, taking him sailing on weekends on the infamous Charles River. After he gained some experience, he began sailing solo. 


In high school, he joined the race team and served as captain both Junior and Senior year. Since then he’s escaped to the water whenever time permits, most recently as part of the sailing team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he is a rising sophomore, and also the Sailing Team’s treasurer. He’s pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Fire Protection Engineering. In his studies, he often finds himself curious about the scientific principles of sailboats, and the theoretical properties utilized in innovative vessel designs. 


In addition to this packed schedule, Christopher also finds the time to work as a part-time tour guide. His college experience is definitely much more intense than the average student, but as someone who enjoys being busy, he says so far it’s been working out really well.

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Jason Galvin


Jason is a third generation sailor who grew up on the North Fork of Long Island windsurfing and sailing Sunfish. Now he’s the proud owner of a 25′ keelboat that he sails on the Great South Bay. Have a boat project question? He’s the guy to ask! 


When we can tear Jason away from his boat to sail ours, you’ll see him on weekend Private Lessons and Practice Sails.

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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.

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Henry Lane

Assistant Youth Instructor

Henry joined Atlantic Yachting in 2019 as a camper and worked his way up to Counselor-in-Training (CIT) and then Assistant Youth Instructor. Henry has developed a strong passion for sailing and is eager to educate the next group of Atlantic Yachting campers.

Henry is a native New Yorker and attends the Collegiate School on the Upper West Side. At Collegiate, he is the Science Olympiad team captain and is a mentor and student leader of the Lower School Science Olympiad. Henry is also a dedicated volunteer at the US Coast Guard Cutter Lilac Preservation Project—right across from our marina on Pier 25! Henry is an American Sailing Association (ASA) certified Small Keelboat Instructor, He’s also a graduate of Atlantic Yachting’s ASA Basic Keelboat (ASA 101) and Coastal Cruising (ASA 103) courses. As if that weren’t enough, he also holds a US Sailing Level 1 Instructor certification. 

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Ben Luu


Ben grew up sailing 420s in high school on Lake Michigan in Chicago, IL. It quickly became his favorite extracurricular, and he eventually became captain of his high school team and joined the Husky Sailing Team at the University of Washington. He has taught youth and adult keelboat programs for two years, as well as coaching local JV High School teams in Chicago. 

He is a rising sophomore studying political science, working on potentially double majoring in aerospace engineering as well. Outside of school, Ben enjoys meeting new people, learning new skills, and exploring new places. 

We’re beyond excited that Ben decided to explore NYC and the Hudson River with us this summer. 

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Jamie Monahan

Charter Mate

Jamie has grown up in and around water. Born in North Carolina she moved to Japan at age 10. From teaching swimming lessons, being on swim team, lifeguarding, and learning to scuba dive in Hawaii it’s obvious learning to sail was the natural next step.  

In 2015 she sailed her first sail with Atlantic Yachting and has been hooked ever since. This is her first summer working as a crew member and she couldn’t be happier to join the team.

Off the water, Jamie is an award-winning filmmaker, director, producer and actress.

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Marcus de Oliviera


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 sailors 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.

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Dave Polakoff

Charter Captain/Senior Instructor

Dave has been sailing on the Hudson River, around New York City, for over 30 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 is also a New York City licensed Sightseeing Guide. 


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.

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Caroline Rowell


Caroline grew up with a love and passion for being on the water. After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill with an economics degree but a stronger desire to see the world, Caroline found herself working aboard private sailing yachts. She has sailed throughout the Bahamas, Caribbean, Central America, and even the canals of England.

She and Logan have two children, Alby and Ansen, who are fun, adventurous, and have a love for being outdoors. In the off-season, Caroline and her family can be found sailing South in search of waves, warmth, and friendly faces. She is also a founding member of the Young Cruisers’ Association, a worldwide community of young sailors.

When not on the water or behind the scenes of AY, she is usually practicing yoga, hiking, painting or adventuring with her boys!

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Logan Rowell


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!).

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Zoë Tomlinson

Youth Program Counselor

Zoë has been with Atlantic Yachting since 2013, where she went from camper, to Counselor-in-Training (CIT), to Counselor over her 10 years here.  
After graduating high school at the Convent of Sacred Heart, Zoë began her undergraduate experience at Colorado College as part of the class of 2025.  Although still undecided regarding her academic pursuits, she is excited to find out while playing for Colorado’s basketball and lacrosse teams.

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Sophie Zinberg

Youth Program Counselor

Sophie grew up learning to sail with Atlantic Yachting and has been an avid seagoer ever since. She’s sailed just about everything from C420s with the University of Chicago  sailing team on Lake Michigan, to crewing 45 foot catamarans in the Virgin Islands, but her favorite remains AY’s J24s on the Hudson. When she isn’t sailing, she is busy studying neuroscience at the University of Chicago, learning a new language, and honing her photography skills.

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Meet Our Fleet

J/24 - Youth Programs, Group & Private Instruction

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.

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Meet Our Fleet

J/80 - Group & Private Instruction

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.

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Meet Our Fleet

Benetau Oceanis - Charter Yacht

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.

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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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