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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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Amber Crabb

Performance Sailing Instructor

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. She is an instrumental part of the Atlantic Yachting culture.  Passionate about equitable environmental policy and climate justice, Amber hopes to pursue a law degree in the near future to become a better advocate.


Look out for Amber’s ASA 102 course!

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Eric Emerick

Head 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.


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 Junior, 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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Jonathan Horvath


Jonathan learned to sail in a small lake at a summer program when he was twelve 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.



He started with Atlantic Yachting in 2009, and since then he has done basically everything: he’s led our Summer Youth Sailing Program, he’s presided over more than 100 marriage proposals as mate and captain on our private sailboat charters, and he’s taught countless group and private lessons, helping to get scores 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. 

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Henry Lane

Youth Instructor

Henry joined Atlantic Yachting in 2019 as a camper and worked his way up to Counselor-in-Training (CIT) and then 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 recently graduated from the Collegiate School on the Upper West Side. At Collegiate, he was the Science Olympiad team captain and 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, eventually becoming captain of his high school team and competing at two high school national events.

Ben joined the Husky Sailing Team at the University of Washington his freshman year, competing in college sailing events all along the Pacific coast. He transferred to Boston University sophomore year and joined the BU sailing team, competing in events all over New England, including the 2024 College Sailing Nationals.
He has taught youth and adult keelboat programs for three years in three states, as well as having coached local JV High School teams in Chicago.

He is a rising junior, studying mechanical engineering at Boston University, and has dabbled in political science and economics in the past. Outside of school, Ben enjoys biking in Central Park, meeting new people, learning new skills, and exploring new places.

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Caroline Newby

Charter Mate

Caroline has always loved to be on the water. 


Originally from St. Louis, Caroline spent her summers growing up boating on the Lake of The Ozark. She moved to New York over 8 years ago for school, where she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and stayed in the city working at various technology startups. Having gone through an IPO, acquisition and layoff, she shifted into a more passion-forward way of living which brought her to Atlantic Yachting. When she’s not welcoming you on a charter, you can find her modeling, painting or exploring something new. 

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Kai Nizhner

Assistant Youth Instructor

Kai has been with Atlantic Yachting since 2019, when he went from camper to Counselor-in-Training (CIT) and then Assistant Youth Instructor. He learned how to sail on the Hudson and, although the has been expanding his sailing horizons beyond the waters of New York, whenever he is out on the Hudson, it feels like home.



Kai is a native New Yorker and will be entering his senior year at Hunter High School on the Upper East Side. At Hunter, he is a straight A student and runs Track and Field 3 seasons per year. This year, he founded a sailing club for his school, which quickly formed a racing division that competes with other NYC High Schools. The team went undefeated in their first two league scrimmages! 



Kai is an ASA certified Small Keelboat Instructor. He is also certified in ASA 101 Basic Keelboat (with Atlantic Yachting!) as well as ASA 103..

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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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Zoë Tomlinson


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


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

Beneteau Oceanis - Charter Yacht

Vitamin Sea is a Beneteau 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 Beneteau Oceanis’ 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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