youth development



Young people go from never having been on a boat before to sailing solo and becoming certified U.S. Sailing Level 1 small boat instructors. Novice sailors learn theory, practice navigation techniques, and gain experience on Rocking the Boat’s fleet of traditional wooden sailboats, modern fiberglass and plastic training dinghies.

My first time on a week-long sailing trip as a Program Assistant is a memory I will not forget. Out on the Long Island Sound, I was astonished by how quickly the students picked up on the basics of sailing. Within two days they were able to sail a boat by themselves. It was in that moment I felt a sense of accomplishment. I successfully taught my students something I love to do.

Marcus Caceres, former On-Water student, Environmental Job Skills apprentice, and Program Assistant


Rocking the Boat is grateful to the following partners who allow sailing to be such a powerful experience for our students and the larger Hunts Point community:

America’s Cup Endeavour Programme
Hudson River Community Sailing
Morris Yacht and Beach Club

SUNY Maritime College
ONE° 15 Brooklyn Marina
Town of Greenwich, CT Byram Marina
United States Sailing Association
Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound

kids don’t just build boats, boats build kids

rocking the boat
812 edgewater road
bronx, ny 10474
phone: 718.466.5799
fax: 718.466.2892