Offshore facilities and activities are the essence of our Club. Situated in Hempstead Harbor, we have a full range of boating opportunities in the Harbor, and access to the Long Island Sound for sailing and cruising. (Elsewhere in this website, you will see information on our Junior Sailing Program, our Race Activities, and other Formal Programs.)
We have a full time offshore staff that maintains our waterfront and provides launch service to member boats in season. The offshore staff supports all of our waterfront activities and programs.
Members enjoy the many waterfront activities, including:
- Use of our seven Ideal 18 day sailors (including Tuesday “Ladies night" sailing and racing on Sunday afternoons).
- Private moorings, accessed by launch, for power and sail boats.
- Storage racks for canoes, kayaks, sail boards, paddle boards, sunfish, etc.
- Beach storage for Optis, Hobie Cats and others.
- A private beach on Hempstead Harbor
- An 80’ x 16’ float for temporary tie-up, with fresh water and pump out, with nearby access to fuel dock and repair facilities.
- Wednesday Night Racing - Multi club races take place each Wednesday night during the summer with member owned boats.
Many boat-owning members enjoy cruising with friends to nearby yacht clubs for evening meals and Sunday brunches. Many members also take summer cruising trips to Long Island Sound destinations, Block Island, Newport, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, and other members cruise up the Hudson to Kingston and Lake Champlain. The Club’s Cruising Division maintains two guest moorings in nearby Oyster Bay Harbor for overnight getaways. Many boats participate in the “Gentlemen’s Cruise” annually in the week before Father’s Day. This year, about 15 families will participate in an Easter-break regatta and cruise from Tortola in the BVI.
From time to time, the Club hosts safety-at-sea seminars, boating safety classes, and other boating oriented meetings. Our goal—in fact, our reason for being-- is to help all members who wish to participate in boating to do so in an enjoyable and safe manner, and, to have members’ children develop an interest in boating and the water from an early age.
Our Offshore staff, led by Dockmaster Frank Banks, is also available to help members in their boating activities, as is our Offshore Committee chaired by two members of the Board.