sine qua non

You hear it all the time— our sport needs new blood. And over the past 20 years here at the Manhattan Sailing School and Yacht Club, we’ve done tons to get new sailors — kids and adults— into the sport. We’ve taught thousands and thousands to sail, and have just under a thousand members. This has only been possible because our lease of the North Cove marina (you might recognize us from awesome boats that have docked here) has let us use docking fees to make classes and membership affordable.

Now, we’re in the thick of a fight to hold onto that lease. A few months ago, the Battery Park City Authority put out a request for bids on the marina. We’re up against big contenders, and expect that they’d squeeze as much profit as possible out of the marina— a situation that would decrease the accessibility of sailing in the city, and might make our school and club unviable. The mission statement of the Battery Park City Authority states that all decisions will reflect the public interest. We think if they follow through on that, we stand a good chance of holding onto North Cove.

So, we need help. We have a website, savenorthcove.com, where you can learn more about the issue and how you can help. If you’re in New York City, we’re holding a rally on Monday the 15th at 6pm on the south side of the marina. The media will be there, and a good showing is crucial to showing the public support for our operation. Letters of support, sent to Governor Cuomo, via http://www.governor.ny.gov/contact would also be a tremendous help.