Knickerbocker Sailing Association is a non-profit gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender boating club, now in its 26th year.


We encourage members who support diversity and enjoy getting out on the water of the greater New York area. Members do not need sailing or boating experience to join, because we are a welcoming group that will teach each other the basics of sailing, boating and boat safety. Our membership consists of over 150 members, including crew, captains of sailboats and powerboats, and we all love the outdoors and the water.

If you are interested in joining our club we recommend that you attend one of our monthly meetings open to all. For more information on our club please look at About Us, or email us.


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OUT Magazine featured KSA in July 2016. Read the article online in "The Unwavering Importance of Gay Sailing Clubs" by Chadwick Moore.







Upcoming events

    • 25 May 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • 27 May 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Port Washington
    Register

     

    KSA

    flotilla


    Welcome to our First Flotilla of 2019


    Please Join us!


    We will host our first event in Port Washington on Saturday May 25th, beginning with a raft-up and a Rainbow Rally on Sunday May 26th to Playland Amusement Park in Rye, NY. 


    Saturday, May 25th

     - Raft up off Leed's Pond, Port Washington, NY

     - 4:30 pm Vice - Commodore Cocktail Party

     - 6:30 pm Bake - Off (Best boat-cooked meal to be awarded)

     - 7:00 pm Pot Luck 


    Sunday, May 26th

     - Rainbow Rally to Rye (weather-dependent)

     - Moorings/ Dinner at Playland Tiki Bar, Rye, NY


    Monday, May 27th

     - Noon - Playland (1 Playland Pkwy, Rye)




    NOTICE-General Train Station Service Info: Train service is available on the Port Washington Branch of the LIRR providing service from Penn Station every 30 minutes. Train service to Rye, NY is available hourly on Metro North New Haven line.


    For more information contact James Weichert the flotilla

    Coordinator at jmswchrt@gmail.com.


    Contacts



    Registration for flotilla - If you are crew assigned a boat please indicate the boat you are crewing on.
     
    We will be updating this information regularly and will forward update emails to event registrants, so please register as early as possible.

    There are three registration types.

    (A) Captains bringing their boats
    (B) Crew already assigned, made arrangements with a captain to be on board
    (C) Crew who would like to participate, but not assigned to a boat.  [By selecting this option, there is no guarantee we will be able to place you on a boat, however we we make every effort to do such.]




    • 01 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Capri Marina, #21 Sea Lance, (west slip) Port Washington, NY 11050
    • 2
    Register

    Club Orientation To Sailing With KSA

    Once registered, you are committed to a sail. We ask that you please give the captain 48 hours cancellation notice so that someone else may take your spot.


    This Welcome Aboard Sail is designed for new members who haven't yet sailed with KSA. The sail will take place aboard Saucy. Saucy is a blue hulled 33ft Beneteau. Your captain is Domenic Venuto.


    Registration is limited to 5 total guests.  


    The date is Saturday, June 1st at 10 AM.  There is an 8:48 am from Penn Station that arrives at Port Washington station at 9:35am. Taxi or Uber to the Marina is about 7$pp.


    We sail from Capri Marina, 21 Sea Lane, (west slip) Port Washington, NY  11050
    Please dress appropriately as this time of year can be pretty chilly.....and unless the weather provides an unsafe condition we normally do not cancel so BE PREPARED!

    Bring your own lunch and a beverage. I will begin by some basic orientation on the dock and we will then sail.


    Please do not plan anything early in the evening as we most likely will not get back to the
    dock before 4:30pm. 

    This sail will provide you with basic rules of safety on the water, general boating characteristics
    as well as a basic understanding of sailing principles. 

    Most importantly, we will have a good time.....
    BYOB......Lunch.......bathing suit.......sunscreen......appropriate footwear......(no dark sole shoes....or heels PLEASE)
     
    Domenic Venuto   cell  718-451-6888 or email dvenuto@gmail.com


    NOTE>>>>>Space is reserved for you....we expect you to show up......others may be turned away because you are attending....Please respect that....... 




    • 11 Jun 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Landmark Tavern, 626 11th Avenue, New York, NY 10036
    Register

    Monthly Meeting



    Agenda:


    6:30pm Meet and Greet with cash bar and snack!
    7:30pm Business meeting

    8:30pm Group Dinner with cash bar


    Location:
      
    Landmark Tavern, meet and greet in the bar area, dinner and business meeting in our private meeting area.

    Landmark Tavern is located at 626 11th Avenue, on the corner of W 46th Street. The closest subway station is 50th Street on the C and E lines, or 42nd Street-Port Authority on the A, C and E lines.

    http://thelandmarktavern.com

    Phone: (212) 247-2562

    Cost: $40 includes a full dinner.

    Drinks sold separately.

    • 28 Jun 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Manhassett Bay Marina, 10 Matinecock Ave., Port Washington, NY 11050
    • 3
    Register

     

    COME SAIL WITH US FROM PORT WASHINGTON TO CHELSEA PIERS

    Once registered, you are committed to a sail. We ask that you please give the captains 48 hours cancellation notice so that someone else may take your spot.


    This Sail is designed for new members who haven't yet sailed with KSA or those members who have never sailed the east river to Manhattan. The sail will take place aboard the Michael Leslie and Salubrious which are 40' and 33' Calibers. Both Calibers are located at Manhasset Bay Marina, and that is where we will all meet that morning. Your Captains are Floyd Feather, Bill Hellmers, Steve Kelley. 


    Registration is limited to 12 total.  The captains will assign crew to the specific boats.  


    The date is Friday June 28 at 8 am.  There is a 6:31am from Penn Station that arrives at Port Washington station at 7:16 am   We can provide a pickup at Port Washington train station. Because of the tides we must depart the dock by 8am.


    We will sail from Manhassett Bay Marina which is located at 10 Matinecock Ave Port Washington, NY  11050

    Please dress appropriately as this time of year. Unless the weather provides an unsafe condition we normally do not cancel so BE PREPARED!

    Bring your own lunch and a beverage. 


    Most importantly we will have a good time.....
    BYOB.....bathing suit.......sunscreen......appropriate footwear......(no dark sole shoes....or heels) We look forward to it!

    Floyd 516-647-5589

    Steve 516-528-0051    Bill 516-818-7755

    NOTE>>>>>Space is reserved for you....we expect you to show up......others may be turned away because you are attending....Please respect that....... 




    • 28 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • HUDSON RIVER COMMUNITY SAILING
    Register

    THE 16TH STONEWALL SAILS REGATTA!


    SAVE THE DATE


    WHEN: Friday , JUNE 28th, 2019

    10am-5pm


    WHERE:

    HUDSON RIVER COMMUNITY SAILING

    West 26th Street & 12th Avenue

    Pier 66 Boathouse, Inside Hudson River Park


    Fundraising:

    Skippers, please organize a Crowdrise page for your boats. All participants are expected and encouraged to help fundraise. Participants you are more than welcome to create an individual fundraising page, or work with skippers to raise funds to support the boat you are racing on. 

    We also encourage ALL members to please help fundraise! The Stonewall Sails Regatta 2019 Crowdrise page can be found here. (To create a page, just click 'JOIN' on the Crowdrise page).



    Stay tuned for further details 


    WHY: The Stonewall Sails Regatta supports Hudson River Community Sailing's Youth Development Programs, which help underserved New York City kids thrive academically and learn leadership skills through sailing education. 



    ABOUT THE REGATTA:  The Stonewall Regatta is open to all. We’re aiming to have fifteen boats racing this year, five crew to a boat. Skippers must be certified with Hudson River Community Sailing. 






    • 29 Jun 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Boarding Location is based on Boat Assignment.
    Register


    RAINBOWS ON THE   HUDSON


    KSA Parade of Sails 2019

    Celebrating World Pride in NYC

    and the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall


    SATURDAY June 29th 




    WE HAVE CHANGED THE DATE TO SATURDAY TO AVOID CONFLICT WITH THE HERITAGE OF PRIDE MARCH.  ALSO THE CLOSING CEREMONIES WILL BE HELD IN TIME SQUARE ON SUNDAY EVENING THIS YEAR.


    WE ARE PLANNING ON PICKING UP GUESTS AT CHELSEA PIERS.  WE NEED ADDITIONAL CAPTAINS THAT ARE WILLING TO STAY AT CHELSEA.  IF INTERESTED USE THE RESERVATION FORM ATTACHED HERE:

    2019 MMAX Transient Dockage Agreement.pdf


    CURRENT RATES ARE $6 PEER FOOT PER NIGHT PLUS ELECTRIC


    WE PLAN TO RAFT UP BETWEEN THE STATUE OF LIBERTY AND ELLIS ISLAND STARING AT NOON. WETHER AND SEA CONDITIONS PERMITTING WE WILL RAFT UP AND ENJOY EACH OTHER.  AT 2PM, WE WILL DEPART THAT LOCATION AND HEAD TO BATTERY PARK AND THEN LINE UP  SINGLE FILE TO PARADE UP THE EAST SIDE OF THE HUDSON TO 59TH STREET AND RETURN.



    IF YOU KNOW OF ANYONE BEYOND KSA THAT IS WILLING TO SUPPORT US PLEASE LET US KNOW. CONTACT BRIAN SAMUELSON @ RAINBOWLANDINGS@CS.COM OR

    STEVE KELLEY @SRK1252@AOL.COM


    Participation in this event is to support the Ali Forney Center.Their mission is to protect LGBTQ youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently.  

    Make your donation here:

    Ali Forney Center 


    Captains please register for your participation in the event and how many additional guests you are willing to accept. Also indicate where you will be departing from so we can advise guests where to board the vessel.


    NEED COLOR FOR YOUR VESSEL TRY THIS SITE

    https://www.rainbowdepot.com/gay-pride-flags




    Tide Information:  As we depart the Statue at approximately 2pm we will be getting a push of up to 1.9kts so it will be a quick trip to up the river to 59th and the pier. Our return we will have about 1 kt on the nose.


    For those departing from the long island sound on Friday the most favorable time is to enter hellgate at 9am and on Saturday it's 10 am.  


    For a return to the LI sound on Sunday the ideal time to enter the east river would be at 4pm.


    Tides at the Battery - Eldridge


                                   High Tide                   Low Tide

    Friday June 28th          509am                      1130am       

                                      535pm                         --


    Saturday June 29th       606am                     1223am

                                      626pm                      1216pm


    Sunday June 30th         658am                      112am

                                      707pm                      104pm


    We would like to know how many boats have and will be flying the large Rainbow Flags donated to us by Gilbert Baker.  We will stage the parade based on those flags. American flags are encouraged as well.  


    IF YOU ARE A CAPTAIN BUT UNABLE TO ATTEND AND ARE IN POSSESSION OF A LARGE RAINBOW FLAG for KSA PLEASE CONTACT US TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR US TO USE THE FLAG FOR THE PARADE OF SAILS. 


    • 09 Jul 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Landmark Tavern, 626 11th Avenue, New York, NY 10036
    Register

    Monthly Meeting



    Agenda:


    6:30pm Meet and Greet with cash bar and snack!
    7:30pm Business meeting

    8:30pm Group Dinner with cash bar


    Location:
      
    Landmark Tavern, meet and greet in the bar area, dinner and business meeting in our private meeting area.

    Landmark Tavern is located at 626 11th Avenue, on the corner of W 46th Street. The closest subway station is 50th Street on the C and E lines, or 42nd Street-Port Authority on the A, C and E lines.

    http://thelandmarktavern.com

    Phone: (212) 247-2562

    Cost: $40 includes a full dinner.

    Drinks sold separately.

    • 13 Aug 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Landmark Tavern, 626 11th Avenue, New York, NY 10036
    Register

    Monthly Meeting



    Agenda:


    6:30pm Meet and Greet with cash bar and snack!
    7:30pm Business meeting

    8:30pm Group Dinner with cash bar


    Location:
      
    Landmark Tavern, meet and greet in the bar area, dinner and business meeting in our private meeting area.

    Landmark Tavern is located at 626 11th Avenue, on the corner of W 46th Street. The closest subway station is 50th Street on the C and E lines, or 42nd Street-Port Authority on the A, C and E lines.

    http://thelandmarktavern.com

    Phone: (212) 247-2562

    Cost: $40 includes a full dinner.

    Drinks sold separately.

    • 10 Sep 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Landmark Tavern, 626 11th Avenue, New York, NY 10036
    Register

    Monthly Meeting



    Agenda:


    6:30pm Meet and Greet with cash bar and snack!
    7:30pm Business meeting

    8:30pm Group Dinner with cash bar


    Location:
      
    Landmark Tavern, meet and greet in the bar area, dinner and business meeting in our private meeting area.

    Landmark Tavern is located at 626 11th Avenue, on the corner of W 46th Street. The closest subway station is 50th Street on the C and E lines, or 42nd Street-Port Authority on the A, C and E lines.

    http://thelandmarktavern.com

    Phone: (212) 247-2562

    Cost: $40 includes a full dinner.

    Drinks sold separately.

    • 08 Oct 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Landmark Tavern, 626 11th Avenue, New York, NY 10036
    Register

    Monthly Meeting



    Agenda:


    6:30pm Meet and Greet with cash bar and snack!
    7:30pm Business meeting

    8:30pm Group Dinner with cash bar


    Location:
      
    Landmark Tavern, meet and greet in the bar area, dinner and business meeting in our private meeting area.

    Landmark Tavern is located at 626 11th Avenue, on the corner of W 46th Street. The closest subway station is 50th Street on the C and E lines, or 42nd Street-Port Authority on the A, C and E lines.

    http://thelandmarktavern.com

    Phone: (212) 247-2562

    Cost: $40 includes a full dinner.

    Drinks sold separately.



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