Come Sail Away

At the Great Neck Park District Sailing School, there is something for everyone. The park district program offers exciting lessons and programs for adults, children and families.

Sailing is fun. (Michele Siegel)

“Sailing can be either a very relaxing or very competitive sport, depending on what your goals are,” Sailing Director Ryan Goldberg said. “Whether you decide to sail for leisure or race in regattas, we are happy to point you in the right direction and teach you the skills you will need to succeed.”

The Great Neck Park District Sailing School is committed to inspiring and encouraging individuals to be a part of the sailing lifestyle through expert, safe and exciting boating experiences.

“My family introduced me to sailing as a young child so I have more than 20 years of sailing experience,” Goldberg said. “As a student in high school, I joined a sailing school and became a junior instructor. Soon after, I put the skills I had learned to good use by working as a sailing instructor for the Great Neck Park District.”

Once Goldberg graduated from college, he worked up to the position of waterfront director. He has since helped build the sailing program by adding a variety of activities and boat rentals.

The goal is to enhance an individual’s ability by teaching high-quality sailing skills through excellence, integrity and equality in every aspect of the sport
and in life.

“I believe anyone can learn to sail if they are willing to put in the effort,” Goldberg said. “A good sailing student is interested in the outdoors and enjoys spending time on the water.”

Sailing on the North Shore (Michele Siegel)

This summer, let us give you the confidence to sail your own boat. Students who have never sailed before as well as those who have sailing experience, are welcome. We have courses for beginners to advanced, offering sailing opportunities for everyone. Beginners are taught basic seamanship, boating safety, and are introduced to the basics of sailing.

“Sailing is a vital sport because it teaches life skills such as teamwork and problem-solving,” Goldberg said. “Sailing also builds an appreciation for the environment in a fun, renewable and safe way.”

With the guidance of one of the program’s professional coaches, you will learn to sail in one of the most spectacular sailing venues on the north shore of Long Island. The staff members are committed to provide the best sailing instruction available at any level of experience.

“I sail and teach the skills to sail, because I enjoy offering new students an appreciation for the sport and teaching the physics that makes the sport work,” Goldberg said. “I think it’s incredible seeing new students begin to grasp how wind alone can let you chart a course wherever you may want to go.”

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Christy Hinko
Christy Hinko is a managing editor at Anton Media Group. She is a New York Press Association (NYPA) and Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) award-winning writer and photographer.

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