Hudson River Community Sailing

Hudson River Community Sailing Will Host 9th Annual Dark ‘n’ Stormy Benefit on May 25 in Manhattan

Hudson River Community Sailing (HRCS) will host its 9th annual Dark ‘n’ Stormy Benefit on Wednesday, May 25 aboard The Frying Pan, a historic lightship and popular Manhattan waterfront bar and grill. With New York boathouse locations in Chelsea and Inwood, HRCS is a charitable organization that helps underserved New York City youth become leaders and achieve academic success through sailing education. HRCS also provides affordable maritime education and recreation to the community.

The fundraiser will take place from 7:00pm-10:00pm at The Frying Pan on West 26th Street, adjacent to HRCS’s Chelsea boathouse at Pier 66. The event will feature live music by Men or Myth, food, an open bar, and a raffle with extensive prizes ranging from a wine tasting for two on Long Island, to a Park City condo get away, to luxury box suites at New York Yankees and New York Mets games. Event and raffle tickets can be purchased online at

All proceeds from Dark ‘n’ Stormy support HRCS’s Youth Development programs, including Sail Academy, where HRCS partners with nine New York City high schools to offer academic credit to students by teaching math and science, leadership development, and character building through sailing and boat building. The academic curriculum is designed with New York City Department of Education teachers to support state standards, and HRCS currently works with 150 students in its year-round program. The HRCS youth development programs also include internships, where students learn every aspect of running a commercial sailing school, preparing them with important job skills and career awareness.

"Year after year, we are blown away by the outpouring of positive energy and support we receive at our annual Dark ‘n’ Stormy fundraiser" - said Robert Burke, executive director of HRCS. "All proceeds from this event-through tickets, raffles, and donations-help pay for the impactful experiences we provide our students. We could not do it without our sponsors: Brooklyn Brewery, Goslings, Clambake Wines, and Pier 66 Maritime, as they make this great party happen."

Since its founding in 2007, HRCS has experienced substantial growth and success. Just this February, HRCS was named US Sailing’s 2016 Outstanding Community Sailing Center. This honor is awarded annually to one program that has made notable contributions to promote public access sailing, and HRCS was selected for its noticeable growth in membership, programming offerings, community involvement, and overall dedication to the sport. And in August 2015, HRCS opened its second Manhattan location, in Inwood, New York, bringing the organization’s mission to provide high-quality sailing, marine education, and youth development to communities in northern Manhattan and the Bronx.

To learn more about HRCS and the 9th annual Dark ‘n’ Stormy event, please visit or contact


About Hudson River Community Sailing (HRCS)

Hudson River Community Sailing is a New York-based charitable organization that uses sailing as a vehicle to enrich the lives of underserved New York City students-imparting academic and leadership skills vital to the craft-and to share the joy of sailing with the community at large. For more information, please visit



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