Our friends at Manhattan Yacht Club (myc.org), based at Liberty Harbor Marina in Jersey City, NJ, are looking for experienced sailors to volunteer for their new “Sail Patrol” program. “This concept is borrowed from the ski industry, where experienced skiers volunteer for the Ski Patrol and share good skiing techniques and help skiers if they have problems,” said MYC Commodore Michael Fortenbaugh. “Our club has adopted this concept to sailing.”


Requirements to be part of the Sail Patrol:

• an experienced sailor who can safely skipper a J/24 and operate an outboard engine by themselves. You will need to pass the Skipper Certification test administered by our club.

• open to any sailor or any age even if you are not yet a member of MYC.

• a friendly person who enjoys being around other sailors and who is willing to share knowledge and teach skills.

• able to do a minimum of ten sails each year (approximately twoper month).

Benefits of Being Part of the Sail Patrol:

• as a volunteer, you get to sail for free within this program (you do not have to pay club dues).

• some nice clothing and MYC gear.

• you get to hang out at the club after sailing, enjoy the BBQs and meet some great members.

• “super” Sail Patrol skippers (40 or more sails per year) also get free membership in the club.

“Spots to go sailing in the Sail Patrol program are weekday evenings (6 pm to dusk) and on weekend mornings and evenings (9 to 12 noon and 5:30 to dusk),” Fortenbaugh continued. “As a member of the Sail Patrol, you would sign up to skipper a boat and then other members will join you to go out in the harbor, learn more about sailing and improve their skills. If you would like to apply to join the MYC Sail Patrol, send a cover letter and your sailing resumé to office@myc.org. We will then contact you for an interview.” ■