There's something so appealing about being on the water in the summertime, even if your version of "on the water" involves a Friday afternoon post-work bender at the Frying Pan. Just north of this legendary Manhattan summer drinking spot, however, you will find an even better way to satiate your nautical tendencies - Hudson River Community Sailing. GL and I recently had the opportunity to take a beginners' sailing lesson at HRCS after we found out about a great deal they were running via Groupon. Although neither of us had ever stepped foot on a sailboat, we had an amazing time, thanks in no small part to our awesome instructor Christin, who despite her approximately 4'8'' frame seemed more than capable of handling the boat on her own, whether or not her two 'students' were along for the ride. We spent the better part of 2 hours cruising up and down the Hudson river, learning some basic sailing lingo, and dodging NY water taxis, then capped off our adventure with a (highly appropriate) lunch from The Lobster Place in Chelsea Market. Best...day...ever...
*Note - this was not the outfit I wore during our sailing lesson - dresses are not compatible with maneuvering around a 24' sailboat, even if you're not really doing very much.
Hat: Urban Outfitters
Bracelet: Forever 21
Watch: Michael Kors
Sunglasses: NYC street vendor