Go sailing in the New York Harbor | Manhattan by Sail


The students liked helping the crew raise the sail on the boat.  They also like being able to walk around on the boat.  The students were very excited about seeing the Statue of Liberty. Very friendly crew members on the boat.

~ Kingsbridge Heights Community Center 8/6/14

Students had an amazing time.  It was a perfect day for sailing. As soon as the trip ended, students asked if & when we could take another sailing trip. Such a high quality trip!

~ University Settlement 7/18/14

The day before it rained, the week-end days after got cold, but Friday evening was perfect. The sunset lasted forever and everyone on board had a memorable experience. The crew was very pleasant, helpful and we had a great sail. The food was plentiful and the drinks flowed freely.

~ Margaret Private Charter

We took our Mom for Mother's Day. Beautiful schooner, informed and friendly Captain Dave, and delicious wine tastings with appropriate pours; I can't imagine a more enjoyable experience. I would definitely recommend this to a friend. Hell, I will be asking friends to take me along so that I can experience it again! Complete pleasure. 

~ Destiny 5/19/14

We had a great day for the beer tasting on the Clipper City ship. The staff was very helpful and fun. We are talking about doing it again with a bigger group of people.

~ Meghan 5/27/14

Hi, Just wanted you to know we sailed this weekend (Group of 8 Sunday at 2:15pm) and had a great time.  Everyone is thanking me for organizing it but really it was all you.  You were so relaxed and just allowed us to hang out with friends, get away from it all and just breathe for a little while.  My friends are still elated! It was the best thing we've done in a long time.  Thanks so much!!!

~ Mary

Hi! I just wanted to send a quick note to say what a wonderful time we had on your Noon Sail on the Clipper Ship 10/5/13! It was a great time...beer tasting was so fun and the crowd were so friendly! Captain Chris is a hoot and we really enjoyed talking with him! Thanks for a fantastic Voyage!! Sharon and Bruce

~ Sharon and Bruce

Dear Ferina,


On behalf of the University Settlement Beacon Summer Program, I just wanted to express what an amazing time our participants had on their Clipper City sailing trip. The captain of the boat and his entire crew were so friendly and welcoming to our staff and students that even our young people who were feeling trepidation about the water were soon at ease and relaxed. The definite highlight of the trip was when the captain invited our campers to help raise the sails of the boat!  For many of our young people, this was the first opportunity they'd ever had to be on a sailboat and to see the amazing views of the Manhattan skyline from the water. Thanks so much to Manhattan By Sail and The Clipper City crew for providing our camp with one the best excursions we have had all summer!

~ Greg R - Deputy Program Dir., University Settlement Beacon Program @ East Side Community H.S


Thank you soooo much, the weather was perfect, and my friends were intrigued with the sail! You have a customer for life! My Fiance has never been on a sail boat and she enjoyed her self! Your staff was great! Thank you and have a blessed business!

(Miguel proposed to his fiance on the Shearwater with friends and family looking on. She said YES!)

~ Miguel


Hi Millen,

Was just going through some old emails and saw this one from Manhattan by Sail. I realized I never emailed to say thank you for such an amazing experience!  We had a picture perfect day which added to the fun, but I can say the boat ride and beer tasting was just a fabulous time! My whole party...and the while ship for that matter...was raving about it.  The crew and the ship are priceless gems of NYC!

 Thanks so much and enjoy your winter!


~ Kathy K.


Dear Tesha,

I'm so sorry it's taken me a couple weeks to write but I want to thank you and your team for the most amazing evening. The whole experience could not have gone more smoothly. The Shearwater is a beautiful sailing ship, the voyage out to sea was amazing, we could not have picked a better night and the crew were all wonderful. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

We appreciate all your hard work in making our night so perfect.

We hope to see you again soon!


Amanda (& Justin) and friends

~ Amanda W.


Hi Tesha, 

Thanks again for your help organizing our event. The group had an incredible time and we were already talking about the next sailing trip before we even got off! The crew was helpful and friendly, overall a great group. 

We look forward to the next trip. 



~ Ashley C., King & Partners


 Chris, Marinka,
  I wanted to send you a note of thanks.  It's been just over a week
  since Petrina's and my wedding, and the day and the weekend were
  fantastic.  It was wonderful and memorable and the Clipper City was a
  big part of it.  Petrina and I thank you very, very much for your
  energy, enthusiasm, and service, and we and all our guests have
  newly-minted memories, all of which you're a big part.  Thank you
  again, and we'll be back for our anniversary (and much sooner)!

~ Peter


We all had a wonderful time- the crew was great, nice to talk to and did their jobs so well. Our crew had a great time, fully bewitched by the beauty of the place and ghosting along on gentle zephyrs. It was hard to leave. We hope to do it again it was so much fun. Please give our best to the crew and thank you for coordinating everything.

~ Michael Farewell, Farewell Architects LLC

I just wanted to take the time to say, "THANX MUCH!!" to you all for such a cool and fun sail October 1, 2011. I treated my husband, our very good friend and our 9 year old son to the sail that day. It was a crisp, fall sunny day, perfect for a sail with wonder tastings of beer! Well, not for our 9 year old - hahaa! We had a very cool crowd of folks who conversed like we were all old friends.

The Crew -- was fantastic!! The Captain witty and refreshing, to say the least. And I even got to help hoist the sails! Well, I thought I was to be at the end, but that quickly changed when we were told that we were facing the wrong way and didn't have the right rope in hand. So, I ended up being the lead "hoister!" Tough job, indeed, but good thing this 49 year old chick is very athletic! :-) We'll DEFINITELY be taking one more sail before the end of this fall season.

But again, Thank You!

~ Yvette Allen-Janis


Thank you for all of your help in coordinating the HFTP Social Wine Sail last week. The moon was in Venus - at least we did have a full moon and Mother Nature totally cooperated.

Special thanks to the crew - Captain Dave, Michael, Morgan, and Levi. They were awesome - a winning combination! Our chsse, fruit, and panini platters were perfect for that time slot.

All told, a good time was had by all. Thank you for helping to make it a memorable evening.

~ Felicia Schroeder, What's My Wine? LLC


Everything went very well with our event - it was hugely enjoyable and we had a lot of fun with the team building. Top marks to the crew, they were great, and the customer service was excellent.

~ Graham Shaw, Ernst & Young


Last week we took 63 NJIT Alumni on the City Clipper for a 2 hour sail. Everyone loved it. The crew was terrific and the whole experience of setting it up, getting the tikcets, etc. was made very smooth and easy by Alicia and then Mary Luz on the night we were there.

You have a great staff. We will be back



~ Paula Krongard


I wanted to let you know that the Brunch Sail Cruise on the Shearwater was lovely. In spite of the heat, lack of enough wind to whirl us around the harbor (we did find some wind and sailed up through the Buttermilk Channel), your terrific and most entertaining crew provided us with a beautiful and most memorable experience. All of our guests (we had 10, but one dropped out at the last minute) were delighted.

As a life long New Yorker, I would recommend this cruise to anyone wanting to truly enjoy the harbor and NYC Skyline as it was meant to be seen.

(I was also impressed with the food and drinks...not overly ambitious, but on-point for a brunch...very nicely done).



~ George N. Stonbely


You guys are the best! I don't know if you remember us, but 2 weeks ago we took our 8 yr old granddaughter (visiting from Texas) on a Shearwhater sail and Emma said it was the BEST thing she did all week in NYC, including seeing Mary Poppins! So thank you so much, and now we are taking granddaughter #2 on a sail next week! I can't remember any names to thank you individaully (except for Morgan the beautiful drink-server) but you were terrific! From now on I'm taking every visitor to NYC on s Shearwater sail!

~ Katherine Cole


Our engagement party on the Shearwater was flawless.  The boat is classy and 40 people fit comfortably.  The crew was happy and helpful and Levi kept the drinks flowing.  Once the sails went up the ride was smooth around the Statue of Liberty which was back dropped by a beautiful sunset.  I will surely refer people to Manhattan by Sail.

~ Jed McMurray



The cruise was great, and Heather was fantastic.  She really made the difference between "just a nice sail" and a really telling team exercise.  I really appreciate your help getting this together.   The food and crew were also top shelf.  Overall it was a significantly wonderful day.

~ Joy Willis, NBC Universal


We all had the best time!   It was a perfect evening and the food and crew were wonderful.  We would definitely do this again.  Everyone is still talking about it today! 

~ Mary Ercolino, Liz Clairborne


We were passengers aboard your Sunset Sail on Sunday, May 16th. It was an incredible experience and definitely the highlight of our entire trip to New York City! Thank you so much!

~ Linda Christopher


Let me say the Googlers LOVED the entire experience.  They loved all three captains and I received so many compliments including "best offsite ever" etc.  Many thanks again for everything.  I have and will continue to promote this as the seasons permit as Google does this type of thing every year across its teams. Truly terrific and the folks loved it - the weather was tremendous so just added to an event that was already top notch!  Please pass on the great feedback to Pat, Jared, David and all of ManhattanBySail (Thanks Tom!!!)  and especially to you!

~ Jennifer Vaden Barth

Everything went great. The service was excellent. Everyone is very pleased. Again, thank you for all your help.  I will definitely be in touch!

~ Julia Simonova
Marketing Director

Thank you! We were really lucky that the weather turned out as great as it did. It was raining heavily when we woke that morning and we were a bit worried watching the forecasts. There ended up being just a light bit of rain during the actual ceremony and it stopped within a few minutes. There was even a nice bit of wind on the harbor once we got out there.
We were thrilled with everything and we would certainly recommend you highly to anyone looking to throw a great event. Everything went as smoothly as we could've hoped. Once we have a bit more time I'm sure we will write some things up on the various wedding related internet sites that Taryn browsed in the process of planning.

~ Kevin Haus

The event was spectacular!!!!  Everyone was so very pleased.  The captain and the crew were extremely courteous and delightful. 
5 Stars for sure

~ Kim Flynn
Barclay's Capital

It was such a nice time! Everyone really enjoyed the Sail- and the crew was lovely.
Thank you so much for all of your help. We will certainly do it again soon.

~ Amanda Middlebrooks

Our July 18th charter sailing was fantastic. Everyone had an amazing time and everything went of without a hitch. The staff were courteous and professional and we gave them extra tips already on top of what we paid to reflect this.”
Thanks so much again for all of your great work to make this such a memorable sail.

~ Katherine Hamer

You'll have heard it before but I wanted to say that we had a wonderful journey on the Shearwater. Leaving in the sunset, returning under a full moon. With quite some wind, which made it sometimes quite.exciting. My daughters already think this is the best moment of our stay in NY.

~ Geert Mareels, from Belgium

We thoroughly enjoyed your cruise!  It was FABULOUS and a great value for the money.  The crew was so nice and friendly, and access to the boat was easy to find.  It was the highlight of our trip and we did a LOT of things while in New York!  The people we ran into were disappointed they didn’t take your cruise after talking to us, but said they saw your clipper ship out in the harbor.  What a neat, once in a lifetime, adventure for us.  Thank you very much

~ Jane Gephart

Just want to thank the crew and management of Shearwater who got my whole birthday party crew (5 people unreserved!) on board last night. We had a wonderful night. The crew was incredible and the ride was a trip all New Yorkers should do at least once.

~ Lea Goldman

This past Saturday, July 19, my friends and I celebrated our good friend's bachelorette party. We began our evening on the Shearwater Sunset Sail. I am writing to tell you what a truly wonderful time we all had. The boat was beautiful, the weather ideal, and the crew were friendly and skilled. The stars were aligned, and our Shearwater Sail was the perfect way for this group of girls to share special time together on this occasion. Everyone in our group thought the sail was a remarkable and memorable experience.

~ Kerry

My husband and I have had the opportunity to make fabulous life-long memories with Shearwater Sails. The very first time was on a lark--we had always gone to Newport, Rhode Island and sailed several times aboard the Madeleine, a reproduction three-mast ship. We had also had the opportunity to go out on one of the America's Cup racing boats, a catamaran, and smaller sailboats. We thought it would be interesting to sail in New York harbor, and it was FANTASTIC! To sail in view of the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline, the New Jersey coast was a remarkable day. We also had the opportunity to be aboard the Shearwater when she was a participant in a harbor yacht race! Sailing aboard the Shearwater has given a couple of people who love the water, but cannot realistically own a boat, the chance to be Queen & King for a day! We can't wait for the new season, and new memories! Thanks for continuing to "be there" to fulfill fantasies.

~ Mary Kay Fowler

I sailed with you for the first time last summer and it was one of my all time favorite days in New York City. The staff was all friendly and fantastic and the boat was gorgeous and I have been waiting for the weather to warm up so I can come back and sail with you again. Taking an afternoon sail on the Shearwater was the perfect escape from my hectic city life. Thanks for providing such a great service and for providing me with such wonderful memories of my sail! ?

~ Andrea Martin

Being on the Shearwater is the best way to have a quick vacation from hectic NYC, with out actually leaving the Big Apple. Almost immediately as we sail into New York harbor my tensions melt away. As I breathe in the salty sea air I feel my self relax. The friendliness and attentiveness of the crew makes me feel welcome. As they introduce them selves and explain the workings of Shearwater, it brings a sense of competence and safety. These guys know what they are doing. I lazily watch the NY skyline and have a special experience as we approach Lady Liberty and rest near her for a moment. Did I mention the sky? Sometimes I lay on my back and just look up. I have seen many magical sunsets as I sip my wine. At all times the crew is available whether to serve a beverage or quietly maintain the well being of the cruise and her passengers. They are friendly and answer questions. I think so much of making the sail enjoyable is the crew. When I step back onto the dock I am a refreshed person and thinking about when I will be able to do it again. ??

~ Jeanie Watkins

We want to thank you so much....everyone had a great time even though we didn't have the best of weather. Looking forward to doing it again next year. Thanks again!

~ Allison Miller
Director of LifeStyle Programs
The Hallmark of Battery Park City

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