Manhattan Yacht Club Announces Our New Home
Our club has enjoyed 20 wonderful years at North Cove. For the past 10 years, we were also in charge of the marina and made it the most active sailing center in NY Harbor. But success has its challenges and the marina attracted the attention of Brookfield and Island Global Yachting who teamed up to take it over.
This doesn't mean our club is finished. In fact, quite the opposite is true. We are at a new beginning. We have a 27 year track record of success and we will keep doing what we do well.
Manhattan Yacht Club has secured dock space at Liberty Harbor Marina in Jersey City. This will be our new home and primary base as we start to rebuild. The Commissioning Ceremony for our 2015 season will be Saturday, May 9. The Spring Launching to raise masts and clean boats will be at Liberty Harbor Marina on Saturday, April 25.
Liberty Harbor is on the north side of Morris Canal. There is good transportation to the marina. From North Cove, there are 2 ferries, the Liberty Landing Ferry and the Goldman Ferry run by NY Waterway. Then it is a short walk to the marina. For public transportation, the PATH station is ½ mile from the marina (the same distance as the Chambers St subway from North Cove). The NJ Light Rail also stops just outside the marina. For members with cars, there is $5 parking and the Holland Tunnel and NJ Turnpike are just minutes away. For members with Uber, it is easy to call a car to pick you up from either side of the river and if you share with fellow members, the cost is reasonable. If you have biked down to North Cove previously, just bike to the ferry for the short ride across the river and you will be at the marina in a few extra minutes.
The concept of Jersey City might sound far to some members, but it is very close. Traveling across the Hudson River to Jersey City is similar to traveling across the East River to Brooklyn. And one of the great things about Liberty Harbor is that the water is calm. We will be totally protected from the ferry waves. Sitting on the docks after sailing will be very relaxing. I have already tried it and can report that your sailing experience will reach a whole new level of enjoyment. Liberty Harbor also has a bar and restaurant called "Surf City." This will become the social gathering spot of our club.
Many of our private owners already keep their boats in Morris Canal. Our sailing school has kept two boats at Liberty Harbor for many years. And when North Cove was closed after 9/11, we reopened our club for several months at Liberty Harbor. So this has always been a second home for our club.
We have initially rented 10 slips at the marina with an option to expand to 20. Now we need to determine how many members will stay with the club this coming season. This number will determine the final size of our fleet. Last year, we had 26 J/24s sailing in the harbor. This will be a rebuilding year but we hope to get back to 26 as soon as possible.
We will continue the Honorable William Wall operations with a launch from Jersey City. We will also continue the junior sailing programs from Jersey City. We are unsure about the floating classroom which used to be docked at North Cove. It may not be used this season because we want to devote every available slip to more sailboats. While it is sad to contemplate such a change, there will be many more new opportunities in the future.
Thank you to all the wonderful members who provided such strong support to the club during these past two months. Even though we lost North Cove, Battery Park City Authority gave us an incredible opportunity 10 years ago when they put us in charge. We made North Cove the most successful marina in the harbor and a great sailing center. Our operations were well loved by the community. We have everything to be proud about. These have been great years and I expect the future to be good as well.
Our club has a Plan B and we will be sailing in the spring. We will also keep our eyes open for more opportunities in the future. Thank you for your continued support and best wishes as we all continue to work together to grow the sailing renaissance of New York Harbor.
Commodore Michael Fortenbaugh