Sailing & Boating
Sailing & Boating Enthusiasts Love New York
The Hudson River stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to Adirondacks. It is so magnificent that the explorer Henry Hudson thought it was the Northwest Passage to India!
The Finger Lakes are world famous for their depth and beauty. In addition offering a wide variety of boating and sailing opportunities, the area is also home to some the world's great vineyards.
The Saint Lawrence Seaway borders both the USA and Canada. It is the perfect border to explore by water.
The Great Lakes are fresh-water inland seas that connect New York to Chicago and beyond.
Here is a sampling.
Lake George Area
The Lake George Area - also know as sthe "Queen of American Lakes" - is a water-lovers oasis. With numerous lakes and hundreds of miles streams and rivers, it’s no surprise that getting out on the water is a must-do for most visitors. This is the lake life you’ve been dreaming of because its greating for boating, sailing and its beautiful beaches.
Finger Lakes Region
Seneca Lake is one of the deepest Finger Lakes and an exceptional spot for sailing and other recreational boating. Marinas in Waterloo and just south of Geneva offer boat rentals, campgrounds and marine supplies. The big double-decker cruise boats that depart from Watkins Glen are popular with visitors. You're sure to spot these ships if you're on the lake for the day. The Seneca Lake State Park in Geneva features public boat launches and a marina, as well as a picnic area and a swimming beach.
The Hudson is known for its beauty and you will see the Catskill Mountain range to the west and the Berkshire foothills to the east.. See bald eagles, ducks, blue heron and many other birds.The Hudson River offers all forms of boating and saling opportunities from New York City north to Albany and beyond. It is a tourist magnetnet because it is accessible from communities to both the east and west.
Home to national competitions, Chautauqua Lake is a popular destination for sailors. Weekend regattas are common in the lake’s northern basin near Chautauqua Institution and in the southern basin near Lakewood. Board the Summer Wind or Chautauqua Belle for a cruise on Chautauqua Lake. Lake Erie beckons with the opportunity to go west all the way to Chicago or boat north into Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrency Seaway, which connect to Toronto and Quebec in Canada.
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Sailing & Boating Basics
Boating is the recreational use of a boat whether powerboats, sailboats, or man-powered vessels (such as rowing and paddle boats), focused on the travel itself, as well as sports activities, such as fishing or waterskiing. It is a popular activity, and there are millions of boaters across the USA.
Sailing employs the wind—acting on sails, wingsails or kites—to propel a craft on the surface of the water (sailing ship, sailboat, windsurfer, or kite surfer).
Recreational sailing or yachting can be divided into racing and cruising. Cruising can include extended offshore trips, coastal sailing within sight of land, and day-sailing.