North Cove Marina and Brookfield Place will formally launch their summer season this afternoon with free sails, a community boat naming, and live music — plus arts and crafts. The festivities begin on the waterfront plaza at noon when guests will be invited (on a first-come, first-served basis) to go on a two-hour sail on the Hudson River.
Starting at 2:00 pm, the craft station will invite new salts to try their hands at knot-tying, to create nautical bracelets and key chains.
A Community boat naming contest will share the traditions of christening craft, and offer a chance to submit ideas for naming up to twelve different sailboats that will be based in the marina this season.
At 3:00 pm, anyone who missed the noon sail can try again (also first-come, first-served basis) for another free, two-hour sail on the Hudson. And sailors who prefer to hug the shore are welcome to climb aboard the 1920s sailing yacht Ventura, while it is docked in the marina. (Nautical history buffs will also savor the chance to inspect two smaller, vintage boats: the 1950’s classic mahogany speedboat, Honey Girl and original 1800’s wooden yacht tender, Breeze.)
Throughout the afternoon, there will be vocal performances by the Johnson Girls, an all-woman a cappella group that specializes in sea chanteys and maritime music.
Guests are also invited to learn about the Sailing School and Sailing Club that will be operating in North Cove this year.
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