The HRCS Crew

Teaches at Hudson River Community Sailing

Bill Bahen - Executive Director and Founder Hailing from the eastern shore of Maryland, Bill is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Captain with extensive experience managing sailing centers and programs. Prior to HRCS Bill directed educational programs in the northeast including Schooner Sound Learning, Nantucket Island Community Sailing and Stepping Stone Waterfront and Sailing School in Great Neck, NY. Just prior to moving to New York City in 2006 Bill spent a few years teaching with the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School. Alex Baum - Program Director Alex was born in Rochester, NY and grew up sailing on Lake Ontario and Keuka Lake. He has sailed competitively since high school and is now a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Captain. At HRCS, in collaboration with DOE educators, Alex designed and implemented the accredited curriculum. He is responsible for programming and outreach. Alex graduated from Fordham University with a degree in International Political Economy. While at Fordham, he was the captain of the university’s varsity sailing team. James Cart - Internship Director James Cart was born in Buffalo, NY and grew up sailing on Lake Erie. He started racing with his father when he was 12 and the bug hasn't left since. He graduated from Dartmouth College in June, 2010 with a degree in Philosophy. He sailed on the Dartmouth team his freshman year. After a break he returned to the sailing scene by teaching at the Tabor Academy Summer Program. He joined HRCS in September, 2010, working with the Accredited After-School Program and now with City Sail. David Caporale - Educator Thirty years experience both racing and cruising sailboats ranging in size from 12 feet through 130 feet long in and around the NY area. For the past three years he has been working on the New York waterfront in various positions. Sam Paci - Youth Sailing Educator Born and raised in New York, NY, Sam is no stranger to sailing in these parts. He has taught for many summers on Long Island Sound and is excited to be back at HRCS. Christin Ripley - Youth Sailing Educator Grew up in St. Petersburg Florida sailing dinghies and small keel boats. She has crewed several offshore transits, as well as cook and crew on tallships. Andreas Pejovic - Youth Sailing Educator Andreas grew up in Irondequoit, NY on the shores of Lake Ontario. His first experience sailing was at the YMCA affiliated Camp Cory on Keuka Lake, where he was instructed by the HRCS Program Director, Alex Baum.

Reviews of The HRCS Crew

(5 Reviews)
Open Sailing (Chelsea)


Attended: Open Sailing (Chelsea)

Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Sunset Sail (Chelsea)

Mary frances Usher

Attended: Sunset Sail (Chelsea)

Mary frances Usher gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Taste of Sailing

Bryan Owens

Attended: Taste of Sailing

Bryan Owens gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Taste of Sailing


Attended: Taste of Sailing

Best class for a sunny summer day! The instructor was very knowledgeable and was great at getting a grasp of group dynamics and helping us get the most out of our experience. My group had students at different levels including some Hudson River Community Sailing members and while I was the only 100% newbie to sailing I felt that I was a contributing member of the crew without feeling pushed to do more than I was willing and able to do. It was amazing, highly recommend it!

Taste of Sailing

annalisa russo

Attended: Taste of Sailing

annalisa russo gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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