City Island Yacht Club

Incorporated 1907

CIYC Sailing School Instructors


     An avid racer and cruiser, Ed Woolsey began sailing in 1976. Most of Ed’s sail time has been in Eastchester Bay and Long Island Sound, but more recently he has explored the west coast of Florida. Over the Instructors - Ed Woolseyyears he has owned several boats including a Frers 33, a J-80, an Ericson 38, and his current Tartan 34.
     In 2015 Ed became a USCG Captain, 100-ton master, and more recently a 200-ton mate of towing. He owns and operates a marine repair and marine electronics business that often takes him to Liberty Landing Marina in Jersey City and Englewood Marina in New Jersey.
     Ed has the following ASA teaching certifications: keelboat, basic coastal cruising, bareboat chartering, coastal navigation, docking and boat handling. Ed keeps his boat at City Island Yacht Club where he is an active member.

     Jeff has over 40 years experience starting at ten years old with junior programs and Blue Jay racing; Laser, Snipe, and Ensign
Instructors - Jeff Goldfarbracing. Family owned Ensign (raced) and LeCompte 33 Medalist (cruised). He currently has personally owned and raced (and weekend cruised) a J24 for thirty years.
     Cruising also includes several Caribbean charters with family or friends, including 46 ft and 92 ft trimarans. Racing includes skippering J24 fleet and regional regattas (including NE Regionals and U.S. Nationals), and crewing on various larger boats in Long Island Sound PHRF regattas.
     Jeff has taught sailing and racing part-time including junior programs and mentoring new members in the City Island YC shared club boat program.

     Robin has a life time of boating both sail and power. The early years on the Hudson River included trips through the intra-coastal waterway from NJ to Montreal. After the Hudson River, it was down to the Jersey Shore for many years of summer weekends on boats beforInstructors - Robin Riccae moving his sailing to Long Island Sound 30 years ago.
     Robin presently owns and Captains two vessels, a 23′ Sakonnet Sloop and a Cummins diesel powered 32′ Judge Downeast.
     Robin has been four times Safety At Sea (SAS) Certified for the Newport to Bermuda Race with six races down to Bermuda, plus an additional seven deliveries Bermuda to USA from VA to ME. Also, two Carib1500 rallies VA to Tortola, BVI, one Salty Daug Rally VA to Tortola, BVI, and numerous deliveries to or from the Bahamas.
Robin has also raced extensively for over 30 years. His biggest moment was 2005 when he skippered his Soverel 33 to the National Title.

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ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing
LearnASA 101 to skipper a 20′ – 27′ sloop-rigged keelboat by day, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards. Qualifies you for CIYC Club Boat program.
–  $495 (plus Coursebook and ASA fees)

ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising
ASA 101ASA 103Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered 25′-35′ keelboat by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and seamanship.
–  $495 (plus Coursebook and ASA fees)

ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
ASA104Learn how to sail a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered 30′-45′ sailboat during a multi-day cruise upon inland/coastal waters in moderate/heavy winds and sea conditions. Learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more.
–  $495 (plus Coursebook and ASA fees)

ASA 105, Coastal Navigation
ASA105Learn the the navigational theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in coastal and inland waters. On-water coastal navigation skills elements are contained in the ASA103, Basic Coastal Cruising, ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising, and ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising, in progressively increasing levels of detail.
–  $495 (plus Coursebook and ASA fees) ASA 101