About Clipper City Daytime Sail – Manhattan By Sail
The Clipper City Daytime Sail offered by Manhattan by Sail is a fun-filled voyage around New York Harbor in a 158-foot-long schooner, whose massive sails hearken back to the bygone era of the 1800s. With a capacity of up to 150 people, the Clipper City provides plenty of room for passengers to take in the sights comfortably, whether mixing and mingling by the lively bar area or lounging on the raised quarter deck at the rear of the sailboat.
The majestic Clipper City Daytime Sail departs from Pier 17 at the bustling South Street Seaport, whose location along the East River makes for great photo ops of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge before the vessel even sets sail. The Clipper City's leisurely, 90-minute journey around New York Harbor offers plenty of photo-worthy sights, as the schooner slowly glides past the towering buildings that comprise the Lower Manhattan and New Jersey skylines, the former immigration station on Ellis Island, the greenery of Governor's Island and the iconic Statue of Liberty.
Another fantastic moment to capture with your camera occurs when the crew hoists the Clipper City's massive sails, working with masts and rigging that rise 120 feet off the deck. This occasion also presents a wonderful opportunity to experience the thrill of sailing first-hand, as you can volunteer to help the crew with this exciting task.
The crew themselves add to the festive spirit aboard the Clipper City, as they are happy to engage with the passengers and answer questions from sailing aficionados and novices alike.
Another highlight for some adults will be the fully stocked bar, which features a steady stream of music and a variety of drinks for sale – including wine, beer, soda, juice and nautical-inspired cocktails like the Monkey's Fist. Passengers looking for a quieter ride can head to the raised quarter deck, where they can watch the captain steer the boat or simply soak in the beautiful sights around them.
Cruise length and schedule
One hour and 30 minutes. In 2015, the cruise departs at 2:15pm and 4:30pm beginning on April 24.
Guests must call Manhattan by Sail to confirm their sail at least two to three hours in advance of the event. Information will be provided on voucher received once purchased.
Did you know?
The inspiration behind the Clipper City's construction was a cargo schooner dating back to 1854.
The Clipper City's capacity of up to 150 passengers is the largest of any sailboat in New York Harbor.
The Clipper City Daytime Sail from Manhattan by Sail appeals to tourists and locals alike, as its festive atmosphere, personable crew and stunning sights make for an unforgettable journey around New York Harbor.
Good for kids?
Kids of all ages are sure to enjoy their time on the Clipper City, whether enjoying the cool views or learning about sailing from the friendly crew. Also, the steel-hulled Clipper City sails very smoothly, meaning that even young children should be able to walk with ease on the boat.
Manhattan by Sail Location Information:
New York, NY 10004
The Clipper City Daytime Sail begins and ends at:
New York, NY 10004
R to Whitehall St.; 1 to South Ferry