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Ideal 18

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The Ideal 18 program has NBC-owned boats that are fully maintained by the club and available for exclusive use by members of the Ideal Program during the regular NBC season. The Ideal 18 is a keelboat designed by Bruce Kirby, the famed designer of the Laser & the Sonar. It is designed with safety and simplicity in mind. It is perfect for the new sailor but also appeals to experienced sailors of one-design racing.

Within the fleet, there are sailing programs for every interest. We offer:

  • Learn to Sail - our sailing director conducts classroom sessions followed by on- water teaching.
  • Advanced Sailing - for those more experienced, the emphasis is skippering and boat handling.
  • Casual Sailing - sign out one of the boats and enjoy an afternoon on the Hudson.
  • Women's Sailing - improve your sailing & skippering skills, and then gather on the patio with the group for a social evening.
  • Racing - is offered for beginners in a fun, safe environment as well as sessions that are more competitive that would appeal to an experienced racer.

Join us. Become a Special Activity Member, which entitles you to access the Ideal Sailing Programs and use of related Nyack Boat Club facilities. Contact Admissions at To learn more about the Ideal 18, check out the Ideal 18 Class website.

Last updated 4:01pm on 14 August 2023

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