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The new “sailing school” that has supposedly replaced Mike Fortenbaugh’s is getting little action. Every time we walk by, the Offshore Sailing School boats have been docked in the evening when they should be out on the water.
Please send us your observations. Have you ever seen a class underway?
Is all of this intentional? Does Brookfield want the community sailing classes to fail so they can have more room for luxury yachts?
Recall, Brookfield had listed five other sailing class companies to serve as alternatives to Mike Fortenbaugh and they were somehow unable to get any of them? The Colgate’s and their Offshore Sailing were not among the five alternates listed in Brookfield’s RFP application.
Also indicative that Brookfield and the Colgate’s are not trying too hard to run a proper school in this marina is that they advertise in a local blog for their Pier-25 boats, but not for North Cove Marina. The ad states, “Offshore Sailing School offers discounted sailing lessons on Fridays: Starting June 26, the Offshore Sailing School is offering discounted sailing lessons on “Freedom Fridays” at the its outpost at Pier 25 in Tribeca. The sailing lessons from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. will cost $125 per person, discounted from the usual price of $225.”
Are they even offering adult sailing classes at all from the North Cove? At the CB1 meeting, the Colgate’s mentioned that the classes would all be for children this year. Why? However, on the Offshore website, they do offer adult “memberships” starting at $2,150, which is far greater than what Fortenbaugh’s Manhattan Sailing Club charged.