Knickerbocker Sailing Association is a non-profit gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender boating club, now in its 23rd year.

We encourage members who support diversity and enjoy getting out on the water of the greater New York area. Members do not need sailing or boating experience to join, because we are a welcoming group that will teach each other the basics of sailing, boating and boat safety. Our membership consists of over 150 members, including crew, captains of sailboats and powerboats, and we all love the outdoors and the water.

If you are interested in joining our club we recommend that you attend one of our monthly meetings open to all. For more information on our club please look at About Us, or email us.

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OUT Magazine featured KSA in July 2016. Read the article online in "The Unwavering Importance of Gay Sailing Clubs" by Chadwick Moore.

Upcoming events

    • 26 May 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • 28 May 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Port Washington




    Welcome to our First Flotilla of 2018 

    Please Join us!

    We will host our first event in Port Washington rafting up in Manhasset Bay on Saturday May 26th with a jaunt (weather dependent) on Sunday May 27th to Rye, NY and Playland Amusement Park. 

    Saturday, May 26th

     - Raft up off Leed's Pond, Port Washington, NY

     - 4:30 pm Commodore Cocktail Party

     - 6:30 pm Bake - Off (Best boat-cooked meal to be awarded)

     - 7:00 pm Pot Luck 

    Sunday, May 27th

     - Sailing to Rye (weather-dependent)

     - Moorings/ Dinner at Playland Tiki Bar, Rye, NY

    Monday, May 28th

     - Noon - Playland (1 Playland Pkwy, Rye)

    Train service is available on the Port Washington Branch of the LIRR providing service from Penn Station every 30 minutes. Train service to Rye, NY is available hourly on Metro North New Haven line.

    For more information contact James Weichert the flotilla

    Coordinator at


    Registration for flotilla - If you are crew assigned a boat please indicate the boat you are crewing on.
    We will be updating this information regularly and will forward update emails to event registrants, so please register as early as possible.

    There are three registration types.

    (A) Captains bringing their boats
    (B) Crew already assigned, made arrangements with a captain to be on board
    (C) Crew who would like to participate, but not assigned to a boat.  [By selecting this option, there is no guarantee we will be able to place you on a boat, however we we make every effort to do such.]

    • 03 Jun 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Manhassett Bay Marina, 10 Matinecock Ave., Port Washington, NY 11050
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    Club Orientation To Sailing With KSA

    Once registered, you are committed to a sail. We ask that you please give the captains 48 hours cancellation notice so that someone else may take your spot.

    This Welcome Aboard Sail is designed for new members who haven't yet sailed will KSA. The sail will take place aboard the Michael Leslie and Salubrious which are 40' and 33' Calibers. Both Calibers are located at Manhasset Bay Marina, and that is where we will all meet that morning. Your Captains are Floyd Feather, Bill Hellmers, Steve Kelley. 

    Registration is limited to 18 total.  The captains will assign crew to the specific boats.  

    The date is Sunday June 3rd at Noon.  There is a 10:48 am from Penn Station that arrives at Port Washington station at 11:35 am   We can provide a pickup there.

    We will sail from Manhassett Bay Marina which is located at 10 Matinecock Ave Port Washington, NY  11050

    Please dress appropriately as this time of year can be pretty chilly.....and unless the weather provides an unsafe condition we normally do not cancel so BE PREPARED!

    Bring your own lunch and a beverage. We will begin by some basic orientation on the dock and we will then sail.

    Please do not plan anything early in the evening as we most likely will not get back to the
    dock before 7pm. 

    This sail will provide you with basic rules of safety on the water, general boating characteristics
    as well as a basic understanding of sailing principles. 

    Most importantly we will have a good time.....
    BYOB.....bathing suit.......sunscreen......appropriate footwear......(no dark sole shoes....or heels) We look forward to it!

    Floyd 516-647-5589

    Steve 516-528-0051    Bill 516-818-7755

    NOTE>>>>>Space is reserved for you....we expect you to show up......others may be turned away because you are attending....Please respect that....... 

    • 08 Jun 2018
    • 10 Jun 2018
    • Long Beach, NY

    Long Island Pride and Pride Boat Parade

    Long Beach, NY

    The LGBT Network has invited Knickerbocker Sailing Association to participate in - and lead - the 2nd Annual Pride Boat Parade at Long Island Pride. Long Island Pride is operating under a completely new format this year, in a completely new location, with a full weekend of activities planned. The Boat Parade will take place on Saturday, June 9, from 4pm-6pm.

    Slips will be available at the Lawrence Yacht Club for KSA members' boats for Friday and Saturday nights.


    Flotilla Captain: Floyd Feather,, 516-647-5589

    • 12 Jun 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Landmark Tavern, 626 11th Avenue, New York, NY 10036

    Monthly Meeting


    6:30pm Meet and Greet with cash bar and snack!
    7:30pm Business meeting

    8:30pm Group Dinner with cash bar

    Landmark Tavern, meet and greet in the bar area, dinner and business meeting in our private meeting area.

    Landmark Tavern is located at 626 11th Avenue, on the corner of W 46th Street. The closest subway station is 50th Street on the C and E lines, or 42nd Street-Port Authority on the A, C and E lines.

    Phone: (212) 247-2562

    Cost: $40 includes a full dinner.

    Drinks sold separately.

    • 23 Jun 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


    WHEN: SATURDAY, JUNE 23th, 2018



    West 26th Street & 12th Avenue

    Pier 66 Boathouse, Inside Hudson River Park

    WHY: The Stonewall Sails Regatta supports Hudson River Community Sailing's Youth Development Programs, which help underserved New York City kids thrive academically and learn leadership skills through sailing education. In 2017 we raised $9,225. Help us finally break the $10,000 mark this year! All donations are 100% tax deductible and go to a great cause.

    ABOUT THE REGATTA:  The Stonewall Regatta is open to all. We’re aiming to have six boats racing again this year, five to a boat. Skippers must be certified with Hudson River Community Sailing (if you raced last year, you don’t need to re-certify). We try to get at least five races in. Breakfast will be provided (bring your own lunch/snacks). There will be an awards ceremony with pizza immediately afterwards. Awards include gold, silver, bronze, and most importantly - best-in-show


    • If we have more participants than captains, HRCS may be able to provide an additional boat and skipper. So sign up early!
    • Captains need to forward a photo and any text they would like to have on their donation page.  Forward the photos and text to :
    • Any New skipper checkouts need to be coordinated and scheduled so they can get staff on their end.
    • The scheduled Check out day is Monday, June 17th 5:00 - 7:00 PM at the HRCS Location.  There will be no checkouts the day of the race.

    Entry fee for KSA members regatta participants: $50

    Entry fee for non-KSA members, regatta participants: $65

    For more detailed information, contact or 917.968.4512

    Additionally, All participating racers must visit and follow the directions carefully on the CrowdRise page at:

    Click here to support and donate to Stonewall Regatta KSA 2018!

    • 24 Jun 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Boarding Based on Boat Assignment.
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    KSA Parade of Sails 2018

    Participating boats will gather at the Statue of Liberty starting at 2pm and anchor and raft-up based on the weather conditions.  We will swim and socialize until 4pm.  At 4 pm we will depart the Statue and transition to Battery Park.  Boats will get in line there and head north up the Hudson on the New York Side of the river to the Intrepid.  We will then turn south and return to the Battery.

    At the statue, your line-up for the parade will be assigned.  Currently the lead boat will be the Michael Lehslie and the last boat will be Whit's Dream.

    Currently there is space available at Chelsea Piers at $6 per foot plus electric. Additionally we are waiting to hear from One 15 Brooklyn Marina whether or not they will be space available for our event.

     Registration form for Chelsea Piers 2018 Chelsea Piers.pdf

    Captains please register for your participation in the event and how many additional guests you are willing to accept. Also indicate where you will be departing from so we can advise guests where to board the vessel.

    Crew assigned to a boat please register and identify the boat you are on.

     Guests please register as such.  You will be assigned to a boat based on space available by the Pride Coordinator.

    Guests wishing to participate should register making sure you provide your email and cell phone number for boat assignment.  We are asking guests to make a donation to God's Love we Deliver.  Please indicate you are donating for KSA It is under their donation banner as KSA Parade of Sails! 

    Donate here:

    We will be updating this information regularly and will forward update emails to event registrants, so please register as early as possible.

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