Knickerbocker Sailing Association

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The Knickerbocker Sailing Association (KSA) founded in 1994 is a members club set up by and for gay and lesbian sailors in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island. KSA membership is open to all LGBT and straight people who support each other and love to get out on the water.

History[edit]

KSA began with an inaugural trip in August 1994. 13 gay men met in Jersey City for a sail aboard a 38-foot Irwin cruiser.

As of January 2012, KSA had 184 members of all ages. Its fleet included 40 boats — 37 sailboats and 3 powerboats. While some members have impressive sailing experience, no sailing experience is necessary to join. KSA hosts various flotillas throughout the tri-state area, from Atlantic Highlands to Block Island to Provincetown. Captains provide their own vessels and crew participate in helping to sail boats with other members.

Events[edit]

KSA participates in the Annual Stonewall Sails Regatta,[1] an official event of New York's Heritage of Pride's Gay Pride Week. KSA races with J-24s on the Hudson River and in the past has partnered with Hudson River Community Sailing who has provided the racing boats.

Fundraising has also been a focus during KSA's Pride Events, benefiting other non-profit organizations such as Amfar, Rocking the Boat, Callen Lourde, New Jersey Community Research Initiative and Hudson River Community Sailing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jackson, Kara (January 1, 2012). "Sailing Proud: The Knickerbocker Sailing Association". Boating Times Long Island. Retrieved June 16, 2012.