Commitment to the Environment:
Ophira Sailing is committed to the environment: it’s where we live! Sailing is inherently an environmentally friendly endeavor, in 'style' for the past 7,000 + years. Harnessing the wind to propel a vessel - sailing is an activity that we are proud to be a part of. We continue that environmental theme in our everyday business activity. Using reusable tableware and dishes, responsible recycling and sorting of waste, and clean operation of our vessels.
Ophira Sailing is dedicated to the safety and comfort of our guests. The Ophira crew will work closely with you or your group's coordinator to tailor your sailing experience. Whether you are on a romantic excursion for two, an outing with family or friends, or a corporate gathering, our experienced and professional crew will cater to your every need the moment you step on board. Adventure, fun, lasting memories all add up to a trip on Wind Dance.
Ophira Sailing Is:
Master Captain Jeffrey Farber
USCG 50 ton rating
Ophira Sailing was established in 2010 thru a deep passion for all things nautical: sailing, celestial navigation and nautical science. As a young boy, I learned to sail with my younger brother. We spent summers on Long Beach Island, NJ and rented sunfish class boats. Our father taught us the basics during day sailing outings on the weekends and we solo sailed together in Little Egg Harbor, NJ. It was perfect for young sailors, with little current, mostly shallow waters and lots of island to explore.
Over the years, my sailing efforts took a back seat to family responsibilities and a career in mechanical engineering and material science. In 2010, I reconnected with my sailing roots and it's been full speed ahead ever since.
Sailing has become a labor of love, combining my carpentry, engineering and mechanical skills. The challenge of restoring a 1970's sailboat to operate in the 21st century and experiencing open sea sailing has been what's fueled my continued passion for sailing. Today, I realize I started this business so that I could share this experience with others!
Master Captain Angela Garnier
Boating on the Long Island Sound with my family in a 17 foot powerboat is how my love of being out on the water all began. Navigating Huntington and Northport Harbors, Sand City and Eaton's Neck, this is where I was first introduced to sailing. My love of being out on the water has been a common theme throughout my adult life and there are few things I'd rather be doing than sailing our incredible Hudson River. Providing hospitality for my guests who are vacationing in the Hudson Valley and introducing them to the experience of sailing has helped to expand my longtime property management business into a new venture. And more recently, working with Captain Jeff and Ophira Sailing has inspired me to get my Captain’s license and to pursue this lifelong passion. Encouraging other women with the opportunity to learn how to sail has been a truly rewarding experience. I look forward to many new adventures!