who we are

about-1The True North Sailing School was incorporated and first opened its doors at Newport Marina, Jersey City, N.J. in the Spring of 1991. True North Sailing is owned and operated by Rick Van Loon, 12 time winner of the American Sailing Association’s “Sailing Instructor of The Year” Award.

The school has also been honored with the A.S.A. “Sailing School of the Year” Award 10 times since its inception and over the years has successfully turned thousands of “Sailor Wannabes” into A.S.A. Certified Sailors. True North is very proud of its 99.9 % passing rate for first time sailors taking their Certification Exam. Both beginner and Advanced Sailing Certification Courses are offered at True North Sailing.

The True North Sailing Club is the most convenient way to sail in New York Harbor. Our annual dues is the most affordable of any sailing club in the Harbor and gives you unlimited access to our fleet of J/24 sloops throughout our six month sailing season. True North is located directly across the street from the Pavonia / Newport PATH Train station which is just a 10 minute train ride from Manhattan.

Every year True North Sailing organizes exciting sailing “Flotilla Cruises” in the Caribbean each winter and has turned thousands of sailors on to the most beautiful cruising grounds on the Planet namely The British Virgin Islands (or The B.V.I. as we call it)!

Please give us a call and we can literally “Change Your Life”!

Rick Van Loon
President True North Sailing