Those who participate in the New York Architects’ Regatta Challenge are aware of the obstacles apart from winning the race, and faced by our waters. Thus, the New York Architects’ Regatta Challenge proudly supports the following organizations in their efforts to protect our waters, promote aquatic -related activities, and develop preservation methods so that all bodies of water are safe and enjoyed by all.


SoundWaters, founded in 1989, is the leading environmental education organization on Long Island Sound. Its mission is to educate children and adults about the wonders and beauty of Long Island Sound and watershed. SoundWaters provides people with an understanding and awareness of the changes they can make in their lives and communities to restore, protect and preserve Long Island Sound and the Environment.

Stone Carvers Academy

The Pellettieri Stonecarvers’ Academy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering training in the traditional techniques of stone carving and promoting awareness and appreciation of stone carving.Since 2015, they’ve been waking people up to the power within themselves to transform blocks of stone into beautiful sculptures by channeling the energy of their hands and minds through a set of methods and techniques that connect us to ancient wisdom.

Gowanus Canal

Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club promotes waterfront stewardship and is raising awareness of sewer overflow issues that affect our Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, NY. Activities are conducted on the canal and shoreline, with occasional voyages to neighboring waterfront communities of Red Hook, Sunset Park and Brooklyn Heights.

Save the Sound

Save the Sound is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the environmental quality and ecological balance of the Long Island Sound and its watershed. With a mission that spans both environmental conservation and advocacy, Save the Sound focuses on combating pollution, restoring natural habitats, and promoting sustainable practices to ensure the health and resilience of this vital estuarine system.


Named after Robie Pierce, a disabled sailor himself and a driving force in sailing with disabilities in the U.S., this regatta was conceived by the Flag Officers of the Larchmont and American Yacht Clubs to be run jointly by the Clubs and hosted by each on alternating years. 2009 inaugural regatta at American Yacht Club drew 22 teams sailing in specially adapted Ideal 18s. 2011 saw the inauguration of the first all women’s disabled regatta. Seven teams participated from both the U.S. and Canada.

Sailing Foundation of New York

The Sailing Foundation of New York is dedicated to supporting competitive sailing, marine related programs and sailing education. The Foundation is committed to providing active support to deserving recipients. To date we have raised over five million dollars, all of which has been used to benefit the sport of sailing, maritime education and directly related activities.

Hudson River Community Sailing

Hudson River Community Sailing develops leadership and academic success in underserved New York City youth through sailing education and provides maritime education and recreation to the community at large. HRCS Was Named Outstanding Community Sailing Program of 2016 by US Sailing!

Rocking the Boat

Rocking the Boat empowers young people challenged by severe economic, educational, and social conditions to develop the self-confidence to set ambitious goals and gain the skills necessary to achieve them. Students work together to build wooden boats, learn to row and sail, and restore local urban waterways, revitalizing their community while creating better lives for themselves. Kids don’t just build boats at Rocking the Boat, boats build kids.

Brooklyn Boat Works

Working inside New York City middle schools and educational organizations, Brooklyn Boatworks offers a unique boat building program that builds students’ skills and encourages positive behavior development.Students work together throughout the school year to build their own Optimist pram. At the end of the school year each class launches and sails its boat in the New York City harbor in an unforgettable celebration of accomplishment. 


NY’s clean water advocate, Riverkeeper is a member-supported watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and its tributaries and protecting the drinking water supply of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents.