For my 30th birthday, we planned a champagne brunch sail around the Hudson River in NYC and a French-themed picnic with some friends + family in a local park. Fancy. I love being out on the water and our last attempt at operating a sailboat was laughably disastrous (more on that another time), so I was happy to sit back and let someone else navigate. But I’m often seeking an off-the-tourist-trail kind of experience and was worried this might not fit the bill. I was overjoyed this was not the case.