A group of young sailors tackled the choppy waters off of Manhattan Island Saturday.

The students were manning and navigating boats that they built themselves as part of "Rocking the Boat," an on-water classroom program for South Bronx public school students.

"These are all high school age kids who have been involved in both building the boats they're rowing on, and using them everyday to do a whole range of primarily Bronx river restoration work," said Rocking the Boat founder Adam Green. "Learning how to sail, how to navigate and they're really putting all of that to the test this weekend by doing a tremendous thing in small wooden boats, rowing around the entire island of Manhattan."

The boaters faced some strong winds and waves, but they made it to Englewood, N.J., where they will camp out before hitting the water again Sunday.