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DSC events are listed here. Click on any event for additional details and/or to register, if registration is open.


Upcoming events

    • 20 Jan 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • DSC Liberty Room
    • 33
    Register
    Beat the winter blues and attend DSC Cruising's Winter Pizza Gathering.

    In addition to pizza, there will be a:
    • summary and statistics presentation of the 2017 cruising events and ideas for 2018 events
    • session to discuss cruising members' feedback on the 2017 season (watch your email for an email survey)
    • ceremony to present recognition and awards
    This is a great opportunity to see your favorite sailors and get your juices flowing for the 2018 season; leave your sailing gloves home, but do bring your appetite and your best running-aground stories (hopefully in non-DSC boats) from the 2017 season.




    • 27 Jan 2018
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Charm City Meadworks 400 E Biddle St, Baltimore MD 21202
    Register

    DSC Social at Charm City Meadworks!!!

    Saturday, January 27th from 4PM - 7PM at CCMW Taproom, 400 E Biddle St. 

    James Boicourt and Charm City Meadworks (CCMW) have been huge friends and supporters of Downtown Sailing for years. Bring a friend and sign up today for a party you won't want to miss. 

    The Meadworks taproom is a "clean well lighted place" and you don't have to consume alcohol to enjoy a great time here. CCMW are leaders in some really cool brewing technology like radiant-heating and cooling floors; their taproom features one of the coolest Light City installations; and they are also aficionados of the Baltimore Rock Opera Society, among other points of interest. In addition to dry and flavored meads of different fizzes and strengths, CCMW keeps non-alcoholic brews on tap, too.

    Ward away the winter and spin a yarn or two about sailing seasons past and yet to come on Saturday, January 27th, at CCMW Taproom just east of historic Mt. Vernon!

    The DSC will provide light food refreshments in the form of Pizza shortly after 4PM. Donations are always welcome but we want you to enjoy time with others who also love to sail first and foremost!

    • 21 Feb 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Register

    Shake off the rust and dust off the Cobwebs!

    Winter Skill Building Sessions are here for you! 6-8 PM

    • Wednesday, Feb. 21: marlinspike: knots, bends, & hitches; coiling and heaving a line; stowing a line
    • Wednesday, Feb. 28: seamanship: weather, tides, currents; radio usage; emergency procedures; 
    • Wednesday, April 4th: departing and docking; Standard Operating Procedures updates
    Open to the general public but with a focus on skippers, crew, and coaches!
    • 28 Feb 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Register

    Shake off the rust and dust off the Cobwebs!

    Winter Skill Building Sessions are here for you! 6-8 PM

    • Wednesday, Feb. 21: marlinspike: knots, bends, & hitches; coiling and heaving a line; stowing a line
    • Wednesday, Feb. 28: seamanship: weather, tides, currents; radio usage; emergency procedures; 
    • Wednesday, April 4th: departing and docking; Standard Operating Procedures updates
    Open to the general public but with a focus on skippers, crew, and coaches!
    • 07 Mar 2018
    • 14 Mar 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Downtown Sailing Center Conference Room
    • 7
    Register
    Want to learn skills that can save a life? 

    Then attend our American Red Cross CPR and First Aid Class with a certified Red Cross instructor.  DSC members get almost half off the regular price of the class and the certifications last for two years.

    The class will include:

    • First Aid: Participants learn to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies, such as burns, cuts and scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck and back injuries, and heat and cold emergencies.
    • CPR Adult: Participants learn how to perform CPR and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults
    NOTE THIS CLASS IS BROKEN INTO TWO SESSIONS. MARCH 7th & MARCH 14th; BOTH ARE MANDATORY

    If you have any questions feel free to email Stuart via stuart@downtownsailing.org or call the office at 410-727-0722.
    • 17 Mar 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • TideWater Yacht Services, 321 E Cromwell St.
    Register
    Join the DSC to kickoff the new season. Our boats are in need of some TLC. We are pulling the bulk of our fleet out of the water for the month of March to get them primed and ready for sailing in April. 

    We will be meeting at TIDEWATER YACHT SERVICES 10:00
    AM Sharp
     for a short safety briefing and introductions, working until around 3:00 pm, with a break for lunch.  Afterwards we will head to Little Havana for apres sail (boat maintenance) refreshments.

    Tasks will include:

    Sanding
    Waxing/Compounding
    Priming and painting 
    Various other small maintenance tasks 

    On site training provided. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to learn in a fun and social atmosphere. Dress to get dirty, bring a smile and maybe a friend! 

    Come on down Saturday, March 17th. This is the 1st of three dates total: there is a TON of work to accomplish but if the weather cooperates we can get the boats in early. With your support we can make 2018 a season to remember! 




    • 21 Mar 2018
    • 28 Mar 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Downtown Sailing Center Conference Room
    • 10
    Register
    Want to learn skills that can save a life? 

    Then attend our American Red Cross CPR and First Aid Class with a certified Red Cross instructor.  DSC members get almost half off the regular price of the class. The certifications last for two years.

    The class will include:

    • First Aid: Participants learn to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies, such as burns, cuts and scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck and back injuries, and heat and cold emergencies.
    • CPR Adult: Participants learn how to perform CPR and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults
    NOTE THIS CLASS IS BROKEN INTO TWO SESSIONS. MARCH 21st & MARCH 28th, BOTH ARE MANDATORY

    If you have any questions feel free to email Stuart via stuart@downtownsailing.org or call the office at 410-727-0722.
    • 22 Mar 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • DSC
    Register
    MANDATORY SPRING ORIENTATION FOR RACING SKIPPERS

    The Carrot: teams fielding at least one skipper from their team will receive an extra 1st place for series 1.

    The Stick: teams failing to bring a skipper to the meeting will receive a (DNC) for Series 1.

    The Rub: participants must register ONLINE to be counted at the event.

    The Topics:

    1. Racing Schedule for 2018
    2. NOR
    3. SI's
    4. Team Responsibilities
    5. RC Duty Responsibilities
    6. Arbitration Orientation
    7. Protest Committee Orientation
    8. Powerboat requirements
    9. Skipper Checkout Requirements
    10. Quick Stop POB Rescue Chalk Talk
    • 24 Mar 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • TideWater Yacht Services, 321 E Cromwell St.
    Register
    Join the DSC to kickoff the new season. Our boats are in need of some TLC. We are pulling the bulk of our fleet out of the water for the month of March to get them primed and ready for sailing in April. 

    There will be a happy hour at the Little Havana afterwards. And of course, great times with your DSC friends. 

    We will be meeting at TIDEWATER YACHT SERVICES 10:00
    AM Sharp
     for a short safety briefing and introductions, working until around 3:00 pm, with a break for lunch.  Afterwards we will head to Little Havana for apres sail (boat maintenance) refreshments.

    Tasks will include:

    Sanding
    Waxing/Compounding
    Priming and painting 
    Various other small maintenance tasks 

    On site training provided. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to learn in a fun and social atmosphere. Dress to get dirty, bring a smile and maybe a friend! 

    Come on down Saturday, March 24th. This is the 2nd of three dates total: there is a TON of work to accomplish but if the weather cooperates we can get the boats in early. With your support we can make 2018 a season to remember! 




    • 29 Mar 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • DSC
    Register
    MANDATORY SPRING MAINTENANCE WORK PARTY FOR DSC RACING TEAMS

    The Carrot: teams fielding 50% of their team for the work party, including at least one skipper, will receive an extra 1st place for series 2.

    The Stick: teams failing to field 50% of their team, which includes at least one skipper, will receive an extra (DNC) for series 2.

    The Rub: participants must register ONLINE to be counted at the event.

    Work may include but not be limited to:

    1. Cleaning and McLubing the Spinnaker Poles
    2. Removing and installing Spinnaker Pole Rings
    3. Replacing broken hardware
    4. Replacing and standardizing cabin top hardware
    5. Taping Shrouds
    6. Installing Bow and Stern Fenders
    7. Cleaning and McLubing traveler cars
    8. Replacing broken or frayed running rigging
    9. Patching Race Marks
    10. Prepping Ground Tackle
    11. ALL SKIPPERS UNDERGO POWERBOAT OPERATION PROCEDURES 
    • 31 Mar 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • TideWater Yacht Services, 321 E Cromwell St.
    Register
    Join the DSC to kickoff the new season. Our boats are in need of some TLC. We are pulling the bulk of our fleet out of the water for the month of March to get them primed and ready for sailing in April. 

    There will be a happy hour at the Little Havana afterwards. And of course, great times with your DSC friends. 

    We will be meeting at TIDEWATER YACHT SERVICES 10:00
    AM Sharp
     for a short safety briefing and introductions, working until around 3:00 pm, with a break for lunch.  Afterwards we will head to Little Havana for apres sail (boat maintenance) refreshments.

    Tasks will include:

    Sanding
    Waxing/Compounding
    Priming and painting 
    Various other small maintenance tasks 

    On site training provided. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to learn in a fun and social atmosphere. Dress to get dirty, bring a smile and maybe a friend! 

    Come on down Saturday, March 31st. This is the 3rd of three dates total: there is a TON of work to accomplish but if the weather cooperates we can get the boats in early. With your support we can make 2018 a season to remember! 




    • 04 Apr 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Register

    Shake off the rust and dust off the Cobwebs!

    Winter Skill Building Sessions are here for you! 6-8 PM

    • Wednesday, Feb. 21: marlinspike: knots, bends, & hitches; coiling and heaving a line; stowing a line
    • Wednesday, Feb. 28: seamanship: weather, tides, currents; radio usage; emergency procedures; 
    • Wednesday, April 4th: departing and docking; Standard Operating Procedures updates
    Open to the general public but with a focus on skippers, crew, and coaches!
    • 05 Apr 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • DSC
    Register
    MANDATORY RACE MANAGEMENT SEMINAR FOR DSC RACING TEAMS

    The Carrot: teams fielding 50% of their team for the seminar, including at least one skipper, will receive an extra 1st place for series 2.

    The Stick: teams failing to field 50% of their team, which includes at least one skipper, will receive an extra (DNC) for series 2.

    The Rub: participants must register ONLINE to be counted at the event.

    We will be running a seminar on proper race management for the TNR race series.  Topics will include:

    1. RC Duties and responsibilities
    2. Equipment prep (racing binder, marks, ground tackle, Ollie, etc.)
    3. Where to set the course given weather and wind conditions
    4. How to set a square course
    5. How to set a square starting line
    6. How to deal with unforeseen circumstances (wind shifts, commercial traffic, etc.)
    7. How to communicate with racers (VHF usage, visual and audible signals) 
    8. Review of powerboat operation procedures
    • 07 Apr 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • TideWater Yacht Services, 321 E Cromwell St.
    Register
    Join the DSC to kickoff the new season. Our boats are in need of some TLC. We are pulling the bulk of our fleet out of the water for the month of March to get them primed and ready for sailing in April. 

    There will be a happy hour at the Little Havana afterwards. And of course, great times with your DSC friends. 

    We will be meeting at TIDEWATER YACHT SERVICES 10:00
    AM Sharp
     for a short safety briefing and introductions, working until around 3:00 pm, with a break for lunch.  Afterwards we will head to Little Havana for apres sail (boat maintenance) refreshments.

    Tasks will include:

    Sanding
    Waxing/Compounding
    Priming and painting 
    Various other small maintenance tasks 

    On site training provided. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to learn in a fun and social atmosphere. Dress to get dirty, bring a smile and maybe a friend! 

    Come on down Saturday, April 7th. This is the 1st possible rain date, in case one of the March work parties is cancelled due to weather: there is a TON of work to accomplish but if the weather cooperates we can get the boats in early. With your support we can make 2018 a season to remember! 




    • 08 Apr 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • DSC
    Register

    Crew and Skipper Level Members: Spend your Sunday afternoon sailing!

    Please arrive at the DSC by 11:45 AM for the 12:00 PM Start Time. The Dockmaster will assign DSC Skippers and DSC Crew Level Members to boats.

    Please note: If you arrive after 12:00 PM the likelihood of getting on a keelboat will be less. Not to worry! You can always take out a dinghy with a fellow member.


    For those who are new to the DSC or have not yet signed the liability waiver please download the DSC WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.  Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

    *It is required that the DSC boats need to be back to the docks by sundown.

    Questions about the Member Sail? Arriving Late? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: membership@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 11 Apr 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • DSC
    Register

    Crew and Skipper Level Members, Break up the work week by sailing with the DSC on Wednesday evenings!  You’re invited to sail with us from 5:30 PM until Sunset. 

    Please arrive at the DSC by 5:15 pm for the 5:30 PM Start Time.  The Dockmaster will begin boat allocation and coordination promptly at 5:30 PM. 

    Please note: If you arrive after 5:30 PM the likelihood of getting on a keelboat will be less. Not to worry! You can always take out a dinghy with a fellow member.


    For those who are new to the DSC or have not yet signed the DSC liability waiver please download the WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.  Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

    *It is required that the DSC boats need to be back to the docks by sundown.

    Questions about the Member Sail? Arriving Late? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: membership@downtownsailing.org. 


     

    • 14 Apr 2018
    • 29 Apr 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register
    9:00 - 5:00, Weekends, April 14 & 15, 21 & 22, 28 & 29 2018

    Our US SAILING Basic Keelboat (BK) Certification course consists of five days of sailing instruction. Designed to help you progress from a beginner to a winner, BK course features the top quality instructors, boats, and location for developing your skills. A US SAILING Keelboat Instructor and up to three students are on the water in one of our J/22s. J/22s are 22-foot keelboats that are safe, comfortable, and fun.

    Students who successfully complete the written and practical on-the-water skills test for this course  will have "demonstrated the ability to responsibly skipper and crew a simple daysailing keelboat in familiar waters in light to moderate wind and sea conditions…[and] will be able to skipper a tiller-steered keelboat up to 27 feet in length." 

    Prerequisites: None required, but we highly recommend spending some time on boats before committing to the full US Sailing Certification Course. For advanced sailors, you may find the Beyond Intro Course more appealing.

    Curriculum Highlights

    • Introduction to the DSC
    • Boat Control
    • Sail Trim
    • Quick-stop Overboard Rescue
    • Weather
    • Tides and Currents
    • Navigation
    • Reefing
    • Anchoring

    Students will receive a copy of US SAILING's Basic Keelboat and a US SAILING Official Logbook of Sailing. Students must demonstrate a working knowledge of the concepts and skills in order to receive their Basic Keelboat certification, a globally recognized sailing certification. One enrolled, your instructional packet will be available to you for pick up at the DSC.

    • 14 Apr 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • TideWater Yacht Services, 321 E Cromwell St.
    Register
    Join the DSC to kickoff the new season. Our boats are in need of some TLC. We are pulling the bulk of our fleet out of the water for the month of March to get them primed and ready for sailing in April. 

    There will be a happy hour at the Little Havana afterwards. And of course, great times with your DSC friends. 

    We will be meeting at TIDEWATER YACHT SERVICES 10:00
    AM Sharp
     for a short safety briefing and introductions, working until around 3:00 pm, with a break for lunch.  Afterwards we will head to Little Havana for apres sail (boat maintenance) refreshments.

    Tasks will include:

    Sanding
    Waxing/Compounding
    Priming and painting 
    Various other small maintenance tasks 

    On site training provided. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to learn in a fun and social atmosphere. Dress to get dirty, bring a smile and maybe a friend! 

    Come on down Saturday, April 14th. This is the 2nd possible rain date, in case one of the March work parties is cancelled due to weather: there is a TON of work to accomplish but if the weather cooperates we can get the boats in early. With your support we can make 2018 a season to remember! 




    • 14 Apr 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • DSC docks - roundup at the gate
    • 40
    Register

    2018 Spinnaker Clinic - 11-5PM Apr. 14th

    As part of our preparations for the 2018 racing season we will be running a clinic on Spinnaker handling on the J/22's.  All racing teams, new and returning are encouraged to participate.  Non-racing skippers and crew are welcome as well, but please be aware that this will be an advanced clinic.  All sailors should have at minimum a technical understanding of upwind and downwind sailing and a familiarity with sail controls for de-powering.  

    We will start with a Chalk Talk at 11, followed immediately by a dockside demonstration on one of the J/22's. After a quick lunch break we will get out on the water to practice, probably wrapping up the day with a couple quick fun races.

    After derigging the boats, we will finish the day with a debrief, followed by a happy hour at Little Havana.

    Topics/areas of focus will include:

    1. Boat set up and rigging
    2. Breakdown of each boat member's role and responsibilities
    3. Sets
    4. Gybes
    5. Douses
    6. Trimming
    7. Downwind boathandling


    **Lifejackets are Required**

    NO EXCEPTIONS 


    Event will be $10.00 per person, with all proceeds going to the racing program for new racing equipment.

    Event registration is limited to 10 boats (1 skipper and 3 crew per boat).

    Sail Fast!!!


    • 15 Apr 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • DSC
    Register

    Crew and Skipper Level Members: Spend your Sunday afternoon sailing!

    Please arrive at the DSC by 11:45 AM for the 12:00 PM Start Time. The Dockmaster will assign DSC Skippers and DSC Crew Level Members to boats.

    Please note: If you arrive after 12:00 PM the likelihood of getting on a keelboat will be less. Not to worry! You can always take out a dinghy with a fellow member.


    For those who are new to the DSC or have not yet signed the liability waiver please download the DSC WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.  Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

    *It is required that the DSC boats need to be back to the docks by sundown.

    Questions about the Member Sail? Arriving Late? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: membership@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 18 Apr 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • DSC
    Register

    Crew and Skipper Level Members, Break up the work week by sailing with the DSC on Wednesday evenings!  You’re invited to sail with us from 5:30 PM until Sunset. 

    Please arrive at the DSC by 5:15 pm for the 5:30 PM Start Time.  The Dockmaster will begin boat allocation and coordination promptly at 5:30 PM. 

    Please note: If you arrive after 5:30 PM the likelihood of getting on a keelboat will be less. Not to worry! You can always take out a dinghy with a fellow member.


    For those who are new to the DSC or have not yet signed the DSC liability waiver please download the WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.  Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

    *It is required that the DSC boats need to be back to the docks by sundown.

    Questions about the Member Sail? Arriving Late? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: membership@downtownsailing.org. 


     

    • 19 Apr 2018
    • 17 May 2018
    • 5 sessions
    • 1425 Key Hwy Baltimore, MD 21230
    The DSC's Thursday Night Racing (TNR) Program consists of five combined series, each series being composed of five consecutive Thursday nights.


    The TNR Program is fast, fun, and competitive 'short-course racing', with most races lasting between 20 and 30 minutes. 

    Spinnakers, Windward Leeward courses, and a dinghy (3 minute) starting sequence make for lots of action at the starts, marks, and even finishes!

    Teams must register at the start of the season in March. Each team is comprised of at least two skippers, who share race committee duties and series responsibilities.

    For more information about the racing program, contact John via john@downtownsailing.org

    • 21 Apr 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 22 Apr 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register

    "Beyond Intro" Sailing Course - Intermediate Skill Development - April 21st & 22nd, 9AM - 5PM

    For those who have completed the Introduction to Sailing (12 hour) keelboat course, this course is the NEXT STEP!

    In this course, you will hone your Figure-8 Rescue, improve your tiller extension usage, and develop a solid departing and docking methodology.

    If you are new to the DSC, please contact Stuart via Stuart@downtownsailing.org to make sure you are placed in the appropriate class. Sailing is a lifetime sport and we want to make sure you have as much success as you possibly can.

    This course is Part 2 of a 3-Part US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification program. Successful completion of the "Intro to Sailing 12 hour course" is a prerequisite for the "Beyond Intro" Course. Consider taking the "Basic Keelboat" course in full if you have mixed sailing experience or are looking for a sailing certification.

    Space is limited to 3 sailors per class so full payment is required to guarantee your spot in the course.

    Topics include: 

    •  Refinement of previously learned skills: points of sail; tiller extension usage; "Figure-8 Rescue"; recognizing puffs and lulls
    • Stopping in and backing-out-of "irons"
    • Departure and docking basics
    • Introduction to heaving-to
    • Introduction to the "Quick Stop Rescue"
    • 22 Apr 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • DSC
    Register

    Crew and Skipper Level Members: Spend your Sunday afternoon sailing!

    Please arrive at the DSC by 11:45 AM for the 12:00 PM Start Time. The Dockmaster will assign DSC Skippers and DSC Crew Level Members to boats.

    Please note: If you arrive after 12:00 PM the likelihood of getting on a keelboat will be less. Not to worry! You can always take out a dinghy with a fellow member.


    For those who are new to the DSC or have not yet signed the liability waiver please download the DSC WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.  Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

    *It is required that the DSC boats need to be back to the docks by sundown.

    Questions about the Member Sail? Arriving Late? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: membership@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 25 Apr 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 29 Apr 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register
    9:00 - 5:00, Wed - Sun, April 25th - 29th 2018

    Our US SAILING Basic Keelboat (BK) Certification course consists of five days of sailing instruction. Designed to help you progress from a beginner to a winner, BK course features the top quality instructors, boats, and location for developing your skills. A US SAILING Keelboat Instructor and up to three students are on the water in one of our J/22s. J/22s are 22-foot keelboats that are safe, comfortable, and fun.

    Students who successfully complete the written and practical on-the-water skills test for this course  will have "demonstrated the ability to responsibly skipper and crew a simple daysailing keelboat in familiar waters in light to moderate wind and sea conditions…[and] will be able to skipper a tiller-steered keelboat up to 27 feet in length." 

    Prerequisites: None required, but we highly recommend spending some time on boats before committing to the full US Sailing Certification Course. For advanced sailors, you may find the Beyond Intro Course more appealing.

    Curriculum Highlights

    • Introduction to the DSC
    • Boat Control
    • Sail Trim
    • Quick-stop Overboard Rescue
    • Weather
    • Tides and Currents
    • Navigation
    • Reefing
    • Anchoring

    Students will receive a copy of US SAILING's Basic Keelboat and a US SAILING Official Logbook of Sailing. Students must demonstrate a working knowledge of the concepts and skills in order to receive their Basic Keelboat certification, a globally recognized sailing certification. One enrolled, your instructional packet will be available to you for pick up at the DSC.

    • 25 Apr 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • DSC
    Register

    Crew and Skipper Level Members, Break up the work week by sailing with the DSC on Wednesday evenings!  You’re invited to sail with us from 5:30 PM until Sunset. 

    Please arrive at the DSC by 5:15 pm for the 5:30 PM Start Time.  The Dockmaster will begin boat allocation and coordination promptly at 5:30 PM. 

    Please note: If you arrive after 5:30 PM the likelihood of getting on a keelboat will be less. Not to worry! You can always take out a dinghy with a fellow member.


    For those who are new to the DSC or have not yet signed the DSC liability waiver please download the WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.  Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

    *It is required that the DSC boats need to be back to the docks by sundown.

    Questions about the Member Sail? Arriving Late? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: membership@downtownsailing.org. 


     

    • 28 Apr 2018
    • 06 May 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • Markley's Marina 233 Nanticoke Rd, Essex, MD 21221
    • 4
    Register

    April/May Basic Cruising - April 28 & 29; May 5 & 6

    Ever dreamed of owning or chartering your own cruising sailboat?
    US Sailing's Basic Cruising Certification Course is a 4-day intensive sailing course in which you will learn to responsibly skipper and crew an auxiliary powered cruising sailboat during daylight hours, within sight of land in moderate wind and sea conditions. 

    Participants need to have successfully completed the US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification in order to qualify for the Basic Cruising Certification.

    The cost for the course includes all study and testing materials; the cost does not include Basic Keelboat Certification costs. A participant may challenge the Basic Keelboat Certification after taking the Basic Cruising Course if need be and receive retroactive certification, but all students should be proficient small-keelboat sailors under normal conditions and come into the course with the prerequisite skills linked HERE.

    If you need to challenge the Basic Keelboat Course, please contact Stuart via stuart@downtownsailing.org or call the office at 410-727-0722
    • 28 Apr 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 29 Apr 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 4
    Register

    Intro to Sailing 12 hour course, Sat & Sun. April 28 & 29, 9AM - 5PM

    Have you always wanted to learn how to sail? Do you want to experience the joys of sailing? Want to have a great experience in the greatest city in America? What to know the difference between ropes and lines?

    If you answered yes to any of these questions, Intro to Sailing is the course for you! 

    The course is designed to help new sailors feel comfortable on a boat and teach them the basic skills needed to competently crew on a small keelboat with an experienced skipper. An experienced instructor and up to four students (usually only three students)are on the water in a Sonar or J/22. Sonars and J/22's are keelboats which are safe (non-capsizable), comfortable and fun.

    If you have sailing experience but are rusty or did not learn from professionals, I strongly recommend taking this course. "Intro to Sailing" is a prerequisite for the "Beyond Intro" course.

    Spots are limited; full payment is required to guarantee your spot in one of our classes.


    • 28 Apr 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A Dock", 1425 Key Highway
    • 39
    Register

    Ahoy!  This is a chance to try out sailing for Free with the Downtown Sailing Center, Baltimore City’s Community Sailing Organization. No experience necessary!

    Come check out all the DSC has to offer.  Learn about membership, classes, summer day camp, social league and more.  Registration is not required but strongly encouraged so that we may plan accordingly with regard to boat inventory and staffing. ALL AGES are welcome to see the facility but we like for our sailors to be 7 y/o and Up. 

    4 attendees can be assigned to a boat plus the Skipper to drive the boat. Our skippers are well trained and very experienced with our fleet so you are in SAFE HANDS!

    For your convenience we offer 3 separate arrival times for you to choose from:

    ·         10:00 - 11:00 AM

    ·         11:00 AM -12:00 PM

    ·         12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    This is a FREE event that is open to the public.  *Remember to register and dress for the weather! FREE PARKING ANYWHERE ON PROPERTY! Walk ons Welcome!  To learn more or if you have questions please email John O', Fleet and Member Programs Director, at john@downtownsailing.org or call 410.727.0722 ext 114. 


    • 29 Apr 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • DSC
    Register

    Crew and Skipper Level Members: Spend your Sunday afternoon sailing!

    Please arrive at the DSC by 11:45 AM for the 12:00 PM Start Time. The Dockmaster will assign DSC Skippers and DSC Crew Level Members to boats.

    Please note: If you arrive after 12:00 PM the likelihood of getting on a keelboat will be less. Not to worry! You can always take out a dinghy with a fellow member.


    For those who are new to the DSC or have not yet signed the liability waiver please download the DSC WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.  Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

    *It is required that the DSC boats need to be back to the docks by sundown.

    Questions about the Member Sail? Arriving Late? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: membership@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 30 Apr 2018
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
    • 16
    Register

    The League for People with Disabilities  will be joining us for an evening sail. This first event, April 30, 2018, is a PRACTICE and PREP event (very important)! 

    The program is very similar to our Access-Ability Saturday event.

    We ask volunteers to arrive at 4pm to help rig the boats. If you want to help, but you can't arrive until later please email Johanna to discuss schedule. 

    Downtown Sailing Center will have the League join us at the sailing center from 5:00PM-7:00PM.

    It will be a great opportunity for volunteers to experience one of our accessible programs in a relaxed atmosphere. Since the program has a smaller group of participants it allows for the volunteers to learn the ins and outs while helping an amazing group of people learn to sail. 

    Interested Participants: This is a private event so please contact The League for People With Disabilities for more information.

    The DSC needs volunteers to fill the following positions:
    • rigger and de-rigger of boats
    • sailing buddies - 8-11
    • greeters - 2
    • transfer aids- 2
    • safety boat coach
    • Greeters and Escorts
    There is training available for all of these positions, if you are interested in learning about a specific role feel free to call the office at 410-727-0772 or email Johanna Murphy, the DSC Volunteer Coordinator at:  johanna@downtownsailing.org




    • 02 May 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • DSC
    Register

    Crew and Skipper Level Members, Break up the work week by sailing with the DSC on Wednesday evenings!  You’re invited to sail with us from 5:30 PM until Sunset. 

    Please arrive at the DSC by 5:15 pm for the 5:30 PM Start Time.  The Dockmaster will begin boat allocation and coordination promptly at 5:30 PM. 

    Please note: If you arrive after 5:30 PM the likelihood of getting on a keelboat will be less. Not to worry! You can always take out a dinghy with a fellow member.


    For those who are new to the DSC or have not yet signed the DSC liability waiver please download the WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.  Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

    *It is required that the DSC boats need to be back to the docks by sundown.

    Questions about the Member Sail? Arriving Late? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: membership@downtownsailing.org. 


     

    • 05 May 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
    • 30
    Register
    Thank you for volunteering for one of the DSC's access-ability Saturday sailing sessions. They cannot be run without volunteer support and commitment.

    The day will begin at 9:00AM for rigging of our boats and launching them into the water. On site training will be provided to new volunteers. Participants will arrive at 10:00AM and head out soon after. The day will finish by 1:00PM.

    The DSC needs volunteers to fill the following positions:
    • rigger and de-rigger of boats
    • sailing buddies
    • greeters
    • transfer aids
    • safety boat operator
    • safety boat coach
    • Freedom and Sonar skippers to take participants out on the day fleet boats 
    • cruising skippers to take participants out on the DSC cruising fleet
    • Escorts
    There is on-site training available for most of these positions. If you are interested in learning about a specific role feel free to call the office at 410-727-0772 or email Stuart at stuart@downtownsailing.org





    • 05 May 2018
    • 20 May 2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 6
    Register
    9:00 - 5:00, May Weekends - May 5, 6, 12, 19, 20th 2018

    Our US SAILING Basic Keelboat (BK) Certification course consists of five days of sailing instruction. Designed to help you progress from a beginner to a winner, BK course features the top quality instructors, boats, and location for developing your skills. A US SAILING Keelboat Instructor and up to three students are on the water in one of our J/22s. J/22s are 22-foot keelboats that are safe, comfortable, and fun.

    Students who successfully complete the written and practical on-the-water skills test for this course  will have "demonstrated the ability to responsibly skipper and crew a simple daysailing keelboat in familiar waters in light to moderate wind and sea conditions…[and] will be able to skipper a tiller-steered keelboat up to 27 feet in length." 

    Prerequisites: None required, but we highly recommend spending some time on boats before committing to the full US Sailing Certification Course. For advanced sailors, you may find the Beyond Intro Course more appealing.

    Curriculum Highlights

    • Introduction to the DSC
    • Boat Control
    • Sail Trim
    • Quick-stop Overboard Rescue
    • Weather
    • Tides and Currents
    • Navigation
    • Reefing
    • Anchoring

    Students will receive a copy of US SAILING's Basic Keelboat and a US SAILING Official Logbook of Sailing. Students must demonstrate a working knowledge of the concepts and skills in order to receive their Basic Keelboat certification, a globally recognized sailing certification. One enrolled, your instructional packet will be available to you for pick up at the DSC.

    • 05 May 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
    • 35
    Registration is closed

    This is a no-cost, volunteer-run program that allows individuals with disabilities to experience the freedom of sailing and help them learn to sail.

    Sailors come to the Downtown Sailing Center (DSC) and are coached and often accompanied by a tireless group of volunteers, friends and family.

    Our two boat choices are "Access Dinghy" and "Keelboat." The Access Dinghy is a small two person sailboat that is specifically made for people with limited mobility. They are easy to sail and can be sailed solo, with a family member or friend, or a DSC volunteer sailing buddy.  The Keelboats are Sonar and Freedom sailboats, which do not tip over and can sail with a whole family.

    When you register to sail, please pick the type of boat. The DSC strives to give everyone the opportunity to sail, but we have a limited number of boats and volunteers, so occasionally we may have to make small changes to boat assignments.

    Note: If you decide that you want to switch the type of boat to sail after registering, please let the staff know the morning of the event and we will try to accommodate this change. 

    If you have further questions about the Access-ability Program, please feel free to contact Stuart via stuart@downtownsailing.org
    • 06 May 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • DSC
    Register

    Crew and Skipper Level Members: Spend your Sunday afternoon sailing!

    Please arrive at the DSC by 11:45 AM for the 12:00 PM Start Time. The Dockmaster will assign DSC Skippers and DSC Crew Level Members to boats.

    Please note: If you arrive after 12:00 PM the likelihood of getting on a keelboat will be less. Not to worry! You can always take out a dinghy with a fellow member.


    For those who are new to the DSC or have not yet signed the liability waiver please download the DSC WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.  Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

    *It is required that the DSC boats need to be back to the docks by sundown.

    Questions about the Member Sail? Arriving Late? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: membership@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 07 May 2018
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
    • 17
    Register

    The League for People with Disabilities  will be joining us for an evening sail.  

    The program is very similar to our Access-Ability Saturday event.

    We ask volunteers to arrive at 4pm to help rig the boats. If you want to help, but you can't arrive until later please email Johanna to discuss schedule. 

    Downtown Sailing Center will have the League join us at the sailing center from 5:00PM-7:00PM.

    It will be a great opportunity for volunteers to experience one of our accessible programs in a relaxed atmosphere. Since the program has a smaller group of participants it allows for the volunteers to learn the ins and outs while helping an amazing group of people learn to sail. 

    Interested Participants: This is a private event so please contact The League for People With Disabilities for more information.

    The DSC needs volunteers to fill the following positions:
    • rigger and de-rigger of boats
    • sailing buddies - 8-11
    • greeters - 2
    • transfer aids- 2
    • safety boat coach
    • Greeters and Escorts
    There is training available for all of these positions, if you are interested in learning about a specific role feel free to call the office at 410-727-0772 or email Johanna Murphy, the DSC Volunteer Coordinator at:  johanna@downtownsailing.org
    • 08 May 2018
    • 15 May 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Downtown Sailing Center Conference Room
    • 10
    Register
    Want to learn skills that can save a life? 

    Then attend our American Red Cross CPR and First Aid Class with a certified Red Cross instructor.  DSC members get almost half off the regular price of the class and the certifications last for two years.

    The class will include:

    • First Aid: Participants learn to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies, such as burns, cuts and scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck and back injuries, and heat and cold emergencies.
    • CPR Adult: Participants learn how to perform CPR and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults
    NOTE THIS CLASS IS BROKEN INTO TWO SESSIONS. MAY 8th & MAY 15th; BOTH ARE MANDATORY

    If you have any questions feel free to email Stuart via stuart@downtownsailing.org or call the office at 410-727-0722.
    • 09 May 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • DSC
    Register

    Crew and Skipper Level Members, Break up the work week by sailing with the DSC on Wednesday evenings!  You’re invited to sail with us from 5:30 PM until Sunset. 

    Please arrive at the DSC by 5:15 pm for the 5:30 PM Start Time.  The Dockmaster will begin boat allocation and coordination promptly at 5:30 PM. 

    Please note: If you arrive after 5:30 PM the likelihood of getting on a keelboat will be less. Not to worry! You can always take out a dinghy with a fellow member.


    For those who are new to the DSC or have not yet signed the DSC liability waiver please download the WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.  Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

    *It is required that the DSC boats need to be back to the docks by sundown.

    Questions about the Member Sail? Arriving Late? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: membership@downtownsailin