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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

    • 10 Jun 2017
    • 25 Jun 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 4
    9:00 - 5:00, June 10 & 11, 17, 24 & 25 (no class Father's Day)

    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." 

    Topics include:

    • advanced boat handling
    • reefing
    • anchoring and mooring

    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 BK Part 3 Course and BK Challenge 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.

    • 21 Jun 2017
    • 25 Jun 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 1
    9:00 - 5:00, Wed - Sun, June 21-25

    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." 

    Topics include:

    • advanced boat handling
    • reefing
    • anchoring and mooring

    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 BK Part 3 Course and BK Challenge 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.

    • 22 Jun 2017
    • 20 Jul 2017
    • 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 Stuart via stuart@downtownsailing.org

    • 24 Jun 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • DSC Liberty Room

    DSC Cruising continues its popular seminar series with one on Rules of the Road presented by DSC Member, USNA graduate and retired nuclear-trained submarine officer Russ Dedrickson.  He will cover both ATONs (Aids to Navigation) and the rules themselves in two 2-hour segments.  Open to all DSC members.

    For questions or any further info, please email DSC Cruising. 


    • 24 Jun 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

    Join waitlist
    You've probably said recently, "I've always wanted to try sailing." Well, our 3-hour Taste of Sailing course is here for you! 

    This course will run through the basics of sailing, introduce you to nautical lingo, and get you out practicing. 

    Boats and Facilities

    Our 3-hour Intro-to-sailing is taught aboard our Sonar class keelboats. These 23' boats have a large cockpit and heavy keel to provide stability. These boats are specifically made to not tip over, so you don't need to worry about that! Each boat will have up to 4 people aboard with a coach, so there will be plenty of opportunities to try your hand at the tiller or just chill out and take in the sights.

    Sailing from the Downtown Sailing Center will allow you to see explore Baltimore from the water in a fun and safe way.

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. If, for some reason, there is an event in the lot, street parking is available as well. 

    Classes meet just outside the gate on the main docks.
       
    Please remember to bring a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, close-toed shoes and a great attitude. We'll see you on the water!
    • 24 Jun 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • BarFly's

    2017 America’s Cup: June 24th 2017

    The best sailors. The fastest boats. Great entertainment.  

    Location Change: Now meeting at BarFly's our second home away from home.

    Location:

    620 E. Fort Avenue

    Baltimore Md. 21230

    Please register before Saturday so we can let LH know how many people to expect.

    We look forward to seeing you all there!

    • 25 Jun 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • DSC

    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 or arrive. 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 2014 liability waiver please download the 2017 WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.

    *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 Office Manager, Jack Pettenati at 410.727.0722 ext 113 or email: membership@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 26 Jun 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 30 Jun 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 21


    Sailing is an exhilarating way for children to learn teamwork, concentration and self-confidence while having a ton of fun! Our Summer camp does this and more, providing your child with a safe summer camp experience they will remember for the rest of their lives. 

    Our Sailing Camp is focused on encouraging a life-long love of sailing. We are not a racing camp (though we race multiple days per week); we are not a camp where every minute is spent on the boats, either (though we do sail for a majority of the camp day almost every day). The Downtown Sailing Center's Junior Camp is designed to provide your child with a safe, FUN environment to grow as a person - and sailing is the vehicle we use to make it happen!

    When registering your child (or children), please indicate the sailing level you think they will be best suited for. Our small-group size, typically with a 4:1 camper to staff ratio, help us cater our instruction to different ability levels.

    Our Juniors' Camp utilizes our fleet of J/22s as the predominant means of aquatic travel, but your camper will likely also experience the Sonar and Access 303W sailboats, too. We even have a Powerboat Certification Camp for older campers!

    If you would like to enroll your child in before- or after-care, please indicate your intention by selecting the appropriate "before-care" or "after-care". Each of these options is offered at an additional cost per family.

    If you have further questions, please feel free to call the office at 410-727-0722 or email Stuart@downtownsailing.org

    • 26 Jun 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
    • 10

    The Downtown Sailing Center is partnering with The Chesapeake Down Syndrome Parent Group to create a sailing program for teenagers and adults who have Down syndrome who would like to learn how to sail! The program will be divided up into 5 session throughout the summer. It will teach sailing and valuable life lessons.  Each participant will get time and practice in two kinds of boats and get to show off what they learned in a mini regatta at the end!

    Session 1 is the Open House Kickoff event. We will be running short 20 min sails on some of the boats and setting up a few table stations to showcase topics that the group will learn throughout the summer. We will need the following volunteers: 

    •  2 sonar skippers
    •  2 crew members
    • 3 sailing buddies 
    • 2 greeters 
    • 2-3 station operators (help with fun sailing related activities) 
    • 1 powerboat operator / safety coach 

    We are asking volunteers to arrive as close to 5PM as possible to help rig the dinghies and set up the tables. 

    The Participants are expected to arrive at the sailing center around 6:00PM. The event should wrap up around 7:30PM.

    Refreshments and pizza will be provided. 

    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. 

    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





    • 28 Jun 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • DSC

    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. 

    Boat allocation and coordination with the Dockmaster will begin promptly at 5:30 PM. Members meet under the Large Green Pavilion and await boat assignments from the Dockmaster.  The Dockmaster will assign DSC Skippers and DSC Crew Level Members to boats. 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.

    Any Member attendees who have not signed and handed in their 2017 Liability Waivers please DOWNLOAD WAIVER HERE and hand waiver to staff or Dockmaster present on the day of your sail.

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

    *If you feel that you will not be able to make the 5:30 PM start time but still want to participate in the Wednesday Sail please add your arrival details to the "Notes" field when registering.

    *Wednesday evening DSC Member Sail is a benefit of being a DSC Member.   For information and how to join the DSC, please visit our, "Become a Member," website page by CLICKING HERE.



     

    • 30 Jun 2017
    • 5:45 PM - 7:45 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 8
    You've probably said recently, "I've always wanted to try sailing." Well, our 2-hour "First Sail" course is here for you! 

    This course will run through the basics of sailing, introduce you to nautical lingo, and get you out practicing. 

    Boats and Facilities

    Our 2-hour "First Sail" is taught aboard our Sonar class keelboats. These 23' boats have a large cockpit and heavy keel to provide stability. These boats are specifically made to not tip over, so you don't need to worry about that! Each boat will have up to 4 people aboard with a coach, so there will be plenty of opportunities to try your hand at the tiller or just chill out and take in the sights.

    Sailing from the Downtown Sailing Center will allow you to see explore Baltimore from the water in a fun and safe way.

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. If, for some reason, there is an event in the lot, street parking is available as well. 

    Classes meet just outside the gate on the main docks.
       
    Please remember to bring a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, close-toed shoes and a great attitude. We'll see you on the water!
    • 01 Jul 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 04 Jul 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • 1425 Key Hwy
    • 1

    Spend the really long Independence Day weekend sailing with fellow-DSCers to Rock Hall and back.  Set sail on Saturday for Haven Harbor Marina at Rock Hall.  After spending Saturday night there, sail on Sunday to Worton Creek Marina in Chestertown.  Spend the night there and return to Haven Harbor on Monday.  Enjoy Rock Hall's fireworks on Monday, spend the night there and  leave early on Tuesday to get back in time for the Patapsco River Fireworks spectacular.

    The Fireworks Cruise is open to DSC Cruising Skippers and Cruising Crew who have paid their upgrade fee.

    All expenses (slip fees, fuel etc.) will be shared equally by everyone.  You will have access to hot showers and restaurants. Bring your towel, pillow, bed sheets or sleeping bag and sunscreen.

    Your skipper will contact you regarding preparations and arrangements. Skippers must file a FLOAT PLAN with the DSC office and a friend. If you're driving to the DSC and parking there overnight, please print out this OVERNIGHT PASS and leave it on your dash.

    Registration for this event is now open.

    If you're interested in this cruise but find it to be filled up, PEASE JOIN THE WAITLIST.  We actively monitor the list and will do our best to accommodate you. 

    For questions or any further info, please email cruising@downtownsailing.org. MOST IMPORTANT, HAVE FUN!

     


    • 01 Jul 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 2
    You've probably said recently, "I've always wanted to try sailing." Well, our 3-hour Taste of Sailing course is here for you! 

    This course will run through the basics of sailing, introduce you to nautical lingo, and get you out practicing. 

    Boats and Facilities

    Our 3-hour Intro-to-sailing is taught aboard our Sonar class keelboats. These 23' boats have a large cockpit and heavy keel to provide stability. These boats are specifically made to not tip over, so you don't need to worry about that! Each boat will have up to 4 people aboard with a coach, so there will be plenty of opportunities to try your hand at the tiller or just chill out and take in the sights.

    Sailing from the Downtown Sailing Center will allow you to see explore Baltimore from the water in a fun and safe way.

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. If, for some reason, there is an event in the lot, street parking is available as well. 

    Classes meet just outside the gate on the main docks.
       
    Please remember to bring a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, close-toed shoes and a great attitude. We'll see you on the water!
    • 02 Jul 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • DSC

    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 or arrive. 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 2014 liability waiver please download the 2017 WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.

    *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 Office Manager, Jack Pettenati at 410.727.0722 ext 113 or email: membership@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 03 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07 Jul 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 23

    We WILL have camp on Independence Day for 2017.

    Sailing is an exhilarating way for children to learn teamwork, concentration and self-confidence while having a ton of fun! Our Summer camp does this and more, providing your child with a safe summer camp experience they will remember for the rest of their lives. 

    Our Sailing Camp is focused on encouraging a life-long love of sailing. We are not a racing camp (though we race multiple days per week); we are not a camp where every minute is spent on the boats, either (though we do sail for a majority of the camp day almost every day). The Downtown Sailing Center's Junior Camp is designed to provide your child with a safe, FUN environment to grow as a person - and sailing is the vehicle we use to make it happen!

    When registering your child (or children), please indicate the sailing level you think they will be best suited for. Our small-group size, typically with a 4:1 camper to staff ratio, help us cater our instruction to different ability levels.

    Our Juniors' Camp utilizes our fleet of J/22s as the predominant means of aquatic travel, but your camper will likely also experience the Sonar and Access 303W sailboats, too. We even have a Powerboat Certification Camp for older campers!

    If you would like to enroll your child in before- or after-care, please indicate your intention by selecting the appropriate "before-care" or "after-care". Each of these options is offered at an additional cost per family.

    If you have further questions, please feel free to call the office at 410-727-0722 or email Stuart@downtownsailing.org

    • 03 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07 Jul 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 6

    This great offering will allow your son or daughter to receive a national certification from US Sailing. This program is dedicated to serious youth sailors who want to take their experiences to the next level.  If your son or daughter is interested in becoming a sailing assistant or instructor these courses are the next steps. These specialized programs involve focused on the water training and terminology.

    This week-long program is focused on teaching participants how to safely operate a small powerboat. Participants will learn how maneuver a powerboat in tight spaces, practice high speed stops and learn the basic mechanics of a powerboat.

                     

    Prerequisites: None

    Each day begins at 9 AM and ends at 4 PM, with extended day programs available (with additional costs) from 8:15-9 AM and 4-5 PM.


    *Final decision on the participant's level will be decided by the head instructor.

    • 03 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 14 Jul 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 18

    The STEM Summer Program is focused on accomplishing three goals: providing a safe and engaging learning environment; learning the basics of sailing; and providing an experience that will cause youth to become enthralled in STEM topics that inspire them to pursue STEM opportunities throughout their future.

    The session is 10 days long (M-F), which includes Indepedence day, and runs from 9:00AM-4:00PM. Each participant will engage in on the water sailing lessons with STEM focused curriculum.

    For Independence Day, campers who attend are encouraged to bring their normal bag lunch + get ready for a fun day of games, a cookout, and sailing good times!

    Return STEM Campers: More new activities will be introduced this year

    If you would like to enroll your child in before- or after-care, please indicate your intention by selecting the appropriate "before-care" or "after-care". Each of these options is offered at an additional cost per family.

    Scholarships are available for all DSC Junior Programs. Please email Lynn Handy at lynn@downtownsailing.org to learn more.


    • 05 Jul 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • DSC

    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. 

    Boat allocation and coordination with the Dockmaster will begin promptly at 5:30 PM. Members meet under the Large Green Pavilion and await boat assignments from the Dockmaster.  The Dockmaster will assign DSC Skippers and DSC Crew Level Members to boats. 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.

    Any Member attendees who have not signed and handed in their 2017 Liability Waivers please DOWNLOAD WAIVER HERE and hand waiver to staff or Dockmaster present on the day of your sail.

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

    *If you feel that you will not be able to make the 5:30 PM start time but still want to participate in the Wednesday Sail please add your arrival details to the "Notes" field when registering.

    *Wednesday evening DSC Member Sail is a benefit of being a DSC Member.   For information and how to join the DSC, please visit our, "Become a Member," website page by CLICKING HERE.



     

    • 07 Jul 2017
    • 5:45 PM - 7:45 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 4
    You've probably said recently, "I've always wanted to try sailing." Well, our 2-hour "First Sail" course is here for you! 

    This course will run through the basics of sailing, introduce you to nautical lingo, and get you out practicing. 

    Boats and Facilities

    Our 2-hour "First Sail" is taught aboard our Sonar class keelboats. These 23' boats have a large cockpit and heavy keel to provide stability. These boats are specifically made to not tip over, so you don't need to worry about that! Each boat will have up to 4 people aboard with a coach, so there will be plenty of opportunities to try your hand at the tiller or just chill out and take in the sights.

    Sailing from the Downtown Sailing Center will allow you to see explore Baltimore from the water in a fun and safe way.

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. If, for some reason, there is an event in the lot, street parking is available as well. 

    Classes meet just outside the gate on the main docks.
       
    Please remember to bring a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, close-toed shoes and a great attitude. We'll see you on the water!
    • 08 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
    • 24
    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
    • J22 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





    • 08 Jul 2017
    • 23 Jul 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 4
    9:00 - 5:00, July 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 22 & 23

    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." 

    Topics include:

    • advanced boat handling
    • reefing
    • anchoring and mooring

    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 BK Part 3 Course and BK Challenge 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.

    • 08 Jul 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
    • 13

    Registration for this event opens 1 month in advance. 

    Thank you for your interest in Accessible Sailing Saturdays. 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 "Sonar 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. 

    When you register to sail, please pick the type of boat and the session, either Session 1- 10am, or session 2 - 11am. If you are unsure which boat you would like to sail, just pick a session and indicate when you register that you are unsure of your boat selection. We will assign you a boat based on space and availability. 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. 


    We welcome participants to attend as many weeks as they are able, but we ask for participants to remember that space is limited and we want to help as many people as possible.

    If you have further questions about the Access-ability Program, please feel free to contact Stuart via stuart@downtownsailing.org
    • 08 Jul 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 4
    You've probably said recently, "I've always wanted to try sailing." Well, our 3-hour Taste of Sailing course is here for you! 

    This course will run through the basics of sailing, introduce you to nautical lingo, and get you out practicing. 

    Boats and Facilities

    Our 3-hour Intro-to-sailing is taught aboard our Sonar class keelboats. These 23' boats have a large cockpit and heavy keel to provide stability. These boats are specifically made to not tip over, so you don't need to worry about that! Each boat will have up to 4 people aboard with a coach, so there will be plenty of opportunities to try your hand at the tiller or just chill out and take in the sights.

    Sailing from the Downtown Sailing Center will allow you to see explore Baltimore from the water in a fun and safe way.

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. If, for some reason, there is an event in the lot, street parking is available as well. 

    Classes meet just outside the gate on the main docks.
       
    Please remember to bring a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, close-toed shoes and a great attitude. We'll see you on the water!
    • 09 Jul 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • The DSC Docks, 1425 Key Highway

    Cruising Crew and Skippers, are you ready to get competitive with your cruising?!

    The Cruising Council is hosting for all cruising members the "Sunday Funday Race" series every second Sunday from May through October.

    All are welcome, from beginner to pro-racer.  You don't need prior racing experience, but we ask that you arrange with a team so that you'll sail with the same team all season, and this will greatly enhance your racing experience.  In order to join a team, please email Tark Y. Each team will have at least two cruising skippers.

    The race course will be from the DSC docks to a buoy near the bridge and back.  5 boats will race every month. Vessels will be assigned to teams on the day of, and the boats will rotate every month.

    Meet at the docks at 11.30 for a pre-race briefing, and then, it's literally off to the races.

    Fair winds, sail safe and sail fast!


    • 09 Jul 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • DSC

    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 or arrive. 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 2014 liability waiver please download the 2017 WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.

    *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 Office Manager, Jack Pettenati at 410.727.0722 ext 113 or email: membership@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 09 Jul 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • 1425 Key Highway
    • 10

    Take this opportunity to sail at sunset and during the evening hours out toward the Francis Scott Key bridge. Enjoy the moonrise and learn about night navigation. 

    All Cruising Crew and Cruising Skippers who have paid their upgrade fee are eligible to participate

    Crew will be expected to assist in departing and docking at night, trimming the sails, and looking out for channel traffic, and unlit buoys. If sailing beyond the bridge, skippers must file a FLOAT PLAN with the DSC office and a friend. (Sample template available on the DSC website.) PFDs must be worn at all times.  

    Registration for this event will open 30 days prior.

    Bring snacks, water, and layered clothing for any changes in the weather.  Most important, HAVE FUN!

    • 10 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 14 Jul 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 18


    Sailing is an exhilarating way for children to learn teamwork, concentration and self-confidence while having a ton of fun! Our Summer camp does this and more, providing your child with a safe summer camp experience they will remember for the rest of their lives. 

    Our Sailing Camp is focused on encouraging a life-long love of sailing. We are not a racing camp (though we race multiple days per week); we are not a camp where every minute is spent on the boats, either (though we do sail for a majority of the camp day almost every day). The Downtown Sailing Center's Junior Camp is designed to provide your child with a safe, FUN environment to grow as a person - and sailing is the vehicle we use to make it happen!

    When registering your child (or children), please indicate the sailing level you think they will be best suited for. Our small-group size, typically with a 4:1 camper to staff ratio, help us cater our instruction to different ability levels.

    Our Juniors' Camp utilizes our fleet of J/22s as the predominant means of aquatic travel, but your camper will likely also experience the Sonar and Access 303W sailboats, too. We even have a Powerboat Certification Camp for older campers!

    If you would like to enroll your child in before- or after-care, please indicate your intention by selecting the appropriate "before-care" or "after-care". Each of these options is offered at an additional cost per family.

    If you have further questions, please feel free to call the office at 410-727-0722 or email Stuart@downtownsailing.org

    • 10 Jul 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
    • 16

    The Downtown Sailing Center is partnering with The Chesapeake Down Syndrome Parent Group to create a sailing program for teenagers and adults who have Down syndrome who would like to learn how to sail! The program will be divided up into 5 session throughout the summer. It will teach sailing and valuable life lessons.  Each participant will get time and practice in two kinds of boats and get to show off what they learned in a mini regatta at the end!

    Session 2 is the Fleet and Facilities event. We will be running it like a small work party where participants will get a chance to learn about boat terminology while helping to clean up the docks. They will be divided into small groups with an activity leader, they will help with washing the Access Dinghies and sorting life jackets, cleaning up the docks, taking trash off boats and other small tasks. We will need the following volunteers: 

    • 2 greeters 
    • 4-6 activity leaders - you will be instructed on the activities to help with. 

    We are asking volunteers to arrive as close to 5PM as possible to help with set up.

    The Participants are expected to arrive at the sailing center around 5:30-6:00PM. Event starts at 6PM and it should wrap up around 7:30PM.

    Refreshments and pizza will be provided. 

    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 about sailing. 

    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 ext 113 or email Johanna Murphy, the DSC Volunteer Coordinator at:  johanna@downtownsailing.org





    • 12 Jul 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • DSC

    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. 

    Boat allocation and coordination with the Dockmaster will begin promptly at 5:30 PM. Members meet under the Large Green Pavilion and await boat assignments from the Dockmaster.  The Dockmaster will assign DSC Skippers and DSC Crew Level Members to boats. 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.

    Any Member attendees who have not signed and handed in their 2017 Liability Waivers please DOWNLOAD WAIVER HERE and hand waiver to staff or Dockmaster present on the day of your sail.

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

    *If you feel that you will not be able to make the 5:30 PM start time but still want to participate in the Wednesday Sail please add your arrival details to the "Notes" field when registering.

    *Wednesday evening DSC Member Sail is a benefit of being a DSC Member.   For information and how to join the DSC, please visit our, "Become a Member," website page by CLICKING HERE.



     

    • 12 Jul 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 1425 Key Highway, Docks

    Are you a DSC Member? Do you know you have full reservation privileges to our Access Dinghy Fleet? Well you do!

    But before you can take out the dinghy on your own you must take an Access Dinghy Orientation with a DSC staff member. We will be offering this orientation every other Wednesday during the 2016 sailing season. 

    Please REGISTER for these orientations, you'll be meeting at the DSC docks at 5:30 PM for your orientation. Please arrive dressed in your regular sailing gear with sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and close toed shoes.

    The orientation will range from 1-2 hours. You will be oriented on the following:

    • Safety on the Access Dinghies
    • Rigging Access Dinghies
    • Launching dinghies
    • Instructional Sail
    • Docking and Derigging 

    Life jackets are provided by the Downtown Sailing Center. Upon completion you will be presented with an Access Dinghy Skipper waiver. Once completed you will be receiving a Reservation System Login and Password so you can start reserving your dinghy ASAP!

    *You must register for these orientations to attend*

    • 15 Jul 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A Dock", 1425 Key Highway
    • 22

     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 Office Manager, Jack Pettenati at jack@downtownsailing.org or call 410.727.0722 ext 113. 


    • 15 Jul 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 16 Jul 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • 1425 Key Hwy
    • 2

    Leave the DSC Saturday morning and sail to a destination like Bodkin Creek (skipper choice based on wind direction and crew preference). Drop the hook and spend the night under a star-lit sky with your fellow DSC cruisers.  Return home Sunday afternoon.  Or raft-up with the Newbie boat.

    This cruise is open to DSC Cruising Skippers and Cruising Crew who have paid their upgrade fee.  All expenses (fuel, pump-outs etc.) will be shared equally by everyone.  

    Bring your towel, pillow, bed sheets or sleeping bag and sunscreen. We may have one or two guest boats joining us ("Makani," skippered by our own Capt. Bob Baginski, "Whisper," skippered by ex-DSCer Hal Wickersham or others).

    Your skipper will contact you regarding preparations and arrangements.  Skippers must file a FLOAT PLAN with the DSC office and a friend.

    Registration for this cruise is now open.

    If you're interested in this cruise, but find it to be filled up, PLEASE JOIN THE WAITLIST.  We actively monitor the waitlist and will do our best to accommodate you, but you can also feel free to contact us at cruising@downtownsailing.org about your waitlist entry.

    For questions or any further info, please contact cruising@downtownsailing.org.  MOST IMPORTANT, HAVE FUN!

    • 15 Jul 2017
    • 10:01 AM
    • 16 Jul 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • DSC Dock A
    • 4

    Discover DSC Cruising!

    Sail alongside our "Drop-the-hook" cruiser to Bodkin Creek (or similar destination, skipper choice based on wind direction and crew preference) on one of our cruising boats.  Drop anchor, take in the tranquil beauty, and spend the night under a star-lit sky with your fellow DSCers.  Or raft-up with the other boat. Return home Sunday afternoon.


    Learn what cruising is all about to see if you would like to upgrade your membership to Cruising Crew.

    Open to any novice cruisers. You do not need to be a member of the DSC's cruising program.

    Bring your towel, pillow, bed sheets or sleeping bag and sunscreen. Your skipper will contact you regarding preparations and arrangements.  Skippers must file a FLOAT PLAN with the DSC office and a friend.

    Registration for this event is now open. 

    If you find the cruise filled up, PLEASE JOIN THE WAITLIST.  We monitor it actively and will do our best to accommodate you.  Any questions or feedback, please email us at cruising@downtownsailing.org,  MOST IMPORTANT, HAVE FUN!

    • 16 Jul 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • DSC

    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 or arrive. 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 2014 liability waiver please download the 2017 WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.

    *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 Office Manager, Jack Pettenati at 410.727.0722 ext 113 or email: membership@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 17 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 21 Jul 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 27


    Sailing is an exhilarating way for children to learn teamwork, concentration and self-confidence while having a ton of fun! Our Summer camp does this and more, providing your child with a safe summer camp experience they will remember for the rest of their lives. 

    Our Sailing Camp is focused on encouraging a life-long love of sailing. We are not a racing camp (though we race multiple days per week); we are not a camp where every minute is spent on the boats, either (though we do sail for a majority of the camp day almost every day). The Downtown Sailing Center's Junior Camp is designed to provide your child with a safe, FUN environment to grow as a person - and sailing is the vehicle we use to make it happen!

    When registering your child (or children), please indicate the sailing level you think they will be best suited for. Our small-group size, typically with a 4:1 camper to staff ratio, help us cater our instruction to different ability levels.

    Our Juniors' Camp utilizes our fleet of J/22s as the predominant means of aquatic travel, but your camper will likely also experience the Sonar and Access 303W sailboats, too. We even have a Powerboat Certification Camp for older campers!

    If you would like to enroll your child in before- or after-care, please indicate your intention by selecting the appropriate "before-care" or "after-care". Each of these options is offered at an additional cost per family.

    If you have further questions, please feel free to call the office at 410-727-0722 or email Stuart@downtownsailing.org

    • 19 Jul 2017
    • 23 Jul 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 2
    9:00 - 5:00, Wed - Sun, July 19 - 23

    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." 

    Topics include:

    • advanced boat handling
    • reefing
    • anchoring and mooring

    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 BK Part 3 Course and BK Challenge 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.

    • 19 Jul 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • DSC

    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. 

    Boat allocation and coordination with the Dockmaster will begin promptly at 5:30 PM. Members meet under the Large Green Pavilion and await boat assignments from the Dockmaster.  The Dockmaster will assign DSC Skippers and DSC Crew Level Members to boats. 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.

    Any Member attendees who have not signed and handed in their 2017 Liability Waivers please DOWNLOAD WAIVER HERE and hand waiver to staff or Dockmaster present on the day of your sail.

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

    *If you feel that you will not be able to make the 5:30 PM start time but still want to participate in the Wednesday Sail please add your arrival details to the "Notes" field when registering.

    *Wednesday evening DSC Member Sail is a benefit of being a DSC Member.   For information and how to join the DSC, please visit our, "Become a Member," website page by CLICKING HERE.



     

    • 21 Jul 2017
    • 5:45 PM - 7:45 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 4
    You've probably said recently, "I've always wanted to try sailing." Well, our 2-hour "First Sail" course is here for you! 

    This course will run through the basics of sailing, introduce you to nautical lingo, and get you out practicing. 

    Boats and Facilities

    Our 2-hour "First Sail" is taught aboard our Sonar class keelboats. These 23' boats have a large cockpit and heavy keel to provide stability. These boats are specifically made to not tip over, so you don't need to worry about that! Each boat will have up to 4 people aboard with a coach, so there will be plenty of opportunities to try your hand at the tiller or just chill out and take in the sights.

    Sailing from the Downtown Sailing Center will allow you to see explore Baltimore from the water in a fun and safe way.

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. If, for some reason, there is an event in the lot, street parking is available as well. 

    Classes meet just outside the gate on the main docks.
       
    Please remember to bring a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, close-toed shoes and a great attitude. We'll see you on the water!
    • 22 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
    • 29
    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
    • J22 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





    • 22 Jul 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
    • 23

    Registration for this event opens 1 month in advance. 

    Thank you for your interest in Accessible Sailing Saturdays. 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 "Sonar 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. 

    When you register to sail, please pick the type of boat and the session, either Session 1- 10am, or session 2 - 11am. If you are unsure which boat you would like to sail, just pick a session and indicate when you register that you are unsure of your boat selection. We will assign you a boat based on space and availability. 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. 


    We welcome participants to attend as many weeks as they are able, but we ask for participants to remember that space is limited and we want to help as many people as possible.

    If you have further questions about the Access-ability Program, please feel free to contact Stuart via stuart@downtownsailing.org
    • 22 Jul 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 8
    You've probably said recently, "I've always wanted to try sailing." Well, our 3-hour Taste of Sailing course is here for you! 

    This course will run through the basics of sailing, introduce you to nautical lingo, and get you out practicing. 

    Boats and Facilities

    Our 3-hour Intro-to-sailing is taught aboard our Sonar class keelboats. These 23' boats have a large cockpit and heavy keel to provide stability. These boats are specifically made to not tip over, so you don't need to worry about that! Each boat will have up to 4 people aboard with a coach, so there will be plenty of opportunities to try your hand at the tiller or just chill out and take in the sights.

    Sailing from the Downtown Sailing Center will allow you to see explore Baltimore from the water in a fun and safe way.

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. If, for some reason, there is an event in the lot, street parking is available as well. 

    Classes meet just outside the gate on the main docks.
       
    Please remember to bring a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, close-toed shoes and a great attitude. We'll see you on the water!
    • 23 Jul 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • DSC Dock A
    • 5

    A leisurely Sunday cruise on the Harbor and the Patapsco. Skipper's choice as to how to far out to sail, weather permitting.  All Cruising Crew and Cruising Skippers who have paid their upgrade fee are eligible to participate. This is an all-day sailing event.  Your skipper will contact you regarding preparations and arrangements.

    If sailing beyond the Key Bridge, skippers must file a FLOAT PLAN with the DSC office and a friend. (Sample template available on the DSC website.) Crew is expected to assist in departing and docking, trimming the sails, and navigation. PFDs to be worn at all times.  Bring lunch, snacks, water and sun screen.

    Registration will open 30 days prior.

    If you're interested in this cruise, but find it filled up, PLEASE JOIN THE WAITLIST.  We actively monitor this list and will do our best to accommodate you.  

    Any questions or further info, please also feel free to contact us at cruising@downtownsailing.org.  MOST IMPORTANT, HAVE FUN!

    • 23 Jul 2017
    • 10:01 AM - 5:00 PM
    • DSC Dock A
    • 6

    New for 2017 - this is our couples' Sunday cruise.  Bring your better half for a leisurely Sunday cruise on the Harbor and the Patapsco. 3 DSC members (1 skipper+2 crew) plus their 3 guests sail on this cruise.

    Skipper's choice as to how to far out to sail, weather permitting.  All Cruising Crew and Cruising Skippers who have paid their upgrade fee are eligible to participate - significant others don't have to be DSC members. This is an all-day sailing event.  Your skipper will contact you regarding preparations and arrangements.

    If sailing beyond the Key Bridge, skippers must file a FLOAT PLAN with the DSC office and a friend. (Sample template available on the DSC website.) Crew is expected to assist in departing and docking, trimming the sails, and navigation. PFDs to be worn at all times.  Bring lunch, snacks, water and sun screen.

    Registration will open 30 days prior.

    If you're interested in this cruise, but find it filled up, PLEASE JOIN THE WAITLIST.  We actively monitor this list and will do our best to accommodate you.  

    Any questions or further info, please also feel free to contact us at cruising@downtownsailing.org.  MOST IMPORTANT, HAVE FUN!

    • 23 Jul 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • DSC

    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 or arrive. 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 2014 liability waiver please download the 2017 WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.

    *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 Office Manager, Jack Pettenati at 410.727.0722 ext 113 or email: membership@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 24 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 28 Jul 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 23


    Sailing is an exhilarating way for children to learn teamwork, concentration and self-confidence while having a ton of fun! Our Summer camp does this and more, providing your child with a safe summer camp experience they will remember for the rest of their lives. 

    Our Sailing Camp is focused on encouraging a life-long love of sailing. We are not a racing camp (though we race multiple days per week); we are not a camp where every minute is spent on the boats, either (though we do sail for a majority of the camp day almost every day). The Downtown Sailing Center's Junior Camp is designed to provide your child with a safe, FUN environment to grow as a person - and sailing is the vehicle we use to make it happen!

    When registering your child (or children), please indicate the sailing level you think they will be best suited for. Our small-group size, typically with a 4:1 camper to staff ratio, help us cater our instruction to different ability levels.

    Our Juniors' Camp utilizes our fleet of J/22s as the predominant means of aquatic travel, but your camper will likely also experience the Sonar and Access 303W sailboats, too. We even have a Powerboat Certification Camp for older campers!

    If you would like to enroll your child in before- or after-care, please indicate your intention by selecting the appropriate "before-care" or "after-care". Each of these options is offered at an additional cost per family.

    If you have further questions, please feel free to call the office at 410-727-0722 or email Stuart@downtownsailing.org

    • 24 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 28 Jul 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3

    ages: 12-18

    This great offering will allow your son or daughter to receive a national certification from US Sailing. This program is dedicated to serious youth sailors who want to take their experiences to the next level.  If your son or daughter is interested in becoming a sailing assistant or instructor these courses are the next steps. These specialized programs involve focused on the water training and terminology.

    This one week certification offering will put your son or daughter’s sailing skills to the test.  Partipants will be working with a Basic Keelboat instructor to learn all the terminology and sailing requirements to successful sail a small keelboat.

    Prerequisites: Attended a sailing camp for at least 3 previous years and preferably for more than one week per year.

    Knowledge of the following topics:

    Points of Sailing

    ages

    Docking/Departing

    Rigging

    Tiller Extension

    Each day begins at 9 AM and ends at 4 PM, with extended day programs available (with additional costs) from 8-9 AM and 4-5:30 PM.


    *Final decision on the participant's level will be decided by the head instructor.

    • 24 Jul 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
    • 15

    The Downtown Sailing Center is partnering with The Chesapeake Down Syndrome Parent Group to create a sailing program for teenagers and adults who have Down syndrome who would like to learn how to sail! The program will be divided up into 5 session throughout the summer. It will teach sailing and valuable life lessons.  Each participant will get time and practice in two kinds of boats and get to show off what they learned in a mini regatta at the end!

    Session 3 is the Access Dinghy Sailing event. We will be teaching the participants how to rig the boats, what the parts of the boat are and basic sailing. Then they will get a chance to go out sailing We will need the following volunteers: 

    • 5-10 sailing buddies 
    • 1-2 greeters 
    • 2 escorts 
    • 1 powerboat operator / safety coach 

    We are asking volunteers to arrive as close to 5PM to help with any set up. We realize that some of you may be getting off work, which is fine, just please notify Volunteer Coordinator, Johanna, if you plan to arrive later. 

    The Participants are expected to arrive at the sailing center around 6:00PM. The event should wrap up around 7:30PM.

    Refreshments and pizza will be provided. 

    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. 

    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





    • 26 Jul 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • DSC

    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. 

    Boat allocation and coordination with the Dockmaster will begin promptly at 5:30 PM. Members meet under the Large Green Pavilion and await boat assignments from the Dockmaster.  The Dockmaster will assign DSC Skippers and DSC Crew Level Members to boats. 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.

    Any Member attendees who have not signed and handed in their 2017 Liability Waivers please DOWNLOAD WAIVER HERE and hand waiver to staff or Dockmaster present on the day of your sail.

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

    *If you feel that you will not be able to make the 5:30 PM start time but still want to participate in the Wednesday Sail please add your arrival details to the "Notes" field when registering.

    *Wednesday evening DSC Member Sail is a benefit of being a DSC Member.   For information and how to join the DSC, please visit our, "Become a Member," website page by CLICKING HERE.



     

    • 26 Jul 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 1425 Key Highway, Docks

    Are you a DSC Member? Do you know you have full reservation privileges to our Access Dinghy Fleet? Well you do!

    But before you can take out the dinghy on your own you must take an Access Dinghy Orientation with a DSC staff member. We will be offering this orientation every other Wednesday during the 2016 sailing season. 

    Please REGISTER for these orientations, you'll be meeting at the DSC docks at 5:30 PM for your orientation. Please arrive dressed in your regular sailing gear with sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and close toed shoes.

    The orientation will range from 1-2 hours. You will be oriented on the following:

    • Safety on the Access Dinghies
    • Rigging Access Dinghies
    • Launching dinghies
    • Instructional Sail
    • Docking and Derigging 

    Life jackets are provided by the Downtown Sailing Center. Upon completion you will be presented with an Access Dinghy Skipper waiver. Once completed you will be receiving a Reservation System Login and Password so you can start reserving your dinghy ASAP!

    *You must register for these orientations to attend*

    • 27 Jul 2017
    • 24 Aug 2017
    • 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 Stuart via stuart@downtownsailing.org

    • 29 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 30 Jul 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 4

    Intro to Sailing 12 hour course, Sat & Sun. July 29 & 30

    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.


    • 29 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 30 Jul 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3

    "Beyond Intro" Sailing Course - Intermediate Skill Development - July 29 & 30, 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"
    • 29 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 30 Jul 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • 1425 Key Hwy
    • 10

    Take an enjoyable 2-day cruise to Kent Island on one of the DSC's elite fleet of cruisers.  

    Leave the DSC Saturday morning and sail to Kent Island.  Dock and spend the night at the well-appointed Bay Bridge Marina, complete with pool, Tiki Bar and outdoor grills.  Have a swim and enjoy a good meal at the famous Hemingway's waterfront restaurant and take in live music.  Enjoy breakfast Sunday morning, maybe a morning swim and perhaps lunch before departing.

    The Kent Island Cruise is open to DSC Cruising Skippers and Cruising Crew who have paid their upgrade fee.  All expenses (slip fees, fuel etc.) will be shared equally by everyone.  

    You will have access to hot showers and restaurants. Bring your towel, pillow, bed sheets or sleeping bag and sunscreen. Your skipper will contact you regarding preparations and arrangements. Skippers must file a FLOAT PLAN with the DSC office and a friend. (Template available on the DSC website.)

    Registration for this event will open 30 days prior.

    If you're interested in this cruise, but find it to be filled up, PLEASE JOIN THE WAITLIST. We actively monitor this list and will do our best to accommodate you.

    For questions or any further info, please contact cruising@downtownsailing.org.  MOST IMPORTANT, HAVE FUN!

     


    • 30 Jul 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • DSC

    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 or arrive. 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 2014 liability waiver please download the 2017 WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.

    *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 Office Manager, Jack Pettenati at 410.727.0722 ext 113 or email: membership@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 31 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 04 Aug 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 17


    Sailing is an exhilarating way for children to learn teamwork, concentration and self-confidence while having a ton of fun! Our Summer camp does this and more, providing your child with a safe summer camp experience they will remember for the rest of their lives. 

    Our Sailing Camp is focused on encouraging a life-long love of sailing. We are not a racing camp (though we race multiple days per week); we are not a camp where every minute is spent on the boats, either (though we do sail for a majority of the camp day almost every day). The Downtown Sailing Center's Junior Camp is designed to provide your child with a safe, FUN environment to grow as a person - and sailing is the vehicle we use to make it happen!

    When registering your child (or children), please indicate the sailing level you think they will be best suited for. Our small-group size, typically with a 4:1 camper to staff ratio, help us cater our instruction to different ability levels.

    Our Juniors' Camp utilizes our fleet of J/22s as the predominant means of aquatic travel, but your camper will likely also experience the Sonar and Access 303W sailboats, too. We even have a Powerboat Certification Camp for older campers!

    If you would like to enroll your child in before- or after-care, please indicate your intention by selecting the appropriate "before-care" or "after-care". Each of these options is offered at an additional cost per family.

    If you have further questions, please feel free to call the office at 410-727-0722 or email Stuart@downtownsailing.org

    • 31 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 04 Aug 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 7

    Junior Spinnaker Camp for Advanced Sailors: (ages 12-16) This program is specifically designed for campers who are ready to sail J/22s on their own with powerboat coaching assistance. Our top racing instructors will be focused on providing your son or daughter with the best, most advanced keelboat course on the Bay.

    This class is a great step up for those who have taken the Basic Keelboat Certification Course and for those who have prior racing experience.

    Each day begins at 9 AM and ends at 4 PM, with extended day programs available (with additional costs) from 8-9 AM and 4-5:30 PM.


    • 02 Aug 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • DSC

    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. 

    Boat allocation and coordination with the Dockmaster will begin promptly at 5:30 PM. Members meet under the Large Green Pavilion and await boat assignments from the Dockmaster.  The Dockmaster will assign DSC Skippers and DSC Crew Level Members to boats. 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.

    Any Member attendees who have not signed and handed in their 2017 Liability Waivers please DOWNLOAD WAIVER HERE and hand waiver to staff or Dockmaster present on the day of your sail.

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

    *If you feel that you will not be able to make the 5:30 PM start time but still want to participate in the Wednesday Sail please add your arrival details to the "Notes" field when registering.

    *Wednesday evening DSC Member Sail is a benefit of being a DSC Member.   For information and how to join the DSC, please visit our, "Become a Member," website page by CLICKING HERE.



     

    • 04 Aug 2017
    • 5:45 PM - 7:45 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 4
    You've probably said recently, "I've always wanted to try sailing." Well, our 2-hour "First Sail" course is here for you! 

    This course will run through the basics of sailing, introduce you to nautical lingo, and get you out practicing. 

    Boats and Facilities

    Our 2-hour "First Sail" is taught aboard our Sonar class keelboats. These 23' boats have a large cockpit and heavy keel to provide stability. These boats are specifically made to not tip over, so you don't need to worry about that! Each boat will have up to 4 people aboard with a coach, so there will be plenty of opportunities to try your hand at the tiller or just chill out and take in the sights.

    Sailing from the Downtown Sailing Center will allow you to see explore Baltimore from the water in a fun and safe way.

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. If, for some reason, there is an event in the lot, street parking is available as well. 

    Classes meet just outside the gate on the main docks.
       
    Please remember to bring a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, close-toed shoes and a great attitude. We'll see you on the water!
    • 05 Aug 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
    • 28
    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
    • J22 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 Aug 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 06 Aug 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 1

    Intro to Sailing 12 hour course, Sat & Sun. Aug. 5 & 6

    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.


    • 05 Aug 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 06 Aug 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3

    "Beyond Intro" Sailing Course - Intermediate Skill Development - August 5 & 6, 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"
    • 05 Aug 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
    • 35
    Registration is closed

    Registration for this event opens 1 month in advance. 

    Thank you for your interest in Accessible Sailing Saturdays. 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 "Sonar 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. 

    When you register to sail, please pick the type of boat and the session, either Session 1- 10am, or session 2 - 11am. If you are unsure which boat you would like to sail, just pick a session and indicate when you register that you are unsure of your boat selection. We will assign you a boat based on space and availability. 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. 


    We welcome participants to attend as many weeks as they are able, but we ask for participants to remember that space is limited and we want to help as many people as possible.

    If you have further questions about the Access-ability Program, please feel free to contact Stuart via stuart@downtownsailing.org
    • 05 Aug 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 8
    You've probably said recently, "I've always wanted to try sailing." Well, our 3-hour Taste of Sailing course is here for you! 

    This course will run through the basics of sailing, introduce you to nautical lingo, and get you out practicing. 

    Boats and Facilities

    Our 3-hour Intro-to-sailing is taught aboard our Sonar class keelboats. These 23' boats have a large cockpit and heavy keel to provide stability. These boats are specifically made to not tip over, so you don't need to worry about that! Each boat will have up to 4 people aboard with a coach, so there will be plenty of opportunities to try your hand at the tiller or just chill out and take in the sights.

    Sailing from the Downtown Sailing Center will allow you to see explore Baltimore from the water in a fun and safe way.

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. If, for some reason, there is an event in the lot, street parking is available as well. 

    Classes meet just outside the gate on the main docks.
       
    Please remember to bring a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, close-toed shoes and a great attitude. We'll see you on the water!
    • 06 Aug 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • DSC

    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 or arrive. 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 2014 liability waiver please download the 2017 WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.

    *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 Office Manager, Jack Pettenati at 410.727.0722 ext 113 or email: membership@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 07 Aug 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 11 Aug 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 25


    Sailing is an exhilarating way for children to learn teamwork, concentration and self-confidence while having a ton of fun! Our Summer camp does this and more, providing your child with a safe summer camp experience they will remember for the rest of their lives. 

    Our Sailing Camp is focused on encouraging a life-long love of sailing. We are not a racing camp (though we race multiple days per week); we are not a camp where every minute is spent on the boats, either (though we do sail for a majority of the camp day almost every day). The Downtown Sailing Center's Junior Camp is designed to provide your child with a safe, FUN environment to grow as a person - and sailing is the vehicle we use to make it happen!

    When registering your child (or children), please indicate the sailing level you think they will be best suited for. Our small-group size, typically with a 4:1 camper to staff ratio, help us cater our instruction to different ability levels.

    Our Juniors' Camp utilizes our fleet of J/22s as the predominant means of aquatic travel, but your camper will likely also experience the Sonar and Access 303W sailboats, too. We even have a Powerboat Certification Camp for older campers!

    If you would like to enroll your child in before- or after-care, please indicate your intention by selecting the appropriate "before-care" or "after-care". Each of these options is offered at an additional cost per family.

    If you have further questions, please feel free to call the office at 410-727-0722 or email Stuart@downtownsailing.org

    • 09 Aug 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • DSC

    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. 

    Boat allocation and coordination with the Dockmaster will begin promptly at 5:30 PM. Members meet under the Large Green Pavilion and await boat assignments from the Dockmaster.  The Dockmaster will assign DSC Skippers and DSC Crew Level Members to boats. 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.

    Any Member attendees who have not signed and handed in their 2017 Liability Waivers please DOWNLOAD WAIVER HERE and hand waiver to staff or Dockmaster present on the day of your sail.

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

    *If you feel that you will not be able to make the 5:30 PM start time but still want to participate in the Wednesday Sail please add your arrival details to the "Notes" field when registering.

    *Wednesday evening DSC Member Sail is a benefit of being a DSC Member.   For information and how to join the DSC, please visit our, "Become a Member," website page by CLICKING HERE.



     

    • 12 Aug 2017
    • 27 Aug 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 6
    9:00 - 5:00, August 12 & 13, 19 & 20, 26 & 27

    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." 

    Topics include:

    • advanced boat handling
    • reefing
    • anchoring and mooring

    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 BK Part 3 Course and BK Challenge 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.

    • 13 Aug 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • DSC

    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 or arrive. 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 2014 liability waiver please download the 2017 WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.

    *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 Office Manager, Jack Pettenati at 410.727.0722 ext 113 or email: membership@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 14 Aug 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 18 Aug 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 23


    Sailing is an exhilarating way for children to learn teamwork, concentration and self-confidence while having a ton of fun! Our Summer camp does this and more, providing your child with a safe summer camp experience they will remember for the rest of their lives. 

    Our Sailing Camp is focused on encouraging a life-long love of sailing. We are not a racing camp (though we race multiple days per week); we are not a camp where every minute is spent on the boats, either (though we do sail for a majority of the camp day almost every day). The Downtown Sailing Center's Junior Camp is designed to provide your child with a safe, FUN environment to grow as a person - and sailing is the vehicle we use to make it happen!

    When registering your child (or children), please indicate the sailing level you think they will be best suited for. Our small-group size, typically with a 4:1 camper to staff ratio, help us cater our instruction to different ability levels.

    Our Juniors' Camp utilizes our fleet of J/22s as the predominant means of aquatic travel, but your camper will likely also experience the Sonar and Access 303W sailboats, too. We even have a Powerboat Certification Camp for older campers!

    If you would like to enroll your child in before- or after-care, please indicate your intention by selecting the appropriate "before-care" or "after-care". Each of these options is offered at an additional cost per family.

    If you have further questions, please feel free to call the office at 410-727-0722 or email Stuart@downtownsailing.org

    • 16 Aug 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • DSC

    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. 

    Boat allocation and coordination with the Dockmaster will begin promptly at 5:30 PM. Members meet under the Large Green Pavilion and await boat assignments from the Dockmaster.  The Dockmaster will assign DSC Skippers and DSC Crew Level Members to boats. 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.

    Any Member attendees who have not signed and handed in their 2017 Liability Waivers please DOWNLOAD WAIVER HERE and hand waiver to staff or Dockmaster present on the day of your sail.

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

    *If you feel that you will not be able to make the 5:30 PM start time but still want to participate in the Wednesday Sail please add your arrival details to the "Notes" field when registering.

    *Wednesday evening DSC Member Sail is a benefit of being a DSC Member.   For information and how to join the DSC, please visit our, "Become a Member," website page by CLICKING HERE.



     

    • 19 Aug 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
    • 30
    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
    • J22 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





    • 19 Aug 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
    • 35
    Registration is closed

    Registration for this event opens 1 month in advance. 

    Thank you for your interest in Accessible Sailing Saturdays. 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 "Sonar 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. 

    When you register to sail, please pick the type of boat and the session, either Session 1- 10am, or session 2 - 11am. If you are unsure which boat you would like to sail, just pick a session and indicate when you register that you are unsure of your boat selection. We will assign you a boat based on space and availability. 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. 


    We welcome participants to attend as many weeks as they are able, but we ask for participants to remember that space is limited and we want to help as many people as possible.

    If you have further questions about the Access-ability Program, please feel free to contact Stuart via stuart@downtownsailing.org
    • 19 Aug 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 8
    You've probably said recently, "I've always wanted to try sailing." Well, our 3-hour Taste of Sailing course is here for you! 

    This course will run through the basics of sailing, introduce you to nautical lingo, and get you out practicing. 

    Boats and Facilities

    Our 3-hour Intro-to-sailing is taught aboard our Sonar class keelboats. These 23' boats have a large cockpit and heavy keel to provide stability. These boats are specifically made to not tip over, so you don't need to worry about that! Each boat will have up to 4 people aboard with a coach, so there will be plenty of opportunities to try your hand at the tiller or just chill out and take in the sights.

    Sailing from the Downtown Sailing Center will allow you to see explore Baltimore from the water in a fun and safe way.

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. If, for some reason, there is an event in the lot, street parking is available as well. 

    Classes meet just outside the gate on the main docks.
       
    Please remember to bring a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, close-toed shoes and a great attitude. We'll see you on the water!
    • 20 Aug 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • DSC

    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 or arrive. 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 2014 liability waiver please download the 2017 WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.

    *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 Office Manager, Jack Pettenati at 410.727.0722 ext 113 or email: membership@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 23 Aug 2017
    • 27 Aug 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    9:00 - 5:00, Wed - Sun, Aug. 23 - 27

    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." 

    Topics include:

    • advanced boat handling
    • reefing
    • anchoring and mooring

    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 BK Part 3 Course and BK Challenge 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.

    • 23 Aug 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • DSC

    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. 

    Boat allocation and coordination with the Dockmaster will begin promptly at 5:30 PM. Members meet under the Large Green Pavilion and await boat assignments from the Dockmaster.  The Dockmaster will assign DSC Skippers and DSC Crew Level Members to boats. 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.

    Any Member attendees who have not signed and handed in their 2017 Liability Waivers please DOWNLOAD WAIVER HERE and hand waiver to staff or Dockmaster present on the day of your sail.

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

    *If you feel that you will not be able to make the 5:30 PM start time but still want to participate in the Wednesday Sail please add your arrival details to the "Notes" field when registering.

    *Wednesday evening DSC Member Sail is a benefit of being a DSC Member.   For information and how to join the DSC, please visit our, "Become a Member," website page by CLICKING HERE.



     

    • 26 Aug 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
    • 30

    Registration for this event opens 1 month in advance. 

    Thank you for your interest in Accessible Sailing Saturdays. 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 "Sonar 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. 

    When you register to sail, please pick the type of boat and the session, either Session 1- 10am, or session 2 - 11am. If you are unsure which boat you would like to sail, just pick a session and indicate when you register that you are unsure of your boat selection. We will assign you a boat based on space and availability. 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. 


    We welcome participants to attend as many weeks as they are able, but we ask for participants to remember that space is limited and we want to help as many people as possible.

    If you have further questions about the Access-ability Program, please feel free to contact Stuart via stuart@downtownsailing.org
    • 27 Aug 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • DSC

    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 or arrive. 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 2014 liability waiver please download the 2017 WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.

    *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 Office Manager, Jack Pettenati at 410.727.0722 ext 113 or email: membership@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 30 Aug 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • DSC

    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. 

    Boat allocation and coordination with the Dockmaster will begin promptly at 5:30 PM. Members meet under the Large Green Pavilion and await boat assignments from the Dockmaster.  The Dockmaster will assign DSC Skippers and DSC Crew Level Members to boats. 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.

    Any Member attendees who have not signed and handed in their 2017 Liability Waivers please DOWNLOAD WAIVER HERE and hand waiver to staff or Dockmaster present on the day of your sail.

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

    *If you feel that you will not be able to make the 5:30 PM start time but still want to participate in the Wednesday Sail please add your arrival details to the "Notes" field when registering.

    *Wednesday evening DSC Member Sail is a benefit of being a DSC Member.   For information and how to join the DSC, please visit our, "Become a Member," website page by CLICKING HERE.



     

    • 31 Aug 2017
    • 28 Sep 2017
    • 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 Stuart via stuart@downtownsailing.org

    • 02 Sep 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 03 Sep 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • 1425 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD

    North U Intercollegiate Match Racing Clinic

     September 2-3, 2017

    Notice of Clinic

    This Clinic will be coached by Dave Perry, Chairman of the US Sailing Match Racing Committee, a coach for the 2009-2012 US Women's Olympic Match Racing effort, and five-time U.S. National Match Racing champion.

    Dave will coach the tactics and strategies needed to be competitive and successful in Match Racing on the National level, including the Pre-Start, Upwind and Downwind Tactics, and Killing Penalties. On the water,

    Dave will run the sailors through all the scenarios, with on-the- spot feedback, and video replay after sailing. In addition, he will give much instruction and feedback on how to handle and sail a J/22 fast.

    Dave will also go over the new rules for match racing (which are the same as the 2016 Test Rules for Match Racing), which will be used at the 2017 ICSA Match Race Nationals, and which create many significant game changes.

    TARGET SAILORS: The clinic is for sailors racing on a collegiate sailing team as of the Fall of 2017 who are interested in learning more about match racing in small keelboats, and in raising their sailing skill level.

    ICSA rule on Competition Weekends: The ICSA Procedural Rules (PR Appendix A) limits schools to 20 “competition weekends” in the 2017-2018 school year. The ICSA Executive Committee decided, at its May 22, 2017, meeting, that this clinic will be an exception to this rule, as permitted under PR Appendix A1(b)(ix), and therefore it will *not* count as one of a school’s 20 “competition weekends” in 2017-2018.

    HOST: The Downtown Sailing Center in Baltimore, Maryland (fly into the Baltimore International Airport (BWI)). The Center’s website with address and directions is below.

    MAXIMUM NUMBER OF TEAMS: The Clinic will be capped at 12 teams. Invitations to the Clinic will be based on a first come – first serve basis. See information on how to request an invitation below. One team per school.

    TO REQUEST AN INVITATION: To request an invitation, email Dave Perry (email below). Dave will respond to emails within one week. If you have not heard back from Dave within a week, please assume he did not receive your email, check the correctness of the email address and send it again. If you do not hear back within a couple of days, give him a call. This Clinic is for teams, not individuals.

    TEAMS: Teams should be 3 or 4 sailors. There is no weight or gender rule for the clinic, but teams are reminded that the ICSA Match Race Nationals weight is 660 pounds (3 or 4 people), and each team is required to have at least one female on the team. Each participating team’s coach is welcomed as well.

    BOATS: The boats used will be J/22’s.

    ENTRY FEE: The Clinic fee is $200 per team. This includes the coaching, use of the DSC boats and facility, and the 4th edition of the North U Match Racing Playbook (updated to the new rules).

    This can be paid through PayPal on the Downtown Sailing Center website (see below), or a check made out to “The Downtown Sailing Center” can be sent to Stuart Proctor (see information below). Please include a name and email so Stuart can confirm receipt of the check. If you do not receive confirmation from Stuart within a week regarding receipt of the check, please contact Stuart (information below).

    Invited teams which have not paid the Clinic fee by August 15, 2017, may be moved to the Waiting List.

    Damage deposit: Each team must also provide a separate damage deposit of $500, payable at the Downtown

    Sailing Center by check or credit card.

    SCHEDULE:

    Saturday, Sept 2: 10:00am – 9:00pm

    Sunday, Sept 3: 9:00am - 4:00pm

    MEALS/WATER: Dinner Saturday evening will be a group dinner (a $10 fee per person will be collected).

    Participants are responsible for bringing their own lunches and water.

    ACCOMMODATION: Participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodations. The DSC suggests going onto a value site to search hotels near Baltimore. The cheapest places to stay that are still very close to the DSC would be in Glen Burnie, Catonsville, BWI and Inner Harbor/Downtown Baltimore. Also check out the Hostel International Baltimore (probably no parking options except for parking at the DSC and then taking public transit to the hostel)

    For More Information:

    Stuart Proctor

    Downtown Sailing Center at the Baltimore Museum of Industry
    1425 Key Highway, Suite 110

    Baltimore, MD 21230

    stuart@downtownsailing.org

    410.727.0722


    Dave Perry

    davperry@optonline.net 

    203.255.8645

    • 03 Sep 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • DSC

    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 or arrive. 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 2014 liability waiver please download the 2017 WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.

    *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 Office Manager, Jack Pettenati at 410.727.0722 ext 113 or email: membership@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 06 Sep 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • DSC