The Siebel Sailors Program Mission
The Siebel Sailors Program seeks to increase opportunity and diversity in the sport of sailing. By providing resources and support to youth sailors from all backgrounds we will develop skilled and life-long sailors who can participate in all aspects of the sport by creating access to equipment, athlete development resources, and expert coaching at public access sailing centers across the country.
The Siebel Sailors Program, made possible through the generous support of the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation,
is designed to "increase opportunity and diversity in the sport of sailing by providing resources
and support to youth sailors at public access sailing centers across the country (US Sailing)."
CLICK HERE to visit US Sailing's Siebel Sailors Program website on programs across the country!
The Downtown Sailing Center is partnering with US Sailing, Baltimore County Sailing Center, and DC Sail to bring performance dinghy sailing to our community.
The DSC and the Siebel Sailors Program
This is the first program of its kind in Baltimore in over two decades and the first diversity initiative US Sailing has ever launched! The DSC has been awarded a grant of six boats, sailing gear for twelve sailors, and a professional coach to assist with us once per week. The DSC joins 3 other community sailing centers in the Mid-Atlantic Region to form a strong Siebel Sailors Program network.
Who is the Siebel Program for?
The Siebel Sailors Program is “for everyone!” Everyone, that is, between the ages of 9 and 13. The ideal weight range for this two-person boat is 160 lbs - 260 lbs, and The DSC is looking to recruit youth who love sailing.
The DSC is committed to diversity and inclusion within the Siebel Sailors Program. The DSC wants to include youth from the following sailing backgrounds: Summer Camp; Bay Brook EMS; Wolfe Street Academy; Francis Scott Key EMS; Thomas Johnson EMS; Federal Hill Prep Academy; the Bridges Program; and STEMMA, to name a few.
Youth who are not initially accepted on the team are not necessarily going to be excluded from the team in the long run. This is a new process for The DSC and for US Sailing. The DSC is launching a youth membership to engage youth and their parents who want to out on the water at same time, in a sailboat or a motorboat! It is the DSC’s goal to enable and allow youth sailors to become full-fledged skippers, with skipper access to the entire fleet of boats, and to provide families with a fun, inclusive environment to enjoy the water together.
CLICK HERE for frequently asked questions about the Siebel Sailors Program!
Capsizing in the Baltimore Harbor
The Siebel Sailors Program boats are CAPSIZABLE, meaning they can tip over. We want to minimize the amount of time sailors spend in the water, but the RS Feva boats will occasionally capsize and the sailors will end up in the water. If there is a substantial rainfall before or during practice, practice will be conducted on non-capsizable boats such as the Access Dinghies or Keelboats. Above all, we want to make sure our Siebel Sailors remain SAFE and we want them to have a great time! The DSC will be partnering with local pools to have water comfort lessons and run capsizing practice in pools while wearing lifejackets!
Siebel Sailors parents will be responsible for helping keep our kids healthy if when they do (inevitably) fall in the Harbor. Blue Water Baltimore and The Downtown Sailing Center have partnered together to improve recreational water access while minimizing the health risk to boaters.
Applications for the Spring 2021 Season open on March 15th
For more information about the Siebel Sailors Program, email Hannah at firstname.lastname@example.org.