Siebel Sailors Program Overview
The DSC and the Siebel Sailors Program
The DSC has been awarded six boats, gear for twelve sailors, and a professional coach to assist with us once per week. 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 Siebel Sailors Program “Team” will consist of up to sixteen official sailors. Twelve of those DSC Siebel Sailors will be provided with US Sailing memberships and sailing equipment (life jackets, gloves, boots, weather gear). For the additional six in the program, sailors will have life jackets to use but all other costs (including required US Sailing Membership, and other equipment as needed) will not be provided for by the program. A cost breakdown for the additional non-scholarship Siebel Sailors is provided as an attachment on our FAQ page. Additionally, parental participation in the official program is allowed but not required. Check out our Siebel Sailor FAQ page for the application, equipment pricing, practice details and for more in depth information.
Who is the Siebel Program for?
The Siebel Sailors Program is “for everyone!” Everyone, that is, between the ages of 9 and 13 (for the March of 2020). 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.
For those youth who do not have the time nor the desire to be a part of the Siebel Sailors program “team,” the RS Fevas will still be available for use by DSC members and youth on Wednesday evenings during the summer and may also be available for use during other times, as well. Furthermore, 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 sail and powerboat during the youth sailing Wednesday summer evenings. 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. For more information on Youth Membership, check out our Youth Membership FAQ page.
Capsizing in the Baltimore Harbor
The Siebel Sailors Program boats are CAPSIZABLE. 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 the J/22 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 run capsizing practice in pools, as well as to encourage comfort in the water and with life jackets.
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.
For more information about the Siebel Sailors Program, email John O'Riordan, Fleet and Membership Director: John@downtownsailing.org
To complete the scholarship application, go to downtownsailing.org/application or ask for a paper copy to be mailed/emailed