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Adaptive Sailing!

Nine colorful Hansa 303 dinghies being towed in a line away from the dock

Hansa 303W dinghies at the Schooner Parade 2020

Sail With Us!

Sailing is a powerful way for people to push their limits and capture independence and freedom.

This year, we are offering racing on the Hansa 303s, with coaching available! For more information, email

The DSC's docks are equipped with accessible ramps, Hoyer lifts and plenty of shaded space. This is a no-cost, volunteer-supported program that allows individuals with disabilities to experience the freedom of sailing and learn to sail.

Access-ability Saturdays Sailing

The Access-ability program is an open house sailing event for anyone with a disability. Sailors are welcome to come to the Downtown Sailing Center (DSC) to be coached and supported by a tireless group of volunteers, friends and family. Check in starts at 9:45 am, and sailing time is from 10:00am until 12:00pm.

Three options for sailing are offered: 

  • single- or double-handing a Hansa Access 303 dinghy, with sailing instruction and racing available
  • Instruction for learning to sail aboard a Sonar (with skipper and crew aboard)
  • "Therapeutic Recreation"; a skipper and crew will take you for a sail around the harbor on a Sonar

The boats we offer:

  • Hansa Access 303 Dinghy- (pictured at top of page) a one- to two-person sailboat specifically designed for people with limited mobility or require trunk support. They are easy to sail, perfect for learning and can be sailed solo, or with a family member or friend. You will receive coaching assistance on the water from a power boat, with the option to participate in racing. 
  • Sonar keelboat-this boat is easily adapted and boasts a roomy cockpit for comfort. You will sail with a skipper and 1 crew, and we encourage you to haul a line or two and take a turn at the helm!
Please indicate your preference upon registration! Registration opens one month before each event.

Sonar 23 keelboats lined up at the dock, pointed into the wind with sails hoisted

     Sonar 23 keelboats

Dockside Hoyer lift transfer assistance is available for boarding/disembarking any of our boats. We will provide all safety equipment, including life jackets. Please see our FAQ page for more information about this program!


In 2023, we launched an Adaptive racing program. We welcome any Adaptive sailors who can commit to training and instruction (including beginner). If you are interested or have any questions, please email

Two Adaptive sailors sailing colorful dinghies in Baltimore harbor

Zoltan and Lionel strategizing before the race (photo courtesy of Deborah Davis)

Our Adaptive program is supported by volunteers, and we welcome all types of help

from greeters and escorts to those who can rig the Hansa Access Dinghies.

Sailing experience is not required; just compassion, a willingness to learn, and a desire to have fun! 

Sailing in Action!

We offer special discounted rates for organizations or groups of individuals with disabilities. Sailing events are for groups of 4-34 people using our Hansa 303W dinghies and keelboats. While this is on a "pay-what-you-can basis", we recommend $75 per person contribution. Please email for more information.

University of Michigan Occupational Therapy Doctorate Student Pilot Study

The Impact of an Adaptive Sailing Program on a Person's Perceived Quality of Life


We thank these sponsors for their donations which help us provide Access-ability Sailing to all!




The Downtown Sailing Center

Est 1994
1425 Key Highway, Suite 110, Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 727-0722 •