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Adaptive Sailing!

Access-ability Sailing Saturdays

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.

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. We provide all safety equipment, including life jackets.

Three smiling sailors wearing life jackets in the cockpit of a Sonar 23 sailboat
Therapeutic Recreation

Relax and let us do all the work!  One of our experienced skippers and crew members will take your group (up to 4 people) for a fun sail around the harbor in one of our Sonar keelboats.  This boat is easily adapted and boasts a roomy cockpit for comfort.

Two sailors laughing and having fun while learning to sail

Sailing Instruction

Participants who wish to get an introduction to sailing fundamentals have a chance to help our experienced skipper and crew member sail one of our Sonar keelboats.  You can haul in a line or two and even take a turn at the helm (steering the boat)!

Two adaptive sailors in Hansa Dinghies strategizing before a race.

Hansa Dinghy Sailing
The Hansa 303W can hold 1-2 people and is designed specifically for adapted sailing. You may sail a Hansa on your own, request a sailing buddy, or bring a guest. Participants 18+ can consider joining our Hansa Racing Team! No experience necessary!
Upcoming Events

Registration opens one month before each event.

Volunteers Needed!

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

  • Greeters and escorts
  • Hansa Access Dinghy Riggers
  • Sonar 23 Skippers
  • Sonar 23 Crew
  • Safety boat operators
  • Hansa Adaptive Racing Committee
  • Hoyer lift transfer assistance (training req.)
Sailing experience is not required for greeters and escorts; just compassion, a willingness to learn, and a desire to have fun! 

Frequently Asked Questions

When is it?
The events are held every other Saturday morning from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM.  We start sailing in mid-April and events end in the Fall.

How much does it cost?
This even is free to anyone with a disability.

Are you going to ask me what my disability is?
We do not need to know what type of disability you have; however, we will ask what accommodations you believe you may need to sail with us. We want to ensure that you can safely access our docks and boats with as much support we can offer while removing potential barriers.

What if I haven't sailed before?
Not to worry! Each boat has an experienced skipper and crew to handle the boat and make sure you have a safe and enjoyable time.

What if I don't like it and want to go back to land?
Don't hesitate to let your skipper know that you would like to go back!

How do I get in and out of the boat?
If you need transfer assistance, we have a team of experienced volunteers who can provide that help. We own a manual Hoyer lift at the dock for the keelboats and dinghies, or we can provide manual assistance, as directed by you.

book a private event

If you would book a private adaptive sailing event, please contact us for rates and scheduling.

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

           

    

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The Downtown Sailing Center

Est 1994
1425 Key Highway, Suite 110, Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 727-0722 • info@downtownsailing.org