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    • 11 Apr 2020
    • 26 Apr 2020
    • 5 sessions
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 2
    9:00 - 5:00, Weekends (excluding Western Easter Sunday) April 11, April 18th & 19th, April 25th & 26th

    Our US SAILING Basic Keelboat (BK) Certification course consists of five+ days of sailing instruction. US Sailing only requires three days; we go beyond. Designed for you to 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.

    We go beyond US Sailing's minimum standards with more time and we go beyond other schools' standards by giving students a workbook specifically developed and tested through years of instruction and revision.

    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." 

    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 Beyond Intro Course more appealing.

    Curriculum Highlights

    • Close-Quarters maneuvering
    • Sail Trim
    • Quick-stop Overboard Rescue
    • Weather
    • Tides and Currents
    • Chart Basics
    • Reefing
    • Figure-8 Overboard Rescue
    • Tiller extension use

    Students will receive a copy of US SAILING's Basic Keelboat, The DSC's Keelboat program packet, 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.

    FULL PAYMENT IS REQUIRED TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT FOR THIS COURSE. SPACE IS LIMITED.

    • 15 Apr 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 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. 

    Please arrive at the DSC by 5:15 pm for the 5:30 PM Start Time.  The Dockmaster will begin boat allocation and coordination promptly at 5:30 PM. 

    For those who are new to the DSC or have not yet signed the DSC liability waiver please download the WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.  Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

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

    Questions about the Member Sail? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: john@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 18 Apr 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 19 Apr 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    This Two Day, hands-on, on-the-water course is for anyone who wants to learn how to safely operate a small motorboat and improve their boat handling skills on REAL BOATS.

    US Powerboating, an affiliate with US Sailing, has been working with the USCG to provide the best powerboating course out there. 

    The Accelerated Safe Powerboat Handling Course is designed for those individuals who have their state boater's certificate but want on-the-water training. Maryland residents can earn their Safe Boater's Certificate through Boat US Foundation's NASBLA approved certification course HERE.

    While the online course is rigorous and informative, the Accelerated Safe Powerboat Handling Course is designed to build the critical on-the-water skills you need to effectively operate powerboats. 

    This course is great for young and old alike, and our top notch instructors enable us to cater to your personal learning style.

    The Accelerated Safe Powerboat Handling Course is not NASBLA approved; Proof of a state boater's certificate is a REQUIRED for the course - no exceptions. The MD State course is available online for free and takes about six hours to complete.

    For this course, approximately 50-60% of the course focus is on 'close-quarters' maneuvers, which includes docking, departing, and turning within confined areas. The remaining 40-50% of the course focuses on high-speed safety, including what to do in emergency situations. US Powerboating's teaching methodology incorporates on-the-water and off-the-water tools that maximize your effective learning time on the water.

    Click HERE for the Agenda

    • 18 Apr 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 19 Apr 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    "Beyond Intro" 12 Hour Course - Intermediate Skill Development -  Sat & Sun. April 18th & 19th

    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 IS NOT AN INTRODUCTORY COURSE. SAILORS SHOULD BE PROFICIENT WITH MATERIAL COVERED IN "INTRO TO SAILING"

    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"

    FULL PAYMENT IS REQUIRED TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT FOR THIS COURSE. SPACE IS LIMITED.

    • 18 Apr 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Liberty Room, 1425 Key Highway Baltimore, MD 21230
    Register

    Cruising Kickoff Meeting, Saturday April 18th, 12:00 - 4:00PM (contingent on day-fleet work party*)

     Please join us on April 18th, Saturday at 12:00 pm in the Liberty Room for the cruising program kick-off meeting. We will have a general session followed by another one for the skippers. We will go over the upcoming events, review the educational opportunities, and answer questions from the group. (No orientation that day).

    Please register online so we can know you plan on attending! We'll see you on the 3rd Floor of the Hercules Building (BMI/DSC office building), 1425 Key Highway

    • 18 Apr 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • online via Google Hangouts
    • 4

    Keelboat Instructor Training 

    For New and Returning Instructors


    The DSC is holding an instructor training and review for all returning instructors and those who want to be instructors.


    All persons attending must be competent in all skipper components.

    This training is for candidates who have mastered skills that include, but are not limited to: heaving to; reefing; quick stop person overboard rescue; figure 8 rescue; and backing out of irons and sailing backwards.


    Stay tuned for on-the water training. 

    • 19 Apr 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • DSC Docks

    Ready for the season, want to take a cruiser out?


    You are a Skipper or a Cruising Skipper Candidate,


    As safety is important to us, Please attend the Cruising Boat Orientation.


    You will learn the latest changes in DSC Cruising policy and new add-ons to the boats.


    After the orientation, you will be able to reserve the boat for the season.

    • 19 Apr 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 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. 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 lower.

    For those who are new to the DSC or have not yet signed the liability waiver please download the DSC WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.  Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

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

    Questions about the Member Sail? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan by Friday afternoon at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: john@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 22 Apr 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 26 Apr 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist
    9:00 - 5:00, Wednesday - Sunday: April 22-26, 2020

    Our US SAILING Basic Keelboat (BK) Certification course consists of five+ days of sailing instruction. US Sailing only requires three days; we go beyond. Designed for you to 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.

    We go beyond US Sailing's minimum standards with more time and we go beyond other schools' standards by giving students a workbook specifically developed and tested through years of instruction and revision.

    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." 

    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 Beyond Intro Course more appealing.

    Curriculum Highlights

    • Close-Quarters maneuvering
    • Sail Trim
    • Quick-stop Overboard Rescue
    • Weather
    • Tides and Currents
    • Chart Basics
    • Reefing
    • Figure-8 Overboard Rescue
    • Tiller extension use

    Students will receive a copy of US SAILING's Basic Keelboat, The DSC's Keelboat program packet, 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.

    FULL PAYMENT IS REQUIRED TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT FOR THIS COURSE. SPACE IS LIMITED.

    • 22 Apr 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 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. 

    Please arrive at the DSC by 5:15 pm for the 5:30 PM Start Time.  The Dockmaster will begin boat allocation and coordination promptly at 5:30 PM. 

    For those who are new to the DSC or have not yet signed the DSC liability waiver please download the WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.  Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

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

    Questions about the Member Sail? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: john@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 25 Apr 2020
    • 03 May 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Markley's Marina 233 Nanticoke Rd, Essex, MD 21221
    • 3

    Spring Basic Cruising Course - April 25th & 26th, May 2nd & 3rd

    9AM - 5PM each day for class

    Tentative due to Unexpected Delays in Vessel Spring Launch

    Ever dreamed of owning or chartering or owning your own cruising sailboat?
    US Sailing's Basic Cruising Certification Course is a 4-day intensive sailing course in which you will learn to responsibly skipper and crew an auxiliary powered cruising sailboat during daylight hours, within sight of land in moderate wind and sea conditions. 

    Participants need to have successfully completed the US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification in order to qualify for the Basic Cruising Certification.

    The cost for the course includes all study and testing materials; the cost does not include Basic Keelboat Certification costs. A participant may challenge the Basic Keelboat Certification before taking the Basic Cruising Course, but all students should be proficient small-keelboat sailors under normal conditions and come into the course with the prerequisite skills linked HERE. Please see the cruising education webpage for further prerequisite information.

    If you need to challenge the Basic Keelboat Course, please contact John O'Riordan via john@downtownsailing.org or call the office at 410-727-0722
    • 25 Apr 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 26 Apr 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    "Beyond Intro" 12 Hour Course - Intermediate Skill Development -  Sat & Sun. April 25th & 26th

    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 IS NOT AN INTRODUCTORY COURSE. SAILORS SHOULD BE PROFICIENT WITH MATERIAL COVERED IN "INTRO TO SAILING"

    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"

    FULL PAYMENT IS REQUIRED TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT FOR THIS COURSE. SPACE IS LIMITED.

    • 25 Apr 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • DSC Docks

    Ready for the season, want to take a cruiser out?


    You are a Skipper or a Cruising Skipper Candidate,


    As safety is important to us, Please attend the Cruising Boat Orientation.


    You will learn the latest changes in DSC Cruising policy and new add-ons to the boats.


    After the orientation, you will be able to reserve the boat for the season.

    • 26 Apr 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 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. 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 lower.

    For those who are new to the DSC or have not yet signed the liability waiver please download the DSC WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.  Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

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

    Questions about the Member Sail? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan by Friday afternoon at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: john@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 29 Apr 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 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. 

    Please arrive at the DSC by 5:15 pm for the 5:30 PM Start Time.  The Dockmaster will begin boat allocation and coordination promptly at 5:30 PM. 

    For those who are new to the DSC or have not yet signed the DSC liability waiver please download the WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.  Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

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

    Questions about the Member Sail? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: john@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 30 Apr 2020
    • 28 May 2020
    • 5 sessions
    • 1425 Key Hwy Baltimore, MD 21230
    The DSC's Thursday Night Racing (TNR) Program consists of four 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-style (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 John via john@downtownsailing.org

    • 01 May 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • The DSC Docks, 1425 Key Highway

    Friday Night Fun Racing: Fun for DSC Members & Friends

    *This is a Member/Volunteer Run sail. There will be no staff on site so a Crew/Skipper member will be distributing teams onto boats. Dock Call is 5:30PM

    The Friday Night Fun Race is a pickup sailing distance race that starts promptly at 6PM between the DSC docks and the Tiki Barge and races out to the first red buoy marking the Middle Branch. All crew members are encouraged to connect with skipper-level members during member sails and other events to secure a berth on a boat.

    "Regulars" will usually hold a few spots open for new sailors and the whole process is meant to be a fun and relaxed atmosphere. No prior racing experience is needed but some sailing experience/knowledge is helpful. This is a congenial and low stress introduction to racing.

    The sign-up for this event is for information purposes only. As a volunteer driven event, it is incumbent upon members to arrive at the docks early enough to secure a spot on a boat with another skipper member. Unlike member sails, the full-time staff will not be responsible for sorting and managing boat groups.

    BOAT RESERVATIONS must be made in advance and skippers assume full skipper liability of the vessel as per the Skipper Assumption of Risk and Liability form

    Crew Level members, If you have not done so already, please sign and submit your Liability Waiver to DSC staff.  



    • 02 May 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 03 May 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist
    "Intro to Sailing" 12 Hour Course, Sat & Sun. May 2 & 3

    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, we strongly recommend taking this course. "Intro to Sailing" is a prerequisite for the "Beyond Intro" course.

    FULL PAYMENT IS REQUIRED TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT FOR THIS COURSE. SPACE IS LIMITED.

    • 02 May 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 03 May 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    This Two Day, hands-on, on-the-water course is for anyone who wants to learn how to safely operate a small motorboat and improve their boat handling skills on REAL BOATS.

    US Powerboating, an affiliate with US Sailing, has been working with the USCG to provide the best powerboating course out there. 

    The Accelerated Safe Powerboat Handling Course is designed for those individuals who have their state boater's certificate but want on-the-water training. Maryland residents can earn their Safe Boater's Certificate through Boat US Foundation's NASBLA approved certification course HERE.

    While the online course is rigorous and informative, the Accelerated Safe Powerboat Handling Course is designed to build the critical on-the-water skills you need to effectively operate powerboats. 

    This course is great for young and old alike, and our top notch instructors enable us to cater to your personal learning style.

    The Accelerated Safe Powerboat Handling Course is not NASBLA approved; Proof of a state boater's certificate is a REQUIRED for the course - no exceptions. The MD State course is available online for free and takes about six hours to complete.

    For this course, approximately 50-60% of the course focus is on 'close-quarters' maneuvers, which includes docking, departing, and turning within confined areas. The remaining 40-50% of the course focuses on high-speed safety, including what to do in emergency situations. US Powerboating's teaching methodology incorporates on-the-water and off-the-water tools that maximize your effective learning time on the water.

    Click HERE for the Agenda

    • 02 May 2020
    • 17 May 2020
    • 5 sessions
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 6
    9:00 - 5:00, Weekends (excluding Mother's Day) May 2nd & 3rd, May 9th, May 16th & 17th

    Our US SAILING Basic Keelboat (BK) Certification course consists of five+ days of sailing instruction. US Sailing only requires three days; we go beyond. Designed for you to 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.

    We go beyond US Sailing's minimum standards with more time and we go beyond other schools' standards by giving students a workbook specifically developed and tested through years of instruction and revision.

    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." 

    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 Beyond Intro Course more appealing.

    Curriculum Highlights

    • Close-Quarters maneuvering
    • Sail Trim
    • Quick-stop Overboard Rescue
    • Weather
    • Tides and Currents
    • Chart Basics
    • Reefing
    • Figure-8 Overboard Rescue
    • Tiller extension use

    Students will receive a copy of US SAILING's Basic Keelboat, The DSC's Keelboat program packet, 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.

    FULL PAYMENT IS REQUIRED TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT FOR THIS COURSE. SPACE IS LIMITED.

    • 02 May 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A Dock", 1425 Key Highway
    • 111

    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. 

    You will have a chance to ask questions, tour the facilities, and go out for a brief sail.  There is a maximum group size of 4 people per 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 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 11:00 AM -12:00 PM
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Already a member?! Feel free to sign up to volunteer, either as Skipper, Crew, or Shore Volunteer.

    This is a FREE event that is open to the public.   Walk-ons welcome, but please register in advance if you plan to come.  This event is Rain or Shine, so please dress for the weather! FREE PARKING ANYWHERE ON PROPERTY! To learn more or if you have questions please email John O', Fleet and Member Programs Director, at john@downtownsailing.org or call 410-727-0722 ext 114. 



    • 02 May 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • 03 May 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • DSC
    • 17

    Sail alongside our "Drop-the-hook" cruiser to Middle river (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 cruisersYou 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. 
    If you're driving to the DSC and parking there overnight, please print out the OVER NIGHT PASS and leave it on your dash.

    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!

    • 02 May 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 6

    Taste of Sailing - 3 hr. Introduction

    You've probably probably thought, "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 some cool nautical lingo, and get you on the Harbor for an afternoon of sailing. 

    Boats and Facilities

    Our 3-hour "Taste of 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! Each boat will have up to 4 people aboard with a coach, so there will be plenty of opportunity to try your hand at the tiller or just relax 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. For most of the summer, the BMI farmers market is just wrapping up as the sailing begins. Classes meet just outside the gate on the main docks. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your coach.
       
    Please also remember to bring a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, close-toed shoes and a great attitude. We'll see you on the water!
    • 03 May 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • DSC Dock

    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 to Mike" series  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  Cruising@downtownsailing.org 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 10.00 for a pre-race briefing, and then, it's literally off to the races.

    Fair winds, sail safe and sail fast!



    • 03 May 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 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. 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 lower.

    For those who are new to the DSC or have not yet signed the liability waiver please download the DSC WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.  Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

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

    Questions about the Member Sail? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan by Friday afternoon at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: john@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 06 May 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 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. 

    Please arrive at the DSC by 5:15 pm for the 5:30 PM Start Time.  The Dockmaster will begin boat allocation and coordination promptly at 5:30 PM. 

    For those who are new to the DSC or have not yet signed the DSC liability waiver please download the WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.  Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

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

    Questions about the Member Sail? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: john@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 06 May 2020
    • 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 on the first Wednesday of every month, May through September. 

    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 2-3 hours. You will be oriented on the following:

    • Safety on the Access Dinghies
    • Rigging Access Dinghies
    • Launching dinghies
    • 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 the orientation is completed you will receive a Reservation System Login and Password so you can start reserving boats! 

    Qestions?  Feel free to email Member Programs Director, John O', at john@downtownsailing.org

    *You must register for these orientations to attend*

    • 07 May 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • DSC Dock

    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. Night sail is a different experience with Day sail

    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 PLANwith the DSC office and a friend. (Sample template available on the DSC website.) PFDs must be worn at all times.  

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


    • 08 May 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • The DSC Docks, 1425 Key Highway

    Friday Night Fun Racing: Fun for DSC Members & Friends

    *This is a Member/Volunteer Run sail. There will be no staff on site so a Crew/Skipper member will be distributing teams onto boats. Dock Call is 5:30PM

    The Friday Night Fun Race is a pickup sailing distance race that starts promptly at 6PM between the DSC docks and the Tiki Barge and races out to the first red buoy marking the Middle Branch. All crew members are encouraged to connect with skipper-level members during member sails and other events to secure a berth on a boat.

    "Regulars" will usually hold a few spots open for new sailors and the whole process is meant to be a fun and relaxed atmosphere. No prior racing experience is needed but some sailing experience/knowledge is helpful. This is a congenial and low stress introduction to racing.

    The sign-up for this event is for information purposes only. As a volunteer driven event, it is incumbent upon members to arrive at the docks early enough to secure a spot on a boat with another skipper member. Unlike member sails, the full-time staff will not be responsible for sorting and managing boat groups.

    BOAT RESERVATIONS must be made in advance and skippers assume full skipper liability of the vessel as per the Skipper Assumption of Risk and Liability form

    Crew Level members, If you have not done so already, please sign and submit your Liability Waiver to DSC staff.  



    • 09 May 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • 1425 Key Highway - At the main DSC docks (or under the pavilion in case of rain)

    May Harbor Clean @ The DSC

    The Baltimore Harbor is our home. Let's keep it cleaner and greener by joining together to pick up litter Saturday morning.

    This is a rain or shine event. Please do your part to RSVP honestly so we have a reliable head count for supplies (and potential treats).

    8 AM HARD START, so if you typically have a difficult time getting out of bed on a Saturday please set your calendar for 7:45. The harbor cannot speak for itself so we thank you!

    Agenda:

    • 7:45 staff begin greeting first volunteers as they arrive
    • 8 AM liability waivers and meet & greet
    • 8:05 trash pickers, gloves, and bags are distributed
    • 8:10 shoreline cleanup begins
    • 9:10 shoreline cleanup ends
    • 9:15 data is entered into the Rosalia Project database
    • 9:15 trash is disposed of in the dumpsters and tools are returned
    • 9:25 wrap up and thanks!
    • 09 May 2020
    • 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
    • Freedom 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 Johanna, johanna@downtownsailing.org 



    • 09 May 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
    • 35

    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 "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.  The Keelboats are Sonar and Freedom sailboats, which do not tip over and can sail with a whole family.

    When you register to sail, please pick the type of boat. 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. 

    If you have further questions about the Access-ability Program, please feel free to contact Johanna via johanna@downtownsailing.org
    • 09 May 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 8

    Taste of Sailing - 3 hr. Introduction

    You've probably probably thought, "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 some cool nautical lingo, and get you on the Harbor for an afternoon of sailing. 

    Boats and Facilities

    Our 3-hour "Taste of 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! Each boat will have up to 4 people aboard with a coach, so there will be plenty of opportunity to try your hand at the tiller or just relax 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. For most of the summer, the BMI farmers market is just wrapping up as the sailing begins. Classes meet just outside the gate on the main docks. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your coach.
       
    Please also remember to bring a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, close-toed shoes and a great attitude. We'll see you on the water!
    • 13 May 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 17 May 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    9:00 - 5:00, Wednesday-Sunday, May 13th - May 17th

    Our US SAILING Basic Keelboat (BK) Certification course consists of five+ days of sailing instruction. US Sailing only requires three days; we go beyond. Designed for you to 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.

    We go beyond US Sailing's minimum standards with more time and we go beyond other schools' standards by giving students a workbook specifically developed and tested through years of instruction and revision.

    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." 

    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 Beyond Intro Course more appealing.

    Curriculum Highlights

    • Close-Quarters maneuvering
    • Sail Trim
    • Quick-stop Overboard Rescue
    • Weather
    • Tides and Currents
    • Chart Basics
    • Reefing
    • Figure-8 Overboard Rescue
    • Tiller extension use

    Students will receive a copy of US SAILING's Basic Keelboat, The DSC's Keelboat program packet, 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.

    FULL PAYMENT IS REQUIRED TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT FOR THIS COURSE. SPACE IS LIMITED.

    • 13 May 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 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. 

    Please arrive at the DSC by 5:15 pm for the 5:30 PM Start Time.  The Dockmaster will begin boat allocation and coordination promptly at 5:30 PM. 

    For those who are new to the DSC or have not yet signed the DSC liability waiver please download the WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.  Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

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

    Questions about the Member Sail? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: john@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 15 May 2020
    • 7:30 AM
    • 17 May 2020
    • 6:00 PM
    • 1425 Key Highway, Baltimore MD 21230

    To REGISTER for the Instructor Evaluation Course, Click on US Sailing's Course Calendar HERE.

    This Course is a US Sailing Instructor Certification Course run through US Sailing. Nancy Haberland, who is excellent and comes with Olympic and Naval Academy Sailing background, will be the Instructor Trainer.

    This Course, unlike Level 1 Small Boat, is an EVALUATIVE course. This is an Instructor-level course for advanced sailors and is run through US Sailing.

    Please read over all prerequisites. The DSC is hosting this event but it is run through US Sailing. Registrants should have significant coaching and sailing experience under their belts. For more info, please contact Stuart via stuart@downtownsailing.org or call the office.

    For out-of-towners or those sailing different boats, the DSC is happy to arrange for practice sessions on our J/22s.

    This evaluative course will take place in J/22 keelboats. Sail fast, Sail Safe!
    • 15 May 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • The DSC Docks, 1425 Key Highway

    Friday Night Fun Racing: Fun for DSC Members & Friends

    *This is a Member/Volunteer Run sail. There will be no staff on site so a Crew/Skipper member will be distributing teams onto boats. Dock Call is 5:30PM

    The Friday Night Fun Race is a pickup sailing distance race that starts promptly at 6PM between the DSC docks and the Tiki Barge and races out to the first red buoy marking the Middle Branch. All crew members are encouraged to connect with skipper-level members during member sails and other events to secure a berth on a boat.

    "Regulars" will usually hold a few spots open for new sailors and the whole process is meant to be a fun and relaxed atmosphere. No prior racing experience is needed but some sailing experience/knowledge is helpful. This is a congenial and low stress introduction to racing.

    The sign-up for this event is for information purposes only. As a volunteer driven event, it is incumbent upon members to arrive at the docks early enough to secure a spot on a boat with another skipper member. Unlike member sails, the full-time staff will not be responsible for sorting and managing boat groups.

    BOAT RESERVATIONS must be made in advance and skippers assume full skipper liability of the vessel as per the Skipper Assumption of Risk and Liability form

    Crew Level members, If you have not done so already, please sign and submit your Liability Waiver to DSC staff.  



    • 16 May 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 17 May 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 2
    "Intro to Sailing" 12 Hour Course, Sat & Sun. May 16 & 17

    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, we strongly recommend taking this course. "Intro to Sailing" is a prerequisite for the "Beyond Intro" course.

    FULL PAYMENT IS REQUIRED TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT FOR THIS COURSE. SPACE IS LIMITED.

    • 16 May 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 8

    Taste of Sailing - 3 hr. Introduction

    You've probably probably thought, "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 some cool nautical lingo, and get you on the Harbor for an afternoon of sailing. 

    Boats and Facilities

    Our 3-hour "Taste of 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! Each boat will have up to 4 people aboard with a coach, so there will be plenty of opportunity to try your hand at the tiller or just relax 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. For most of the summer, the BMI farmers market is just wrapping up as the sailing begins. Classes meet just outside the gate on the main docks. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your coach.
       
    Please also remember to bring a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, close-toed shoes and a great attitude. We'll see you on the water!
    • 17 May 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • DSC Docks
    • 12

     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 participateSignificant 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 White Rocks, skippers must file a FLOAT PLAN with the DSC office and a friend.  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.


    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!


    • 17 May 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 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. 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 lower.

    For those who are new to the DSC or have not yet signed the liability waiver please download the DSC WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.  Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

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

    Questions about the Member Sail? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan by Friday afternoon at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: john@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 20 May 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 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. 

    Please arrive at the DSC by 5:15 pm for the 5:30 PM Start Time.  The Dockmaster will begin boat allocation and coordination promptly at 5:30 PM. 

    For those who are new to the DSC or have not yet signed the DSC liability waiver please download the WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.  Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

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

    Questions about the Member Sail? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: john@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 22 May 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 25 May 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • DSC Dock

    Take a week away and celebrate memorial weekend. This cruise will go to Herrington Harbor with 2 stops at Annapolis while challenging yourself and honing your sailing skills during 4 days. 

    This cruise is open to DSC Cruising Skippers and Cruising Crew who have paid their upgrade fee.

    The $75 registration fees will go to pay the Marina slip fees (3 x $25) and will not be refund if you cancel the reservation. All other expenses ( fuel, pump out, 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 skippers 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.)


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

     


    • 22 May 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • The DSC Docks, 1425 Key Highway

    Friday Night Fun Racing: Fun for DSC Members & Friends

    *This is a Member/Volunteer Run sail. There will be no staff on site so a Crew/Skipper member will be distributing teams onto boats. Dock Call is 5:30PM

    The Friday Night Fun Race is a pickup sailing distance race that starts promptly at 6PM between the DSC docks and the Tiki Barge and races out to the first red buoy marking the Middle Branch. All crew members are encouraged to connect with skipper-level members during member sails and other events to secure a berth on a boat.

    "Regulars" will usually hold a few spots open for new sailors and the whole process is meant to be a fun and relaxed atmosphere. No prior racing experience is needed but some sailing experience/knowledge is helpful. This is a congenial and low stress introduction to racing.

    The sign-up for this event is for information purposes only. As a volunteer driven event, it is incumbent upon members to arrive at the docks early enough to secure a spot on a boat with another skipper member. Unlike member sails, the full-time staff will not be responsible for sorting and managing boat groups.

    BOAT RESERVATIONS must be made in advance and skippers assume full skipper liability of the vessel as per the Skipper Assumption of Risk and Liability form

    Crew Level members, If you have not done so already, please sign and submit your Liability Waiver to DSC staff.  



    • 23 May 2020
    • 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
    • Freedom 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 Johanna, johanna@downtownsailing.org 



    • 23 May 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
    • 35

    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 "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.  The Keelboats are Sonar and Freedom sailboats, which do not tip over and can sail with a whole family.

    When you register to sail, please pick the type of boat. 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. 

    If you have further questions about the Access-ability Program, please feel free to contact Johanna via johanna@downtownsailing.org
    • 27 May 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 31 May 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    9:00 - 5:00, Wednesday-Sunday, May 27th-31st

    Our US SAILING Basic Keelboat (BK) Certification course consists of five+ days of sailing instruction. US Sailing only requires three days; we go beyond. Designed for you to 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.

    We go beyond US Sailing's minimum standards with more time and we go beyond other schools' standards by giving students a workbook specifically developed and tested through years of instruction and revision.

    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." 

    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 Beyond Intro Course more appealing.

    Curriculum Highlights

    • Close-Quarters maneuvering
    • Sail Trim
    • Quick-stop Overboard Rescue
    • Weather
    • Tides and Currents
    • Chart Basics
    • Reefing
    • Figure-8 Overboard Rescue
    • Tiller extension use

    Students will receive a copy of US SAILING's Basic Keelboat, The DSC's Keelboat program packet, 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.

    FULL PAYMENT IS REQUIRED TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT FOR THIS COURSE. SPACE IS LIMITED.

    • 27 May 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 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. 

    Please arrive at the DSC by 5:15 pm for the 5:30 PM Start Time.  The Dockmaster will begin boat allocation and coordination promptly at 5:30 PM. 

    For those who are new to the DSC or have not yet signed the DSC liability waiver please download the WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.  Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

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

    Questions about the Member Sail? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: john@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 27 May 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 1425 Key Highway
    • 40

    Want to practice your skills with all women at the helm? Come out to our Women on the Water Wednesdays, being held on the last Wednesday of July, August, and September. Each Clinic is an opportunity for women to focus on a certain sailing skill they want to master. 

    The clinic is informal so when you arrive we will break into small groups and have women instructors on site to provide little to a lot of guidance as needed.

    The Downtown Sailing Center welcomes women of all skills and experience levels to participate with us, including non-DSC-members. A small fee for nonmembers of $25/session helps us maintain our boats and pay some of our instructors.

    No boys allowed, and definitely no men, either!


    If you have any questions feel free to email Johanna Murphy via johanna@downtownsailing.org

    • 29 May 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • The DSC Docks, 1425 Key Highway

    Friday Night Fun Racing: Fun for DSC Members & Friends

    *This is a Member/Volunteer Run sail. There will be no staff on site so a Crew/Skipper member will be distributing teams onto boats. Dock Call is 5:30PM

    The Friday Night Fun Race is a pickup sailing distance race that starts promptly at 6PM between the DSC docks and the Tiki Barge and races out to the first red buoy marking the Middle Branch. All crew members are encouraged to connect with skipper-level members during member sails and other events to secure a berth on a boat.

    "Regulars" will usually hold a few spots open for new sailors and the whole process is meant to be a fun and relaxed atmosphere. No prior racing experience is needed but some sailing experience/knowledge is helpful. This is a congenial and low stress introduction to racing.

    The sign-up for this event is for information purposes only. As a volunteer driven event, it is incumbent upon members to arrive at the docks early enough to secure a spot on a boat with another skipper member. Unlike member sails, the full-time staff will not be responsible for sorting and managing boat groups.

    BOAT RESERVATIONS must be made in advance and skippers assume full skipper liability of the vessel as per the Skipper Assumption of Risk and Liability form

    Crew Level members, If you have not done so already, please sign and submit your Liability Waiver to DSC staff.  



    • 29 May 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center (1425 Key Highway)

    May Monthly Social: "Endless Summer"

    Come down, hang out with the DSC and get your weekend off to a great start!

    Beat the heat with some cool island vibes.  Wear your best Endless Summer themed attire!  

    This event is open to the public so bring friends, family and neighbors along with you. Come down and jump on a sailboat, or just hang out at the Pavilion. We'll try to start serving food around 7.

    Social starts at 6:00pm and event wraps up by 10:00PM. Potluck items are encouraged! DSC will have the grill fired up.  As always, BYOB.

    Questions? Comments? Concerns? Please email John O'Riordan at john@downtownsailing.org. Or give the office a call at 410-727-0722.

    • 30 May 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 31 May 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 6

    This Two Day, hands-on, on-the-water course is for anyone who wants to learn how to safely operate a small motorboat and improve their boat handling skills on REAL BOATS.

    US Powerboating, an affiliate with US Sailing, has been working with the USCG to provide the best powerboating course out there. 

    The Accelerated Safe Powerboat Handling Course is designed for those individuals who have their state boater's certificate but want on-the-water training. Maryland residents can earn their Safe Boater's Certificate through Boat US Foundation's NASBLA approved certification course HERE.

    While the online course is rigorous and informative, the Accelerated Safe Powerboat Handling Course is designed to build the critical on-the-water skills you need to effectively operate powerboats. 

    This course is great for young and old alike, and our top notch instructors enable us to cater to your personal learning style.

    The Accelerated Safe Powerboat Handling Course is not NASBLA approved; Proof of a state boater's certificate is a REQUIRED for the course - no exceptions. The MD State course is available online for free and takes about six hours to complete.

    For this course, approximately 50-60% of the course focus is on 'close-quarters' maneuvers, which includes docking, departing, and turning within confined areas. The remaining 40-50% of the course focuses on high-speed safety, including what to do in emergency situations. US Powerboating's teaching methodology incorporates on-the-water and off-the-water tools that maximize your effective learning time on the water.

    Click HERE for the Agenda

    • 30 May 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 8

    Taste of Sailing - 3 hr. Introduction

    You've probably probably thought, "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 some cool nautical lingo, and get you on the Harbor for an afternoon of sailing. 

    Boats and Facilities

    Our 3-hour "Taste of 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! Each boat will have up to 4 people aboard with a coach, so there will be plenty of opportunity to try your hand at the tiller or just relax 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. For most of the summer, the BMI farmers market is just wrapping up as the sailing begins. Classes meet just outside the gate on the main docks. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your coach.
       
    Please also remember to bring a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, close-toed shoes and a great attitude. We'll see you on the water!
    • 31 May 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 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. 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 lower.

    For those who are new to the DSC or have not yet signed the liability waiver please download the DSC WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.  Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

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

    Questions about the Member Sail? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan by Friday afternoon at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: john@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 03 Jun 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 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. 

    Please arrive at the DSC by 5:15 pm for the 5:30 PM Start Time.  The Dockmaster will begin boat allocation and coordination promptly at 5:30 PM. 

    For those who are new to the DSC or have not yet signed the DSC liability waiver please download the WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.  Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

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

    Questions about the Member Sail? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: john@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 03 Jun 2020
    • 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 on the first Wednesday of every month, May through September. 

    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 2-3 hours. You will be oriented on the following:

    • Safety on the Access Dinghies
    • Rigging Access Dinghies
    • Launching dinghies
    • 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 the orientation is completed you will receive a Reservation System Login and Password so you can start reserving boats! 

    Qestions?  Feel free to email Member Programs Director, John O', at john@downtownsailing.org

    *You must register for these orientations to attend*

    • 04 Jun 2020
    • 02 Jul 2020
    • 5 sessions
    • 1425 Key Hwy Baltimore, MD 21230
    The DSC's Thursday Night Racing (TNR) Program consists of four 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-style (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 John via john@downtownsailing.org

    • 05 Jun 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • The DSC Docks, 1425 Key Highway

    Friday Night Fun Racing: Fun for DSC Members & Friends

    *This is a Member/Volunteer Run sail. There will be no staff on site so a Crew/Skipper member will be distributing teams onto boats. Dock Call is 5:30PM

    The Friday Night Fun Race is a pickup sailing distance race that starts promptly at 6PM between the DSC docks and the Tiki Barge and races out to the first red buoy marking the Middle Branch. All crew members are encouraged to connect with skipper-level members during member sails and other events to secure a berth on a boat.

    "Regulars" will usually hold a few spots open for new sailors and the whole process is meant to be a fun and relaxed atmosphere. No prior racing experience is needed but some sailing experience/knowledge is helpful. This is a congenial and low stress introduction to racing.

    The sign-up for this event is for information purposes only. As a volunteer driven event, it is incumbent upon members to arrive at the docks early enough to secure a spot on a boat with another skipper member. Unlike member sails, the full-time staff will not be responsible for sorting and managing boat groups.

    BOAT RESERVATIONS must be made in advance and skippers assume full skipper liability of the vessel as per the Skipper Assumption of Risk and Liability form

    Crew Level members, If you have not done so already, please sign and submit your Liability Waiver to DSC staff.  



    • 05 Jun 2020
    • 5:45 PM - 7:45 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 4

    First Sail Friday - 2 hr. Introduction

    You've probably thought, "I've always wanted to try sailing." Well, our 2-hour First Sail Friday course is here for you! 


    This course will run through the basics of sailing, introduce you to some cool nautical lingo, and get you on the Harbor for an afternoon of sailing. 

    Boats and Facilities

    Our 2-hour "First Sail Friday" 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! Each boat will have up to 4 people aboard with a coach, so there will be plenty of opportunity to try your hand at the tiller or just relax 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. For most of the summer, the BMI farmers market is just wrapping up as the sailing begins. Classes meet just outside the gate on the main docks. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your coach.
       
    Please also remember to bring a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, close-toed shoes and a great attitude. We'll see you on the water!
    • 05 Jun 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • DSC Dock

    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. Night sail is a different experience with Day sail

    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 PLANwith the DSC office and a friend. (Sample template available on the DSC website.) PFDs must be worn at all times.  

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


    • 06 Jun 2020
    • 14 Jun 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Markley's Marina 233 Nanticoke Rd, Essex, MD 21221
    • 3

    June Basic Cruising Course - June 6th & 7th, 13th & 14th

    9AM - 5PM each day for class

    Ever dreamed of owning or chartering or owning your own cruising sailboat?
    US Sailing's Basic Cruising Certification Course is a 4-day intensive sailing course in which you will learn to responsibly skipper and crew an auxiliary powered cruising sailboat during daylight hours, within sight of land in moderate wind and sea conditions. 

    Participants need to have successfully completed the US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification in order to qualify for the Basic Cruising Certification.

    The cost for the course includes all study and testing materials; the cost does not include Basic Keelboat Certification costs. A participant may challenge the Basic Keelboat Certification before taking the Basic Cruising Course, but all students should be proficient small-keelboat sailors under normal conditions and come into the course with the prerequisite skills linked HERE. Please see the cruising education webpage for further prerequisite information.

    If you need to challenge the Basic Keelboat Course, please contact John O'Riordan via john@downtownsailing.org or call the office at 410-727-0722
    • 06 Jun 2020
    • 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
    • Freedom 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 Johanna, johanna@downtownsailing.org 



    • 06 Jun 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07 Jun 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    "Intro to Sailing" 12 Hour Course, Sat & Sun. June 6 & 7

    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, we strongly recommend taking this course. "Intro to Sailing" is a prerequisite for the "Beyond Intro" course.

    FULL PAYMENT IS REQUIRED TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT FOR THIS COURSE. SPACE IS LIMITED.

    • 06 Jun 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07 Jun 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 1
    "Beyond Intro" 12 Hour Course - Intermediate Skill Development -  Sat & Sun. June 6 & 7

    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 IS NOT AN INTRODUCTORY COURSE. SAILORS SHOULD BE PROFICIENT WITH MATERIAL COVERED IN "INTRO TO SAILING"

    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"

    FULL PAYMENT IS REQUIRED TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT FOR THIS COURSE. SPACE IS LIMITED.

    • 06 Jun 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
    • 35

    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 "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.  The Keelboats are Sonar and Freedom sailboats, which do not tip over and can sail with a whole family.

    When you register to sail, please pick the type of boat. 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. 

    If you have further questions about the Access-ability Program, please feel free to contact Johanna via johanna@downtownsailing.org
    • 06 Jun 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 8

    Taste of Sailing - 3 hr. Introduction

    You've probably probably thought, "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 some cool nautical lingo, and get you on the Harbor for an afternoon of sailing. 

    Boats and Facilities

    Our 3-hour "Taste of 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! Each boat will have up to 4 people aboard with a coach, so there will be plenty of opportunity to try your hand at the tiller or just relax 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. For most of the summer, the BMI farmers market is just wrapping up as the sailing begins. Classes meet just outside the gate on the main docks. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your coach.
       
    Please also remember to bring a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, close-toed shoes and a great attitude. We'll see you on the water!
    • 07 Jun 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • DSC Dock

    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 to Mike" series every first Sunday (unless otherwise scheduled) 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  Cruising@downtownsailing.org 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!



    • 07 Jun 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 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. 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 lower.

    For those who are new to the DSC or have not yet signed the liability waiver please download the DSC WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.  Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

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

    Questions about the Member Sail? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan by Friday afternoon at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: john@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 10 Jun 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • DSC
    Register

    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. 

    Please arrive at the DSC by 5:15 pm for the 5:30 PM Start Time.  The Dockmaster will begin boat allocation and coordination promptly at 5:30 PM. 

    For those who are new to the DSC or have not yet signed the DSC liability waiver please download the WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.  Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

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

    Questions about the Member Sail? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: john@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 12 Jun 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • The DSC Docks, 1425 Key Highway
    Register

    Friday Night Fun Racing: Fun for DSC Members & Friends

    *This is a Member/Volunteer Run sail. There will be no staff on site so a Crew/Skipper member will be distributing teams onto boats. Dock Call is 5:30PM

    The Friday Night Fun Race is a pickup sailing distance race that starts promptly at 6PM between the DSC docks and the Tiki Barge and races out to the first red buoy marking the Middle Branch. All crew members are encouraged to connect with skipper-level members during member sails and other events to secure a berth on a boat.

    "Regulars" will usually hold a few spots open for new sailors and the whole process is meant to be a fun and relaxed atmosphere. No prior racing experience is needed but some sailing experience/knowledge is helpful. This is a congenial and low stress introduction to racing.

    The sign-up for this event is for information purposes only. As a volunteer driven event, it is incumbent upon members to arrive at the docks early enough to secure a spot on a boat with another skipper member. Unlike member sails, the full-time staff will not be responsible for sorting and managing boat groups.

    BOAT RESERVATIONS must be made in advance and skippers assume full skipper liability of the vessel as per the Skipper Assumption of Risk and Liability form

    Crew Level members, If you have not done so already, please sign and submit your Liability Waiver to DSC staff.  



    • 13 Jun 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 14 Jun 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 2
    Register
    "Intro to Sailing" 12 Hour Course, Sat & Sun. June 13 & 14

    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, we strongly recommend taking this course. "Intro to Sailing" is a prerequisite for the "Beyond Intro" course.

    FULL PAYMENT IS REQUIRED TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT FOR THIS COURSE. SPACE IS LIMITED.

    • 13 Jun 2020
    • 28 Jun 2020
    • 5 sessions
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 5
    Register
    9:00 - 5:00, Saturdays & Sundays (Father's Day excluded), June June 13th & 14th, June 20th, and June 27th & 28th

    Our US SAILING Basic Keelboat (BK) Certification course consists of five+ days of sailing instruction. US Sailing only requires three days; we go beyond. Designed for you to 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.

    We go beyond US Sailing's minimum standards with more time and we go beyond other schools' standards by giving students a workbook specifically developed and tested through years of instruction and revision.

    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." 

    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 Beyond Intro Course more appealing.

    Curriculum Highlights

    • Close-Quarters maneuvering
    • Sail Trim
    • Quick-stop Overboard Rescue
    • Weather
    • Tides and Currents
    • Chart Basics
    • Reefing
    • Figure-8 Overboard Rescue
    • Tiller extension use

    Students will receive a copy of US SAILING's Basic Keelboat, The DSC's Keelboat program packet, 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.

    FULL PAYMENT IS REQUIRED TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT FOR THIS COURSE. SPACE IS LIMITED.

    • 13 Jun 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
    • 35
    Registration is closed

    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 "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.  The Keelboats are Sonar and Freedom sailboats, which do not tip over and can sail with a whole family.

    When you register to sail, please pick the type of boat. 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. 

    If you have further questions about the Access-ability Program, please feel free to contact Johanna via johanna@downtownsailing.org
    • 13 Jun 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A Dock", 1425 Key Highway
    • 143
    Register

    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. 

    You will have a chance to ask questions, tour the facilities, and go out for a brief sail.  There is a maximum group size of 4 people per 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 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 11:00 AM -12:00 PM
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Already a member?! Feel free to sign up to volunteer, either as Skipper, Crew, or Shore Volunteer.

    This is a FREE event that is open to the public.   Walk-ons welcome, but please register in advance if you plan to come.  This event is Rain or Shine, so please dress for the weather! FREE PARKING ANYWHERE ON PROPERTY! To learn more or if you have questions please email John O', Fleet and Member Programs Director, at john@downtownsailing.org or call 410-727-0722 ext 114. 



    • 13 Jun 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • 14 Jun 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • DSC
    • 16
    Register