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    • 09 Jul 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 06 Aug 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 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

    • 11 Jul 2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 12 Jul 2020
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 0
    "Intro to Sailing" 12 Hour Course, Sat & Sun. July 11 & 12

    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.

    • 11 Jul 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 26 Jul 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 6 sessions
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 0
    9:00 - 5:00, July Weekends, Saturdays & Sundays, July 11th & 12th, 18th & 19th, 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.

    • 12 Jul 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • DSC Dock
    Register

    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 11:30 for a pre-race briefing, and then, it's literally off to the races.

    Fair winds, sail safe and sail fast!



    • 12 Jul 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 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. 

    • 13 Jul 2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 17 Jul 2020
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 0

    SUMMER CAMP!

    Sailing is an exhilarating way for children to improve their teamwork, concentration, and self-confidence...while having a ton of fun! Our Adventure and Performance camps provide your child with a safe camp experience they will remember for the rest of their lives.

    Adventure Camp is focused on encouraging a life-long love of sailing and is for persons 8 - 14 years old. Our Camp is designed to provide your child with a safe, FUN environment to grow as a person - and sailing is the vehicle we use to make it happen! Performance Spinnaker Camp is geared toward experienced campers 12-14 years old.

    When registering your child (or children), please indicate the sailing level you think they will be best suited for. Our small-group size, typically with a 4:1 camper to staff ratio, help us cater our instruction to different ability levels. When registering siblings, use the "Guest" feature to continue registering siblings.

    Our Juniors' Camp utilizes our fleet of J/22s as the predominant means of aquatic travel, but your camper will likely also experience the Sonar and Access/Hansa 303W sailboats, too. Performance Camp will utilize J/22s and Sonars with spinnakers being introduced.

    If you would like to enroll your child in before- or after-care, please indicate your intention by selecting the appropriate "before-care" or "after-care". Each of these options is offered at an additional cost per family (only one before-/after- care charge per family).

    If you have further questions, please feel free to call the office at 410-727-0722 or email info@downtownsailing.org

    • 15 Jul 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)
    • DSC
    Register

    Youth Sailors: Sail the Fevas & Hansa/Access Dinghies on Summer afternoons (Wednesdays, June - August)

    Parents and kids, come enjoy an evening on the water.  Kids, sail the RS Fevas and Hansa/Access Dinghies in the Inner Harbor.  Parents and other members - volunteer to help out on the powerboats, grill some food, or just stay ashore and help out.

    The RS Feva is a fun, capsizable, 2 person youth sailboat with main, jib, and spinnaker.  This is a great opportunity for kids to sail on the boats in a fun and inclusive environment.  Open to members of all ages, but the Feva sailboats are most easily sailed by sailors aged 9 to 14. The Hansa/Access Dinghies are good for kids of all ages!

    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.  Powerboat operators also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

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

    • 15 Jul 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)
    • 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. 

    • 17 Jul 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • 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.  



    • 18 Jul 2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 19 Jul 2020
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 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

    • 20 Jul 2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 24 Jul 2020
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    SUMMER CAMP!

    Sailing is an exhilarating way for children to improve their teamwork, concentration, and self-confidence...while having a ton of fun! Our Adventure and Performance camps provide your child with a safe camp experience they will remember for the rest of their lives.

    Adventure Camp is focused on encouraging a life-long love of sailing and is for persons 8 - 14 years old. Our Camp is designed to provide your child with a safe, FUN environment to grow as a person - and sailing is the vehicle we use to make it happen! Performance Spinnaker Camp is geared toward experienced campers 12-14 years old.

    When registering your child (or children), please indicate the sailing level you think they will be best suited for. Our small-group size, typically with a 4:1 camper to staff ratio, help us cater our instruction to different ability levels. When registering siblings, use the "Guest" feature to continue registering siblings.

    Our Juniors' Camp utilizes our fleet of J/22s as the predominant means of aquatic travel, but your camper will likely also experience the Sonar and Access/Hansa 303W sailboats, too. Performance Camp will utilize J/22s and Sonars with spinnakers being introduced.

    If you would like to enroll your child in before- or after-care, please indicate your intention by selecting the appropriate "before-care" or "after-care". Each of these options is offered at an additional cost per family (only one before-/after- care charge per family).

    If you have further questions, please feel free to call the office at 410-727-0722 or email info@downtownsailing.org

    • 22 Jul 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)
    • 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. 

    • 22 Jul 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)
    • DSC
    Register

    Youth Sailors: Sail the Fevas & Hansa/Access Dinghies on Summer afternoons (Wednesdays, June - August)

    Parents and kids, come enjoy an evening on the water.  Kids, sail the RS Fevas and Hansa/Access Dinghies in the Inner Harbor.  Parents and other members - volunteer to help out on the powerboats, grill some food, or just stay ashore and help out.

    The RS Feva is a fun, capsizable, 2 person youth sailboat with main, jib, and spinnaker.  This is a great opportunity for kids to sail on the boats in a fun and inclusive environment.  Open to members of all ages, but the Feva sailboats are most easily sailed by sailors aged 9 to 14. The Hansa/Access Dinghies are good for kids of all ages!

    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.  Powerboat operators also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

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

    • 24 Jul 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • 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.  



    • 25 Jul 2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 26 Jul 2020
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 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

    • 26 Jul 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • DSC Dock
    Register

    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 " 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 11.30 for a pre-race briefing, and then, it's literally off to the races.

    Fair winds, sail safe and sail fast!



    • 27 Jul 2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 31 Jul 2020
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    SUMMER CAMP!

    Sailing is an exhilarating way for children to improve their teamwork, concentration, and self-confidence...while having a ton of fun! Our Adventure and Performance camps provide your child with a safe camp experience they will remember for the rest of their lives.

    Adventure Camp is focused on encouraging a life-long love of sailing and is for persons 8 - 14 years old. Our Camp is designed to provide your child with a safe, FUN environment to grow as a person - and sailing is the vehicle we use to make it happen! Performance Spinnaker Camp is geared toward experienced campers 12-14 years old.

    When registering your child (or children), please indicate the sailing level you think they will be best suited for. Our small-group size, typically with a 4:1 camper to staff ratio, help us cater our instruction to different ability levels. When registering siblings, use the "Guest" feature to continue registering siblings.

    Our Juniors' Camp utilizes our fleet of J/22s as the predominant means of aquatic travel, but your camper will likely also experience the Sonar and Access/Hansa 303W sailboats, too. Performance Camp will utilize J/22s and Sonars with spinnakers being introduced.

    If you would like to enroll your child in before- or after-care, please indicate your intention by selecting the appropriate "before-care" or "after-care". Each of these options is offered at an additional cost per family (only one before-/after- care charge per family).

    If you have further questions, please feel free to call the office at 410-727-0722 or email info@downtownsailing.org

    • 29 Jul 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)
    • DSC
    Register

    Youth Sailors: Sail the Fevas & Hansa/Access Dinghies on Summer afternoons (Wednesdays, June - August)

    Parents and kids, come enjoy an evening on the water.  Kids, sail the RS Fevas and Hansa/Access Dinghies in the Inner Harbor.  Parents and other members - volunteer to help out on the powerboats, grill some food, or just stay ashore and help out.

    The RS Feva is a fun, capsizable, 2 person youth sailboat with main, jib, and spinnaker.  This is a great opportunity for kids to sail on the boats in a fun and inclusive environment.  Open to members of all ages, but the Feva sailboats are most easily sailed by sailors aged 9 to 14. The Hansa/Access Dinghies are good for kids of all ages!

    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.  Powerboat operators also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

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

    • 29 Jul 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • 1425 Key Highway
    • 38

    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 Rena via rena@downtownsailing.org

    • 29 Jul 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)
    • 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. 

    • 31 Jul 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • 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.  



    • 01 Aug 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 09 Aug 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Markley's Marina 233 Nanticoke Rd, Essex, MD 21221
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    August Basic Cruising Course -

    August 1st & 2nd, 8th & 9th


    8:30AM - 6PM 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
    • 01 Aug 2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 02 Aug 2020
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 0
    "Intro to Sailing" 12 Hour Course, Sat & Sun. August 1st & 2nd

    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 Aug 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 4

    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 Access Dinghies. They are 10' long, weighted centerboard boats that allow two people to sail together. These boats are specifically made to not tip over, so you don't need to worry about that! The boats make sailing intuitive, so learning to sail becomes fun and worry-free!

    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 Aug 2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 07 Aug 2020
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Downtown Sailing Center
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    SUMMER CAMP!

    Sailing is an exhilarating way for children to improve their teamwork, concentration, and self-confidence...while having a ton of fun! Our Adventure and Performance camps provide your child with a safe camp experience they will remember for the rest of their lives.

    Adventure Camp is focused on encouraging a life-long love of sailing and is for persons 8 - 14 years old. Our Camp is designed to provide your child with a safe, FUN environment to grow as a person - and sailing is the vehicle we use to make it happen! Performance Spinnaker Camp is geared toward experienced campers 12-14 years old.

    When registering your child (or children), please indicate the sailing level you think they will be best suited for. Our small-group size, typically with a 4:1 camper to staff ratio, help us cater our instruction to different ability levels. When registering siblings, use the "Guest" feature to continue registering siblings.

    Our Juniors' Camp utilizes our fleet of J/22s as the predominant means of aquatic travel, but your camper will likely also experience the Sonar and Access/Hansa 303W sailboats, too. Performance Camp will utilize J/22s and Sonars with spinnakers being introduced.

    If you would like to enroll your child in before- or after-care, please indicate your intention by selecting the appropriate "before-care" or "after-care". Each of these options is offered at an additional cost per family (only one before-/after- care charge per family).

    If you have further questions, please feel free to call the office at 410-727-0722 or email info@downtownsailing.org

    • 03 Aug 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (EDT)
    • DSC Dock
    Register

    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!


    • 05 Aug 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)
    • DSC
    Register

    Youth Sailors: Sail the Fevas & Hansa/Access Dinghies on Summer afternoons (Wednesdays, June - August)

    Parents and kids, come enjoy an evening on the water.  Kids, sail the RS Fevas and Hansa/Access Dinghies in the Inner Harbor.  Parents and other members - volunteer to help out on the powerboats, grill some food, or just stay ashore and help out.

    The RS Feva is a fun, capsizable, 2 person youth sailboat with main, jib, and spinnaker.  This is a great opportunity for kids to sail on the boats in a fun and inclusive environment.  Open to members of all ages, but the Feva sailboats are most easily sailed by sailors aged 9 to 14. The Hansa/Access Dinghies are good for kids of all ages!

    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.  Powerboat operators also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

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

    • 05 Aug 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)
    • 1425 Key Highway, Docks
    Register

    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 a Skipper waiver. Once the orientation is completed you will receive a Reservation System Login and Password so you can start reserving boats! 

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

    *You must register for these orientations to attend*

    • 05 Aug 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)
    • 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. 

    • 07 Aug 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • 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.  



    • 08 Aug 2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 09 Aug 2020
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
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    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

    • 09 Aug 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • DSC Dock
    Register

    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 " 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 11.30 for a pre-race briefing, and then, it's literally off to the races.

    Fair winds, sail safe and sail fast!



    • 10 Aug 2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 14 Aug 2020
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Downtown Sailing Center
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    SUMMER CAMP!

    Sailing is an exhilarating way for children to improve their teamwork, concentration, and self-confidence...while having a ton of fun! Our Adventure and Performance camps provide your child with a safe camp experience they will remember for the rest of their lives.

    Adventure Camp is focused on encouraging a life-long love of sailing and is for persons 8 - 14 years old. Our Camp is designed to provide your child with a safe, FUN environment to grow as a person - and sailing is the vehicle we use to make it happen! Performance Spinnaker Camp is geared toward experienced campers 12-14 years old.

    When registering your child (or children), please indicate the sailing level you think they will be best suited for. Our small-group size, typically with a 4:1 camper to staff ratio, help us cater our instruction to different ability levels. When registering siblings, use the "Guest" feature to continue registering siblings.

    Our Juniors' Camp utilizes our fleet of J/22s as the predominant means of aquatic travel, but your camper will likely also experience the Sonar and Access/Hansa 303W sailboats, too. Performance Camp will utilize J/22s and Sonars with spinnakers being introduced.

    If you would like to enroll your child in before- or after-care, please indicate your intention by selecting the appropriate "before-care" or "after-care". Each of these options is offered at an additional cost per family (only one before-/after- care charge per family).

    If you have further questions, please feel free to call the office at 410-727-0722 or email info@downtownsailing.org

    • 12 Aug 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)
    • DSC
    Register

    Youth Sailors: Sail the Fevas & Hansa/Access Dinghies on Summer afternoons (Wednesdays, June - August)

    Parents and kids, come enjoy an evening on the water.  Kids, sail the RS Fevas and Hansa/Access Dinghies in the Inner Harbor.  Parents and other members - volunteer to help out on the powerboats, grill some food, or just stay ashore and help out.

    The RS Feva is a fun, capsizable, 2 person youth sailboat with main, jib, and spinnaker.  This is a great opportunity for kids to sail on the boats in a fun and inclusive environment.  Open to members of all ages, but the Feva sailboats are most easily sailed by sailors aged 9 to 14. The Hansa/Access Dinghies are good for kids of all ages!

    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.  Powerboat operators also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

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

    • 12 Aug 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)
    • 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. 

    • 13 Aug 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 10 Sep 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 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

    • 14 Aug 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • The DSC Docks, 1425 Key Highway
    Register