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    • 04 Dec 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • DSC docks - roundup at the gate
    Register

    2021/2022 Frostbiting - 12:00-3PM Dec 4th

    On your marks, get set...

    Frostbite Racing at Downtown Sailing is back! Wrangle up your crew and head down to the docks for a quick, fun sail around the buoys.

    We will meet at 12:00 to rig up, with first gun at 12:30pm.  Skippers and crews are encouraged to form teams ahead of time.  Any skippers without crew, or vice-versa, should show up by 12:00 to find a team. 

    No Spinnakers (Main and Jib Only)

    Lifejackets Required

    Skippers must reserve their boats


    Please register online if you plan to attend.  Every Skipper must reserve a boat ahead of time: Boat Reservations.  Join us afterwards for some food and drinks!  Location TBD

    Frostbiting will not occur if the winds exceed 20 kts. Sailors participate at their own risk.

    Sail Fast!!!


    • 04 Dec 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • DSC docks - roundup at the gate
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    2021 Baltimore Lighted Boat Parade

    December 4, 2021 12-8pm

    Hello holiday lights and parade enthusiasts!

    The DSC will be decorating 2 cruisers this year for the lighted boat parade.  Please register here if you wish to participate.  Here are the details:

    * Meet up at 12p to decorate Dorothy Gale and Akimbo

    * Leaving DSC docks at 4p for Anchorage Marina

    * To have a good shot at winning the contest for best lighted boat, we will need donations.  Please contact Cynthia or Elizabeth to donate lights or $ to buy lights and decorations for the boats.  We intend to save the lights to reuse next year so your donation will benefit the DSC for many years.

    * This year’s theme is Wizard of Oz!  We will create a Telegram Group for this event to organize and get ideas from everyone who wishes to participate in the lighted boat parade.


    If you have questions about the event, please email Elizabeth and Cynthia at  memberconnections@downtownsailing.org, or message us directly on Telegram.



    • 05 Dec 2021
    • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Pavilion at the DSC/BMI
    Register

    DSC Town hall: our Future at the dsc 

    Sunday, December 5, 12:30 to 2:30pm

    Greetings DSC Community,

    In response to requests and suggestions from our sailing community, the Board would like to invite you to a Town Hall Meeting.  At this meeting, we will hear from Chris Rossi, Board President, about the strategic planning process that is about to be launched.  We will also be actively soliciting your input for specific DSC priorities and initiatives that you would like to help implement at the DSC.  We are a sailing community and volunteer driven organization and your engagement is valued and appreciated.  The meeting will take place under the pavilion with the following agenda planned:

    12:30-1pm  Feedback from the DSC Community at program specific tables set up under the pavilion

    1pm Introductions and Purpose Statement for the meeting

    1:15pm  Future of the DSC and the Strategic Planning process 

    1:45-2:30pm  Community Q&A 

    It’s December, Friends, and the pavilion is the safest venue for meeting during the pandemic, so please dress warmly.


    If you have any questions, please contact us at:  feedback@downtownsailing.org



    • 18 Dec 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • DSC docks - roundup at the gate
    Register

    2021/2022 Frostbiting - 12:00-3PM Dec 18th

    On your marks, get set...

    Frostbite Racing at Downtown Sailing is back! Wrangle up your crew and head down to the docks for a quick, fun sail around the buoys.

    We will meet at 12:00 to rig up, with first gun at 12:30pm.  Skippers and crews are encouraged to form teams ahead of time.  Any skippers without crew, or vice-versa, should show up by 12:00 to find a team. 

    No Spinnakers (Main and Jib Only)

    Lifejackets Required

    Skippers must reserve their boats


    Please register online if you plan to attend.  Every Skipper must reserve a boat ahead of time: Boat Reservations.  Join us afterwards for some food and drinks!  Location TBD

    Frostbiting will not occur if the winds exceed 20 kts. Sailors participate at their own risk.

    Sail Fast!!!


    • 18 Dec 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • DSC parking lot
    Register

    Winter Solstice December Social

    Saturday, December 18, 3pm-6pm

    (after frostbite races)

    Dear DSC Friends, 

    Come celebrate the December holidays with us in the DSC parking lot after frostbite races.  You do not have to race to come to the December social. 

    For December, your DSC social committee is planning a White Elephant gift exchange… with a twist.  Instead of bringing your favorite and bestest gift to give, we want you to think of a really bad, worstest present to bring to the social to exchange with friends around the fire.

    There will be awards for most creative gift giving.  See you all there!

    If you have any questions, please contact us at:  memberconnections@downtownsailing.org



    • 08 Jan 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • DSC docks - roundup at the gate
    Register

    2021/2022 Frostbiting - 12:00-3PM Jan 8th

    On your marks, get set...

    Frostbite Racing at Downtown Sailing is back! Wrangle up your crew and head down to the docks for a quick, fun sail around the buoys.

    We will meet at 12:00 to rig up, with first gun at 12:30pm.  Skippers and crews are encouraged to form teams ahead of time.  Any skippers without crew, or vice-versa, should show up by 12:00 to find a team. 

    No Spinnakers (Main and Jib Only)

    Lifejackets Required

    Skippers must reserve their boats


    Please register online if you plan to attend.  Every Skipper must reserve a boat ahead of time: Boat Reservations.  Join us afterwards for some food and drinks!  Location TBD

    Frostbiting will not occur if the winds exceed 20 kts. Sailors participate at their own risk.

    Sail Fast!!!


    • 22 Jan 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • DSC docks - roundup at the gate
    Register

    2021/2022 Frostbiting - 12:00-3PM Jan 22nd

    On your marks, get set...

    Frostbite Racing at Downtown Sailing is back! Wrangle up your crew and head down to the docks for a quick, fun sail around the buoys.

    We will meet at 12:00 to rig up, with first gun at 12:30pm.  Skippers and crews are encouraged to form teams ahead of time.  Any skippers without crew, or vice-versa, should show up by 12:00 to find a team. 

    No Spinnakers (Main and Jib Only)

    Lifejackets Required

    Skippers must reserve their boats


    Please register online if you plan to attend.  Every Skipper must reserve a boat ahead of time: Boat Reservations.  Join us afterwards for some food and drinks!  Location TBD

    Frostbiting will not occur if the winds exceed 20 kts. Sailors participate at their own risk.

    Sail Fast!!!


    • 05 Feb 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • DSC docks - roundup at the gate
    Register

    2021/2022 Frostbiting - 12:00-3PM Feb 5th

    On your marks, get set...

    Frostbite Racing at Downtown Sailing is back! Wrangle up your crew and head down to the docks for a quick, fun sail around the buoys.

    We will meet at 12:00 to rig up, with first gun at 12:30pm.  Skippers and crews are encouraged to form teams ahead of time.  Any skippers without crew, or vice-versa, should show up by 12:00 to find a team. 

    No Spinnakers (Main and Jib Only)

    Lifejackets Required

    Skippers must reserve their boats


    Please register online if you plan to attend.  Every Skipper must reserve a boat ahead of time: Boat Reservations.  Join us afterwards for some food and drinks!  Location TBD

    Frostbiting will not occur if the winds exceed 20 kts. Sailors participate at their own risk.

    Sail Fast!!!


    • 19 Feb 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • DSC docks - roundup at the gate
    Register

    2021/2022 Frostbiting - 12:00-3PM Feb 19th

    On your marks, get set...

    Frostbite Racing at Downtown Sailing is back! Wrangle up your crew and head down to the docks for a quick, fun sail around the buoys.

    We will meet at 12:00 to rig up, with first gun at 12:30pm.  Skippers and crews are encouraged to form teams ahead of time.  Any skippers without crew, or vice-versa, should show up by 12:00 to find a team. 

    No Spinnakers (Main and Jib Only)

    Lifejackets Required

    Skippers must reserve their boats


    Please register online if you plan to attend.  Every Skipper must reserve a boat ahead of time: Boat Reservations.  Join us afterwards for some food and drinks!  Location TBD

    Frostbiting will not occur if the winds exceed 20 kts. Sailors participate at their own risk.

    Sail Fast!!!


    • 02 Apr 2022
    • 24 Apr 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register

    9:00 - 5:00,  Weekends, Saturdays & Sundays, April 2nd-3rd, 9th-10th and 23rd-24th. 

    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 J22s. They 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.

    • 06 Apr 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • DSC
    • 35
    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 complete it on PDFfiller.com. Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

    All boats must be back to the docks by sundown.

    Questions about the Member Sail? Concerns about Weather? Please contact the office at 410.727.0722 or info@downtownsailing.org 

    • 09 Apr 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 10 Apr 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register
    "Intro to Sailing" 12 Hour Course - Saturday & Sunday

    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 three students are on the water in a Sonar. Sonars 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.

    • 09 Apr 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 8
    Register

    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, sunscreen and a great attitude. We'll see you on the water!
    • 10 Apr 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • DSC
    • 35
    Register

    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 begin boat allocation and coordination promptly at noon. 

    For those who are new to the DSC or have not yet signed the DSC liability waiver please complete it on PDFfiller.com. Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

    All boats must be back to the docks by sundown.

    Questions about the Member Sail? Concerns about Weather? Please contact the office at 410.727.0722 or info@downtownsailing.org 

    • 13 Apr 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • DSC
    • 35
    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 complete it on PDFfiller.com. Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

    All boats must be back to the docks by sundown.

    Questions about the Member Sail? Concerns about Weather? Please contact the office at 410.727.0722 or info@downtownsailing.org 

    • 20 Apr 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • DSC
    • 35
    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 complete it on PDFfiller.com. Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

    All boats must be back to the docks by sundown.

    Questions about the Member Sail? Concerns about Weather? Please contact the office at 410.727.0722 or info@downtownsailing.org 

    • 24 Apr 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • DSC
    • 35
    Register

    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 begin boat allocation and coordination promptly at noon. 

    For those who are new to the DSC or have not yet signed the DSC liability waiver please complete it on PDFfiller.com. Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

    All boats must be back to the docks by sundown.

    Questions about the Member Sail? Concerns about Weather? Please contact the office at 410.727.0722 or info@downtownsailing.org 

    • 27 Apr 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 01 May 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register

    9:00 - 5:00, 5-Day, Wednesday-Sunday

    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 J22s. They 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 Apr 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • DSC
    • 35
    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 complete it on PDFfiller.com. Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

    All boats must be back to the docks by sundown.

    Questions about the Member Sail? Concerns about Weather? Please contact the office at 410.727.0722 or info@downtownsailing.org 

    • 30 Apr 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 01 May 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register
    "Beyond Intro" 12 Hour Course - Intermediate Skill Development -  Sat & Sun. April 30th - May 1st

    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 us via info@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.

    • 01 May 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • DSC
    • 35
    Register

    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 begin boat allocation and coordination promptly at noon. 

    For those who are new to the DSC or have not yet signed the DSC liability waiver please complete it on PDFfiller.com. Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

    All boats must be back to the docks by sundown.

    Questions about the Member Sail? Concerns about Weather? Please contact the office at 410.727.0722 or info@downtownsailing.org 

    • 04 May 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • DSC
    • 35
    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 complete it on PDFfiller.com. Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

    All boats must be back to the docks by sundown.

    Questions about the Member Sail? Concerns about Weather? Please contact the office at 410.727.0722 or info@downtownsailing.org 

    • 06 May 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • The DSC Docks, 1425 Key Highway
    Register

    Friday Night Fun Race: Fun for All DSC Members and 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-style 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.  Open to all members - you do not need a racing upgrade to participate!

    "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 Statement of Responsibility and Liability form

    Crew Level members, If you have not done so already, please sign and submit your Liability Waiver on PDFfiller.com.  



    • 07 May 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08 May 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register
    "Beyond Intro" 12 Hour Course - Intermediate Skill Development 

    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 us via info@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.

    • 07 May 2022
    • 22 May 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register

    9:00 - 5:00,  Weekends, Saturdays & Sundays, May 7th-8th, 14th-15th & 21st-22nd

    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 J22s. They 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.

    • 07 May 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 8
    Register

    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, sunscreen and a great attitude. We'll see you on the water!
    • 08 May 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • DSC
    • 35
    Register

    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 begin boat allocation and coordination promptly at noon. 

    For those who are new to the DSC or have not yet signed the DSC liability waiver please complete it on PDFfiller.com. Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

    All boats must be back to the docks by sundown.

    Questions about the Member Sail? Concerns about Weather? Please contact the office at 410.727.0722 or info@downtownsailing.org 

    • 11 May 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • DSC
    • 35
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    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 complete it on PDFfiller.com. Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

    All boats must be back to the docks by sundown.

    Questions about the Member Sail? Concerns about Weather? Please contact the office at 410.727.0722 or info@downtownsailing.org 

    • 13 May 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • The DSC Docks, 1425 Key Highway
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    Friday Night Fun Race: Fun for DSC Members and 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-style 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 Statement of Responsibility and Liability form

    Crew Level members, If you have not done so already, please sign and submit your Liability Waiver on PDFfiller.com.  



    • 14 May 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 15 May 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 2
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    "Intro to Sailing" 12 Hour Course - Saturday & Sunday

    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 three students are on the water in a Sonar. Sonars 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.

    • 15 May 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • DSC
    • 35
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    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 begin boat allocation and coordination promptly at noon. 

    For those who are new to the DSC or have not yet signed the DSC liability waiver please complete it on PDFfiller.com. Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

    All boats must be back to the docks by sundown.

    Questions about the Member Sail? Concerns about Weather? Please contact the office at 410.727.0722 or info@downtownsailing.org 

    • 18 May 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 22 May 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
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