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DSC events are listed here. Click on any event for additional details and/or to register, if registration is open.


Upcoming events

    • 14 Apr 2018
    • 29 Apr 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist
    9:00 - 5:00, Weekends, April 14 & 15, 21 & 22, 28 & 29 2018

    Our US SAILING Basic Keelboat (BK) Certification course consists of five days of sailing instruction. Designed to help you 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.

    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

    • Introduction to the DSC
    • Boat Control
    • Sail Trim
    • Quick-stop Overboard Rescue
    • Weather
    • Tides and Currents
    • Navigation
    • Reefing
    • Anchoring

    Students will receive a copy of US SAILING's Basic Keelboat 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.

    • 19 Apr 2018
    • 17 May 2018
    • 5 sessions
    • 1425 Key Hwy Baltimore, MD 21230
    The DSC's Thursday Night Racing (TNR) Program consists of five 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 (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

    • 28 Apr 2018
    • 06 May 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • Markley's Marina 233 Nanticoke Rd, Essex, MD 21221
    • 1
    Register

    April/May Basic Cruising - April 28 & 29; May 5 & 6

    Ever dreamed of owning or chartering 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 after taking the Basic Cruising Course if need be and receive retroactive certification, but all students should be proficient small-keelboat sailors under normal conditions and come into the course with the prerequisite skills linked HERE.

    If you need to challenge the Basic Keelboat Course, please contact Stuart via stuart@downtownsailing.org or call the office at 410-727-0722
    • 28 Apr 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 29 Apr 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Intro to Sailing 12 hour course, Sat & Sun. April 28 & 29, 9AM - 5PM

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

    Spots are limited; full payment is required to guarantee your spot in one of our classes.


    • 28 Apr 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 29 Apr 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • DSC Dock A
    • 2

    Kickoff the Cruising Season with an overnight sail to River Watch

    Leave the DSC Saturday morning and sail a DSC Cruising boat to River Watch.  Dock and spend the night at the River Watch Restaurant & Marina, located at the junction of Middle River and Hopkins Creek.  On Saturday April 28th, the band Cultivated will perform live. Enjoy breakfast Sunday morning before departing.  Lunch on both days will be on the boat, so please bring your own lunch and beverages


    All expenses (slip fees, fuel etc.) will be shared equally by everyone.

    If you're driving to the DSC, please print out this OVERNIGHT PARKING PASS and display on your dash.

    You will have access to hot showers and restaurants. 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.

    Registration for this event will is now open.

    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!

    • 28 Apr 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A Dock", 1425 Key Highway
    • 4
    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. 

    4 attendees can be assigned to a boat plus the Skipper to drive the 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 - 11:00 AM

    ·         11:00 AM -12:00 PM

    ·         12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    This is a FREE event that is open to the public.  *Remember to register and dress for the weather! FREE PARKING ANYWHERE ON PROPERTY! Walk ons Welcome!  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. 


    • 29 Apr 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • DSC
    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 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 less. Not to worry! You can always take out a dinghy with a fellow member.


    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? Arriving Late? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: membership@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 29 Apr 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • 1425 Key Highway
    • 9
    Register

    Registration opens four weeks prior to the event.

    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. 

    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 PLAN with 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!

    • 30 Apr 2018
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
    • 13
    Register

    The League for People with Disabilities  will be joining us for an evening sail. This first event, April 30, 2018, is a PRACTICE and PREP event (very important)! 

    The program is very similar to our Access-Ability Saturday event.

    We ask volunteers to arrive at 4pm to help rig the boats. If you want to help, but you can't arrive until later please email Johanna to discuss schedule. 

    Downtown Sailing Center will have the League join us at the sailing center from 5:00PM-7:00PM.

    It will be a great opportunity for volunteers to experience one of our accessible programs in a relaxed atmosphere. Since the program has a smaller group of participants it allows for the volunteers to learn the ins and outs while helping an amazing group of people learn to sail. 

    Interested Participants: This is a private event so please contact The League for People With Disabilities for more information.

    The DSC needs volunteers to fill the following positions:
    • rigger and de-rigger of boats
    • sailing buddies - 8-11
    • greeters - 2
    • transfer aids- 2
    • safety boat coach
    • Greeters and Escorts
    There is training available for all 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 Murphy, the DSC Volunteer Coordinator at:  johanna@downtownsailing.org




    • 02 May 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 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. 

    Please note: If you arrive after 5:30 PM the likelihood of getting on a keelboat will be less. Not to worry! You can always take out a dinghy with a fellow member.


    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? Arriving Late? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: membership@downtownsailing.org. 


     

    • 04 May 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • 1425 Key Highway Baltimore Md. 21230
    • 97
    Register

    Join the DSC for the first member social of the season. We will be running a Friday night fun race than hosting a happy hour at a local resturant in our neighborhood. Join us for the sailing, food and fun!

    Highly encouraged to come dressed in Star Wars themed gear OR just come up with a clever name for your boat.

    6:15PM racing begins from the DSC docks

    8:00PM racers return to the docks

    8:30PM head to our DSC happy hour: TBD! Appetizers on the DSC!

    We hope to see you there and remember invite friends, family and all Star Wars fans to this great night on the water.


    • 05 May 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
    • 25
    Register
    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 Stuart at stuart@downtownsailing.org





    • 05 May 2018
    • 20 May 2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 1
    Register
    9:00 - 5:00, May Weekends - May 5, 6, 12, 19, 20th 2018

    Our US SAILING Basic Keelboat (BK) Certification course consists of five days of sailing instruction. Designed to help you 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.

    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

    • Introduction to the DSC
    • Boat Control
    • Sail Trim
    • Quick-stop Overboard Rescue
    • Weather
    • Tides and Currents
    • Navigation
    • Reefing
    • Anchoring

    Students will receive a copy of US SAILING's Basic Keelboat 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.

    • 05 May 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
    • 2
    Register

    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 Stuart via stuart@downtownsailing.org
    • 06 May 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • The DSC Docks, 1425 Key Highway
    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 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 Tark Y. 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!


    • 06 May 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • DSC
    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 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 less. Not to worry! You can always take out a dinghy with a fellow member.


    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? Arriving Late? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: membership@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 07 May 2018
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
    • 16
    Register

    The League for People with Disabilities  will be joining us for an evening sail.  

    The program is very similar to our Access-Ability Saturday event.

    We ask volunteers to arrive at 4pm to help rig the boats. If you want to help, but you can't arrive until later please email Johanna to discuss schedule. 

    Downtown Sailing Center will have the League join us at the sailing center from 5:00PM-7:00PM.

    It will be a great opportunity for volunteers to experience one of our accessible programs in a relaxed atmosphere. Since the program has a smaller group of participants it allows for the volunteers to learn the ins and outs while helping an amazing group of people learn to sail. 

    Interested Participants: This is a private event so please contact The League for People With Disabilities for more information.

    The DSC needs volunteers to fill the following positions:
    • rigger and de-rigger of boats
    • sailing buddies - 8-11
    • greeters - 2
    • transfer aids- 2
    • safety boat coach
    • Greeters and Escorts
    There is training available for all 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 Murphy, the DSC Volunteer Coordinator at:  johanna@downtownsailing.org
    • 07 May 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 1425 Key Highway
    • 16
    Register

    Want to practice your skills with all women at the helm? Come out to our Women on the Water Clinic. 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.



    If you have any questions feel free to email Lynn at lynn@downtownsailing.org. 


    • 08 May 2018
    • 15 May 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Downtown Sailing Center Conference Room
    • 7
    Register
    Want to learn skills that can save a life? 

    Then attend our American Red Cross CPR and First Aid Class with a certified Red Cross instructor.  DSC members get almost half off the regular price of the class and the certifications last for two years.

    The class will include:

    • First Aid: Participants learn to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies, such as burns, cuts and scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck and back injuries, and heat and cold emergencies.
    • CPR Adult: Participants learn how to perform CPR and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults
    NOTE THIS CLASS IS BROKEN INTO TWO SESSIONS. MAY 8th & MAY 15th; BOTH ARE MANDATORY

    If you have any questions feel free to email Stuart via stuart@downtownsailing.org or call the office at 410-727-0722.
    • 09 May 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 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. 

    Please note: If you arrive after 5:30 PM the likelihood of getting on a keelboat will be less. Not to worry! You can always take out a dinghy with a fellow member.


    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? Arriving Late? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: membership@downtownsailing.org. 


     

    • 12 May 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 13 May 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • 1425 Key Hwy
    • 2
    Register

    Registration opens four weeks prior to the event.

    Discover DSC Cruising!

    Spend the weekend sailing with fellow-DSCers to Rock Hall and back.  Set sail on Saturday for Haven Harbor Marina at Rock Hall.  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. All expenses (slip fees, fuel etc.) will be shared equally by everyone.

    All expenses (slip fees, fuel 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 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 this OVERNIGHT PASS and leave it on your dash.

    If you're interested in this cruise but find it to be filled up, PEASE JOIN THE WAITLIST.  We actively monitor the list and will do our best to accommodate you. 

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

     


    • 12 May 2018
    • 19 May 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 4
    Register

    Intro to Sailing 12 hour course, Saturdays, May 12 & May 19, 9AM - 5PM

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

    Spots are limited; full payment is required to guarantee your spot in one of our classes.


    • 12 May 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
    • 16
    Register

    Downtown Sailing partners with BGE and BGE EMAC (Exelon Militaries Actively Connected) to bring:

    HELM FOR HEROES RACING

    The program is similar to a cross between our Access-Ability Saturdays keelboats and Sailing League but with a racing focus for Veterans.

    We ask volunteers to arrive at noon for a 1PM start in order to help rig the boats. If you want to help, but you can't arrive until later please email Stuart to discuss schedule. 

    Downtown Sailing Center will have the veterans join us at the sailing center from 1:00PM-4:00PM.

    Interested Participants: If you are a veteran and are interested in participating, please email Stuart@downtownsailing.org or call 410-727-0722 to get in touch with the BGE organizers.

    The DSC needs volunteers to fill the following positions:
    • Safety/Mark Boat operator
    • Mark Boat Assistant
    • transfer aids- 2
    • Sailing/Racing Coaches
    • Race Committee Boat operator
    • Race Committee Officer
    There is training available for all 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 Stuart Proctor via: stuart@downtownsailing.org

    Event dates are:
    Practices: Saturdays May 19; June 2; June 9; June 16; June 30; July 7 (rain date)
    Regatta: Friday, July 13 (evening, TBD); July 20 (rain date)
    • 12 May 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist
    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 nautical lingo, and get you out practicing. 

    Boats and Facilities

    Our 3-hour Intro-to-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 about that! Each boat will have up to 4 people aboard with a coach, so there will be plenty of opportunities to try your hand at the tiller or just chill out 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. If, for some reason, there is an event in the lot, street parking is available as well. 

    Classes meet just outside the gate on the main docks.
       
    Please remember to bring a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, close-toed shoes and a great attitude. We'll see you on the water!
    • 14 May 2018
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
    • 16
    Register

    The League for People with Disabilities  will be joining us for an evening sail.  

    The program is very similar to our Access-Ability Saturday event.

    We ask volunteers to arrive at 4pm to help rig the boats. If you want to help, but you can't arrive until later please email Johanna to discuss schedule. 

    Downtown Sailing Center will have the League join us at the sailing center from 5:00PM-7:00PM.

    It will be a great opportunity for volunteers to experience one of our accessible programs in a relaxed atmosphere. Since the program has a smaller group of participants it allows for the volunteers to learn the ins and outs while helping an amazing group of people learn to sail. 

    Interested Participants: This is a private event so please contact The League for People With Disabilities for more information.

    The DSC needs volunteers to fill the following positions:
    • rigger and de-rigger of boats
    • sailing buddies - 8-11
    • greeters - 2
    • transfer aids- 2
    • safety boat coach
    • Greeters and Escorts
    There is training available for all 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 Murphy, the DSC Volunteer Coordinator at:  johanna@downtownsailing.org
    • 16 May 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 20 May 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register
    9:00 - 5:00, Wed - Sun, May 16th - 20th 2018

    Our US SAILING Basic Keelboat (BK) Certification course consists of five days of sailing instruction. Designed to help you 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.

    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

    • Introduction to the DSC
    • Boat Control
    • Sail Trim
    • Quick-stop Overboard Rescue
    • Weather
    • Tides and Currents
    • Navigation
    • Reefing
    • Anchoring

    Students will receive a copy of US SAILING's Basic Keelboat 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.

    • 16 May 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 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. 

    Please note: If you arrive after 5:30 PM the likelihood of getting on a keelboat will be less. Not to worry! You can always take out a dinghy with a fellow member.


    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? Arriving Late? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: membership@downtownsailing.org. 


     

    • 19 May 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
    • 29
    Register
    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 Stuart at stuart@downtownsailing.org





    • 19 May 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
    • 27
    Register

    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 Stuart via stuart@downtownsailing.org
    • 19 May 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
    • 17
    Register

    Downtown Sailing partners with BGE and BGE EMAC (Exelon Militaries Actively Connected) to bring:

    HELM FOR HEROES RACING

    The program is similar to a cross between our Access-Ability Saturdays keelboats and Sailing League but with a racing focus for Veterans.

    We ask volunteers to arrive at noon for a 1PM start in order to help rig the boats. If you want to help, but you can't arrive until later please email Stuart to discuss schedule. 

    Downtown Sailing Center will have the veterans join us at the sailing center from 1:00PM-4:00PM.

    Interested Participants: If you are a veteran and are interested in participating, please email Stuart@downtownsailing.org or call 410-727-0722 to get in touch with the BGE organizers.

    The DSC needs volunteers to fill the following positions:
    • Safety/Mark Boat operator
    • Mark Boat Assistant
    • transfer aids- 2
    • Sailing/Racing Coaches
    • Race Committee Boat operator
    • Race Committee Officer
    There is training available for all 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 Stuart Proctor via: stuart@downtownsailing.org

    Event dates are:
    Practices: Saturdays May 19; June 2; June 9; June 16; June 30; July 7 (rain date)
    Regatta: Friday, July 13 (evening, TBD); July 20 (rain date)