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    • 28 Mar 2019
    • 5:45 PM - 8:15 PM
    • 1425 Key Highway, Baltimore MD ; Liberty Room, 3rd Floor
    Register

    TNR Skipper's Meeting

    and

    RACE MANAGEMENT Seminar

    6PM HARD START, Liberty Rm, Downtown Sailing Center

    This meeting covers critical information about Thursday Night Racing

    • TNR Protocol
    • Unique Sailing Instructions
    • Safety Protocol and Emergency Action Procedures

    Additionally, the meeting will largely be focused on RACE MANAGEMENT and how to run race committee.

    REQUIRED FOR ALL RACE SKIPPERS. All racers strongly encouraged to attend.

    • 30 Mar 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Liberty Room, 1425 Key Highway Baltimore, MD 21230
    Register

    Cruising Kickoff Meeting, Saturday March 30th, 1:30 - 5:30PM (contingent on day-fleet work party*)

     Please join us on Mar 30, Saturday at 12:00 noon in the Liberty Room for the cruising program kick-off meeting. We will have a general session followed by another one for the skippers. We will go over the upcoming events, review the educational opportunities, and answer questions from the group.

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

    • 31 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Tide Water Yacht Service 321 E Cromwell St, Baltimore, MD 21230
    Register

    We need your help to prepare the boat bottom  for the painting of our cruisers for the season.

     This Cruising work party will be at Tide Water Yacht Service. We will work prepare the boat for the season. 

    There is much to be done, and many hands make light work.



    • 04 Apr 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 1425 Key Highway, Baltimore MD ; Liberty Room, 3rd Floor
    Register

    TNR Skipper's Meeting

    and

    RACE MANAGEMENT Seminar

    5:30 PM HARD START, DSC Docks

    This dockside orientation covers critical information about Thursday Night Racing

    • How to prepare for Race Committee
    • Race supplies (marks, flags, ollie, etc) 
    • Powerboat orientation
    • J/22 orientation
    • BONUS - J/22 tips and tricks (if time allows)

    We'll go over the location and storage of all race supplies, protocol for powerboat use, J/22 rigging and de-rigging, and how to put the boats away and stow everything.  If we have time at the end we'll go over some best practices for making a J/22 FAST(boat speed and boat handling).

    REQUIRED FOR ALL RACE SKIPPERS. All racers strongly encouraged to attend.

    • 06 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07 Apr 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3

    "Beyond Intro" Sailing Course - Intermediate Skill Development - April 6 & 7, 9AM - 5PM

    For those who have completed the Introduction to Sailing (12 hour) keelboat course, this course is the NEXT STEP!

    In this course, you will hone your Figure-8 Rescue, improve your tiller extension usage, and develop a solid departing and docking methodology.

    If you are new to the DSC, please contact Stuart via Stuart@downtownsailing.org to make sure you are placed in the appropriate class. Sailing is a lifetime sport and we want to make sure you have as much success as you possibly can.

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

    This course is Part 2 of a 3-Part US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification program. Successful completion of the "Intro to Sailing 12 hour course" is a prerequisite for the "Beyond Intro" Course. Consider taking the "Basic Keelboat" course in full if you have mixed sailing experience or are looking for a sailing certification.

    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"
    • 06 Apr 2019
    • 28 Apr 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 1
    Register
    9:00 - 5:00, weekends: April 6, 7, 13, 14, 27, 28 (skipping western Easter weekend)

    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.

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

    • 06 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • DSC Docks
    Register

    Final step, before the orientation. At DSC docks, we will follow the Cruising Program safety check list to make sure the boats are ready for the season.


    We will take opportunity to finalize the latest preparation to the boats for the season.


    • 07 Apr 2019
    • 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 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? Arriving Late? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan by Friday afternoon at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: john@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 10 Apr 2019
    • 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. 

    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: john@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 11 Apr 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 1425 Key Highway, Baltimore MD ; Liberty Room, 3rd Floor
    Register

    TNR Skipper Checkout

    and

    Practice Races

    Checkouts 5:30 - 6:30.  First race starts at 6:30

    All skippers must demonstrate the ability to perform a Quick Stop person overboard maneuver.  

    Practice races (not scored) will immediately follow checkouts, with first gun at 6:30 pm

    REQUIRED FOR ALL RACE SKIPPERS.  All racers strongly encouraged to attend.  This will be a great opportunity to practice with your team and shake off the cobwebs.

    • 13 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 14 Apr 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Intro to Sailing 12 hour course, Sat & Sun. April 13 & 14

    Have you always wanted to learn how to sail? Do you want to experience the joys of sailing? Want to have a great experience in the greatest city in America? What to know the difference between ropes and lines?

    If you answered yes to any of these questions, Intro to Sailing is the course for you! 

    The course is designed to help new sailors feel comfortable on a boat and teach them the basic skills needed to competently crew on a small keelboat with an experienced skipper. An experienced instructor and up to four students (usually only three students)are on the water in a Sonar or J/22. Sonars and J/22's are keelboats which are safe (non-capsizable), comfortable and fun.

    If you have sailing experience but are rusty or did not learn from professionals, 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.


    • 13 Apr 2019
    • 9:45 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1425 Key Highway, Baltimore MD 21230 3rd Floor "Liberty Room"
    Register

    Disabilities Awareness Training

    Brought to you by PATHFINDERS FOR AUTISM

    This training session is designed to educate our volunteers about how to best serve and work with persons who have autism, intellectual or developmental disabilities, and other disabilities in general. Trish and/or Shelly are pros and their training will help insure Downtown Sailing is following best practices in our adaptive programming.

    Anyone who is interested in learning how to work and interact with people with disabilities is welcome to attend - you do not need to be a sailor with us to attend.

    The event starts promptly at 10AM so we ask for you to arrive early enough to catch up and grab a seat. Doors will open by 9:45AM. 

    We are delighted to welcome PATHFINDERS back to the DSC to speak with us and we look forward to having you. The training will be held on the 3rd Floor of the Hercules Building (DSC Office Building). There is an elevator for persons who need to use the elevator, as well as accessible restrooms.

    For more information, please do not hesitate to reach out to Stuart or Johanna (the 'H' is silent) by phone or email. We are honored to have you volunteer!

    • 13 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • DSC Docks
    Register

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


    You are a Skipper or a Cruising Skipper Candidate,


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


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


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

    • 14 Apr 2019
    • 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 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? Arriving Late? 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. 

    • 17 Apr 2019
    • 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. 

    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: john@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 18 Apr 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 1425 Key Highway, Baltimore MD ; Liberty Room, 3rd Floor
    Register

    TNR Skipper Checkout

    and

    Practice Races

    Checkouts 5:30 - 6:30.  First race starts at 6:30

    All skippers must demonstrate the ability to perform a Quick Stop person overboard maneuver.  

    Practice races (not scored) will immediately follow checkouts, with first gun at 6:30 pm

    REQUIRED FOR ALL RACE SKIPPERS.  All racers strongly encouraged to attend.  This will be a great opportunity to practice with your team and shake off the cobwebs.

    • 20 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • DSC Docks
    Register

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


    You are a Skipper or a Cruising Skipper Candidate,


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


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


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

    • 21 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • DSC Docks
    • 9
    Register

     A leisurely Sunday cruise on the Harbor and the Patapsco. Skipper's choice as to how to far out to sail, weather permitting.  All Cruising Crew and Cruising Skippers who have paid their upgrade fee are eligible to participateSignificant others don't have to be DSC members.  This is an all-day sailing event.  Your skipper will contact you regarding preparations and arrangements.

    If sailing beyond the White Rocks skippers must file a FLOAT PLAN with the DSC office and a friend.  Crew is expected to assist in departing and docking, trimming the sails, and navigation. PFDs to be worn at all times.  Bring lunch, snacks, water and sun screen.


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

    Any questions or further info, please also feel free to contact us at cruising@downtownsailing.org.  MOST IMPORTANT, HAVE FUN!


    • 24 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 28 Apr 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 2
    Register
    9:00 - 5:00, Wednesday - Sunday: April 24-28, 2019

    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.

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

    • 24 Apr 2019
    • 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. 

    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: john@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 25 Apr 2019
    • 23 May 2019
    • 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

    • 27 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 28 Apr 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 1
    Register

    Intro to Sailing 12 hour course, Sat & Sun. April 27 & 28

    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 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 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 every first Sunday (unless otherwise scheduled) from May through October.

    All are welcome, from beginner to pro-racer.  You don't need prior racing experience, but we ask that you arrange with a team so that you'll sail with the same team all season, and this will greatly enhance your racing experience.  In order to join a team, please email  Cruising@downtownsailing.org Each team will have at least two cruising skippers.

    The race course will be from the DSC docks to a buoy near the bridge and back.  5 boats will race every month. Vessels will be assigned to teams on the day of, and the boats will rotate every month.

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

    Fair winds, sail safe and sail fast!



    • 28 Apr 2019
    • 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 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? Arriving Late? 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. 

    • 01 May 2019
    • 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. 

    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: john@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 03 May 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • The DSC Docks, 1425 Key Highway
    Register

    Friday Night Fun Racing: Fun for DSC Members & Friends

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

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

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

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

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

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



    • 04 May 2019
    • 12 May 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • Markley's Marina 233 Nanticoke Rd, Essex, MD 21221
    • 2
    Register

    May Basic Cruising Course - May 4-5 & 11-12

    9AM - 5PM each day

    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
    • 04 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
    • 30
    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 Johanna, johanna@downtownsailing.org 



    • 04 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 05 May 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Intro to Sailing 12 hour course, Sat & Sun. May 4 & 5 

    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.


    • 04 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 05 May 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 2
    Register

    "Beyond Intro" Sailing Course - Intermediate Skill Development - May 4 & 5, 9AM - 5PM

    For those who have completed the Introduction to Sailing (12 hour) keelboat course, this course is the NEXT STEP!

    In this course, you will hone your Figure-8 Rescue, improve your tiller extension usage, and develop a solid departing and docking methodology.

    If you are new to the DSC, please contact Stuart via Stuart@downtownsailing.org to make sure you are placed in the appropriate class. Sailing is a lifetime sport and we want to make sure you have as much success as you possibly can.

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

    This course is Part 2 of a 3-Part US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification program. Successful completion of the "Intro to Sailing 12 hour course" is a prerequisite for the "Beyond Intro" Course. Consider taking the "Basic Keelboat" course in full if you have mixed sailing experience or are looking for a sailing certification.

    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"
    • 04 May 2019
    • 19 May 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist
    9:00 - 5:00, Weekends: May 4 & 5, 11, 18 & 19 (no session on Mothers' Day)

    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.

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

    • 04 May 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center