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    • 06 Jul 2019
    • 21 Jul 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 6
    Register
    9:00 - 5:00, Weekends, July 6 & 7, 13 & 14, 20 & 21

    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.

    • 11 Jul 2019
    • 08 Aug 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

    • 17 Jul 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 21 Jul 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 5
    Register
    9:00 - 5:00, Wednesday - Sunday: July 17 - July 21, 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.

    • 21 Jul 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • 3
    Registration is closed

    MAKANI Sunday Daysail

    Sign up for a full day of cruising from 10AM - 6PM or later with Captain Bob aboard MAKANI, a 38' Bavaria cruising sloop. Departure will e from Markley's Marina in Essex, Maryland, on the scenic Middle River. Itinerary may include sailing, anchoring, and - weather permitting - a swim and or lunch in Hawks Cove, Worton Creek Inlet, Still Pond or other Northern Bay destination.

    Crew is invited to reserve a spot aboard MAKANI on a first come first serve RSVP. Crew is limited to six and will be contacted by Captain Bob to confirm the departure time. Open to all DSC crew and skippers.

    One week advanced registration is required.

    • 21 Jul 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. 

    • 22 Jul 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 26 Jul 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 2
    Register

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

    Our Adventure Camp is focused on encouraging a life-long love of sailing and is for persons 8 - 15 years old. Our Camp is designed to provide your child with a safe, FUN environment to grow as a person - and sailing is the vehicle we use to make it happen! Performance Spinnaker Camp is geared toward experienced campers 12-15 years old.

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

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

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

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

    • 24 Jul 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. 

    • 24 Jul 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 1425 Key Highway, Docks
    Register

    Are you a DSC Member? Do you know you have full reservation privileges to our Access Dinghy Fleet? Well you do! 

    But before you can take out the dinghy on your own you must take an Access Dinghy Orientation with a DSC staff member. We will be offering this orientation every other Wednesday during the sailing season from May through September. 

    NOTE: If you have already been oriented then you use this time as a member sail to enjoy sailing around the harbor with the comfort of knowing that a powerboat will be around for safety. 

    Please REGISTER for these orientations and member sails. You'll be meeting at the DSC docks at 5:30 PM for your orientation. Please arrive dressed in your regular sailing gear with sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and close toed shoes.

    The orientation will range from 2-3 hours. You will be oriented on the following:

    • Safety on the Access Dinghies
    • Rigging Access Dinghies
    • Launching dinghies
    • Instructional Sail
    • Docking and Derigging 

    Life jackets are provided by the Downtown Sailing Center. Upon completion you will be presented with an Access Dinghy Skipper waiver. Once the orientation is completed you will be receiving a Reservation System Login and Password so you can start reserving boats! 

    You can also request a password from the Membership Director, John O', by emailing john@downtownsailing.org. 

    *You must register for these orientations to attend*

    • 26 Jul 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.  



    • 27 Jul 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A" Dock
    • 26
    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 



    • 27 Jul 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 28 Jul 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Intro to Sailing 12 hour course, Sat & Sun. July 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.


    • 27 Jul 2019
    • 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 Johanna via johanna@downtownsailing.org
    • 27 Jul 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 28 Jul 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • DSC Dock
    Register

    Take an enjoyable 2-day cruise to Whorton Creek on one of the DSC's elite fleet of cruisers.  

    Leave the DSC Saturday morning and sail to Whorton Creek.  Dock and spend the night at the marina and enjoys the facilities.    Enjoy breakfast Sunday morning and maybe a morning swim before departing.  Lunch on both days will be on the boat, so please bring your own lunch and beverages.

    The Whorton Creek Cruise is open to DSC Cruising Skippers and Cruising Crew who have paid their upgrade fee. 


    If there is some room availability, non cruising members are welcome to register 10 days before the event.

    The $25 registration fee is to pay the Marina slip. This fee will not be refund if you cancel the reservation. All other expenses (pump, fuel etc.) will be shared equally by everyone.  

    If you're driving to the DSC and parking there overnight, please print out this OVERNIGHT PARKING PASS and leave it 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. (Template available on the DSC website.)

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

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

     


    • 27 Jul 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 2
    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 out on the Harbor for a 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 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 plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your coach.
       
    Please also remember to bring a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, close-toed shoes and a great attitude. We'll see you on the water!
    • 28 Jul 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. 

    • 29 Jul 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 02 Aug 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 21
    Register

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

    Our Adventure Camp is focused on encouraging a life-long love of sailing and is for persons 8 - 15 years old. Our Camp is designed to provide your child with a safe, FUN environment to grow as a person - and sailing is the vehicle we use to make it happen! Performance Spinnaker Camp is geared toward experienced campers 12-15 years old.

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

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

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

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

    • 31 Jul 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. 

    • 31 Jul 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 1425 Key Highway
    • 39
    Register

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

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

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

    No boys allowed, and definitely no men, either!


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

    • 02 Aug 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.  



    • 02 Aug 2019
    • 5:45 PM - 7:45 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 2
    Register
    You've probably probably thought, "I've always wanted to try sailing." Our 2-hour "First Sail Friday" 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 out on the Harbor for a evening of sailing. 

    Boats and Facilities

    Our 2-hour "First Sail Friday" is taught aboard our Sonar class keelboats. These 23' boats have a large cockpit and heavy keel to provide stability. These boats are specifically made to not tip over, so you don't need to worry 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 plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your coach.
       
    Please also remember to bring a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, close-toed shoes and a great attitude. We appreciate you saving happy hour for after the sail. We'll see you on the water!
    • 02 Aug 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center (1425 Key Highway)
    Register

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

    Beat the heat with some cool island vibes.  Wear your best Hawaiian shirt!  

    This event is open to the public so bring friends, family and neighbors along with you. Come down and jump on a sailboat, or just hang out at the Pavilion. Food will be served once the sailors get off the water around 7PM. 

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

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

    • 03 Aug 2019
    • 11 Aug 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • Markley's Marina 233 Nanticoke Rd, Essex, MD 21221
    • 1
    Register

    August Basic Cruising Course - August 3-4, 10-11

    9AM - 5PM each day for class

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

    Intro to Sailing 12 hour course, Sat & Sun. August 3 & 4 

    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.


    • 03 Aug 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 04 Aug 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register

    "Beyond Intro" Sailing Course - Intermediate Skill Development - August 3 & 4, 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"
    • 03 Aug 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 5
    Register
    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 out on the Harbor for a 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 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 plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your coach.
       
    Please also remember to bring a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, close-toed shoes and a great attitude. We'll see you on the water!
    • 04 Aug 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!



    • 04 Aug 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. 

    • 05 Aug 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 09 Aug 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 8
    Register

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

    Our Adventure Camp is focused on encouraging a life-long love of sailing and is for persons 8 - 15 years old. Our Camp is designed to provide your child with a safe, FUN environment to grow as a person - and sailing is the vehicle we use to make it happen! Performance Spinnaker Camp is geared toward experienced campers 12-15 years old.

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

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

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

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

    • 07 Aug 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. 

    • 07 Aug 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 1425 Key Highway, Docks
    Register

    Are you a DSC Member? Do you know you have full reservation privileges to our Access Dinghy Fleet? Well you do! 

    But before you can take out the dinghy on your own you must take an Access Dinghy Orientation with a DSC staff member. We will be offering this orientation every other Wednesday during the sailing season from May through September. 

    NOTE: If you have already been oriented then you use this time as a member sail to enjoy sailing around the harbor with the comfort of knowing that a powerboat will be around for safety. 

    Please REGISTER for these orientations and member sails. You'll be meeting at the DSC docks at 5:30 PM for your orientation. Please arrive dressed in your regular sailing gear with sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and close toed shoes.

    The orientation will range from 2-3 hours. You will be oriented on the following:

    • Safety on the Access Dinghies
    • Rigging Access Dinghies
    • Launching dinghies
    • Instructional Sail
    • Docking and Derigging 

    Life jackets are provided by the Downtown Sailing Center. Upon completion you will be presented with an Access Dinghy Skipper waiver. Once the orientation is completed you will be receiving a Reservation System Login and Password so you can start reserving boats! 

    You can also request a password from the Membership Director, John O', by emailing john@downtownsailing.org. 

    *You must register for these orientations to attend*

    • 09 Aug 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 11 Aug 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • DSC dock
    Register

    Again this year, we will sail to Rock Hall for the popular Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend.  Check out how much fun previous year's cruisers had during this cruise.  

    This Cruise is open to DSC Cruising Skippers and Cruising Crew who have paid their upgrade fee.  We have secured marina reservations for three boats at TBD in Rock Hall.  

    For this event there will be 2 departures. One departure on Friday, the other on Saturday.

    On the registration, please inform us of your preference.

    All expenses (slip fees, fuel, pumpout etc.) will be shared equally by everyone.  Bring your towel, pillow, bed sheets or sleeping bag and sunscreen.  If you're driving to the DSC and parking there overnight, please print the Overnight Parking Pass and leave it on your dash.

    If you're interested in this cruise, but find it to be filled up, then please add your name to the waiting list.  We monitor our waitlist closely and will do our best to accommodate you.

    Take plenty of pictures, and MOST IMPORTANT, HAVE FUN!