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    • 14 Dec 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • DSC docks - roundup at the gate
    Register

    2019/2020 Frostbite Racing - 12-3PM Dec. 14th

    On your marks, get set...

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

    No chalk talk today.  We'll meet at the docks at noon and race for a couple hours, planning to finish no later than 3pm.

    Afterwards, head to Little Havana for the DSC Holiday Social!

    Skippers are encouraged to save space for one or two crew.

    **Lifejackets are Required**

    NO EXCEPTIONS 

    The DSC hopes you will join us in making this frostbiting season a warm and enjoyable experience for all sailors and community members. If you are a member of the DSC, please sign up in the appropriate category online so we have record of your intention and attendance. 

    Please note that frostbiting will not occur if the winds exceed 20 kt. Sailors participate at their own risk.

    *These are Non-Spinnaker Races*

    Sail Fast!!!


    • 14 Dec 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Little Havana, 1325 Key Hwy,
    Register

    Join the Downtown Sailing Center as we celebrate the holidays with our greater community! The theme is "Caribbean Holiday," so break out your straw hats and floral shirts!

    The party will be in the private back room at Little Havana on Dec. 14th, from 3pm to 6pm (immediately following Frostbite racing).  We'll have a light buffet set up, and the cash bar will be open.

    Tickets $12.00 in advance or $15 at the door. Includes entry and buffet.  Drinks sold separately.

    Plus, sign up for Frostbite Racing if you want to come out sailing beforehand.  We'll meet at the DSC docks at noon.  Sign up for Frostbiting HERE.

    We look forward to celebrating with you!

    • 11 Jan 2020
    • 12:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • DSC docks - roundup at the gate
    Register

    2019/2020 Frostbiting - 12:30-4PM Jan. 11th

    On your marks, get set...

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

    We will 12 12:30 then commence sailing at 1 PM. 

    Skippers are encouraged to save space for one or two crew.

    **Lifejackets are Required**

    NO EXCEPTIONS 

    The DSC hopes you will join us in making this frostbiting season a warm and enjoyable experience for all sailors and community members. If you are a member of the DSC, please sign up in the appropriate category online so we have record of your intention and attendance. 

    Please note that frostbiting will not occur if the winds exceed 20 kt. Sailors participate at their own risk.

    *These are Non-Spinnaker Races*

    Sail Fast!!!


    • 25 Jan 2020
    • 12:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • DSC docks - roundup at the gate
    Register

    2019/2020 Frostbiting - 12:30-4PM Jan. 25th

    On your marks, get set...

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

    We will meet at the docks at 12:30 and then commence sailing at 1 PM.

    Skippers are encouraged to save space for one or two crew.

    **Lifejackets are Required**

    NO EXCEPTIONS 

    The DSC hopes you will join us in making this frostbiting season a warm and enjoyable experience for all sailors and community members. If you are a member of the DSC, please sign up in the appropriate category online so we have record of your intention and attendance. 

    Please note that frostbiting will not occur if the winds exceed 20 kt. Sailors participate at their own risk.

    *These are Non-Spinnaker Races*

    Sail Fast!!!


    • 15 Feb 2020
    • 12:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • DSC docks - roundup at the gate
    Register

    2019/2020 Frostbiting - 12:30-4PM Feb. 15th

    On your marks, get set...

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

    We will meet at the docks at 12:30 and then commence sailing at 1 PM.

    Skippers are encouraged to save space for one or two crew.

    **Lifejackets are Required**

    NO EXCEPTIONS 

    The DSC hopes you will join us in making this frostbiting season a warm and enjoyable experience for all sailors and community members. If you are a member of the DSC, please sign up in the appropriate category online so we have record of your intention and attendance. 

    Please note that frostbiting will not occur if the winds exceed 20 kt. Sailors participate at their own risk.

    *These are Non-Spinnaker Races*

    Sail Fast!!!


    • 29 Feb 2020
    • 12:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • DSC docks - roundup at the gate
    Register

    2019/2020 Frostbiting - 12:30-4PM Feb. 29th

    On your marks, get set...

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

    We will meet at the docks at 12:30 and then commence sailing at 1 PM.

    Skippers are encouraged to save space for one or two crew.

    **Lifejackets are Required**

    NO EXCEPTIONS 

    The DSC hopes you will join us in making this frostbiting season a warm and enjoyable experience for all sailors and community members. If you are a member of the DSC, please sign up in the appropriate category online so we have record of your intention and attendance. 

    Please note that frostbiting will not occur if the winds exceed 20 kt. Sailors participate at their own risk.

    *These are Non-Spinnaker Races*

    Sail Fast!!!


    • 03 Mar 2020
    • 6:00 PM
    • Charm City Meadworks 400 E. Biddle St. 21202
    • 60
    Register

    DSC and BCYA Rules Seminar w/ Jeff Borland

    6PM, March 3rd @ Charm City Meadworks

    400 E. Biddle St. 21202

    The Downtown Sailing Center and Baltimore City Yacht Association are hosting a joint Racing Rules Seminar, led by Jeff Borland of Eastport Yacht Club. Jeff is an on-water umpire for ICSA team racing, actively races, and has served on Race Committees for countless years.

    The seminar will be at the Charm City Meadworks taproom.  This will be a private event, so please register in advance!  Make sure to arrive by 6pm to grab a drink and support your favorite local meadery.  the seminar will begin promptly at 6:30pm.

    Jeff brings a world of experience and it will be a fun social event for all racing sailors!


    • 14 Mar 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • TBD
    • 39
    Register
    Join the DSC to kickoff the new season. Our boats are in need of some TLC. We are pulling the bulk of our fleet out of the water for the month of March to get them primed and ready for sailing in April. 

    We will be meeting at 10:00
    AM Sharp
     for a short safety briefing and introductions, working until around 3:00 pm.  Feel free to bring a snack.

    We will have water jugs on site, so bring a refillable bottle.

    Primary tasks will be sanding and scraping bottoms, cleaning, polishing, and waxing topsides, and painting bottoms with anti-fouling paint.  Secondary tasks will include replacing bow fenders and broken hardware.

    Tentative schedule for main tasks:

    10:00- 10:15 AM - Safety Orientation and Instructions
    10:15 - 11:30 AM - Sand and scrape bottoms, Clean topsides
    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Clean/wipe down bottoms, compound topsides
    12:30 - 1:30 PM - Finish prepping bottoms, Wax topsides
    1:30 - 2:00 PM - Mask waterlines
    2:00 - 2:45 PM - Paint
    2:45 - 3:00 PM - Cleanup


    On site training provided. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to learn in a fun and social atmosphere. 

    We will provide all materials and necessary safety equipment (masks, gloves, dust suits, ear protection, safety glasses).  Feel free to bring some heavy work gloves, otherwise just dress to get dirty, bring a smile and maybe a friend! 

    Come on down Saturday, March 14th. This is the 1st of three dates total: there is a TON of work to accomplish but if the weather cooperates we can get the boats in early. With your support we can make 2019 a season to remember! 




    • 21 Mar 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • TBD
    • 40
    Register
    Join the DSC to kickoff the new season. Our boats are in need of some TLC. We are pulling the bulk of our fleet out of the water for the month of March to get them primed and ready for sailing in April. 

    We will be meeting at 10:00
    AM Sharp
     for a short safety briefing and introductions, working until around 3:00 pm.  Feel free to bring a snack.

    We will have water jugs on site, so bring a refillable bottle.

    Primary tasks will be sanding and scraping bottoms, cleaning, polishing, and waxing topsides, and painting bottoms with anti-fouling paint.  Secondary tasks will include replacing bow fenders and broken hardware.

    Tentative schedule for main tasks:

    10:00- 10:15 AM - Safety Orientation and Instructions
    10:15 - 11:30 AM - Sand and scrape bottoms, Clean topsides
    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Clean/wipe down bottoms, compound topsides
    12:30 - 1:30 PM - Finish prepping bottoms, Wax topsides
    1:30 - 2:00 PM - Mask waterlines
    2:00 - 2:45 PM - Paint
    2:45 - 3:00 PM - Cleanup


    On site training provided. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to learn in a fun and social atmosphere. 

    We will provide all materials and necessary safety equipment (masks, gloves, dust suits, ear protection, safety glasses).  Feel free to bring some heavy work gloves, otherwise just dress to get dirty, bring a smile and maybe a friend! 

    Come on down Saturday, March 21st. This is the 2nd of three dates total: there is a TON of work to accomplish but if the weather cooperates we can get the boats in early. With your support we can make 2019 a season to remember! 




    • 28 Mar 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • TBD
    • 40
    Register
    Join the DSC to kickoff the new season. Our boats are in need of some TLC. We are pulling the bulk of our fleet out of the water for the month of March to get them primed and ready for sailing in April. 

    We will be meeting at 10:00
    AM Sharp
     for a short safety briefing and introductions, working until around 3:00 pm.  Feel free to bring a snack.

    We will have water jugs on site, so bring a refillable bottle.

    Primary tasks will be sanding and scraping bottoms, cleaning, polishing, and waxing topsides, and painting bottoms with anti-fouling paint.  Secondary tasks will include replacing bow fenders and broken hardware.

    Tentative schedule for main tasks:

    10:00- 10:15 AM - Safety Orientation and Instructions
    10:15 - 11:30 AM - Sand and scrape bottoms, Clean topsides
    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Clean/wipe down bottoms, compound topsides
    12:30 - 1:30 PM - Finish prepping bottoms, Wax topsides
    1:30 - 2:00 PM - Mask waterlines
    2:00 - 2:45 PM - Paint
    2:45 - 3:00 PM - Cleanup


    On site training provided. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to learn in a fun and social atmosphere. 

    We will provide all materials and necessary safety equipment (masks, gloves, dust suits, ear protection, safety glasses).  Feel free to bring some heavy work gloves, otherwise just dress to get dirty, bring a smile and maybe a friend! 

    Come on down Saturday, March 28th. This is the 3rd of three dates total: there is a TON of work to accomplish but if the weather cooperates we can get the boats in early. With your support we can make 2019 a season to remember! 




    • 04 Apr 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 05 Apr 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register
    "Beyond Intro" 12 Hour Course - Intermediate Skill Development -  Sat & Sun. April 4 & 5

    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"

    Space is limited to 3 sailors per class so full payment is required to guarantee your spot in the course.

    Topics include:

    • Refinement of previously learned skills: points of sail; tiller extension usage; "Figure-8 Rescue"; recognizing puffs and lulls
    • Stopping in and backing-out-of "irons"
    • Departure and docking basics
    • Introduction to heaving-to
    • Introduction to the "Quick Stop Rescue"

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

    • 11 Apr 2020
    • 26 Apr 2020
    • 5 sessions
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 6
    Register
    9:00 - 5:00, Weekends (excluding Western Easter Sunday) April 11, April 18th & 19th, April 25th & 26th

    Our US SAILING Basic Keelboat (BK) Certification course consists of five+ days of sailing instruction. US Sailing only requires three days; we go beyond. Designed for you to progress from a beginner to a winner, BK course features the top quality instructors, boats, and location for developing your skills. A US SAILING Keelboat Instructor and up to three students are on the water in one of our J/22s. J/22s are 22-foot keelboats that are safe, comfortable, and fun.

    We go beyond US Sailing's minimum standards with more time and we go beyond other schools' standards by giving students a workbook specifically developed and tested through years of instruction and revision.

    Students who successfully complete the written and practical on-the-water skills test for this course  will have "demonstrated the ability to responsibly skipper and crew a simple daysailing keelboat in familiar waters in light to moderate wind and sea conditions…[and] will be able to skipper a tiller-steered keelboat up to 27 feet in length." 

    Prerequisites: None required, but we highly recommend spending some time on boats before committing to the full US Sailing Certification Course. For advanced sailors, you may find the Beyond Intro Course more appealing.

    Curriculum Highlights

    • Close-Quarters maneuvering
    • Sail Trim
    • Quick-stop Overboard Rescue
    • Weather
    • Tides and Currents
    • Chart Basics
    • Reefing
    • Figure-8 Overboard Rescue
    • Tiller extension use

    Students will receive a copy of US SAILING's Basic Keelboat, The DSC's Keelboat program packet, and a US SAILING Official Logbook of Sailing. Students must demonstrate a working knowledge of the concepts and skills in order to receive their Basic Keelboat certification, a globally recognized sailing certification. One enrolled, your instructional packet will be available to you for pick up at the DSC.

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

    • 15 Apr 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 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? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: john@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 18 Apr 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 19 Apr 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register
    "Intro to Sailing" 12 Hour Course, Sat & Sun. April 18 & 19

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

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

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

    If you have sailing experience but are rusty or did not learn from professionals, we strongly recommend taking this course. "Intro to Sailing" is a prerequisite for the "Beyond Intro" course.

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

    • 18 Apr 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 19 Apr 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 6
    Register

    This Two Day, hands-on, on-the-water course is for anyone who wants to learn how to safely operate a small motorboat and improve their boat handling skills on REAL BOATS.

    US Powerboating, an affiliate with US Sailing, has been working with the USCG to provide the best powerboating course out there. 

    The Accelerated Safe Powerboat Handling Course is designed for those individuals who have their state boater's certificate but want on-the-water training. Maryland residents can earn their Safe Boater's Certificate through Boat US Foundation's NASBLA approved certification course HERE.

    While the online course is rigorous and informative, the Accelerated Safe Powerboat Handling Course is designed to build the critical on-the-water skills you need to effectively operate powerboats. 

    This course is great for young and old alike, and our top notch instructors enable us to cater to your personal learning style.

    The Accelerated Safe Powerboat Handling Course is not NASBLA approved; Proof of a state boater's certificate is a REQUIRED for the course - no exceptions. The MD State course is available online for free and takes about six hours to complete.

    For this course, approximately 50-60% of the course focus is on 'close-quarters' maneuvers, which includes docking, departing, and turning within confined areas. The remaining 40-50% of the course focuses on high-speed safety, including what to do in emergency situations. US Powerboating's teaching methodology incorporates on-the-water and off-the-water tools that maximize your effective learning time on the water.

    Click HERE for the Agenda

    • 19 Apr 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 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? 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 Apr 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 26 Apr 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register
    9:00 - 5:00, Wednesday - Sunday: April 22-26, 2020

    Our US SAILING Basic Keelboat (BK) Certification course consists of five+ days of sailing instruction. US Sailing only requires three days; we go beyond. Designed for you to progress from a beginner to a winner, BK course features the top quality instructors, boats, and location for developing your skills. A US SAILING Keelboat Instructor and up to three students are on the water in one of our J/22s. J/22s are 22-foot keelboats that are safe, comfortable, and fun.

    We go beyond US Sailing's minimum standards with more time and we go beyond other schools' standards by giving students a workbook specifically developed and tested through years of instruction and revision.

    Students who successfully complete the written and practical on-the-water skills test for this course  will have "demonstrated the ability to responsibly skipper and crew a simple daysailing keelboat in familiar waters in light to moderate wind and sea conditions…[and] will be able to skipper a tiller-steered keelboat up to 27 feet in length." 

    Prerequisites: None required, but we highly recommend spending some time on boats before committing to the full US Sailing Certification Course. For advanced sailors, you may find the Beyond Intro Course more appealing.

    Curriculum Highlights

    • Close-Quarters maneuvering
    • Sail Trim
    • Quick-stop Overboard Rescue
    • Weather
    • Tides and Currents
    • Chart Basics
    • Reefing
    • Figure-8 Overboard Rescue
    • Tiller extension use

    Students will receive a copy of US SAILING's Basic Keelboat, The DSC's Keelboat program packet, and a US SAILING Official Logbook of Sailing. Students must demonstrate a working knowledge of the concepts and skills in order to receive their Basic Keelboat certification, a globally recognized sailing certification. One enrolled, your instructional packet will be available to you for pick up at the DSC.

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

    • 22 Apr 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 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? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: john@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 25 Apr 2020
    • 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 



    • 25 Apr 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 26 Apr 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register
    "Intro to Sailing" 12 Hour Course, Sat & Sun. April 25 & 26

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

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

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

    If you have sailing experience but are rusty or did not learn from professionals, we strongly recommend taking this course. "Intro to Sailing" is a prerequisite for the "Beyond Intro" course.

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

    • 26 Apr 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 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? 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 Apr 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 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? Concerns about Weather? Please contact Member Programs Director John O'Riordan at 410.727.0722 ext 114 or email: john@downtownsailing.org. 

    • 30 Apr 2020
    • 28 May 2020
    • 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

    • 01 May 2020
    • 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 May 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 03 May 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
    Register
    "Intro to Sailing" 12 Hour Course, Sat & Sun. May 2 & 3

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

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

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

    If you have sailing experience but are rusty or did not learn from professionals, we strongly recommend taking this course. "Intro to Sailing" is a prerequisite for the "Beyond Intro" course.

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

    • 02 May 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 03 May 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 3
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    "Beyond Intro" 12 Hour Course - Intermediate Skill Development -  Sat & Sun. May 2 & 3

    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"

    Space is limited to 3 sailors per class so full payment is required to guarantee your spot in the course.

    Topics include:

    • Refinement of previously learned skills: points of sail; tiller extension usage; "Figure-8 Rescue"; recognizing puffs and lulls
    • Stopping in and backing-out-of "irons"
    • Departure and docking basics
    • Introduction to heaving-to
    • Introduction to the "Quick Stop Rescue"

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

    • 02 May 2020
    • 17 May 2020
    • 5 sessions
    • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
    • 6
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    9:00 - 5:00, Weekends (excluding Mother's Day) May 2nd & 3rd, May 9th, May 16th & 17th

    Our US SAILING Basic Keelboat (BK) Certification course consists of five+ days of sailing instruction. US Sailing only requires three days; we go beyond. Designed for you to progress from a beginner to a winner, BK course features the top quality instructors, boats, and location for developing your skills. A US SAILING Keelboat Instructor and up to three students are on the water in one of our J/22s. J/22s are 22-foot keelboats that are safe, comfortable, and fun.

    We go beyond US Sailing's minimum standards with more time and we go beyond other schools' standards by giving students a workbook specifically developed and tested through years of instruction and revision.

    Students who successfully complete the written and practical on-the-water skills test for this course  will have "demonstrated the ability to responsibly skipper and crew a simple daysailing keelboat in familiar waters in light to moderate wind and sea conditions…[and] will be able to skipper a tiller-steered keelboat up to 27 feet in length." 

    Prerequisites: None required, but we highly recommend spending some time on boats before committing to the full US Sailing Certification Course. For advanced sailors, you may find the Beyond Intro Course more appealing.

    Curriculum Highlights

    • Close-Quarters maneuvering
    • Sail Trim
    • Quick-stop Overboard Rescue
    • Weather
    • Tides and Currents
    • Chart Basics
    • Reefing
    • Figure-8 Overboard Rescue
    • Tiller extension use

    Students will receive a copy of US SAILING's Basic Keelboat, The DSC's Keelboat program packet, and a US SAILING Official Logbook of Sailing. Students must demonstrate a working knowledge of the concepts and skills in order to receive their Basic Keelboat certification, a globally recognized sailing certification. One enrolled, your instructional packet will be available to you for pick up at the DSC.

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

    • 02 May 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center "A Dock", 1425 Key Highway
    • 145
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    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. 

    You will have a chance to ask questions, tour the facilities, and go out for a brief sail.  There is a maximum group size of 4 people per 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 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 11:00 AM -12:00 PM
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Already a member?! Feel free to sign up to volunteer, either as Skipper, Crew, or Shore Volunteer.

    This is a FREE event that is open to the public.   Walk-ons welcome, but please register in advance if you plan to come.  This event is Rain or Shine, so please dress for the weather! FREE PARKING ANYWHERE ON PROPERTY! 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. 



    • 02 May 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Downtown Sailing Center
    • 7
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    Taste of Sailing - 3 hr. Introduction

    You've probably probably thought, "I've always wanted to try sailing." Well, our 3-hour Taste of Sailing course is here for you! 


    This course will run through the basics of sailing, introduce you to some cool nautical lingo, and get you on the Harbor for an afternoon of sailing. 

    Boats and Facilities

    Our 3-hour "Taste of Sailing" is taught aboard our Sonar class keelboats. These 23' boats have a large cockpit and heavy keel to provide stability. These boats are specifically made to not tip over, so you don't need to worry! Each boat will have up to 4 people aboard with a coach, so there will be plenty of opportunity to try your hand at the tiller or just relax and take in the sights.

    Sailing from the Downtown Sailing Center will allow you to see explore Baltimore from the water in a fun and safe way.

    Parking is available on site in the gravel lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. For most of the summer, the BMI farmers market is just wrapping up as the sailing begins. Classes meet just outside the gate on the main docks. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to orient yourself and meet your coach.
       
    Please also remember to bring a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, close-toed shoes and a great attitude. We'll see you on the water!
    • 03 May 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • DSC
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    Crew and Skipper Level Members: Spend your Sunday afternoon sailing!

    Please arrive at the DSC by 11:45 AM for the 12:00 PM Start Time. The Dockmaster will assign DSC Skippers and DSC Crew Level Members to boats.

    Please note: If you arrive after 12:00 PM the likelihood of getting on a keelboat will be lower.

    For those who are new to the DSC or have not yet signed the liability waiver please download the DSC WAIVER HERE and hand to dockmaster on day of sail.  Skippers also need to sign the SKIPPER WAIVER.

    *It is required that the DSC boats need to be back to the docks by sundown.

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