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CRUISING


Do you want to sail beyond the Key Bridge and explore the Chesapeake? Or do you dream about a sailing vacation in the Caribbean? You are not alone.

Many Downtown Sailing Center (DSC) members eventually want to learn to sail larger boats. The DSC Cruising Program provides recreational and educational sailing opportunities on our fleet of cruising sailboats. DSC Cruising Skippers and Cruising Crew enjoy learning, daysailing, and even taking trips to locales like Rock Hall and Herrington Harbor.

By participating in the DSC Cruising Program, you can:

  • learn the necessary knowledge and skills to safely operate the DSC the vessels in the cruising fleet
  • volunteer for DSC cruising events and the various community programs of the DSC
  • learn how to maintain and repair cruising sailboats (sailboats with sleeping quarters and auxiliary engines)
  • take courses, participate in on-the-water trainings, and attend lectures on topics of interest to cruisers
  • accumulate hours underway to build a successful sailing resume to graduate from cruising crew to cruising skipper

Cruising skippers are DSC members who have the demonstrated knowledge, skills, and experience to sail the cruising sailboats while maintaining the value and integrity of the vessel and safety of the crew. Cruising Skipper Candidates are evaluated on successful completion of the application process as outlined in the cruising skipper requirements. 

Click on the links below to learn more. 

Cruising Skipper Requirements

Cruising Skipper Prerequisites

Cruising Skipper Candidate Program

Email Cruising@downtownsailing.org for more information about the DSC Cruising Program.


CRUISING CALENDAR

Upcoming events

    • 18 Sep 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Oasis Marina (former marinemax)1800 S Clinton St, Baltimore, MD 21224
    Register

    We will paint the bottom of Dorothy gale


    We will meet at oasis marina at 10am

    Marine Max

    1800 S Clinton St, Baltimore, MD 21224



    • 20 Sep 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • DSC Dock
    Register

    Take this opportunity to sail at sunset and during the evening hours out toward the Francis Scott Key bridge. Enjoy the moonrise and learn about night navigation. Night sail is a different experience with Day sail

    All Cruising Crew and Cruising Skippers who have paid their upgrade fee are eligible to participate

    Crew will be expected to assist in departing and docking at night, trimming the sails, and looking out for channel traffic, and unlit buoys. If sailing beyond White Rocks, skippers must file a FLOAT PLANwith the DSC office and a friend. (Sample template available on the DSC website.) PFDs must be worn at all times.  

    Bring snacks, water, and layered clothing for any changes in the weather.  Most important, HAVE FUN!


    • 02 Oct 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • DSC Docks and Pavilion
    Register

    This will be a Pursuit Race in Baltimore Harbor and the Patapsco river, using local landmarks and USCG buoys as rounding marks.  Start times will be assigned according to PHRF rating (see Sailing Instructions for details).

    $100.00 entry fee includes entry for one vessel and 4 tickets for the after-party.  Additional tickets may be purchased online.

    Eligibility:  Open to any privately owned sailing vessel, and open to DSC owned cruising boats.  If you do not have a valid PHRF rating, the DSC will assign one. Email john@downtownsailing.org for more information.

    This race is not available for DSC owned J/22s, Sonars, or Freedom 20s.  See the YGR Home Page for information on competing in those classes. 

    Each boat is strongly encouraged to fundraise for Downtown Sailing's community programs. 

    Links:

    Notice of Race

    Sailing Instructions

    Liability Waiver - each sailor must sign

    Fundraising Instructions

    More information: Ya Gotta Regatta home page


    • 06 Oct 2021
    • 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
    • DSC
    • 7
    Register

    Cruising 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 starting 5:30 PM. 

    Enjoy an evening Cruise during the week and practice evening and night sail on our cruisers.

    Newbie are welcome to try and Join the Cruising Program as Cruising Crew level.

    Life jacket Mandatory for all participants.

    For more information, contact us at cruising@downtownsailing.org.



    • 09 Oct 2021
    • 17 Oct 2021
    • 2 sessions
    • Markley's Marina 233 Nanticoke Rd, Essex, MD 21221
    • 1
    Register

    Fall Basic Cruising Course -

    October 9th & 10th, 16th &17th 


    8:30AM - 5PM each day for class

    Ever dreamed of owning or chartering or owning 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 before taking the Basic Cruising Course, but all students should be proficient small-keelboat sailors under normal conditions and come into the course with the prerequisite skills linked HERE. Please see the cruising education webpage for further prerequisite information.

    If you need to challenge the Basic Keelboat Course, please contact Graham Humphrey via graham@downtownsailing.org or call the office at 410-727-0722
    • 09 Oct 2021
    • 10:00 AM
    • 10 Oct 2021
    • 5:00 PM
    • DSC
    • 12
    Register

    Sail alongside our "Drop-the-hook" cruiser to Middle river (or similar destination, skipper choice based on wind direction and crew preference) on one of our cruising boats.  Drop anchor, take in the tranquil beauty, and spend the night under a star-lit sky with your fellow DSCers.  Or raft-up with the other boat. Return home Sunday afternoon.

    Learn what cruising is all about to see if you would like to upgrade your membership to Cruising Crew.

    Open to any novice cruisersYou do not need to be a member of the DSC's cruising program.

    Bring your towel, pillow, bed sheets or sleeping bag and sunscreen. Your skipper will contact you regarding preparations and arrangements.  Skippers must file a FLOAT PLAN with the DSC office and a friend. 
    If you're driving to the DSC and parking there overnight, please print out the OVER NIGHT PASS and leave it on your dash.

    If you find the cruise filled up, PLEASE JOIN THE WAITLIST.  We monitor it actively and will do our best to accommodate you.  Any questions or feedback, please email us at cruising@downtownsailing.org,  MOST IMPORTANT, HAVE FUN!

    • 13 Oct 2021
    • 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
    • DSC
    • 8
    Register

    Cruising 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 starting 5:30 PM. 

    Enjoy an evening Cruise during the week and practice evening and night sail on our cruisers.

    Newbie are welcome to try and Join the Cruising Program as Cruising Crew level.

    Life jacket Mandatory for all participants.

    For more information, contact us at cruising@downtownsailing.org.



    • 17 Oct 2021
    • 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 from May through October.

    All are welcome, from beginner to pro-racer.  You don't need prior racing experience.

    The race course will be from the old fuel docks to a buoy near the bridge and back.  

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

    Boats will be assigned at the pre- race briefing.

    Fair winds, sail safe and sail fast!




    • 20 Oct 2021
    • 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
    • DSC
    • 10
    Register

    Cruising 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 starting 5:30 PM. 

    Enjoy an evening Cruise during the week and practice evening and night sail on our cruisers.

    Newbie are welcome to try and Join the Cruising Program as Cruising Crew level.

    Life jacket Mandatory for all participants.

    For more information, contact us at cruising@downtownsailing.org.



    • 20 Oct 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • DSC Dock
    Register

    Take this opportunity to sail at sunset and during the evening hours out toward the Francis Scott Key bridge. Enjoy the moonrise and learn about night navigation. Night sail is a different experience with Day sail

    All Cruising Crew and Cruising Skippers who have paid their upgrade fee are eligible to participate

    Crew will be expected to assist in departing and docking at night, trimming the sails, and looking out for channel traffic, and unlit buoys. If sailing beyond White Rocks, skippers must file a FLOAT PLANwith the DSC office and a friend. (Sample template available on the DSC website.) PFDs must be worn at all times.  

    Bring snacks, water, and layered clothing for any changes in the weather.  Most important, HAVE FUN!


    • 24 Oct 2021
    • 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 from May through October.

    All are welcome, from beginner to pro-racer.  You don't need prior racing experience.

    The race course will be from the old fuel docks to a buoy near the bridge and back.  

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

    Boats will be assigned at the pre- race briefing.

    Fair winds, sail safe and sail fast!





    • 27 Oct 2021
    • 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
    • DSC
    • 10
    Register

    Cruising 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 starting 5:30 PM. 

    Enjoy an evening Cruise during the week and practice evening and night sail on our cruisers.

    Newbie are welcome to try and Join the Cruising Program as Cruising Crew level.

    Life jacket Mandatory for all participants.

    For more information, contact us at cruising@downtownsailing.org.



    • 31 Oct 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • DSC Dock
    Register

    2020 was a success, Let s create a new tradition in the Cruising program and have an Night cruise for Halloween.

    Bring your Halloween Mask with you, wear your Halloween Costume and come and sail on the special night of the year.


    Take this opportunity to sail at sunset and during the evening hours out toward the Francis Scott Key bridge. Enjoy the the dark and learn about night navigation. Night sail is a different experience with Day sail

    All Cruising Crew and Cruising Skippers who have paid their upgrade fee are eligible to participate

    Crew will be expected to assist in departing and docking at night, trimming the sails, and looking out for channel traffic, and unlit buoys. If sailing beyond White Rocks, skippers must file a FLOAT PLANwith the DSC office and a friend. (Sample template available on the DSC website.) PFDs must be worn at all times.  

    Bring snacks, water, and layered clothing for any changes in the weather.  Most important, HAVE FUN!


    • 06 Nov 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • DSC Docks
    Register

    2021 season is ending. It s time to prepare the boat for winter.


    A winter check list will be prepare.

    Change the oil, check the filter, put down the sails.


    We will prepare the " winter Boat".


    You will be oriented how to winterize the boat so you will be allowed to reserve the winter boat.


    Any questions, contact cruising@downtownsailing.org 

Cruising Member Sails

Cruising Skippers and Crew take out the cruising boats on Sunday and Wednesday Member sails. Cruising Crew receive priority but all are welcome when space is available. The Cruising Program wants to "spread the love" whenever possible!

Cruiser Sundays

A full day of sailing from 10:00 AM–6:00 PM with lunch underway beyond the bridge and back. Crews will be assigned by the Dock Master as to boat assignment and other pertinent information prior to departure.  Crews will be contacted by the cruising skipper as to boat assignment and time to meet on the dock for departure.  Open only to cruising-level crew and skippers.  One week advanced registration required.

Full Moon Sails

Scheduled to coincide with the full moon, these popular events are an opportunity to do some night sailing. Full moon sails leave the docks at approximately 7:30 PM and may return as late as 10:00 or 11:00. Crews will be contacted by a cruising skipper as to boat assignment and time to meet on the dock for departure (times vary based on time of sunset).  Open only to cruising-level crew and skippers.  One week advanced registration required.

Overnight, Weekend and Raft-up Cruises

The highlight of the cruising season, these popular events are a great opportunity to get some real cruising experience.  Scheduled approximately one per month throughout the season, these events are overnight cruises to a predetermined destination on the Chesapeake Bay.  The raft-up cruises involve the DSC cruisers and other privately-owned boats for a rendezvous either anchoring or docking together.  Crews will be contacted by a cruising skipper as to boat assignment and other pertinent information prior to departure.  Open only to cruising-level crew and skippers.  One/two week advanced registration required.

Newbie Cruises

Newbie Overnight Cruises are offered for any DSC member who is interested in learning more about the cruising program. If you decide to become a cruising crew after a Newbie Cruise, your $25.00 fee will be applied to the $100.00 cruising crew fee. Crews will be contacted by a cruising skipper as to boat assignment and other pertinent information.  Crews will be contacted by the cruising skipper as to boat assignment and other pertinent information prior to departure.  Open to DSC members and cruising-level members free of charge, space available.  

Work Parties 

Work parties are held on Saturdays at 12:00PM during the sailing season.  You can check with individual boat managers also to see if there are projects you can work on other times during the week if you can't make it to these scheduled work parties.

Cruising Skipper Development

These educational events are structured to provide informal and free training opportunities for the cruising crew members interested in becoming a DSC skipper.  These day long events, led by volunteer cruising skippers, emphasize basic skills and safety, and will allow participants to practice and improve their knowledge and skills, which are essential for an enjoyable and safe sailing experience.

Skippers

  • DSC cruising skippers have the necessary sailing resume and skill level to sail the DSC cruising vessels.
  • DSC cruising skippers are expected to regularly volunteer as skippers for the scheduled cruising events, accessible-sailing program and for fleet-maintenance work parties throughout the year.

Email Cruising@downtownsailing.org for more information about the cruising program.

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The Downtown Sailing Center at the Baltimore Museum of Industry
1425 Key Highway, Suite 110, Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 727-0722 • info@downtownsailing.org