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Update (May 8th): With boating reopening in Maryland, The DSC cruising boats will again be open for reservations. However, due to current restrictions for member safety, cruising is limited to private family reservations at this time with mandatory quarantine periods between each use. Thank you for choosing The DSC as your boating community!

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

    • 12 Jul 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 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 to Mike" series 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!



    • 16 Jul 2020
    • 8:30 AM (EDT)
    • 19 Jul 2020
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Markley's Marina 233 Nanticoke Rd, Essex, MD 21221
    • 2

    July Basic Cruising Course-  

    Thursday, July 16th- Sunday, July 19th


    8:30 AM - 6PM 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 John O'Riordan via john@downtownsailing.org or call the office at 410-727-0722
    • 26 Jul 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 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, 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!



    • 01 Aug 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 09 Aug 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Markley's Marina 233 Nanticoke Rd, Essex, MD 21221
    • 1
    Register

    August Basic Cruising Course -

    August 1st & 2nd, 8th & 9th


    8:30AM - 6PM 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 John O'Riordan via john@downtownsailing.org or call the office at 410-727-0722
    • 03 Aug 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (EDT)
    • 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 the bridge, 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!


    • 09 Aug 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 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, 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!



    • 23 Aug 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 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, 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!



    • 02 Sep 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (EDT)
    • 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!


    • 05 Sep 2020
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • 07 Sep 2020
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • DSC Dock
    Register

    Take an enjoyable 3-day cruise to Kent Island

    Leave the DSC Saturday morning and sail to Kent Island.  Dock and spend 2  nights at the well-appointed Kent Island complete with pool, Live Band at the Bar.  Have a swim and enjoy a good meal and enjoy the live music.  Enjoy breakfast Sunday morning and Monday. Also maybe have a morning swim before departing.  Lunch on all days will be on the boat, so please bring your own lunch and beverages.

    The Labor Day weekend cruise is open to DSC Cruising Skippers and Cruising Crew wo have paid their upgrade fee. 


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

    The $50 (2x$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!

     


    • 13 Sep 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 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, 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!



    • 01 Oct 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (EDT)
    • 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!


    • 03 Oct 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 11 Oct 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Markley's Marina 233 Nanticoke Rd, Essex, MD 21221
    • 2
    Register

    Autumn Basic Cruising Course -

    October 3rd & 4th, 10th & 11th 


    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 John O'Riordan via john@downtownsailing.org or call the office at 410-727-0722
    • 03 Oct 2020
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • 04 Oct 2020
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • DSC
    • 18
    Register

    Sail alongside our "Raft Up" cruiser to Gibson Island (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!

    • 07 Oct 2020
    • 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • DSC
    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 5:45 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.



    • 11 Oct 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • DSC Docks
    • 12
    Register

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

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


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

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


    • 14 Oct 2020
    • 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • DSC
    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 5:45 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.



    • 18 Oct 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • DSC Docks
    • 12
    Register

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

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


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

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


    • 25 Oct 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • DSC Dock
    Register

    Cruising Crew and Skippers, are you ready to get competitive with your cruising?!

    , all cruising members are invited for the "Sunday Funday Race "  .

    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 11.00 for a pre-race briefing, and then, it's literally off to the races.

    Fair winds, sail safe and sail fast!



    • 11 Nov 2020
    • 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • DSC
    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 5:45 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.



    • 18 Nov 2020
    • 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • DSC
    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 5:45 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.



    • 05 Dec 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM (EST)
    • DSC
    • 10
    Register

    Participate to the Baltimore Parade of lighted Boats


    Come and help us to prepare the Cruiser and participate to  the parade though the inner harbor and Fells point to kick off the holiday season.

    We will meet at DSC after the party to finish to prepare the boat,

    The parade will start at 6pm from Anchorage Marina

    For more information, contact us at 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