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The Downtown Sailing Center (DSC) is an award-winning, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) community sailing center offering sailing instruction and access to sailing to the greater Baltimore community since 1994.

We are located in the heart of Baltimore at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, within easy walking distance from the Downtown, Federal Hill, South Baltimore, Riverside, and Locust Point neighborhoods.

The DSC is a certified Community Sailing Center and accredited Sailing School through US Sailing, the national governing body of sailing. The DSC was recognized by US Sailing as the Outstanding New Program in 1997, Outstanding Seasonal Program in 1999 and Outstanding Community Program in 2012. In 2017, our former Executive Director, Lynn Handy, was awarded US Sailing's Virginia Long award for her efforts to improve sailing education at the national level. 

Instructor Trainees hoist the mainsail

The Downtown Sailing Center programs are available to the entire community. For adults, we offer adult education including accessible sailing; recreational sailing open sails; Thursday Night Racing and cruising. For youth, we offer summer camp, community programming that includes STEM curricula, literacy education, and Sailing Instructor Certification.

History of the DSC


The Downtown Sailing Center

Est 1994
1425 Key Highway, Suite 110, Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 727-0722 •