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The Baltimore Downtown Sailing Center’s mission for the past 30 years has been to make the joy of sailing available to everyone. Our community outreach programs in particular enrich the lives of over 2,000 individuals annually, many of whom live with physical and neurological disabilities or are limited by economic hardships.
Please just imagine the joy that a person with quadriplegia can experience when, by just puffing and sipping a straw, they can navigate their sailboat around the Inner Harbor. As one individual stated, “A wheelchair liberates my body, an access dinghy at the Downtown Sailing Center liberates my soul”. Over 1,000 persons with disabilities sail with us each year without charge.
The Downtown Sailing Center reaches out to youth experiencing economic challenges as well. Each year we provide summer sailing camp scholarships to enable underserved city children the opportunity to learn how to sail. In 2023 alone, we provided 50 children with scholarships to cover the bulk of the regular summer camp tuition. The pride and sense of accomplishment that they take with them is priceless. We also run a summer long workforce development program for Baltimore city public-school teenagers called “The Young Mariner Institute”. This program provides life skills together with a guaranteed opportunity as a sailing instructor after completing the curriculum.
In addition the DSC provides sailing education to over 500 youth and adults annually. When our boats are not being used for these many programs, they are available to a diverse adult membership. Our members are offered affordable access to sailing in exchange for their commitment to volunteer to support our many programs as well as the repair and maintenance of our boats. We are a community of sailors helping to lift up and improve the fabric of life for the community we live in.
Your contribution no matter how great or small is a greatly needed investment for this worthiest of causes. Our annual “Ya Gotta Regatta” fundraising event held on September 30th is critical to our ability to continue these community outreach and accessibility programs. Our goal this year is to raise $250,000 for these programs through individual and team donations, as well as through many sponsorship opportunities.
Please become a donor today!
2023 COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PARTNERS
Click here to learn more about our Community Engagement Partners in 2023!
DSC SECRET HEROES
Keystone Cap Company
Michael and Susan Ford Charitable Fund
Peter Bowe and Barbara Stewart
Living Classrooms Foundation
Olivia Constants Foundation
Friends of the DSC
Each of the top three fundraisers who raise at least $5,000 will receive a $500 gift certificate that can be applied to any DSC program, such as membership, lessons, summer camp, or merchandise. Each of the 4th, 5th and 6th top fundraisers who raise at least $2,500 will receive a $250 gift certificate.
Gift certificates can be used for the 2024 or 2025 season. Fundraiser does not need to be a current DSC member to receive benefit; current DSC Board Members are not eligible. Fundraisers must set up a page or a fundraising team on the DSC's official Ya Gotta Regatta 23 Click and Pledge campaign. The awards will go to the top individual fundraiser, regardless of their fundraising team status. Multiple fundraisers from the same team may win an award. Only one award per family/household. All donations and sponsorships from whom we have received payment on the fundraiser's behalf by September 29, 2023 will be counted towards the fundraising total. A maximum of three (3) $500 gift certificates, and three (3) $250 gift certificates will be awarded.
Please take a moment to watch these historic videos of previous Ya Gotta Regattas.