Welcome to DC Sail!


DC Sail is the community sailing program of the National Maritime Heritage Foundation. 

Our mission is to promote and sustain affordable educational, recreational and competitive sailing programs for all ages in a fun and safe environment. DC Sail empowers its participants to develop self-respect and sportsmanship, foster teamwork, and cultivate sailing skills and an appreciation for maritime-related activities. In addition, DC Sail enhances the DC community by using sailing to bolster community spirit and volunteerism.

Our active programs, located in both Southeast and Southwest Washington, D.C., are re-connecting people of the metropolitan region to the water. Sailing opportunities are available for adults and youth aboard small boats as well as our 65-foot schooner, American Spirit. Proceeds from our programs and year-around fundraising initiatives go toward offering under-served youth the opportunity to learn to sail through our Youth Scholarship Program.

DC Sail is the gateway to community sailing in Washington, DC!

We offer “Learn to Sail” programs for children, teens, and adults.

We have “Learn to Sail” programs for children, teens, and adults.  DC Sail Gift Certificates can be redeemed during our 2020 sailing season (April through October) and are easy to both purchase and use!

Certificates can also be purchased for ticketed events on board our 65-foot Schooner, American Spirit! (Boating & Baseball, Sunset Sails, and premium events such as the ever-popular Cherry Blossom Cruises and the spectacular 4th of July Fireworks event.)  Prices start at $50 per event/per ticket.

Membership for 12 months starts at $225 and includes evening sailing opportunities during Monday Members Only and Wednesday Social Sails.  The recipient does not need to know how to sail as we’ll appoint them on board a boat with an experienced skipper during the 5:30 PM-Sunset sailing events.  Certificate holder will also, for additional fees, have the ability to register for our lessons and Adult Racing program which requires a DC Sail membership to participate. We race year around here!

“Learn to Sail” gift packages are $515 for adults and include a Basic Membership. 

Youth Sailing Programs average $350 for a week of Summer Camp through our Kids Set Sail for youth ages 7-15.

Gift Certificates can also be used toward fees/registration for existing members or help to cover the cost of membership with DC Sail.  Gift Certificates can be issued in any dollar amount.

To purchase: Please contact us at 202-547-1250 or email Traci Mead, tmead@dcsail.org.  We’ll assist you with your credit card payment via our secure web portal and will customize a Gift Certificate that you may print from the comfort of your own home.

Box the certificate with sunscreen, shades, and a cap and the lucky recipient will be all set...to sail!

.Adult Sailing Opportunities

Membership with DC Sail for 12 months starts at $225 and includes evening sailing opportunities during Monday Members Only and Wednesday Social Sails from mid-May through mid-September. DC Sail members may also purchase up to four tickets for our beautiful "Sunset Sails" on our 65-foot schooner, "American Spirit." With proper certification, members are also eligible for Boat Rentals. 

“Learn to Sail” packages are $515 for adults and include a 12-Month Basic Membership. We also offer Refresher Course and "Intro to FJs" which will prepare you for our Adult Racing Program. Please click here to review our many Adult programs - click any of the areas to learn more about how you can get out on the water with DC Sail. (*Membership is required to participate in our lessons, rentals, and racing program.)

Schooner Sailing Opportunities

Explore ticketed events on board our 65-foot Schooner, American Spirit! We host public events such as Sunset Sails,Father's Day Sail, 4th of July Fireworks Sail, and the very popular Boating & Baseball events. 

The vessel is also available for Private Charters for up to 40 passengers for a three-hour cruise! Please see our Schooner Sailing page for more information. We also host Educational Charters for school groups on "American Spirit."

Youth Sailing Opportunities

Kids Set Sail Summer Camps:

Summer Camp registration for Kids Set Sail (ages 7-15) registration is now available for the 2019 program. Kids Set Sail is a week-long day camp with eight separate sessions held from late June through mid-August. Click here to be delivered to the KSS web page for information and registration. Previous sailing experience is not required. 

High School Racing Program:

The Fall 2019 season registration is now open. Click here for information and to register your sailor.

Sailors, ages 12 and up may participate. For sailors new to the sport, specifically racing skills, we offer a wonderful "Green Fleet" program that incorporates "learn to sail/learn to race" coaching and allows youth sailors to become familiar with sailing the Flying Junior fleet, an Olympic racing boat. It is perfect for youth sailors who may have some experience with summer camps or other sailing, perhaps with family, but do not have training on Flying Juniors, in race tactics, starting sequences, rules of the road, etc. Either way, with the "Green Fleet," no sailing experience is required!

With our most sincere gratitude, we enthusiastically thank all of our regatta participants, partners, sponsors, members, volunteers, donors, and guests for a wonderful day of sailing and celebrating in the evening at the After Party!(We have posted a photo gallery on our Facebook Page. Please click here to be delivered to the album!) 

DC Sail Featured on "The Weather Channel"

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DC Sail is the community sailing program of National Maritime Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Business Mailing Address: 600 Water Street SW, Unit 9-16, Washington, DC 20024
Diamond Teague Park Piers Waterfront Address: 99 Potomac Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003
The Wharf/Gangplank Marina Waterfront Address: 600 Water Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
Telephone: (202) 547-1250 · Email: Traci Mead, Director of Business Operations - tmead@dcsail.org 
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