Sunset Sail

  • 06 Oct 2023
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • The Wharf Marina, 650 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
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  • As a DC Sail Member, you may purchase a total of four tickets for this event at the discounted rates.
  • Thank you for your purchase today of tickets for this Sunset Sail!

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Enjoy a sunset sail aboard the American Spirit every-other Friday from May through October. Sign up today for this unique and relaxing sail from the deck of a classic-rigged sailing ship!

*Boarding is at 4:30 PM and the boat will depart promptly at 5:00 PM.

Helpful Information:

Food & Beverage: We do not offer food and beverage service on board for purchase. You're encouraged to bring along a picnic and drinks (beer/wine are permitted - no spirits, please.) Keep your menu super simple such as sandwiches/snacks. You will need to include whatever supplies you need to to serve your food/beverage such as napkins, small paper plates, plastic cups, etc. The Crew will have two large coolers stocked with ice for passengers to share.

Little Sailors: Children are most welcome! You'll need to purchase a ticket for them, infants included. Strollers are permitted. Our Crew will stow the strollers below decks during the sail. There is no power available during the sail, so please be prepared with supplies for your children as we do not have the ability to warm food or bottles.

Restroom: There is a unisex restroom on board.

What to Wear/Bring: You may wish to bring along a lap blanket and be sure to dress for the weather. Even in warm weather, it can be cooler on the water, so bring along a jacket or sweater if needed. Wear closed-toe, soft soled shoes - sneakers are perfect. Sandals, flip-flops, heels, or wedges are not permitted. 

Location: Please click here to view a map of our dock location at The Wharf. Address is: The Wharf Marina, 650 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024.

Sailing Area: American Spirit is located at The Wharf on the Washington Channel. We sail down to the confluence of the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers and typically sail south on the Potomac River toward Old Town Alexandria or National Harbor. It takes about 90 minutes to reach that area and we then swing around and return to our docks to complete the three-hour sail. We can sail up the Anacostia River to the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge but not beyond due to her tall masts that won'd clear the bridge.

Please Note: We are unable to sail close to the Mall/Monuments due to the bridges on the Potomac River. The sailing area we access is quite beautiful and we've never had a complaint! 

Cancellation: If severe weather (thunderstorms, excessive winds, etc.) prevents us from being able to safely leave the docks, we will issue a cancellation and full refund of your purchase. Please be advised that we will not cancel in the event of light rain/mist. Rain gear/poncho is then suggested. Cancellation notices are sent out via email typically two hours prior to the planned departure time.

Payment Information: Full payment must be made at the time of registration. Pending registrations without payment will be auto-cancelled by the system after 15 minutes. Please have your payment information available at the time of registration.

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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: 650 Wharf Street SW, Unit 20, Washington, DC 20024
Diamond Teague Park Piers Waterfront Address: 99 Potomac Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003
The Wharf Marina Waterfront Address: 650 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
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