Welcome to DC Sail!

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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 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 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. 

DC Sail Holiday Gift Certificates!


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

DC Sail Gift Certificates can be redeemed during our 2017 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 (May-September.) The recipient does not need to know how to sail and will be assigned to a boat with an experienced DC Sail skipper and other members during the 5:30 PM-Sunset sailing events. Certificate holder will also, for additional fees, have the ability to register for lessons and the seasonal Adult Racing program which requires a DC Sail membership to participate. 

“Learn to Sail” gift packages are $515 for adults and include a Basic Membership.  Youth Sailing Programs ($350 for a week of day-camp) through our Kids Set Sail program for youth ages 7-14. Certificates can also be purchased to pay for High School Racing Program (Spring & Fall - Cost $485 for each session. Registration is available for middle school aged sailors 12+ in our High School Racing Program's "Green Fleet," which is a learn to sail/race program that prepares sailors for the more demanding JV/Varsity teams once they are in high school.)

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

To purchase: Please contact the DC Sail Office at 202-547-1250 or you may 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!

Thank you for all the support of our 9th Annual Cantina Cup Regatta and Fundraising Event! It was a grand day on and off the water!


Adult and Youth Sailing Opportunities!

Explore ticketed events on board our 65-foot Schooner, American Spirit! We host public events such as our Sunset Sails, Father's Day Cruise and 4th of July Fireworks Sail along with 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.

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. 

“Learn to Sail” packages are $515 for adults and include a 12-Month Basic Membership. 

Youth Sailing Programs: 2017 Spring High School Racing Program and Summer Camps will be posted in January!

The menu to the left with aid you with navigating our many programs - click any of the areas to learn more about how you can get out on the water with DC Sail.

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DC Sail is the community sailing program of National Maritime Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Business Office Mailing Address: 600 Water Street SW, Unit 9-16, Washington, DC 20024
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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