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. 

9th Annual Cantina Cup Regatta and Fundraising Event! Saturday, September 24, 2016.

Every year, DC Sail issues thousands of dollars in scholarships to under-served and at-risk area youth to attend summer camps and our High School Racing Program. These young sailors are provided the chance to explore sailing and boating safety at a highly discounted tuition, and in some cases, at no cost for those in particularly difficult situations. 

The Cantina Cup Regatta and Fundraising Event is held for the purpose of generating the funds necessary in order to maintain the youth programs that benefit many area kids and their families. As was the case in 2015, DC Sail will have issued $60,000.00+ in scholarship value this year. 


DC Sail is seeking to secure corporate sponsors who wish to support our community programs, as well as individual donors. For information on sponsorship and our Youth Scholarship Program materials, 
please click here.

For Regatta Registration, NOR, Volunteer Opportunities, "American Spirit" Spectator Boat and After Party Tickets, please click here and then follow the links on the left navigation bar.

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: Registration for the Fall Season of High School Racing and Green Fleet is open! 

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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