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 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.


Holiday Shopping? Skip the crowds! Purchase
DC Sail Gift Certificates and Merchandise! 

We have “Learn to Sail” programs for children, teens, and adults.  DC Sail Gift Certificates can be redeemed during our 2015 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 sail.)  Prices start at $50 per event/per ticket.

Membership with DC Sail for 12 months starts at $200 and includes evening sailing opportunities during Monday Members Only and Wednesday Social Sails from mid-May through mid-September.  The recipient does not need to know how to sail. Waterfront staff will 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 $490 for adults and include a Basic Membership. 

Youth Sailing Programs average $350 for a week of Summer Camp through either our Kids Set Sail (small boat sailing) or Schooner Camp (on board our 65-foot Schooner,
American Spirit.)

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 the DC Sail Office at 202-547-1250 or you may email Traci Mead, Director of Business Operations at 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 or office.

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

We also offer high-quality merchandise for sailors and landlubbers alike! Click Here to view the page. 


DC Sail Featured on "The Weather Channel"

Click Here to view the fun and informative video.


2014 Cantina Cup

With sincere gratitude, we offer up a heartfelt
THANK YOU for making our 7th Annual Cantina Cup a huge success! To all of our members, sponsors, donors, volunteers and participants, your contribution has had a beneficial impact on our Youth Scholarship Programs and we're so grateful for each and every one of you!



Please enjoy exploring items at Amazon.com via the AmazonSmile link.  We are a registered nonprofit organization and have the ability to receive a percentage of sales via a donation through their giving program.  DC Sail is the Community Sailing Center of the National Maritime Heritage Foundation which will be referenced at your checkout. Thank you for helping us to raise funds to support our mission statement.  In providing unique sailing and on-the-water opportunities for at-risk kids, as we have seen time and time again, it does change lives in so many positive ways.            


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DC Sail is the community sailing program of National Maritime Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

National Maritime Heritage Foundation · 236 Massachusetts Ave, NE · Suite 410 · Washington, DC 20002

Telephone: (202) 547-1250 · Email: Traci Mead, Director of Business Operations - tmead@dcsail.org 

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