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. 

2024 Adult Sailing Opportunities 

Membership with DC Sail for 12 months starts at $300 and includes evening sailing opportunities during Monday Members Only and Wednesday Members Only 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 start at $575 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.)

2024 Youth Sailing Opportunities 

Kids Set Sail Summer Camp:

Kids Set Sail (ages 7-15). 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.

American Spirit Schooner Camp:

We are excited to after a few years' hiatus, we resuming our week-long Sailing and Marine Studies program geared toward youth ages 12 to 17. 

The camp, which is held aboard our 65-foot schooner, American Spirit, will educate students on subjects pertaining to Sailing on a Schooner, Seamanship, Local History and Marine Science with a focus on local flora and fauna.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects are part of the excellent, award-winning, on-the-water and dockside curriculum. Please click here to view the Schooner Camp web page. 

High School Racing Program:

Click here for information about the program. 

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!

2024 Schooner Sailing Opportunities 

Explore ticketed events on board our 65-foot Schooner, American Spirit! We host public events such as our Cherry Blossom Cruises, Mother's Day Cruise, Father's Day Cruise, and our 4th of July Fireworks Cruise. We also host our popular Sunset Sails which run every-other Friday evening from mid-May to early October. 

The vessel is also available for Private Charters for up to 35 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."


With our most sincere gratitude, we enthusiastically thank all of our regatta participants, partners, sponsors, members, staff, volunteers, donors, and guests for a wonderful day of sailing and celebrating in the evening at the After Party!

Please click here for a photo album posted on our Facebook page!

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