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. 

Notice: Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Members Only Sail is cancelled this evening due to weather.


Save the Date!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Cantina Cup serves as our annual Regatta and Fundraising Event that supports our Youth Scholarship Program

Regatta is open to members and non-members of DC Sail. 

We welcome privately owned vessels in the PHRF, Flying Scot, Laser, Buccaneer, Lightning, Inland Scow 20s, and Albacore fleets. Our Flying Scot fleet is also available for non-members. (DC Sail owned Flying Junior fleet is reserved for DC Sail Members.)

In 2018, DC Sail will have issued over $20,000 in scholarship value to underserved youth in our area. Cantina Cup's financial support directly impacts our ability to provide this community benefit to kids less fortunate than ourselves, who would otherwise have no access to sailing and boating safety programs here in DC. With your help by participating, donating, and attending our annual fundraising event, we hope to provide even more scholarship opportunities in 2019! 

Please consider a generous donation to support our Youth Scholarship Program by clicking here

Events on the day of the regatta will include "American Spirit" Spectator Boat cruise and the After Party, hosted by Cantina Bambina. The Spectator Boat and After Party are open to the public.

Details and registration can be found on the left navigation bar for Cantina Cup.

We are seeking both individual and corporate sponsors - here's your chance to shine with your support of DC Sail's mission to provide unique and rewarding sailing and boating safety programs for area youth. Please click here for the Sponsorship Opportunities page.

                             Youth Sailing Opportunities in 2018!

Summer Camp registration for Kids Set Sail (ages 7-15) is now available for the 2018 program which is a week-long day camp with eight sessions held from late June through mid-August. Click here to be delivered to the KSS web page for information and registration!

Our vibrant High School Racing Program Spring Season (March-May) Is underway. We'll open the Fall Season Registration in early August. Click here for information and to register your racer!

Sailors, ages 12 and up may participate. For new sailors to the sport, we offer a wonderful "Green Fleet" program that is a "learn to sail/learn to race" and open to all ages - no sailing experience required!

Adult Sailing Opportunities!

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. 

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.

Schooner Sailing Opportunities!

Explore ticketed events on board our 65-foot Schooner, American Spirit! We host public events such as Sunset Sails and 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.

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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
Diamond Teague Park Piers Waterfront Address: 99 Potomac Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003
The Wharf/Gangplank Marina 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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