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 through our Youth Scholarship Program.

DC Sail is the gateway to community sailing in Washington, DC!

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

DC Sail Gift Certificates can be redeemed during our 2018 sailing season (April through October) and are easy to both purchase and use! 

Gift Certificates can be redeemed for Membership, Lessons, tickets for "American Spirit" public events (no membership required), and youth programs such as our Kids Set Sail summer camp and High School Racing Program. 

Please contact the office to arrange for your DC Sail holiday certificate at 202-547-1250 or write to: tmead@dcsail.org. 

With most sincere gratitude, we thank all of our Racers, Attendees, Race Committee and Short Support Volunteers for a very successful 2017 Cantina Cup! 

Big shout out to our generous sponsors who along with everyone that participated, our Youth Scholarship Program will continue to provide the unique and safe exploration of the beauty of the sport of sailing for children less fortunate than ourselves!

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.

Youth Sailing Opportunities!

Our vibrant High School Racing Program Spring Season (March-May) registration will open in early January. 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!

Summer Camp registration for Kids Set Sail (ages 7-15) will open in January 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!

Schooner Sailing Opportunities!

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

The Wharf/Gangplank Marina Directions can be found by clicking here.

Please be advised that due to the ongoing Wharf construction project, street parking is severely restricted. We are unable to provide access to the private parking lot at Gangplank Marina as it is reserved for marina staff/operations, and residents. The use of public transportation is strongly recommended. We are a short two-block walk from the Southwest Waterfront Metro station on the Green Line. A bike share stand is available. Thank you.

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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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