DC Sail High School Racing Program

Update: April 22, 2021

Registration is closed (at capacity) for the 2021 Spring Season.

Registration for the 2021 Fall Season will open in early August. Recommend parents add a note to their calendar to check the website for updates around August 1st.

Thank you!

High School Racing Program at DC Sail

Established in 2005, the DC Sail High School Sailing Program allows students from High Schools throughout the DC area to participate in our Varsity and Junior Varsity and Learn to Sail Interscholastic teams. We offer High School Programs in the Spring (March - May) and the Fall (September - November.)  

Please view the FAQ page (click here) for additional information on how the program is managed. 

Effective January 2020, DC Sail has published a High School Racing Handbook. Please click here to review. 


The DC Sail high school sailing program acts as a facilitator for local high school sailing teams. Any student is welcome to participate in the program, regardless of whether they have a program at their school or not.

DC Sail offers the only small boat sailing facility in the District of Columbia. High school sailing activities take place at DC Sail's Diamond Teague Park waterfront facility at 99 Potomac Avenue SE, located on the Anacostia River, behind Nationals Park, a short walk from the Navy Yard-Ballpark Metro Station.

DC Sail maintains a fleet of 18 Club/Collegiate Flying Juniors, which are double-handed racing sailboats. Four motorized boats operate as safety boats and on-the-water teaching platforms.

Regatta Age Restrictions: For JV/Varsity and Green Fleet, sailors must be 13 years old or older and in 8th grade or higher. This is League policy for regatta participation. 

Please click link below in the red box to start High School Racing Program JV and Varsity Registration Process:                        

JV & Varsity High School Racing Program


Due to logistics for this "modified" 2021 Spring Season, we will be unable to host Green Fleet sailors. Green Fleet programming will return in the 2021 Fall Season.

In its 12th season, the "Green Fleet" racing program is designed  to be a "Learn to Sail/Learn to Race" program for middle school aged sailors who are currently 12 years old (or older). The program is also open to brand new sailors, or sailors who may have "summer camp" experience but no race training, who are already in High School.

This program will have two days of after school instruction during the week. The practice sessions groom young sailors in preparation of the High School Racing Program once they are of age. Intramural Regattas will be held with the Green Fleet participants. There are no weekend regattas at the Green Fleet level. 

Green Fleet sailors are not required to attend Tryouts.

We have limited spaces available for the Green Fleet Program each season.     

Please click link below in the red box to start the registration for "Green Fleet" High School Racing Prep Program:

Green Fleet Prep Program


DC Sail maintains a staff of outstanding coaches. Each instructor (coach) employed by DC Sail is trained in techniques for teaching basic sailing including safety boat operation, instructional sailing drills and lecture topics.  Our instructors are also certified by the American Red Cross in First Aid and CPR and have completed the US Sailing SafeSport Certification and are subject to full background checks.

2021 Spring Season Tryouts Schedule:

Tryouts - Date to be Confirmed.

There are no "cuts" resulting from tryouts as it is an opportunity for coaching staff to evaluate sailing skills and to assign to teams. Note there is no tryout for Green Fleet. (No sailing experience is required for Green Fleet.)

2021 Spring Season Regatta Schedule: 

No formal regattas for the 2021 Spring Season. League Regattas will resume for the 2021 Fall Season. Sailors will be invited to participate in bi-monthly home regattas on Friday afternoons. Dates to be confirmed. 

2021 Spring Season Practice Schedule:

Varsity Practices: Monday & Wednesdays 3:45 PM to 6:30 PM

Junior Varsity Practices: Tuesday & Thursdays 3:45 PM to 6:30 PM

2021 Spring Season

Registration for the 2021 Spring season is now closed (at capacity.)

Instructions for Online Registration & Payment:

Important Information:

DC Sail will not offer “pro-rated” discounts or refunds once the season has commenced. Sailors are required to be fully committed to attend all scheduled practices and to complete the season prior to registration.

Only fully paid and registered sailors will be permitted to attend tryouts and season's practices and regattas.

Full payment by a credit card is required at the time of registration. Unpaid registrations will be cancelled by the system automatically after 15 minutes. Please be sure to have your payment information available at the time of online registration.

Sell-Out to Capacity Notice: If we sell out to capacity, late registrations will be considered on a case-by-case basis and based on availability. No discounts are available for late registrations.

First Step: Please click on the link in one of the red boxes to the left. One is for High School Racing Program (JV/Varsity,) the other a bit further down the page is for the "Green Fleet" Program. 

Complete the online registration and issue payment as step one of the registration process.

Step Two: Launch, print and complete the hard copy registration document. Please see link below. These forms are to be delivered to coaching staff on the first day tryouts or first attended practice for all sailors.

Please click here to launch the 2021 Spring Season Registration form.  

Cost of the DC Sail High School Sailing Team is $550 per season*. 

Includes a six-month DC Sail "membership" so that students can participate in off-season racing programs (racing fees will be required.)
*Scholarships are available.  

Coaching Staff will be in contact after registration closes to assign sailors to teams/levels.

Contact Info:

Youth Programs Administrator:

Steve AuBuchon

DC Sail:
(Traci Mead)


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