DC Sail High School Racing Program

2020 Fall Season of High School Racing Program Update

Update - July 29, 2020

Our staff joined in on a league meeting via a Zoom last weekend to evaluate the feasibility of hosting a fall season, taking into consideration the COVID-19 restrictions in place and how schools (and other sailing centers/clubs) will be operating. They will hold their next and "final call" meeting on August 15th. Until that meeting takes place, we are on standby awaiting their "go - no/go" for any league regatta schedule for this fall.

DC Sail has on average over 30 schools represented in our program each season, so many factors in play regarding school-by-school and their districts, and whether the districts will actually permit extracurricular sports activities by students. 

Typically each year, we open registration for the fall season around the first of August, with tryouts and practices commencing in late August for Varsity and JV/Green Fleet starting after Labor Day weekend.

However, we are presently on standby later in August and are working out the logistics for how we will be managing a fall season, which may be open only to existing high school sailing registrants due to COVID-19 and other restrictions as deemed necessary for the health and safety of our sailors, their families and our staff.

We will provide an update here with any known details as soon as they are confirmed.

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. 

High School Sailing Program

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:                        

High School Racing Program


In its 11th 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 background checks.

Varsity & Junior Varsity Head Coach

Nicolas Brandt Hansen

Green Fleet Head Coach

Steve AuBuchon

2020 Spring Season Schedules:

Here are the important dates for the Spring Season (may change due to scheduling and/or weather/water conditions):

February 12 - Mandatory Pre-Season Meeting The meeting will be held at Northeast Public Library (330 7th St. NE), since we are limited on space, we will be holding two sessions:

Session 1: 6 - 7 pm Returning Varsity sailors ONLY

Session 2: 7- 8 pm All new sailors, JV sailors, Green Fleet sailors

We WILL NOT be going over the handbook in its entirety due to time, so we ask that you please review it and bring any questions you may have. 

February 19 - Varsity Tryouts (during regular practice times)

Week of February 24 - Start of Varsity practice

Week of March 2 - Start of JV/Green Fleet practice

March 31/April 1 @ 6 pm - Mid-season Meeting (Parents: Please attend the practice day that your sailor attends.)

June 4 @ 6:30 pm - Awards Night

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.)

Spring 2020 Season Regatta Schedule: 

Please click here to launch the Spring 2020 Regatta Schedule. (Updated March 4, 2020.)

Spring 2020 Season Practice Schedule:

Practice Times: 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM

All Varsity: Monday, Wednesday and Friday

All Junior Varsity: Tuesday and Thursday

All Green Fleet: Tuesday, Thursday

Spring 2020 Season

Instructions for Online Registration & Payment:

Important Information:

Registration is now open for the spring season. 

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. 

2020 Spring Registration Documents: Please click here to print the hard copy registration document.

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 in late February to assign sailors to teams/levels.

Contact Info:

DC Sail:
(Traci Mead)

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