DC Sail High School Racing Program

Update: Friday, August 6, 2021

Registration for the 2021 Fall Season is now closed due to sell out to capacity status for Green Fleet, JV and Varsity. (Green Fleet sold out in less than three minutes from the time of the opening of registration at 12:00 Noon on Thursday, August 5th. JV/Varsity reached capacity by 2:20 PM.)

Parents are welcome to add yourself to the waitlist where you'll find that option when clicking on the registration link in the red box(s) below for JV/Varsity and also for Green Fleet. We will absolutely be in touch via email should an opening occur where we can accommodate your sailor(s). 

If interested in the Spring 2022 season, please add a note to your calendar to check back here for an update just after the holidays on January 2, 2022.

Thank you!

High School Racing Program at DC Sail

Established in 2005, the DC Sail High School Sailing Program allows students from Middle and 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 including regatta requirements, establishing teams sailing under their school's name, sailor expectations, equipment needs, attendance, etc. 

DC Sail has a comprehensive High School Racing Handbook. Please click here to review. 

Junior Varsity (Silver) and Varsity (Gold) High School Racing Program

The DC Sail High School Racing Program is the facilitator for local high school sailors and teams. Any student is welcome to participate in the program, regardless of whether they have a program at their school or not. (Sailors' schools are not involved in the DC Sail High School Racing Program.)

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. Please click here for a Google Map to our dock location. 

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

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

JV & Varsity High School Racing Program

30 Aug 2021 3:30 PM • Diamond Teague Park Piers, 99 Potomac Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003

Green Fleet Program

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 little or no official race training, including students 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 on the Flying Junior fleet in preparation of the more demanding High School Racing Program once they are of age and have the skills necessary for the JV/Varsity level of sailing competition. 

New in 2021 - Regatta Participation: We will host a couple of home regattas for the Green Fleet/Bronze level and one "away" regatta. Information regarding the regatta schedule will be emailed to parents/sailors. 

Green Fleet (Bronze) 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

07 Sep 2021 3:30 PM • Diamond Teague Park Piers, 99 Potomac Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003


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. Staff are also subject to pre-employment full background checks.

2021 Fall Season Tryouts Schedule:

Tryouts - Wednesday, August 25th - 3:45 PM to 6:30 PM.

There are no "cuts" resulting from Tryouts as it is an opportunity for coaching staff to evaluate sailing skills and to assign to teams.

For those sailors that are new to DC Sail as well as those who wish to be added to the Varsity level of racing, they should plan on attending Tryouts. 

Note there is no tryout for Junior Varsity and Green Fleet. (No sailing experience is required for Green Fleet.)

2021 Fall Season Regatta Schedule: 

League Regattas will resume for the 2021 Fall Season.

Sept. 14th: Updated Schedule - Please click here to view.

DC Sail will host three to four "home" regattas at our dock location, with the balance of the regattas "away" such as Annapolis, Baltimore, and Eastern Shore facilities. (DC Sail does not provide transportation for the away regattas.)

2021 Fall Season Practice Schedule: 

Gold - Varsity Practices: Mondays & Thursdays 3:45 PM to 6:30 PM 

Silver - Junior Varsity Practices: Tuesdays & Fridays 3:45 PM to 6:30 PM

Bronze - Green Fleet Practices: Tuesdays & Fridays 3:45 PM to 6:30 PM.

2021 Fall Season

Registration for the 2021 Fall Season will open on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 12:00 Noon.

Instructions for Online Registration & Payment.

Cost of the DC Sail High School Racing Program is $550 per season.  

*Scholarships are available for those with annual household income of less than $50,000.  

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 the 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.

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 Fall Season Registration form.  

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

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.

Contact Info:

Youth Programs Administrator:

Steve AuBuchon

DC Sail:
(Traci Mead)


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