DC Sail High School Racing Program

Update: August 8, 2019

The Fall Season for JV/Varsity and the Green Fleet is now sold out to capacity. Please feel free to register for the wait-list. We will notify you if an opening occurs.

Registration for the 2019 Fall Season of High School Racing
& Green Fleet is now open. Please review the information below for details and to register your sailor.

We anticipate to sell out to capacity as has been the case for the last few seasons. Please proceed with registration and payment to secure your sailor's spot for the season.

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 10-week 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. 

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.

Age restrictions: For JV/Varsity, sailors must be 13 years old or older and in 8th grade or higher. This is due to 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

03 Sep 2019 3:30 PM • Diamond Teague Park Piers, 99 Potomac Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003


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 who are already in High School.

This program will have three 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

03 Sep 2019 3:30 PM • Diamond Teague Park Piers, 99 Potomac Street SW, 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 background checks.

JV/Varsity Coaches

Varsity Head Coach: Nicolas Brandt Hansen

JV Head Coach: Andrea Sassard

Assistant Coach: Joe Fillingham

Green Fleet Head Coach

Steve AuBuchon


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

New Parents/Sailors Orientation Meeting: 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 6:00 PM at DC Sail docks. 99 Potomac Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003. 


Tuesday, August 27th 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at DC Sail Diamond Teague Park Piers Docks.

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.)

Fall 2019 Season Regatta Schedule: 

Tentative Regatta schedule can be found by clicking here. We will post the final schedule when confirmed with the league. Coaching staff will discuss regatta participation with sailors during the first week of practice.

Fall 2019 Season Practice Schedule:

First Practices for the season will start Tuesday, September 3rd.

3:45 PM to 600 PM

All Varsity: Monday, Wednesday and Friday

All Junior Varsity: Tuesday and Thursday

All Green Fleet: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Fall 2019 Season

Instructions for Online Registration & Payment:

Important Information:

Registration is now open for the Fall Season. Deadline for online registrations is Friday, August 23, 2019.

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 paid registrants will be permitted to attend tryouts and the 10-week program.

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.

(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 and print and complete the hard copy registration documents. Please see link below. These forms are to be delivered to coaching staff on the first day try-outs or first attended practice for all sailors. 

Please click here to launch the required hard copy registration forms for the Fall 2019 Season. 

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 August to assign sailors to teams/levels.

Contact Info:

DC Sail Office:
(Traci Mead)

JV Head Coach:
Andrea Sassard

Green Fleet Head Coach: Steve AuBuchon:

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