Sunset Sails on the American Spirit

Sunset Sails (May - October)

The American Spirit

hosts three-hour Sunset Sails every other Friday from May to October. These events are open to the public and children are most welcome. Reserve your ticket today for a unique and relaxing sail from the deck of a classic-rigged sailing ship!  Passengers are invited to bring along a picnic of food and beverage (beer and wine are permitted - no spirits, please.)

COVID-19 Provisions Effective 2020:

DC Sail is dedicated to the health and wellbeing of our passengers, their families and our staff. We have adopted stringent safety and sanitation protocols with the guidance of US Sailing, the CDC, and local health governmental authorities.

While we are USCG licensed to carry up to 40 passengers, due to COVID-19, we have restricted the number of allowable passenger to less then 50% of our capacity to provide a more spacing while seated.

Upon boarding, the Captain/Crew will assign passengers to the location on the deck where they will be seated during the sail. 

Face Coverings/Masks will be mandatory during boarding, departure, return to the docks and while Crew are adjusting sails. Passengers will be permitted to remove them while consuming food and beverage.

Staff and passengers will have a noncontact temperature screening upon arrival.

We are completely sanitizing the boat, equipment, and surfaces before and after each sail.

Additional restrictions may be adopted based upon updated COVID-19 conditions.


May -October: 6:00 - 9:00 PM (Boarding check-in at 5:30 PM.)

Ticket Prices:


  • Individual cruise tickets are $50 per person. Great for visitors to DC!

DC Sail Members:

  • Cruises are half-price for DC Sail members and up to 3 guests! The reduced cost is just $25 per person. You'll need to be logged into your DC Sail member account to receive the discount.

Registration: Please scroll down to the red box below and then select the link for the sail you wish to attend and proceed with registration.

Helpful Information:

Food & Beverage: We do not offer food and beverage service on board for purchase. You're encouraged to bring along a picnic and drinks (beer/wine are permitted - no spirits, please.) Keep your menu super simple such as sandwiches/snacks.  You will need to bring along a small hand-held cooler or cooler bag if needed for your food/beverage.  Crew will have supplemental ice on board during the sail to add to your cooler if needed.

Little Sailors: Children are most welcome! You'll need to purchase a ticket for them, infants included. Strollers are permitted. Our Crew will stow the strollers below decks during the sail. There is no power available during the sail, so please be prepared with supplies for your children as we do not have the ability to warm food or bottles.

Restroom: There is a unisex restroom on board. We also have a foot pump non-contact hand washing station on board the boat.

What to Wear/Bring: You may wish to bring along a lap blanket and be sure to dress for the weather. Even in summer, it can be cooler on the water, so bring along a jacket or sweater if needed. Wear closed-toe, soft soled shoes. While you are not required to wear a life jacket during the sail, we have a full inventory of life jackets on board the boat if they are needed.

Location: Please click here to view a map of our dock location at The Wharf.

Cancellation: If severe weather (thunderstorms, excessive winds, etc.) prevents us from being able to safely leave the docks, we will issue a cancellation and full refund of your purchase. Please be advised that we will not cancel in the event of light rain/mist. Rain gear/poncho is then suggested. Cancellation notices are sent out via email typically two hours prior to the planned departure time.

Payment Information: Full payment must be made at the time of registration. Pending registrations without payment will be auto-cancelled by the system after 15 minutes. Please have your payment information available at the time of registration.

Captain and Crew look forward to welcoming you aboard, "American Spirit!" 

Sunset Sail

14 Aug 2020 6:00 PM • The Wharf, 600 Water Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
28 Aug 2020 6:00 PM • The Wharf, 600 Water Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
11 Sep 2020 6:00 PM • The Wharf, 600 Water Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
25 Sep 2020 6:00 PM • The Wharf, 600 Water Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
09 Oct 2020 6:00 PM • The Wharf, 600 Water Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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DC Sail is the community sailing program of National Maritime Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Business 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
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