Social Sails ~ 2022 Operations

Wednesday evenings 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

May 18th through September 14, 2022

Update - Thursday, September 15, 2022:

With early sunset, Social Sails are now complete for the 2022 sailing season. We will resume the evening member events next year the week of May 15, 2023.

Thank you!

Social Sails 

Effective July 2022: We are in the process of "Re-branding" Wednesday Social Sails. Effective July 2022, the Wednesday evening events are are "Members Only" events.

Historically, when we hosted the Social Sails in the past "pre-COVID," they were intended to be recruitment "Open House" events for prospective Members of DC Sail. Our Membership has grown considerably, which we're very happy to see, however, the situation calls for a course-correction in how we manage a few of our programs.

Our longtime DC Sail Members will recall that almost every Wednesday we had to send the boats out twice during Social Sails to accommodate attendees, thus limiting the sailing duration to just 45 minutes or so before returning to the docks to swap out Skipper/Crew. Since 2020, our DC Sail Members have grown accustomed to, and rely on, having the opportunity to sail for the duration of the Wednesday evening events as is the case for Members Only Sails. 

This season, we are experiencing a significantly high number of registrations by our Members on the day of the event(s) for Members/Social Sails, resulting in capacity concerns. Based on our fleet size (specifically the Flying Scots,) we simply do not have ample space available for boat allocation of non-member guests. 

For DC Sail Members wishing to have friends and family explore the sport of sailing with you, we encourage you to secure weekend Boat Rentals, as part of your Membership Benefits where you can bring along guests.

Life Jacket Policy: Members will be required to bring your own life jacket for the balance of the 2022 sailing season. 

Online Registration Required: Advanced online registration is required by members to attend the Social Sails in order to monitor the number attendees for boat allocation once we reach capacity. 

Registration will open on the day of the event at 12:00 Noon. Please only register if you are 100% committed that you’ll attend as you’ll be taking the space from another Member once we reach capacity. Registration will close at 4:00 PM on the day of the event. Please use the link in the red box below to register.

Face Coverings/Masks are strongly encouraged on the docks and while sailing.

When: Wednesday evenings mid-May to mid-September, starting around 5:30-6:00 PM until sunset around 8:00 PM.

Cost: No cost for current (paid) DC Sail members at the Admiral, Basic, Instructor, Lifetime and Super levels. 

    Where: Social Sails are hosted at our Diamond Teague Park Piers location. Address is 99 Potomac Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003. Marina Directions can be found by clicking here. Scroll down for link to map for Diamond Teague Park Piers. Look for the large banners on the fencing at the dock entrance. 

     

    Weather & Cancellation: 

    Please monitor the weather prior to coming to the docks. For safety, we will close dock operations in the event of thunderstorms in the area within 15 miles and/or when there is an extended forecast for the threat of heavy weather, high winds or no wind situations and in extreme heat.

    If the weather forecast is not reflecting clear and safe sailing conditions, it is likely the event will be cancelled.

    While we typically send a notice of cancellation to confirmed registrants as well as post and update to our home page, Facebook, and Twitter accounts about an hour prior to the 5:30 PM start time, there are occasions where the weather causes a last-minute cancellation of the event. Dock Manager may also cancel the event if the weather becomes dangerous once the boats have launched.

    Membership: Interested in becoming a DC Sail Member? A Basic Membership ($225) will give you free access to Social Sails and Member Sails for 12 months. Please refer to our Membership page for more information.

    Please contact Traci Mead with any questions you may have. 

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