Social Sails ~ 2020

Changes to programming: Social Sails will be "Members Only" events until further notice. Guests and the public will not be permitted to attend in order to maintain the number of personnel on the docks to a minimum.

As we are able to resume programming, all attendees will be required to bring their own life jackets. We have temporarily postponed the shared usage of DC Sail life jackets as part of our health, safety, and sanitation protocols at the guidance of US Sailing, CDC, and local health authorities. Suggested Life Jacket resources are posted on our home page.

IMPORTANT: New registration requirements for 2020 to comply with our COVID-19 Health Precaution Policies:

Advanced online registration will be required by members to attend the Social Sails in order to maintain a reduced number of personnel on the docks and for COVID-19 Contact Tracing, should it be necessary.

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 will be mandatory on the docks and while sailing.

Explore sailing with no experience necessary!

Get to know your fellow sailors while enjoying a relaxing evening on the water.

Our Social Sails are intended to be "Open House" events for prospective members of DC Sail. Social Sails are a wonderful opportunity to learn more about DC Sail while exploring the sport of sailing.

How Social Sails are Managed: Guests and members arrive between 5:30 PM and 6:00 PM for check in and boat assignments. Guests will be allocated to boats with experienced sailors prior to leaving the docks. The first "wave" of boats depart and waiting guests/members will be assigned to boats as they become available. Typical wait time is about an hour though we offer a very pleasant seating area under our pavilion.

Due to the popularity of this event, the time on the water will be about an hour, depending on the number of attendees. We will do our best to ensure that you get as much time as possible on the water.

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


  • DC Sail Members:  No cost for current (paid) DC Sail members at the Admiral, Basic, Instructor, Lifetime and Super levels. 
  • Guests/Non-Members: For the balance of the 2020 sailing season, guests and the public will not be permitted. Social Sails will be "Members Only" events.

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. 

Social Sails - Upcoming Events

Make an Online Payment   ·  Stay Connected

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
Telephone: (202) 547-1250 · Email: Traci Mead, Acting Executive Director - 
© Copyright 2000-2020. All Rights Reserved.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software