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Important Notice - 4th of July - Due to the BMI's fundraising event, access to boats and docks will close at 3pm on July 4th.  All cars need to be out of the parking lot by 3PM, campers pick-up will be set-up at the pedestrian gate. Thank you.   Happy 4th of July to all!


CRUISING


Do you want to sail beyond the Key Bridge and explore the Chesapeake? Or do you dream about a sailing vacation in the Caribbean? You are not alone.

Many Downtown Sailing Center (DSC) members eventually want to learn to sail larger boats. The DSC Cruising Program provides recreational and educational sailing opportunities on our fleet of cruising sailboats. DSC Cruising Skippers and Cruising Crew enjoy learning, daysailing, and even taking trips to locales like Rock Hall and Herrington Harbor.

By participating in the DSC Cruising Program, you can:

  • learn the necessary knowledge and skills to safely operate the DSC the vessels in the cruising fleet
  • volunteer for DSC cruising events and the various community programs of the DSC
  • learn how to maintain and repair cruising sailboats with internal engines and electrical systems
  • take courses, participate in on-the-water trainings, and attend lectures on topics of interest to cruisers
  • accumulate hours underway to build a successful sailing resume to graduate from cruising crew to cruising skipper

Cruising skippers are DSC members who have the demonstrated knowledge, skills, and experience to sail the cruising sailboats while maintaining the value and integrity of the vessel and safety of the crew. Cruising Skipper Candidates are evaluated on successful completion of the application process as outlined in the cruising skipper requirements. 

Click on the links below to learn more. 

Cruising Skipper Requirements

Cruising Skipper Prerequisites

Cruising Skipper Candidate Program

Boat Orientation Videos

Cruising Education Materials

Seminar Handouts and Technical Information

Email Cruising@downtownsailing.org for more information about the DSC Cruising Program.


CRUISING CALENDAR

Upcoming events

    • 09 Jul 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
    • DSC Docks
    • 0
    Join waitlist
    This is a day trip to raft up in Bodkin Creek. We meet at the docks at 8:30 and set sail early in the morning to arrive before noon. After lunch and swimming, we will head back to DSC to arrive before sunset. Bring your swimwear, towel and a lunch.
    • 10 Jul 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • DSC Docks
    • 11
    Register

    Cruising Crew and Skippers, are you ready to get competitive with your cruising?

    The Cruising Council is hosting for all cruising members the "Sunday Funday Race " series from May through October. All are welcome, from beginner to pro-racer.  You don't need prior racing experience. The race course will be from the old fuel docks to a buoy near the bridge (Red 4 in Curtis Bay) and back. Meet at the docks at 11.30 for a pre-race briefing, and then, it's literally off to the races. Boats and crew will be assigned at the pre-race meeting.

    The course information is here: SFR Course





    • 13 Jul 2022
    • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • DSC Docks
    • 13
    Register

    Take this opportunity to sail at sunset and during the evening hours out toward the Francis Scott Key bridge. Enjoy the moon rise and learn about night navigation. 

    All Cruising Crew and Cruising Skippers who have paid their upgrade fee are eligible to participate

    Crew will be expected to assist in departing and docking at night, trimming the sails, and looking out for channel traffic, and unlit buoys. If sailing beyond the bridge, skippers must file a FLOAT PLAN with the DSC office and a friend. (Sample template available on the DSC website.) PFDs must be worn at all times.  

    Bring snacks, water, and layered clothing for any changes in the weather.  Most important, HAVE FUN!

    • 16 Jul 2022
    • 24 Jul 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Markley's Marina 233 Nanticoke Rd, Essex, MD 21221
    • 3

    Summer Basic Cruising Course -

    July 16 & 17,  23 & 24


    8:30AM - 5PM each day for class

    Ever dreamed of chartering or owning your own cruising sailboat?
    The US Sailing Basic Cruising Certification Course is a 4-day intensive sailing course in which you will learn to responsibly skipper and crew an auxiliary powered cruising sailboat during daylight hours, within sight of land in moderate wind and sea conditions. 

    Participants need to have successfully completed the US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification in order to qualify for the Basic Cruising Certification.

    The cost for the course includes all study and testing materials; the cost does not include Basic Keelboat Certification costs. A participant may challenge the Basic Keelboat Certification before taking the Basic Cruising Course, but all students should be proficient small-keelboat sailors under normal conditions and come into the course with the prerequisite skills linked HERE. Participants born on or after July 1, 1972 must also provide proof of valid Maryland Safe Boater Certification (or equivalent). Please see the cruising education webpage for further prerequisite information.

    If you need to challenge the Basic Keelboat Course, please contact the office at info@downtownsailing.org or 410-727-0722.
    • 16 Jul 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • 17 Jul 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • DSC Docks
    • 1
    Register

    Take an enjoyable 2-day cruise to Whorton Creek on one of the DSC's elite fleet of cruisers.  

    Leave the DSC Saturday morning and sail to Worton Creek.  Dock and spend the night at the marina and enjoys the facilities.    Enjoy breakfast Sunday morning and maybe a morning swim before departing.  Lunch on both days will be on the boat, so please bring your own lunch and beverages.

    The Worton Creek Cruise is open to DSC Cruising Skippers and Cruising Crew who have paid their upgrade fee. 

    The $25 registration fee is to pay the Marina slip. This fee will not be refund if you cancel the reservation. All other expenses (pump, fuel etc.) will be shared equally by everyone.  

    If you're driving to the DSC and parking there overnight, please print out an overnight parking pass and leave it on your dash.

    You will have access to hot showers and restaurants. Bring your towel, pillow, bed sheets or sleeping bag and sunscreen. Your skipper will contact you regarding preparations and arrangements. Skippers must file a FLOAT PLAN with the DSC office and a friend. (Template available on the DSC website.)

    If you're interested in this cruise, but find it to be filled up, PLEASE JOIN THE WAITLIST. We actively monitor this list and will do our best to accommodate you.

    For questions or any further info, please contact cruising@downtownsailing.org.

     


    • 24 Jul 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • DSC Docks
    • 20
    Register

    Cruising Crew and Skippers, are you ready to get competitive with your cruising?

    The Cruising Council is hosting for all cruising members the "Sunday Funday Race " series from May through October.
    All are welcome, from beginner to pro-racer.  You don't need prior racing experience.
    The race course will be from the old fuel docks to a buoy near the bridge and back.
    Meet at the docks at 11.30 for a pre-race briefing, and then, it's literally off to the races.
    Boats and crew will be assigned at the pre-race meeting.

    Fair winds, sail safe and sail fast!





    • 31 Jul 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • DSC
    Register

    DSC Cruising social.

    Join us for our cruising social. All DSC Sailors interested in the cruising program are welcome to attend.

    During the social, we will do a presentation of the Cruising program activities and answer your questions.


    We will be grilling burgers and hotdogs. Soft drinks are on us, but BYOB.



    • 06 Aug 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
    • DSC Docks
    • 15
    Registration is closed
    This is a day trip to raft up in Bodkin Creek. We meet at the docks at 8:30 and set sail early in the morning to arrive before noon. After lunch and swimming, we will head back to DSC to arrive before sunset. Bring your swimwear, towel and a lunch.
    • 06 Aug 2022
    • 14 Aug 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Markley's Marina 233 Nanticoke Rd, Essex, MD 21221
    • 3

    Summer Basic Cruising Course -

    August 6 & 7,  13 & 14


    8:30AM - 5PM each day for class

    Ever dreamed of chartering or owning your own cruising sailboat?
    The US Sailing Basic Cruising Certification Course is a 4-day intensive sailing course in which you will learn to responsibly skipper and crew an auxiliary powered cruising sailboat during daylight hours, within sight of land in moderate wind and sea conditions. 

    Participants need to have successfully completed the US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification in order to qualify for the Basic Cruising Certification.

    The cost for the course includes all study and testing materials; the cost does not include Basic Keelboat Certification costs. A participant may challenge the Basic Keelboat Certification before taking the Basic Cruising Course, but all students should be proficient small-keelboat sailors under normal conditions and come into the course with the prerequisite skills linked HERE. Participants born on or after July 1, 1972 must also provide proof of valid Maryland Safe Boater Certification (or equivalent). Please see the cruising education webpage for further prerequisite information.

    If you need to challenge the Basic Keelboat Course, please contact the office at info@downtownsailing.org or 410-727-0722.
    • 11 Aug 2022
    • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • DSC Docks
    • 20
    Registration is closed

    Take this opportunity to sail at sunset and during the evening hours out toward the Francis Scott Key bridge. Enjoy the moon rise and learn about night navigation. 

    All Cruising Crew and Cruising Skippers who have paid their upgrade fee are eligible to participate

    Crew will be expected to assist in departing and docking at night, trimming the sails, and looking out for channel traffic, and unlit buoys. If sailing beyond the bridge, skippers must file a FLOAT PLAN with the DSC office and a friend. (Sample template available on the DSC website.) PFDs must be worn at all times.  

    Bring snacks, water, and layered clothing for any changes in the weather.  Most important, HAVE FUN!

    • 12 Aug 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • 14 Aug 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • DSC docks
    • 6
    Registration is closed

    Again this year, we will sail to Rock Hall for the popular Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend.  Check out how much fun previous year's cruisers had during this cruise.  

    This Cruise is open to DSC Cruising Skippers and Cruising Crew who have paid their upgrade fee.  We have secured marina reservations for three boats in Rock Hall.  

    For this event there will be 2 departures. One departure on Friday, the other on Saturday. Please register appropriately

    All expenses (slip fees, fuel, pump out etc.) will be shared equally by everyone.  Bring your towel, pillow, bed sheets or sleeping bag and sunscreen.  If you're driving to the DSC and parking there overnight, please print the overnight parking pass and leave it on your dash.

    If you're interested in this cruise, but find it to be filled up, then please add your name to the waiting list.  We monitor our waitlist closely and will do our best to accommodate you.

    Take plenty of pictures, and MOST IMPORTANT, HAVE FUN!


    • 13 Aug 2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • 14 Aug 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • DSC docks
    • 9
    Registration is closed

    Again this year, we will sail to Rock Hall for the popular Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend.  Check out how much fun previous year's cruisers had during this cruise.  

    This Cruise is open to DSC Cruising Skippers and Cruising Crew who have paid their upgrade fee.  We have secured marina reservations in Rock Hall.

    For this event there will be 2 departures. One departure on Friday, the other on Saturday (early morning). Please register according to your preference

    All expenses (slip fees, fuel, pumpout etc.) will be shared equally by everyone.  Bring your towel, pillow, bed sheets or sleeping bag and sunscreen.  If you're driving to the DSC and parking there overnight, please print the Overnight Parking Pass and leave it on your dash.

    If you're interested in this cruise, but find it to be filled up, then please add your name to the waiting list.  We monitor our waitlist closely and will do our best to accommodate you.

    Take plenty of pictures, and MOST IMPORTANT, HAVE FUN!


    • 13 Aug 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
    • DSC Docks
    • 15
    Registration is closed
    This is a day trip to raft up in Bodkin Creek. We meet at the docks at 8:30 and set sail early in the morning to arrive before noon. After lunch and swimming, we will head back to DSC to arrive before sunset. Bring your swimwear, towel and a lunch.
    • 20 Aug 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
    • DSC Docks
    • 15
    Registration is closed
    This is a day trip to raft up in Bodkin Creek. We meet at the docks at 8:30 and set sail early in the morning to arrive before noon. After lunch and swimming, we will head back to DSC to arrive before sunset. Bring your swimwear, towel and a lunch.
    • 21 Aug 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • DSC Docks
    • 20
    Registration is closed

    Cruising Crew and Skippers, are you ready to get competitive with your cruising?

    The Cruising Council is hosting for all cruising members the "Sunday Funday Race " series from May through October.
    All are welcome, from beginner to pro-racer.  You don't need prior racing experience.
    The race course will be from the old fuel docks to a buoy near the bridge and back.
    Meet at the docks at 11.30 for a pre-race briefing, and then, it's literally off to the races.
    Boats and crew will be assigned at the pre-race meeting.

    Fair winds, sail safe and sail fast!





    • 03 Sep 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • 05 Sep 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • DSC Docks
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    Take an enjoyable 3-day cruise to Castle Harbor Marina near Kent Island

    Leave the DSC Saturday morning and sail to Kent Island.  Dock and spend 2  nights at Castle Harbor.  Have a swim and enjoy a good meal and enjoy the live music.  Enjoy breakfast Sunday morning and Monday. Also maybe have a morning swim before departing.  Lunch on all days will be on the boat, so please bring your own lunch and beverages.

    The Labor Day weekend cruise is open to DSC Cruising Skippers and Cruising Crew who have paid their upgrade fee. 

    The $50 (2x$25) registration fee is to pay the Marina slip. This fee will not be refund if you cancel the reservation. All other expenses (pump, fuel etc.) will be shared equally by everyone.  

    If you're driving to the DSC and parking there overnight, please print out an overnight parking pass and leave it on your dash.

    You will have access to hot showers and restaurants. Bring your towel, pillow, bed sheets or sleeping bag and sunscreen. Your skipper will contact you regarding preparations and arrangements. Skippers must file a FLOAT PLAN with the DSC office and a friend. (Template available on the DSC website.)

    If you're interested in this cruise, but find it to be filled up, PLEASE JOIN THE WAITLIST. We actively monitor this list and will do our best to accommodate you.

    For questions or any further info, please contact cruising@downtownsailing.org.

     


    • 10 Sep 2022
    • 18 Sep 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Markley's Marina 233 Nanticoke Rd, Essex, MD 21221
    • 2
    Register

    Fall Basic Cruising Course -

    September 10 & 11,  17 & 18


    8:30AM - 5PM each day for class

    Ever dreamed of chartering or owning your own cruising sailboat?
    The US Sailing Basic Cruising Certification Course is a 4-day intensive sailing course in which you will learn to responsibly skipper and crew an auxiliary powered cruising sailboat during daylight hours, within sight of land in moderate wind and sea conditions. 

    Participants need to have successfully completed the US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification in order to qualify for the Basic Cruising Certification.

    The cost for the course includes all study and testing materials; the cost does not include Basic Keelboat Certification costs. A participant may challenge the Basic Keelboat Certification before taking the Basic Cruising Course, but all students should be proficient small-keelboat sailors under normal conditions and come into the course with the prerequisite skills linked HERE. Participants born on or after July 1, 1972 must also provide proof of valid Maryland Safe Boater Certification (or equivalent). Please see the cruising education webpage for further prerequisite information.

    If you need to challenge the Basic Keelboat Course, please contact the office at info@downtownsailing.org or 410-727-0722.
    • 10 Sep 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • DSC Docks
    • 20
    Registration is closed

    Take this opportunity to sail at sunset and during the evening hours out toward the Francis Scott Key bridge. Enjoy the moon rise and learn about night navigation. 

    All Cruising Crew and Cruising Skippers who have paid their upgrade fee are eligible to participate

    Crew will be expected to assist in departing and docking at night, trimming the sails, and looking out for channel traffic, and unlit buoys. If sailing beyond the bridge, skippers must file a FLOAT PLAN with the DSC office and a friend. (Sample template available on the DSC website.) PFDs must be worn at all times.  

    Bring snacks, water, and layered clothing for any changes in the weather.  Most important, HAVE FUN!

    • 11 Sep 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • DSC Docks
    • 20
    Registration is closed

    Cruising Crew and Skippers, are you ready to get competitive with your cruising?

    The Cruising Council is hosting for all cruising members the "Sunday Funday Race " series from May through October.
    All are welcome, from beginner to pro-racer.  You don't need prior racing experience.
    The race course will be from the old fuel docks to a buoy near the bridge and back.
    Meet at the docks at 11.30 for a pre-race briefing, and then, it's literally off to the races.
    Boats and crew will be assigned at the pre-race meeting.

    Fair winds, sail safe and sail fast!





    • 17 Sep 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
    • DSC Docks
    • 15
    Registration is closed
    This is a day trip to raft up in Bodkin Creek. We meet at the docks at 8:30 and set sail early in the morning to arrive before noon. After lunch and swimming, we will head back to DSC to arrive before sunset. Bring your swimwear, towel and a lunch.
    • 18 Sep 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • DSC Docks
    • 20
    Registration is closed

    Cruising Crew and Skippers, are you ready to get competitive with your cruising?

    The Cruising Council is hosting for all cruising members the "Sunday Funday Race " series from May through October.
    All are welcome, from beginner to pro-racer.  You don't need prior racing experience.
    The race course will be from the old fuel docks to a buoy near the bridge and back.
    Meet at the docks at 11.30 for a pre-race briefing, and then, it's literally off to the races.
    Boats and crew will be assigned at the pre-race meeting.

    Fair winds, sail safe and sail fast!





    • 05 Oct 2022
    • 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
    • DSC Docks
    • 20

    Break up the work week by sailing with the DSC on Wednesday evenings!  You’re invited to sail with us starting 5:45 PM. 

    Enjoy an evening Cruise during the week and practice evening and night sail on our cruisers. Life jackets are mandatory for all participants. Non-cruising members are welcome to join and try out the cruisers.

    For more information, contact us at cruising@downtownsailing.org.



    • 09 Oct 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • DSC Docks
    • 20
    Registration is closed

    Take this opportunity to sail at sunset and during the evening hours out toward the Francis Scott Key bridge. Enjoy the moon rise and learn about night navigation. 

    All Cruising Crew and Cruising Skippers who have paid their upgrade fee are eligible to participate

    Crew will be expected to assist in departing and docking at night, trimming the sails, and looking out for channel traffic, and unlit buoys. If sailing beyond the bridge, skippers must file a FLOAT PLAN with the DSC office and a friend. (Sample template available on the DSC website.) PFDs must be worn at all times.  

    Bring snacks, water, and layered clothing for any changes in the weather.  Most important, HAVE FUN!

    • 12 Oct 2022
    • 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
    • DSC Docks
    • 20

    Break up the work week by sailing with the DSC on Wednesday evenings!  You’re invited to sail with us starting 5:45 PM. 

    Enjoy an evening Cruise during the week and practice evening and night sail on our cruisers. Life jackets are mandatory for all participants. Non-cruising members are welcome to join and try out the cruisers.

    For more information, contact us at cruising@downtownsailing.org.



    • 16 Oct 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • DSC Docks
    Registration is closed

    Cruising Crew and Skippers, are you ready to get competitive with your cruising?

    The Cruising Council is hosting for all cruising members the "Sunday Funday Race " series from May through October.
    All are welcome, from beginner to pro-racer.  You don't need prior racing experience.
    The race course will be from the old fuel docks to a buoy near the bridge and back.
    Meet at the docks at 11.30 for a pre-race briefing, and then, it's literally off to the races.
    Boats and crew will be assigned at the pre-race meeting.

    Fair winds, sail safe and sail fast!





    • 19 Oct 2022
    • 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
    • DSC Docks
    • 20

    Break up the work week by sailing with the DSC on Wednesday evenings!  You’re invited to sail with us starting 5:45 PM. 

    Enjoy an evening Cruise during the week and practice evening and night sail on our cruisers. Life jackets are mandatory for all participants. Non-cruising members are welcome to join and try out the cruisers.

    For more information, contact us at cruising@downtownsailing.org.



    • 23 Oct 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • DSC Docks
    Registration is closed

    Cruising Crew and Skippers, are you ready to get competitive with your cruising?

    The Cruising Council is hosting for all cruising members the "Sunday Funday Race " series from May through October.
    All are welcome, from beginner to pro-racer.  You don't need prior racing experience.
    The race course will be from the old fuel docks to a buoy near the bridge and back.
    Meet at the docks at 11.30 for a pre-race briefing, and then, it's literally off to the races.
    Boats and crew will be assigned at the pre-race meeting.

    Fair winds, sail safe and sail fast!





    • 26 Oct 2022
    • 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
    • DSC Docks
    • 20

    Break up the work week by sailing with the DSC on Wednesday evenings!  You’re invited to sail with us starting 5:45 PM. 

    Enjoy an evening Cruise during the week and practice evening and night sail on our cruisers. Life jackets are mandatory for all participants. Non-cruising members are welcome to join and try out the cruisers.

    For more information, contact us at cruising@downtownsailing.org.



    • 29 Oct 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • DSC Dock
    • 25
    Registration is closed

    Cruising Crew and Skippers, are you ready to get competitive with your cruising?!

    The Cruising Council is hosting for all cruising members a new race, the Halloween Race. Bring your costumes and masks.All are welcome, from beginner to pro-racer.  You don't need prior racing experience.

    The race course will be from the old fuel docks to a buoy near the bridge and back.

    Meet at the docks at 11.30 and then, it's literally off to the races.

    Boats and crew will be assigned at the pre-race meeting.





    • 30 Oct 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • DSC
    Registration is closed

    DSC Cruising social.

    Join us for our Halloween social. All DSC Sailors interested in the cruising program are welcome to attend.

    During the social, we will do a update of the Cruising program activities and answer your questions.

    Bring your mask and costume for the best mask and costume competition

    We will do a chili cook off competition. if you want to participate, please send an email to cruising@downtownsailing.org

    Soft drinks are on us, but BYOB.

    Thank you for registering in advance



    • 31 Oct 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • DSC Docks
    • 20
    Registration is closed

    Let's continue the tradition in the Cruising program and have an Night cruise for Halloween.

    Bring your Halloween Mask with you, wear your Halloween Costume and come and sail on the special night of the year.

    Take this opportunity to sail at sunset and during the evening hours out toward the Francis Scott Key bridge. Enjoy the the dark and learn about night navigation. Night sail is a different experience with Day sail. PFDs must be worn at all times.  

    Bring snacks, water, and layered clothing for any changes in the weather.


    • 05 Nov 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • DSC Docks
    Register

    The season is ending, it's time to prepare the boats for winter. We will go through the winterization checklist for all the boats and prepare the winter sailing boats.

    We will also provide winterization instructions so you can reserve and use the winter cruisers.

    • 03 Dec 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • DSC docks - roundup at the gate
    Registration is closed

    2021 Baltimore Lighted Boat Parade

    Hello holiday lights and parade enthusiasts!

    The DSC will be decorating 2 cruisers this year for the lighted boat parade.  Please register here if you wish to participate.  Here are the details:

    * Meet up at 12p to decorate

    * Leaving DSC docks at 4p for Anchorage Marina

    * To have a good shot at winning the contest for best lighted boat, we will need donations.  Please contact Cynthia or Elizabeth to donate lights or $ to buy lights and decorations for the boats.  We intend to save the lights to reuse next year so your donation will benefit the DSC for many years.



Cruising Member Sails

Cruising Skippers and Crew take out the cruising boats on Sunday and Wednesday Member sails. Cruising Crew receive priority but all are welcome when space is available. The Cruising Program wants to "spread the love" whenever possible!

Cruiser Sundays

A full day of sailing from 10:00 AM–6:00 PM with lunch underway beyond the bridge and back. Crews will be assigned by the Dock Master as to boat assignment and other pertinent information prior to departure.  Crews will be contacted by the cruising skipper as to boat assignment and time to meet on the dock for departure.  Open only to cruising-level crew and skippers.  One week advanced registration required.

Full Moon Sails

Scheduled to coincide with the full moon, these popular events are an opportunity to do some night sailing. Full moon sails leave the docks at approximately 7:30 PM and may return as late as 10:00 or 11:00. Crews will be contacted by a cruising skipper as to boat assignment and time to meet on the dock for departure (times vary based on time of sunset).  Open only to cruising-level crew and skippers.  One week advanced registration required.

Overnight, Weekend and Raft-up Cruises

The highlight of the cruising season, these popular events are a great opportunity to get some real cruising experience.  Scheduled approximately one per month throughout the season, these events are overnight cruises to a predetermined destination on the Chesapeake Bay.  The raft-up cruises involve the DSC cruisers and other privately-owned boats for a rendezvous either anchoring or docking together.  Crews will be contacted by a cruising skipper as to boat assignment and other pertinent information prior to departure.  Open only to cruising-level crew and skippers.  One/two week advanced registration required.

Newbie Cruises

Newbie Overnight Cruises are offered for any DSC member who is interested in learning more about the cruising program. If you decide to become a cruising crew after a Newbie Cruise, your $25.00 fee will be applied to the $100.00 cruising crew fee. Crews will be contacted by a cruising skipper as to boat assignment and other pertinent information.  Crews will be contacted by the cruising skipper as to boat assignment and other pertinent information prior to departure.  Open to DSC members and cruising-level members free of charge, space available.  

Work Parties 

Work parties are held on Saturdays at 12:00PM during the sailing season.  You can check with individual boat managers also to see if there are projects you can work on other times during the week if you can't make it to these scheduled work parties.

Cruising Skipper Development

These educational events are structured to provide informal and free training opportunities for the cruising crew members interested in becoming a DSC skipper.  These day long events, led by volunteer cruising skippers, emphasize basic skills and safety, and will allow participants to practice and improve their knowledge and skills, which are essential for an enjoyable and safe sailing experience.

Skippers

  • DSC cruising skippers have the necessary sailing resume and skill level to sail the DSC cruising vessels.
  • DSC cruising skippers are expected to regularly volunteer as skippers for the scheduled cruising events, accessible-sailing program and for fleet-maintenance work parties throughout the year.

Email Cruising@downtownsailing.org for more information about the cruising program.

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The Downtown Sailing Center at the Baltimore Museum of Industry
1425 Key Highway, Suite 110, Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 727-0722 • info@downtownsailing.org