I’ve been interested in getting back into sailing, after my days teaching sailing down at Camp Pianktank; so I’ve been checking out DC-area sailing options.  I thought I’d share what I’ve found for those interested:

  • DC Sail
    • Classes:  Yes, members can take beginner classes to get a US Sailing Small Boat Level 1 cert)
    • Rentals:  Yes, 6 Flying Scots (19′ day sailors and 12 Flying Juniors (FJs)
    • Comments:  They’re a non-profit that focuses on giving high school students sailing experience; I’ve heard they’re a great sailing community; they have social sails where non-members can enjoy sailing (I think it’s $20 per social sail for non-members)
  • Sailing Club of Washington (SCOW)
    • Classes:  Yes
    • Rentals:  Yes, 5 Flying Scots (19′), and three 25′ Catalina/Capri sailboats
    • Comments:  They have social sails where non-members can enjoy sailing with the group
  • Washington Sailing Marina
    • Classes:  Yes, they offer beginner and keelboat classes
    • Rentals: Yes, Flying Scots (19′, 6 people max) and Aqua Fins (small, 2 person boat)
  • Mariner Sailing School
    • Classes:  Yes, they offer small boat sailing classes
    • Rentals: Yes, Flying Scots (19′) and Sunfish (14′)
    • Comments:  I don’t think they have any keelboats (bigger boats)
  • Pentagon Sailing Club
    • Classes: Yes, offer ASA 101/103 classes
    • Rentals: Yes, five Catalina/Capri 22′ sailboats

Are there any others people recommend?  Please leave me a comment or email me.

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