The Downtown Sailing Center (DSC) is an award winning, non-profit, 501 (c)(3) community sailing center offering sailing instruction and access to sailing without the cost of private ownership and boat maintenance since 1994.

Our mission is to provide accessible and affordable educational sailing programs to all, making the joy of sailing accessible to everyone, regardless of age, income, ability or disability.

We do this by:
  • offering the community affordable access to quality sailing programs and events;
  • providing education in sailing and water safety skills at all levels for all ages and abilities;
  • and sponsoring both recreational and racing opportunities

The DSC’s many sailing programs include junior sailing day and overnight camps, outreach programs for at risk youth and persons with disabilities, adult lessons, open recreational sailing, charters, and racing.

It is said, “The water belongs to everyone.” Unfortunately, access to the water is not universal. The DSC’s targeted outreach programs strive to break down all racial, socioeconomic and physical barriers to participation.

The DSC is one of several hundred community sailing centers recognized by the United States Sailing Association (USSA), the national governing body of sailing.

The DSC has received several awards including: US Sailing for Outstanding New Community Sailing Program 1997, Outstanding Seasonal Community Sailing Program 1999, and Outstanding Director of a Seasonal Program (Kirk Culbertson) 2001.

Our Accessible Sailing program was featured on Maryland Public Television as part of their Outdoors Maryland program. Watch the video here.

The Downtown Sailing Center is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit community sailing center.
Located at The Baltimore Museum of Industry
Photography donated by Andy Herbick Photography, and others.