Accessible Sailing

Accessible sailing is a powerful way for people with disabilities to push their limits. The DSC has sailboats that simply do not require the ability to move about the boat. Paraplegics, people with MS, and even a triple amputee have solo-sailed here. In addition, specially designed, servo-equipped sailboats can accommodate people with even more severe mobility restrictions!

The Downtown Sailing Center is committed to providing access to sailing regardless of physical ability. The DSC's docks are equipped with accessible ramps, Hoyer lifts, and plenty of room. The parking lot has accessible parking and wheelchair compatible restrooms. The DSC also has two different kinds of accessible sailboats, the Sonar 23 Keelboat (used by the U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team) and The Access 303, a one or two person non-capsizable dinghy that can be adapted with a sip and puff searing system or an electronic joystick. Finally, to make accessible sailing actually happen, the DSC hosts three types of accessible programs:


Partnership Programs:

Partner programs with organizations that serve people with disabilities take hundreds of people with disabilities out sailing every summer, as well as many other types of program partners – church groups, synagogues, temples, community centers, youth groups, and many others. Day trips, week-long lessons, and summer-long programs are all available, just call the office to get your organization out sailing!

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.