Whether you’re a veteran boater or don’t know your kayak from your canoe, you’re in store for an unforgettable experience on the Potomac River! Enjoy a breathtaking view of the Washington D.C. sky line while sailing, kayaking or enjoying a stand-up paddleboard around the iconic Daingerfield Island. This Marina is also a spectacular spot to sit and watch planes land. Prefer two wheels to the water? Rent a bike and explore the nearby Mount Vernon Bike Trail that takes you from the front doors of George Washington’s Mount Vernon to the foot of the Washington Monument. End your adventures with a picnic in the park or stop by for an overly indulgent burger, shake, or beer at the delicious new burger joint, Triple Craft (check their website for seasonal hours).
The Washington Sailing Marina, located in Alexandria, is the premier facility for one-design and small sailboat racing in the D.C. Metro area, and host to the Potomac River Sailing Association, Daingerfield Island Sailing Fleet, Sailing Club of Washington, Georgetown Sailing Team, and the National Yacht Club.
Take Interstate 95 North. Get onto 395 North. Take the Reagan National Airport/Boundary Channel Drive exit and head towards Reagan National Airport. Stay in the left lane once you get on the George Washington Memorial Parkway and pass Reagan National Airport. Washington Sailing Marina will be on your left one and a half miles past the airport.
Take the 14th Street Bridge across the Potomac into Virginia. Take the GW Parkway exit going towards Reagan National Airport. Stay in the left lane and pass Reagan National Airport. Washington Sailing Marina will be on your left one and a half miles after the airport.
From 495 South, cross the American Legion Bridge into Virginia. Take the George Washington Memorial Parkway exit. Stay in the left lane and pass Reagan National Airport (about 15 miles). Washington Sailing Marina will be on your left one and a half miles after the airport.
From Interstate 95 South, take the Woodrow Wilson Bridge into Virginia. Take the first exit in Virginia into Old Town Alexandria. You will be on Route 1 North. Take a right onto Duke Street, go through two traffic lights and take a left at the third onto Washington Street. After Washington Street leaves Old Town and turns into the GW Parkway, the Sailing Marina will be on your right about 3/4 of a mile outside of Old Town.
All boat renters need this form at our boathouse locations and we encourage you to print and fill it out ahead of time so you have more time in the water!
HOURS & SCHEDULE
Please note that the restaurant hours are weather-dependent.
Happy New Year! I hope you and your loved ones continue to stay healthy. We made it through the “unchartered waters” last summer with a very successful sailing season in 2020 and we will do it again in 2021. It is uncertain what “shape” we will be in by the summer, but I can assure you sailing camp and sailing lessons will be in full swing. At this time, we expect to be following the same COVID procedures. Registration for camps and lessons is opened. Until then, stay safe and healthy.
Amy Zang Sailing School Director
Questions? Email [email protected]
Whether you’ve never sailed before or have already spent some time on boats, we have a class for you. Every lesson will give you tons of hands-on experience with plenty of time on the water. In fact, we will have you out on the Potomac shortly after checking in on the first day!
Adult classes are offered on the Sunfish, Flying Scot, and Catalina 22 Classes are offered in a two-day weekend format or a weeknight format.
All camps are held at Washington Sailing Marina in Alexandria, VA and run Monday through Friday, 9:30am to 4pm and include five 6.5 hour sessions (32.5 hours total). All camps meet rain or shine. US Sailing curriculum is followed throughout each level and a textbook may be purchased the first day of class for $15 (purchase is optional).
NOTE: We follow the US Sailing curriculum and offer a student completion booklet, which you may send into US Sailing for a fee to receive an Official Logbook and a hologram sticker. The text “Start Sailing Right” will supplement your course. Books will be available at the time of your class for an additional $15 (purchase is optional).
There is some basic paperwork that will need to be completed at the time of your class. Please make sure you bring any pertinent medical documentation on the first day.
The Washington Sailing Marina is pleased to be selected to be a part of the Siebel Sailors Program creating access to underserved populations to the wonderful world of sailing.