Pentagon Sailing Club provides its members of the U.S. Military, Department of Defense Civilians, their families and friends opportunities to develop seamanship skills, undergo sail training, recreational sailing and racing. The Club provides these sailing opportunities for members with a range of experience from beginners through advanced sailors. Safety is paramount in all our activities.
We are a sailing club formed in 1982 by civilian and military Department of Defense officials at the Pentagon seeking opportunities to affordably get underway. Non-DoD individuals may also join, however, our origin and membership mainstay rests with the Department of Defense. The Club is a volunteer-based organization incorporated under the Nonprofit Corporation Act (District of Columbia Code, 1981 Edition, Title 29, Chapter 5). Volunteer work is a significant aspect of the Club in areas such as boat maintenance, training and maintenance management, instruction, and event coordination keeping costs to a minimum. I encourage everyone to find an area of the Club’s activities and volunteer. If you enjoyed a PSC activity, it is because someone volunteered to make it happen.
The Club operates in the Potomac River, Chesapeake Bay and occasional sailing opportunities in the Caribbean. During the winter we conduct a variety of classroom sessions in maintenance, heavy weather sailing, navigation, weather, and rules of the road. Membership is required and applications can be completed online; event Registration can also be done on the Club’s website. We have four Capri 22s on the Potomac that are used for basic keelboat instruction and are available for members to rent when not committed to racing and training. We also provide opportunities for recreational and advanced sail training on the Chesapeake. The Club is an American Sailing Association (ASA) affiliate offering certifications in basic keelboat sailing, navigation, bareboat sailing, close quarter maneuver, catamaran sailing, and advanced coastal cruising. Separately, the Bay Skipper program leads to “D-skipper” certification, the highest certification the Club offers.
Our boats had been located at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB); however, COVID-19 disrupted many of our activities in 2020. We developed a Pandemic Policy and temporarily relocated these assets to Washington Sailing Marina on the Potomac.
Monthly membership meetings are held on the third Monday of each month, except for December when we hold our annual Holiday Party and Awards Dinner.
We have several other sailing activities organized to build camaraderie among members and guests, such as social sails on the Potomac and raft ups in the Bay. Explore our website to get a better glimpse of what we do, then join to get underway and meet some of the great people of this organization.
Commodore, Pentagon Sailing Club
5 December 2020