Pentagon Sailing Club

Who May Join the Pentagon Sailing Club (PSC)?

While PSC membership is open to all, it is a military affiliated club and people without military affiliation may not be able to access events held on military bases.  If you are looking for a group that knows how to have fun on the water; if you want to learn to sail or improve your skills as a sailor; if you just want to ride on boats; the Pentagon Sailing Club is the club for you. No experience is necessary and you don't need to own a boat.


What is the charter of the Pentagon Sailing Club (PSC)?

The Pentagon Sailing Club's objective is to encourage the development of seamanship skills and to provide opportunities for sail training, recreational sailing, and related activities to club members. The club's robust training programs are aligned to meet these goals. Certifications are available at several levels. Basic sail training is provided on the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers, and advanced cruising training is provided on the Chesapeake Bay.

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Is the Pentagon Sailing Club certified to teach sailing classes?

Yes, Pentagon Sailing is an American Sailing Association (ASA) certified training facility. We are also a U.S. Naval Sailing Association (USNSA) branch member and have many USNSA certified instructors, but the club does not directly offer USNSA certifications, members have to arrange those certifications with USNSA directly.

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What if I just want to learn to sail?

Recommend you join the Pentagon Sailing Club and take the basic sailing course (aka river course) to learn the basics.

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Do I need to join the Pentagon Sailing Club in order to take a course?

Yes, we are an all volunteer, member-only, not-for-profit sailing club, and as such are able to provide our members with significantly discounted sailing course fees. In addition to our training programs, we have many social events throughout the year, all designed to enhance the camaraderie of our members and guests. Come join one of the best sailing clubs in the Washington Metro Area. You'll learn new skills, make good friends, and have a great time sailing!

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How much does it cost to join the Pentagon Sailing Club and take the basic sailing course?

The cost to join the club and take the basic sailing course is $395. Any additional family member can take the basic sailing course for $325. First year club membership dues are included in the $395/$325. Annual membership dues after the first year are $60 individual and $80 family.

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What is the additional cost if I want a USNSA course certification?

While Pentagon Sailing Club is a branch member of USNSA, and we have a large number of USNSA certified instructors, the club does not act as an intermediary with USNSA.  Interested members will have to contact USNSA directly.   USNSA website is located at www.navysailing.org.

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What is the additional cost if I want an ASA course certification?

ASA 101/103 certifications and memberships are included in the cost of our basic sailing classes. The price of membership and certifications change without notice, but are bundled in the course cost at about $40 each (i.e., $80 of $580). You must have a current ASA membership to be awarded any ASA sailing certifications.

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Where are the sailing classes taught?

All of our club basic sailing classes are taught at the Capitol Cove Marina on the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) – formerly Bolling AFB, located just south of downtown Washington DC. Our advanced sailing classes are typically taught on the Chesapeake Bay out of Annapolis, MD.

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May I sign up for a particular basic sailing class?

Absolutely, but class seats are reserved on a first come, first serve basis based on the postmark of the registration and payment. A class cannot be reserved prior to receipt of full payment.

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I'm interested in learning to sail, but the class I want is already full. Is there a waitlist for full classes?

Yes, we can waitlist you for a particular class; however, we tend to have very few cancellations.

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I have a significant conflict (e.g., active duty, TDY travel, etc.) during one of the weekends of the class I want to take. May I spread my class sessions across two or more classes?

Yes, with prior approval from the Training Commodore, you may schedule your class sessions across multiple classes as long as you follow this sequence:

  • First B-KBS weeknight (Classroom)
  • First B-KBS weekend (On-the-Water)
  • Second B-KBS weeknight (Classroom)
  • Second B-KBS weekend (On-the-Water)
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Why doesn’t PSC schedule classes in August?

We don’t schedule classes in August, because it is very hot, there is frequently no wind on the Potomac River, and many folks go on vacation. This is also the month we typically sponsor a sailing trip to the BVI or other remote locations.

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If I take a sailing course elsewhere, may I become a member and use the boats of the Pentagon Sailing Club?

With the approval of the Training Commodore, you may challenge our basic sailing course without having to take our classes if you have equivalent sailing qualifications to USNSA B-KBS or ASA 101/103 or equivalent experience.

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Does PSC own any boats that can be used for sailing?

Yes, PSC owns five ~22’ keelboats located at the Capitol Cove Marina at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, DC. You can check out any of these boats to sail after successful completion of the basic sailing course.

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Do you accept credit cards?

We accept VISA, Mastercard and Discover debit/credit cards through our website.  

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I am looking to buy a sailboat. What qualifications should I have?

If you are looking to buy a boat, recommend you join the Pentagon Sailing Club and take the basic sailing course (aka river course) to learn the basics. Should you then decide to pursue advanced sailing skills/qualifications, then you can join USNSA or ASA, and pursue their certification tracks.

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What Are Frequent Volunteer Sea Miles?

The PSC is an organization run by volunteers, so we need volunteers to help in every single function we provide for our members! The “Frequent Volunteer Sea Miles” (FVSM) Program compensates our members with coupons for the time they volunteer to help the club. Members volunteer their time to work at the marina, help maintain the PSC boats, instruct in the Basic Sailing Classes, etc. FSVM coupons can be redeemed for use of the river boats, trips on the Bay, or for other PSC activities like the Holiday Party!

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Just What IS a Raft-Up?

The PSC usually schedules sailing trips on the Chesapeake Bay during the three-day holiday weekends. We call these flotillas "raft-ups" because we tie the boats together, like a raft, when we anchor the first night in a cove on the Chesapeake Bay. The second night we stay at a marina, visit the local town, and party together in a restaurant. Raft-ups are great fun and an opportunity to explore the Chesapeake Bay with experienced PSC skippers, while crewing on a large sailing yacht.

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