Sail Fast!

Just Imagine by John A

Posted by George Stevens on Tue, Mar 10, 2015 @ 02:56 PM

Just imagine if if all sailing facilities across North America and beyond threw open their doors and invited the public to experience sailing on the longest day of the year right at the start of summer!  And then publicized it all in their local area - on Craig's List, in the local paper, in a Blog, Facebook and Twitter Feed.  All sailboats, all sailing, all together.  Summer Sailstice is the opportunity for everyone to do this for this year's 15th annual Summer Sailstice.

We always love seeing more sailing organizations coming on board to just do it so it's great to find a post on the Washington DC area Craig's List for Mariner Sailing School in Alexandria, VA.  

Mariner Sailing School is publicizing free one-hour sailing lessons on Craig's List.

The Summer Sailstice events page now has two options for posting your event:  Public Participation events with yellow pins are events open to the public.  Red pins are demonstration events, i.e.  cruises, races and other events which showcase the best of sailing but where public participation isn't available.  

We'd like to see as many events as possible on Summer Sailstice so all of sailing is on display and we especially like seeing US Sailing training centers like Mariner Sailing School offering open houses and other opportunities for uninitiated sailors to get on the water.  

Tags: Belle Haven Marina, Washington Sailing Marina, Clean Marina, adult sailing lessons, Mariner Sailing School, US Sailing, Sunfish, sailing lessons for children, Washington DC sailing marina

Life Jacket Type Code Labels Go Away BoatUS News

Posted by George Stevens on Wed, Oct 01, 2014 @ 06:40 AM

Life Jacket Type Code Labels Go Away

Step Toward Eliminating Confusion and Introduction of New Designs

ANNAPOLIS, MD. September 30, 2014 -- In a move that’s expected to benefit recreational boaters, on Oct. 22 the US Coast Guard will drop the current life jacket type code scheme  -- Type I, II, III, IV and V -- that has been used for years to label and differentiate the types of life jackets and their specific use. Chris Edmonston, BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety President and Chairman of the National Safe Boating Council, said, “The boating safety community believes this move by the Coast Guard will help lead the way toward more comfortable and innovative life jacket designs, help boaters stay on the right side of the law, lower costs, and save lives.”

Explains Edmonston, “This is positive news is that we will no longer see a Type I, II, III, IV or V label on a new life jacket label after Oct. 22. This type coding was unique to the United States, tended to confuse boaters, limited choice and increased the cost of life jackets.” He says removing the type coding is a first step towards the adoption of new standards that will eventually simplify life jacket requirements for recreational boaters.

“This move is expected to lead to the introduction of new life jacket designs, especially those made in other countries as US standards will be more ‘harmonized,’ initially Canada and eventually the European Union,” said Edmonston. “Along with a wider variety, aligning our standards with those to our neighbor to the north and across the Atlantic will help reduce prices as manufacturers won’t have to make products unique to the US market.”

However, Edmonston cautions boaters must still abide by the current standards when using older life jackets marked with the Type I-V labeling, as they will remain legal for use. “We must continue to have a properly fitted life jacket for all aboard, and as always, you’ll need to follow the label’s instructions regardless of when it was made. Simply put, if you follow the label, you’re following the law.” A full list of the current life jacket types and descriptions can be found at, and any update on new life jacket types and styles will be posted here when available.

In additional effort to help change the mindset of what a life jacket must look like, The BoatUS Foundation, the Personal Floatation Device Manufacturers Association (PFDMA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), recently kicked off a “Innovations in Life Jacket Design Competition” to seek out the newest technologies and design ideas. Running through April 15, 2015, the contest seeks entries from groups or individuals, including collegiate design programs, armchair inventors or even boat and fishing clubs. Entries may be as simple as hand-drawn theoretical designs to working prototypes and will be judged based on four criteria: wearability, reliability, cost and innovation. For more, go to

Tags: boating, Washington Sailing Marina, Inflatable life jackets, boating safety

Top Washington DC Marinas

Posted by George Stevens on Sun, Mar 30, 2014 @ 12:44 PM

Washington, DC Boat Slips, Charters, Lessons, Cruises and More

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Belle Haven Marina
George Washington Memorial Pkwy
Belle Haven, VA
Buzzard Point Boat Yard
2158 Half St. SW 
Washington, DC
Capital Yacht Club
1000 Water St, SW 
Washington, DC 
Columbia Island Marina
George Washington Memorial Pkwy 
Arlington, VA
District Yacht Club
1409 Water St. SE 
Washington, DC
Gangplank Marina
600 Water St. SW 
Washington, DC
James Creek Marina
200 V St. SW 
Washington, DC
National Harbor
163 Waterfront St. 
National Harbor, MD 
Washington Marina
1300 Maine Ave. SW 
Washington, DC
Washington Sailing Marina
1 Marina Dr. 
Alexandria, VA

Tags: Belle Haven Marina, Potomac River, Washington Sailing Marina, Alexandria Virginia, NAtinal Harbor

Washington Sailing Marina by water

Posted by George Stevens on Sun, Mar 11, 2012 @ 10:52 AM

The Washington Sailing Marina is located on the Potomac River just south of Reagan National Airport. Getting there by car is quite easy however from the water, one must pay close attention to the channel markers. This is especially true when coming down river from Washington DC. Gone are the days when you could sail into the Marina over the sandbar south of the landing lights of the airport. Regardless of draft, every vessel seeking to navigate into the Washington Sailing Marina must obey the channel markers. You must travel well south past the Marina before you make your turn.

Washington Sailing Marina chart


The entrance markers are up against the Virginia shoreline just above the power plant. Look for red # 2 and green # 3 and follow the red & green buoys directly into the Marina. Your final red buoy is #14. The channel is not wide and close attention must be paid. Once inside the cove, there is approximately 9 to 14 feet of water except at the point directly in front of the Indigo Landing restaurant. Don't even think of sailing toward the landing light pier. This is a huge mud flat and should be avoided even at high tide. The back side of the pennisula offers floating docks, nicely protected from the weather.

Floating docks Washington Sailing Marina

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