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Free Sailing Starts in Alexandria Every Thursday Evening Beginning April 7

Sailing Club of Washington Happy to Introduce Sailing to Newbies

No prior sailing experience is needed to take the basic sailing training. (Photo: Sailing Club of Washington)
No prior sailing experience is needed to take the basic sailing training. (Photo: Sailing Club of Washington)

Alexandria, VA — If you love the idea of a sunny day with the wind in your hair, skimming the water under sail, the Sailing Club of Washington (SCOW) offers a way to try it.

SCOW sponsors a free Social Sail every Thursday, 6 pm to dusk, from April 7 through September. At these events, guests can go for a brief sail with one of the club’s experienced skippers and socialize with members and other guests. Social Sail is held at the Washington Sailing Marina, 1 Marina Drive, off the George Washington Memorial Parkway. (About 1 mile north of Old Town Alexandria and just south of Washington National Airport.)

The club owns six Flying Scots, which are 19 ft. boats for day sailing only, and three 25 ft. Catalina cruisers for longer sails. Members who qualify as skippers are eligible to use the boats after paying an annual fee. By getting to know skippers, other members can go out for a cruise with minimum expense. Members also can participate in the Wednesday Night Flying Scot Races on the Potomac and many other SCOW events throughout the year. The boats are maintained by club members who volunteer their time.

SCOW was founded in 1966 and has operated since then as a volunteer-led organization. For more information, visit Feel free to stop by the marina on April 7 or another Thursday to try sailing. Stay for the social experience.

MORE: Sailor or Not, Sailing Club of Washington Welcomes All

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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