Free sailing starts in Alexandria every Thursday evening from April 7

No previous sailing experience is necessary to take the Basic Sailing Course. (Photo: Washington Sailing Club)

Alexandria, VirginiaIf you like 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 out.

SCOW sponsors a Free Social Sail every Thursday, 6 p.m. to dusk, April 7 through September. At these events, guests can take a brief sail with one of the club’s experienced skippers and socialize with members and other guests. Social Sail takes place at the Washington Sailing Marina, 1 Marina Drive, adjacent to 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 19ft boats for day sailing only, and three 25ft Catalina cruisers for longer sails. Members who qualify as skippers can use the boats after paying an annual fee. By getting to know the skippers, other members can cruise with minimal expense. Members can also participate in 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 as a volunteer-run organization ever since. For more information, visit Do not hesitate to stop by the marina on April 7 or another Thursday to try your hand at sailing. Stay for the social experience.

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