About

Key West Community Sailing Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting sailing for all ages amid the turquoise waters of our beautiful island home.

We are an active Center with year-round educational and social programming for youth and adults, members and the community.

We are located in the beautiful Florida Keys, on the southernmost point of the continental United States. Irresistible warm waters and calm seas make for pristine sailing conditions.

We own and maintain a fleet of small sailboats. Members have free access to the fleet after they successfully demonstrate basic sailing skills. Sailing is primarily in Garrison Bight and the adjacent mooring basin. The Sailing Center also offers limited dock space to private boat owners as well as dry storage facilities for sailboats, kayaks and paddleboards. As an alternative to Key West sailboat rental, join us at the Sailing Center!

Leadership

Program Director
Ben Hermelin
programdirector@kwcsc.org

Commodore
Russ Vickers
commodore@kwcsc.org

Vice Commodore
Birch Ohlinger
vice-commodore@kwcsc.org

Treasurer
Jonathan Ingham
treasurer@kwcsc.org

Secretary
Dave Arnold
secretary@kwcsc.org

Rear Commodore

Currently vacant

Fleet Officer

Currently vacant

Dockmaster
Hugh Johnson
realkw3@gmail.com

Membership Officer
Jill Edson
membership@kwcsc.org

Public Affairs Officer
Elizabeth Levi
eleastman7@gmail.com

Officer at Large
Ron Burd
h2oburd@gmail.com

Officer at Large
Kim McGuire
kimjmcguire1@gmail.com

Officer at Large
Jack Schmid
jackw792@gmail.com

Counsel to the Board
Marci Rose
squirerose@aol.com

General Information
info@kwcsc.org

Fleet

Our fleet consists of over 30 boats, including monohulls, catamarans and a variety of youth sailing boats (CLICK HERE for list of Center fleet boats). Boats range in size from kayaks and paddleboards to an 18-foot Precision sloop. These boats are owned by the Center and maintained by volunteers. They are available for use by members who are approved for safety and boating knowledge. Contact Program Director Ben Hermelin for information, programdirector@kwcsc.org To volunteer on boat maintenance, go to Volunteer Application

Hours and Location

Hours – The Sailing Center is open to members seven days a week, from dawn to dusk. Center boats are required to be returned to the dock no later than a half hour before sunset. Check our Calendar and Events page for activities.

Location – 705 Palm Avenue, next to the Garrison Bight bridge. Mailing address is P.O. Box 828, Key West, Florida 33041-0828

Contact

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Community Sailing Center Guidelines

The Community Sailing Center requires members and visitors to abide by certain rules and practices, designed to assure safety, fun and long-term Center success. READ HERE for the most important Guidelines for all sailors and users of the Center.