Who We Are
The Universal Sailing Club (USC) was formed in 2001 by black sailors on the Chesapeake Bay, primarily from Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington, D.C. We participate in cruising getaways around the world, and maintain the historical black sailing presence on the Bay, which is the largest estuary in the world.
The club was first conceived by sailing instructor Marcus Asante as a way for African Americans to learn and share the sailing arts in an environment conducive to our culture and outlook. Asante became the first commodore of the club. Fellow sailor Michael Campbell soon added his considerable sailing and organizational skills to the development of the club to form a team ready for the task. They have helped keep it grounded in the history and heritage from which it began. It was this understanding that galvanized early members of the club as they developed an organizational expression for the growing interest by blacks in the sport of sailing.
From its origins, the club has grown to include member sailors from outside the Chesapeake Bay, and it welcomes the interest of all sailors in the mission and activities of the club.
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The club organizes on-the-water sailing activities, raft-ups and cruising getaways. Its members have participated in sailing charter events as captains and crew along the Atlantic coast, in the Caribbean, the Pacific, Europe and elsewhere. They have carried the club burgee to far-flung locales, including the Seychelles Islands and the Mediterranean.
The club has collaborated with other black boating clubs, and it has offered support to major bay sailing events, including the Annapolis Maritime Festival and the Volvo Around-the-World Race.
We believe that education and water safety are vital to enjoyment on the water. Our members have participated in classes leading to certification in various boating skills, including the Coast Guard captain’s license.
News coverage about the club has appeared in various media outlets including The Baltimore Sun, Washington Post, Baltimore City Paper, Community Times, and Spin Sheet Magazine.
Club members possess a variety of experiences, skill sets and professional qualifications. Members include certified sailing instructors, semi-professional crew, and the club has conducted numerous summer sailing day camps for young people.