Sail-In 2014

Welcome to the website for the fifth annual
Maritime Industry Congressional Sail-In
being held on
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Maritime Industry Congressional Sail-In—or, in short, the “Sail-In”—is the maritime industry’s annual day in Washington, D.C. that brings the industry’s story—with a focus on critical maritime issues—directly to individual Members of Congress and key staff in small-group meetings in the Senator or Congressperson’s own Congressional office on Capitol Hill.

This website is designed for those who are familiar with the Sail-Ins and have registered for this year’s Sail-In, or are about to register.

For more information, see “In summary,” below.

Organizational items:

  • All registrants will receive an email on or about April 20 providing final details.
  • Toward the end of April all registrants will also be contacted by their Team Leader via a phone call or email regarding other items and to answer any questions.
  • We will make every attempt to keep all teams from the last Sail-In intact.
  • If you cannot participate in all of your team’s meetings from the beginning of the day to the end, we request that you not register.
  • If you need to cancel your registration, kindly do so by April 15, the registration cut-off date, by emailing Linda Arquette:

Registration cut-off—April 15.
This is a firm cut-off date, no exceptions.

  • Important—pleaseno cancellations after April 15, except for extreme, extenuating circumstances.  If there’s a chance you won’t be able to attend, please do not register.
  • There is no charge to registrants.
  • The American Maritime Congress (AMC) and the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA) invite you to leave your bags at their offices on the morning of the Sail-In. Their offices will be open at 7:30 a.m. that day, and close at 7:30 p.m. Location: AMC /MEBA, 444 N. Capitol Street, Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20001; phone: 202-347-8020; 202-638-5355.


Outline for the day

As in the past the Sail-In will be a one-day event on Capitol Hill— this year on Wednesday, May 7 (2014). The day will begin with a buffet Continental breakfast starting at 8:30 in room B339-B340 of the Rayburn House Office Building. This was the location of the breakfast last year. The room is best accessed via the building’s Independence Avenue entrance. At the breakfast you will sit with your team. There will be no speaker. Instead, this will be a time for the teams to meet among themselves and review the following: 1) The basic outline for their Congressional meetings that day, including the maritime issues to be discussed and in what sequence; 2) Questions that might come up and how to answer them; 3) The points that each member of the team—from their experience and knowledge—can contribute in the meetings that will underscore the arguments being made; 4)Information about the individual members of Congress and/or staff with whom the team will be meeting. In other words, this will be a time to be get down to brass tacks. Then, at 9:30—or before, depending on the time of your team’s first meeting—you and your team will leave the breakfast for your meetings.

From approximately 9:30 to 12:00 Noon your team will have two to four pre-arranged meetings with members of Congress and/or their staff.

Lunch is on your own with your team in one of the Senate or House cafeterias. Or, depending on your team’s meeting schedule, you are invited to stop by the American Maritime Congress—at 444 N. Capitol Street, Suite 800—that will again be sponsoring a complimentary lunch buffet from 11:30 – 1:30, as well as refreshments during the day.

From the early afternoon until about 5:00 p.m. your team will have two to four additional meetings with members of Congress and/or their key staff.

Closing reception, 5:00–7:00 p.m. on Capitol Hill—location—TBD.

In summary,

  • The maritime professionals who participate in the Sail-in represent virtually every segment of the American maritime industry.
  • The 25 to 30 small teams of 5 or 6 members – organized in advance by the Sail-In Planning Committee – will have 4, up to 8 meetings with Members of Congress and/or key staff arranged in advance by the Sail-In Planning Committee.
  • The day begins with a breakfast on Capitol Hill in which the teams sit together and focus on their schedule and work for the day.
  • The teams are led by a maritime professional from Washington, D.C. familiar with the layout of Capitol Hill.
  • The team leader uses a pre-determined outline that covers critical issues.
  • In the meetings the members of the team provide comment and real world examples that underscore the points being made.
  • At the conclusion of each meeting the leader provides the Member of Congress and/or staff with a hard copy handout that reinforces the points made.
  • Any needed follow-up is done by the team leader.
  • In total, counting all team meetings, from 155 up to 180 meetings are held that day all across Capitol Hill.
  • The day ends with a reception at a convenient location on Capitol Hill.
  • The Sail-In is an invaluable tool in showcasing the maritime industry and the crucial role it plays in our economy and our nation’s defense.

2014 Sponsorship Information

For information on becoming a 2014 sponsor, contact Clint Eisenhauer at All sponsorship checks should be made payable to the “U.S. Maritime Coalition” and mailed to the following:

U.S. Maritime Coalition
Attn: Tammy Sumner
1601 K Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006

To receive a sponsorship invoice, contact Linda Arquette at 703-351-0129;

Your support is greatly appreciated.

  • 2014 Hotel and Taxi Information

    Holiday Inn—Rosslyn at Key Bridge

    1900 North Fort Myer Drive
    Arlington (Rosslyn), VA 22209
    —two blocks from the Rosslyn Metro stop (Blue/Orange Lines)
    703-807-2000, ext. 2222
    Rate: $179/night
    Cannot be booked on their website; must call
    Block name: Maritime Block (or code: MAR)
    Check in: May 6
    Check out: May 9
    Restaurant, with a good view, on the top floor (17th floor)
    Block cut-off date: April 15


    Crystal City Marriott-at Reagan National Airport

    1999 Jefferson Davis Highway
    Arlington (Crystal City), VA  22202-3526
    —a brief walk, thru a tunnel, to the Crystal City Metro (Blue/Yellow Lines)
    703-413-5500 or
    Rate: $219/night
    Cannot be booked on their website; must call
    Block name:
    Maritime Room Block
    Check in: May 6
    Check out: May 9
    Block cut-off date: April 15


    Taxi Companies:

    Red Top Cab:

    Your cab ride—via Red Top Cab—needs to start in Virginia, or end in Virginia (or it can be a Virginia to Virginia trip). Major credit cards accepted.

    Yellow Cab:

    Your cab ride—via Yellow Cab—needs to start in D.C., and it can end up—anywhere (your trip cannot start in Virginia or Maryland). Major credit cards accepted.

    Enviro Cab:

    Your cab ride—via Enviro Cab—needs to start in Virginia, or end in Virginia (or it can be a Virginia to Virginia trip). Major credit cards accepted.