Octoberfest 2018

September 16, 2018

Competitors prepare for day two of Octoberfest at Sail Sand Point. We have a record-breaking 168 sailors in a variety of boats sailing with us this weekend!

You’re Invited: Community & Volunteer Appreciation Potluck

September 7, 2018

Join us to celebrate the end of the summer season and to recognize SSP’s fantastic boating community and fabulous volunteers. Stop by on September 22nd from 5:00 to 8:00 pm – SSP will be grilling burgers and we encourage attendees to bring a side to share. Weather permitting, there will be a full moon sail right after the gathering, with a dessert potluck and free sailboat rides.

Experience the Hobie Wave!

August 31, 2018

Due to popular demand, we have added more Hobie Wave Experience classes. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the end of summer and get a taste of small boat sailing!

This class will cover basic sailing theory, tacking and gybing, rigging, and capsizing on the 14′ Hobie Wave catamaran. Register for the 2-hour course here!

E-Scow Sailing Cancelled

August 30, 2018

Due to low water levels in Lake Washington, we have cancelled e-scow sailing on Friday, August 31st. Thanks for a great summer of Friday sailing and we will see you next year!

Traffic Update

August 22, 2018

There has been a change in the main entrance to Magnuson Park. Drivers will no longer be able to immediately turn left after passing under the gate house entrance. Instead, drivers coming the SSP will need to turn left on 63rd Avenue and follow the signs.

SUP with a PUP!

August 6, 2018

Join us August 25th from 10AM to 12PM for a tail-wagging adventure on paddle boards and kayaks around Lake Washington, all while supporting Sail Sand Point’s Annual Campaign to fundraise for new paddling equipment!

This is event is open to adults, kids, and four-legged friends of all abilities and ages.

Tickets are $30 per person, which include price of paddling equipment and life jackets for humans. SSP will not provide life jackets for dogs attending this event.

Limited tickets are available, RSVP at info@sailsandpoint.org ASAP!

Executive Director of Sail Sand Point Announces Plan to Step Down

July 31, 2018

Sail Sand Point, Seattle’s Community Boating Center, located in Magnuson Park on Lake Washington, announced today that Mary Anne Ward will be stepping down as Executive Director in March. Mary Anne joined Sail Sand Point four years ago and has led the organization through a period of extraordinary growth.

Mary Anne came to Sail Sand Point from the Chicago Match Race Center where she ran such events as the World Match Racing Tour and worked with the Louis Vuitton World Tour.  Prior to that, she raced sailboats competitively and saw first-hand how sailing and being on the water changes lives. In 1994 she started an education company which provided K-3rd grade education at parents’ workplaces. With this blend of education and sailing experience Mary Anne has led SSP to where it is today.

“It has been my incredible honor to lead Sail Sand Point for the last four years. Removing traditional barriers to the underserved communities of Seattle as well as teaching youth and adults the joy of being on the water has been wonderful. Programming has nearly doubled with over 11,000 users last year, we have developed a fully integrated adaptive program and participation in camps and classes is at an all time high.  With growth like this it is clear that we need to renovate our boathouse and increase our facility space”, said Ward. “Although I do not have the experience to lead Sail Sand Point through the next phase of development I look forward to offering my full support as an ambassador to the organization.”

Andy MacDonald, President of Sail Sand Point’s Board of Directors, said, “Sail Sand Point has been very lucky to have someone as passionate and dedicated to our mission as Mary Anne. She has led the development of a strong team of managers, staff and volunteer board members who are prepared to work together with the new Executive Director to ensure SSP continues to thrive long into the future.”

Sail Sand Point will begin the search for new leadership this summer.  The next Executive Director will guide SSP through its next phase of growth, including a major capital campaign to expand classroom space and improve the facility. The role will entail creating strategic partnerships with local government, businesses, and philanthropic individuals and organizations while maintaining a steadfast desire to fulfill our mission. More information is available here.

Join us in Paddling Toward Access!

July 29, 2018

Each year Sail Sand Point holds one month-long fundraising campaign, focused on a major improvement that we would like to make for our community. In 2018, we are happy to announce that the annual campaign will be raising money to update our collection of kayaks and paddleboards.

Paddleboards and kayaks are the backbone of SSP. In fact, in 2017, our paddling boats saw over 5000 rentals, with thousands of more uses in youth camps and outreach programs. 

With your help, we will be able to upgrade our kayaks and paddleboards, and bring the joy of the outdoors to all, regardless of their sailing ability.
Help us reach our goal of $25,000! Donate today!

July Full Moon Sail Cancelled

July 27, 2018

Don’t forget that the July Full Moon Sail is cancelled due to Party on the Pier! If you still want to go out on the water and enjoy the evening breeze, join us at Party on the Pier. Tickets include dinner, drinks, and free boat rides!

Tickets are available for purchase here.