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.

 

Sail Sand Point on TV!

July 24, 2018

This morning Q13 Fox and Ellen Tailor visited Sail Sand Point! Our Head Instructor Audrey shared information about Sail Sand Point’s commitment to providing affordable access to the water, sailing camps, and our annual fundraiser Party on the Pier (which is happening THIS Saturday!)

Check out the segment here.

August Camps and Classes Available!

July 17, 2018

Looking for something fun to do this summer? Sail Sand Point has some open spots in the following camps and sailing classes!

Buy Tickets for Party on the Pier!

July 7, 2018

Join us at SSP’s annual Party on the Pier and help us kick off our annual campaign! It will be a great evening of food, drinks, live music, and of course, boat rides!

We’re looking forward to seeing you there! You can purchase tickets here.

New – Adult Keelboat Class August 4 – 5

July 5, 2018

New Date! Join our Adult Keelboat Class the weekend of August 4-5.

This class provides the opportunity to sail on a performance keelboat as part of a cohesive crew. Come experience the Laser SB3 or our J/24 with an instructor by your side. Sailors will get a chance to try all positions onboard including skipper! This is your opportunity to experience flying spinnakers and learn the complex mechanisms for sail and rig trim on performance keelboats. Students should have taken the Adult Sailing 101 class or have comparable sailing experience. This class meets for one weekend on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Register Here!

 

Independence Day Hours

July 3, 2018

Happy Independence Day!

Just a reminder that Sail Sand Point and Open Boating will have different hours on July 4th. Open Boating will run from 11AM to 6PM. Summer camps will continue as normal.