Nino Johnson Named US Sailing’s Outstanding Program Director

February 1, 2019

Nino Johnson has made formative contributions to the Sail Sand Point’s (Seattle, Wash.) youth community by creating pathways for students that guide them from beginner sailor to well-rounded young adults. Many of these students return year after year as summer campers, as volunteers and sometimes as instructors. He has proven himself capable, talented and passionate, and his dedication extends not only to learn-to-sail programs but also high school, middle school and college race teams.

Those who know Nino well understand that he works incredibly hard, often staying in the office late to ensure that the high school sailors are ready for their next regatta or that the facility is prepared to host regattas with hundreds of participants. He is passionate about inclusivity, taking extra care to empower his minority students and young women. His care and diplomacy have inspired a high-school sailing program with an extremely high percentage of women sailors.

Under Johnson’s purview, Sail Sand Point’s outreach program provides access to sailing for underprivileged populations who might not otherwise have the opportunity. Since 2014, Sail Sand Point’s outreach program has grown by over 400 participants.

His leadership and mentorship have taken many forms during his tenure at Sail Sand Point. Through his hard work and dedication, he has inspired those around him, maintaining the highest standards of integrity and providing support while providing wisdom and guidance along the way.

Congratulations, Nino!

2019 Program Books are Here!

January 23, 2019

Get ready! Registration opens February 1st at noon. Our complete 2019 Program & Event Guide is now available in our office and on our website so you can find the perfect camp or class for you this sailing season!

Seth Muir takes the helm as Sail Sand Point’s next Executive Director

January 9, 2019

January 9, 2019—Seattle, WA—Sail Sand Point, Seattle’s Community Boating Center, is proud to announce that Seth Muir will be stepping in as Executive Director February 1, 2019.

Muir comes to Sail Sand Point from Salish Sea Expeditions, a non-profit sailing and marine science organization based in Puget Sound, where he served as Executive Director from 2012-2019. In his time with Salish Sea Expeditions, Muir expanded program offerings to increase participation and solidified significant funding relationships with area foundations and federal and state agencies (including securing one of the first organizational No Child Left Inside grants from WA State Department of Recreation and Conservation).

“I could not be more excited to be joining this vibrant community of sailors and paddlers here at Sail Sand Point,” Muir writes. “Sail Sand Point is a vital community resource that provides equitable and affordable access to one of Seattle’s most cherished spaces, the water.”

Muir will replace Mary Anne Ward who led the organization through an extraordinary period of growth in her four years as Executive Director. “It has been my incredible honor to lead Sail Sand Point as we continue to remove barriers that have historically kept people off the water,” Ward writes. “With programming nearly doubled and over 15,000 users last year, it is clear the time has come to renovate our boathouse and increase our facility space. I firmly believe that Seth brings with him the skills and experience needed for Sail Sand Point’s success in this next phase of development.”

Muir joins Sail Sand Point as they prepare for a major capital campaign to expand classroom space and improve facilities. As Executive Director, Muir will lead the organization through new strategic partnerships with local government, businesses, and philanthropic individuals who share the organization’s vision for accessible recreation on the lake.

“I’m inspired by the hard work and dedication of Sail Sand Point’s community as they strive to make their mission a reality,” Muir writes. “There’s a lot in store for Sail Sand Point and I’m thrilled to be here to help make it happen.”

About Sail Sand Point

Sail Sand Point is a 501(c)3 non-profit located on the North Shore of Magnuson Park with the mission of bringing the joy and life-enhancing benefits of sailing and small boats to people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Sail Sand Point achieves its mission through a wide range of youth camps, adult classes, adaptive watersports clinics, a robust community outreach program, and a fully integrated scholarship program. With 1,051 outreach participants, 458 hours of adaptive sailing, and $38,405 awarded in scholarships last year, Sail Sand Point continues its strides in making sailing and paddling accessible for all.

January 2, 2019

Holiday Gift Idea

December 10, 2018

Need a gift idea for the sailor or paddler in the family? It’s not too late to give them a certificate to one of our classes, or for open boating hours. Certificates are available on our Gift Certificate page.

2019 Calendars are Here!

November 30, 2018

2019 Calendars are here – stop by the office between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm during the week to grab your FREE copies. You might even get to meet Westley, featured in November!

SSP Awarded Seattle Parks & Rec’s Major Projects Challenge Funds!

November 19, 2018

It’s official! Sail Sand Point has been awarded $80,000 from Seattle Parks & Recreation’s Major Projects Challenge Fund to begin renovations on the boathouse! The money from the MPCF will go towards the cost of feasibility studies, structural surveys and designs for forthcoming renovations and to begin a capital campaign to raise the funds necessary for completing construction. As we begin to envision our new boathouse, we hope to make a more accessible facility with additional classroom space that preserves the historical integrity of the existing building. We appreciate all of our community’s support as we embark on this new and exciting voyage; we couldn’t do it without you!

To read more about SPR’s Major Projects Challenge Fund and other recipients’ projects, check out this article from Capitol Hill Times:

Seattle Park District Major Projects Challenge Fund awards $6 million to community-initiated projects