Youth Race Teams
Sand Point Youth Sailing: Summer Race Team, Sand Point Opti Team, and High School & Middle School Sailing
SPYS (Sand Point Youth Sailing) is designed to use racing as both an exciting sport and as a learning tool to become a better sailor. Practices are generally held 2-3 times a week in the afternoons/after school. Sailors also may compete in several weekend regattas throughout the season. The different teams and practice seasons are described below. Some sailing experience is important, but prior racing experience is not necessary for participation in any of the teams. This program involves the dedication of parents as well as sailors.
What makes SSP’s Youth Racing program unique is its emphasis on introducing young sailors to racing and providing an opportunity for them to sail regularly. Community and learning take priority over competition.
Applications for the spring racing season are now being accepted. Do to the heavy interest in these programs at this time, space is prioritized to those with a high level of commitment to participate in all team activities. Preference to returning team-members. Additional sailors will be added based on available space and their prior sailing experience and/or ability to attend team activities. Spring practices begin the week of February 26th for HS Sailing and March 14th for MS Sailing.
Returning MS sailors: register here, by Feb 16.
Note: filling out these applications does not guarantee a spot on a specific team. New applications are accepted year-round and will be considered in the order received.
- SPOT (Sand Point Opti Team): Ages 8-14 SPOT is all about getting young kids sailing Optis and meeting other kids who share their love for the sport. There are a number of local beginner regattas and bigger regattas near and far for those who are excited to race and compete. Practice is on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-7:00 from mid May to mid September. Tuition: $200, includes a youth open boating pass so sailors can sail all summer long!
- SPYS Team: Ages 12-18 SPYS is Sail Sand Point’s flagship youth racing group. This is a great opportunity for kids who took a summer sailing or racing camp to continue to experience sailing with their peers throughout the summer season! Sailors have the opportunity to compete in many local and regional regattas throughout the summer in both single- and double-handed boats. Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-7:00 from mid May to mid September, with the option to continue with the high school sailing team through early November. Tuition: $200, includes a youth open boating pass so sailors can sail all summer long!
- High School Sailing Team: Ages 14-18 Sailors on this team practice in FJs with Seattle-area high school kids and compete on the NW high school circuit. There are a number of regattas that teams travel to throughout Western Washington (and sometimes Oregon) culminating in qualifying regattas and possibly a trip to nationals. If you do not know any sailors at your school, SSP can help you start a team! Practices on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday from 4:15-6:45, with most sailors practicing two or three times a week. The fall season is September-October, and the spring season is from late February through the mid May. Tuition: $175 (spring season), $125 (fall season)
- Middle School Sailing Team: Ages 11-14 The focus of this team is to bring sailors who are not quite of high school age together to explore and grow their love of sailing. While preparing sailors for the more racing focused high school and summer programs, coaches will prioritize team building and fostering an enjoyable and inclusive environment. Participants eighth grade and up will have the opportunity to attend some regattas with the HS team upon coach approval. Practices are Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:00-6:30. Practice season is mid-March through mid-May plus September through early November. Tuition: $95 (spring season), $95 (fall season)
To increase accessibility, team dues are kept low and scholarships are available for sailors needing help meeting the financial obligations of racing. Coaching is provided by dedicated staff members with extensive instructing and racing experience.