Sail Sand Point Staff
Sail Sand Point senior staff create and oversee Sail Sand Point’s programs, are responsible for day-to-day operations, maintain facilities and fleets, implement long-term goals, and interact with our community on a daily basis. Our small year-round staff works under the guidance of the Board of Directors.
SSP also relies on its stellar team of seasonal staff to run our programs, such as sail camps/classes, Open Boating, and coaching. Sail Sand Point is fortunate to have such an enthusiastic and dedicated group of instructors, coaches, and dockmasters! If you are interested in a seasonal position at SSP, you can find more information here.
Seth 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. Prior to that Seth was the Maritime Education Director for the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association which hosts over 11,000 youth annually aboard ships on San Francisco Bay. He has more than 22 years of experience in the fields of Outdoor Leadership, Education and Non-profit Management and has held numerous positions with organizations including the Marine Science Institute, Camp Galileo, Rippleffect, Get Out and Learn, the Snowboard Outreach Society and Absolute Adventures. Seth has dedicated his career to teaching and inspiring others through outdoor adventures and is thrilled for the opportunity to join this community. Seth holds a BA in Geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder and studied Hydrology at the School for International Training in Belize. When not sailing or making repairs aboard his C&C 27, Seth can be found adventuring with his two sons and his wife Christen, playing guitar, enjoying board sports of all kinds, reading and gardening. He is originally from Maine, but doesn’t have a funny accent.
Director of Operations
Nino is a Seattle native and SSP “lifer” having been introduced to Sail Sand Point in 2000, when he took his first sailing camp. This quickly progressed to spending his high school and college years instructing camps in the summer and sailing for his school in the fall/spring. After graduating from the University of Washington in 2010, Nino has been a consistent coaching presence for the youth racing teams, drastically increasing opportunities, resources, and most importantly, participation. After years of learning the ins and outs of SSP, becoming involved on a management level was an easy transition. Nino’s leadership and interpersonal skills (cultivated as a student and instructor) are a textbook example of the power of SSP to develop future leaders. Besides a deep devotion to building and strengthening the SSP community, Nino is a staunch proponent for growing community sailing in the NW (and beyond), especially through youth racing and instructor development. He is a US Sailing Level 3 Coach and Level 1 Instructor Trainer. Nino was the recipient of US Sailing's Outstanding Program Director award in 2018. Outside of being around SSP, Nino enjoys racing in the Seattle Thistle and Tasar fleets. His other interests include anything outdoors; most notably rock climbing, backpacking, and other activities that allows for continued exploration of the American West’s expansive natural beauty.
Director of Administration
A Pacific Northwest native, Rachel grew up in Portland and moved to Seattle in 2016. She has had a love for marine sciences her whole life, and focused much of her education on Marine Biology and Zoology, before spending a decade working in the veterinary field. Rachel is thrilled to join Sail Sand Point, where she looks forward to bringing her passion for aquatic life and aquatic spaces into her career. She is fairly new to the world of boating, and is eager to learn to sail as a fellow participant in SSP programs. Outside of the office, she loves to visit the beach and lakes, scuba, and work on collaborative art projects with her partner and friends. She also volunteers with numerous arts focused organizations around Seattle.
Director of Administration
A Pacific Northwest native, Ashley has been boating around Puget Sound for longer than she can remember. After learning to sail at age 8, she spend her childhood summers on the water, eventually sailing on her high school team. Always wanting to share her passion for sailing with others, she taught sailing at local junior programs for 11 years! After graduating from Western Washington University, she worked for the Olympia School District and the State Chamber of Commerce before returning to the sailing world, joining the SSP staff in August 2017. Ashley is excited to be part of a community boating center that brings the joy and life-enhancing benefits of sailing and small boats to all. Outside of working at SSP, Ashley enjoys travel, cooking, reading, and exploring Seattle with her husband.
Youth Program Director
Originally from Portland, OR, Audrey joined the Sail Sand Point team as an assistant instructor in 2015 after learning to sail that year from her teammates on the University of Washington sailing team. In the following years she not only lead the summer camp program at SSP, but served as captain of the UW team. After graduating with a degree in philosophy in 2018, Audrey joined the full-time staff as our Youth Program Director. Audrey’s passion for youth sailing comes from her late entry to the sport. She hopes to inspire young sailors to enjoy the water in an activity that will last a lifetime. Although sailing is her job, it’s also her pastime. When she’s not working, Audrey enjoys sailing with the Seattle Laser Fleet or with the J24 fleet in the spring and summer. When on shore, you’ll find her with her dog, Westley.
Jonathan grew up around the block from Sail Sand Point but was not introduced to the organization until he applied for a Dockmaster position in 2016. With little sailing experience prior to applying, he decided to enroll in SSP’s various classes. He quickly became the face of the Open Boating rental program and acquired his level 1 small boat instructor certification in 2017. The learning didn’t stop there. With each day he worked the more driven he became, leading him to become the manager of Open Boating in 2018 along with conducting various maintenance tasks around the facility. During the off-season, Jonathan would work as a high end yacht detailer and sub contract through CSR Marine in Ballard. This is where he discovered his love for working on boats and continues to develop these skills at Sail Sand Point. The passion for sailing is forever lit within him as he takes frequent windsurfing trips to the Gorge and sails his Newport 30 sailboat with friends and family. Jonathan’s goal as Waterfront Director is to ensure that everyone continues to receive the life-enhancing benefits of what Sail Sand Point has to offer, along with keeping the boats afloat.
Born and raised in Western Washington, Jasmyne started sailing in high school with Salish Sea Expeditions. Her love of science and sailing grew throughout her college career at Western Washington University. While earning her BA in Geology, Jasmyne wrote curriculum for and implemented STEM youth programs through WWU Extended Education in Whatcom and Skagit County. She also became a teaching assistant aboard the Carlyn for Salish Sea Expeditions. After exploring the world of youth STEM education for a while longer, Jasmyne’s interest grew for increasing diversity within the STEM field. Now in her role at Sail Sand Point, she works to foster more diversity in sailing, as well. There is no better place to promote this goal than SSP. In her down time, Jasmyne loves to see local musicians around Seattle, try new vegan restaurants, see movies with her boyfriend, and hike with her dog, Posy!