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.
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.
Community Outreach Manager
Originally from Olympia Washington, Taylor experienced early life on the water, exploring the Salish Sea with her family and friends. She attended youth sailing programs and had first hand experience of the positive influence that recreation can have on an individual. Taylor's passion for the outdoor and recreation field flourished while she attended Western Washington University's Recreation Management and Leadership program, focusing on Recreation Therapy. She has worked with a variety of people, and for the past four years has provided and created programs for individuals with disabilities. Taylor continually strives to provide more accessible community based recreation opportunities whilst fostering inclusive environments for all people. She is excited and driven to provide fun and equitable experiences for everyone at Sail Sand Point. In her free time, Taylor enjoys cycling, skiing, hiking, and creating all kinds of art.