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.
Nora was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, where she learned to sail on the Narragansett Bay at the Providence Community Boating Center. She spent all of her summers on the water, later becoming a sailing instructor there. After graduating college with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine, Nora went to work on a tall ship, Tole Mour, in California teaching Marine Biology to youth. Nora had the opportunity to work as a deckhand on an America's Cup 12 Meter, Heritage. After earning her Master's 100 Ton Captain License she became the Captain of Heritage. Nora moved to Seattle in 2018, most recently working as the Youth Program Manager at The Center for Wooden Boats. Nora enjoys spending time with her wife Jackie, rock climbing, hiking, scuba diving, and frolicking with her pups Bailer and Reef.
Director of Administration
Sam is originally from the Pacific Northwest and moved to the Seattle area in 2019. She joins the Sail Sand Point team after a career in higher education administration and most recently served on the residential life leadership teams at Green River College, the University of Puget Sound, and Boise State University. Sam holds a bachelor’s degree in French and International Relations from Eastern Washington University and a master’s degree in Counselor Education in Student Affairs from Clemson University in South Carolina. She has a passion for working in educational settings and thrives in environments that offer accessible and impactful opportunities to the community. While Sam may be a boating novice, she has a profound love of the outdoors and spends time exploring with her partner Adriene and dog Kami. Outside of work, Sam also enjoys keeping houseplants alive, walking cities, and trying new creative projects.
Community Outreach Director
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.
Youth Programs Director
A familiar face at SSP for many years, Carlos came up through the race team after taking his first sailing camp in 2011. Specializing in the Laser, he spent years building up sailing and racing skills that he then took to keelboats, performance dinghies, and windsurfers. After participating in SSP’s racing program for so long, the transition to coaching and instructing was very natural. Here, Carlos found a fun and meaningful way to put his sailing skills to work giving back to the SSP community and developed a more mature interest in outdoor recreation as a professional field. Since then, he has progressively grown his leadership and managerial skills through the guidance and example of several long-time SSP mentors. Outside of his time on the water, Carlos spends his time playing with gravity in the outdoors as an alpinist, rock climber, skier, and downhill skateboarder.
A NE Seattle native who learned to sail at Sail Sand Point, and for the better part of a decade has been an instructor at SSP, Jack is thrilled to be part of the Sail Sand Point team. An avid sailor and explorer, Jack has both cruised and raced throughout the Puget Sound, as well as around the world. Last year he sailed across the Atlantic Ocean with his cousins, and has a passion for keelboat sailing and racing. In 2022, you can expect to see Jack running our Open Boating Program along with Lead Open Boating Instructor Lauren, as well as maintaining Sail Sand Point's fleet. Jack thrives in a teaching environment, and thoroughly enjoys coaching Optis in the Spring and Fall.
Lead Open Boating Instructor
Hailing from Bellingham, Lauren has been an avid sailor for the past 8 years and during the course of her competitive sailing career, has sailed at SSP countless times. She has taught kids to sail and swim for many years and is excited to serve a more diverse community through the Open Boating program. Lauren now sails for University of Washington, where she studies environmental engineering. Outside of SSP, Lauren enjoys embroidery, speedcubing, big boat racing, and anything else that keeps her on the water!