Siebel Sailors Program

A Community Sailing Project by US Sailing

Sail Sand Point is the Primary Center for the Pacific Northwest region of US Sailing’s Siebel Sailors Program. The resources and structure provided by US Sailing fit perfectly between SSPs existing introductory one-day, “fun on the water” Leeway Program; and our longer engagement more skills-focused summer camp and racing programs. Through participation in the Siebel Sailors Program, Sail Sand Point will be able to enhance and further our mission by provide more pathways into the sport for our community.

The Siebel Sailors Program will support an important US Sailing objective of providing increased access to sailing for youth, regardless of socio-economic background. US Sailing, through the Siebel Sailors Program, will provide fleets of sail boats, equipment, and expert coaching at community sailing centers initially in five regions across the country. The Program will significantly enhance community sailing center programming, advanced skill development, and competitive opportunities for young sailors.

Along with 9 RS Fevas, which will be utilized for Siebel programming and in the SSP program in general, participation in this project provides SSP an opportunity to work closely with the region’s Coach to set goals and further our organization’s mission through engagement and outreach. For more information on SSPs participation in this program, contact:


Meet Coach Michael Cornew

Michael Cornew is a passionate sailing coach hailing from Chicago, Illinois. Michael is a US Sailing Siebel Coach for the Pacific Northwest Region and brings a wealth of dinghy coaching experiencing, specifically high school and college coaching.

While Michael was born in Mexico City, he moved to Chicago when he was only a year old and learned to sail very early on but only got hooked after joining the New Trier High School team and fell in love with team racing. Michael moved on to Northwestern University where he captained on the sailing team being Captain for two years. He also took up windsurfing outside of practice and managed to finish a degree in Economics as well.

Michael has served as the Head 420 coach for Chicago Yacht Club, the head coach for the Northwestern University Sailing Team, and the Head Coach for the Willamette Sailing Club in Portland, Oregon. He is a Level 3 Head Instructor and is passionate about developing youth sailors as well rounded and adjusted people as well as their sailing skills. Pushing sailors to develop soft skills as hard working and respectful individuals has brought Michael immense joy in his years of coaching sailing.

Michael will be based out of Sail Sand Point on Lake Washington in Seattle with travel to the Center for Wooden Boats on Lake Union in Seattle and Gorge Junior Sailing on the Columbia River in Hood River, Oregon.

As a coach for US Sailing’s Siebel Sailors Program, Michael hopes to strengthen and grow participation across the Pacific Northwest a while focusing on both inclusion and diversity.  He also knows the importance of engaging parents and sailors to foster continued participation and breed lifelong sailors. Michael is very excited to be a part of US Sailing and the Siebel Sailors Program, and looks forward to motivating, inspiring, and igniting our Junior Sailors’ passions while promoting a safe and positive learning environment.