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Meet the SSP team!


Executive Director

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.


Sailing Director

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.


Head Coach of Racing

Alec was born and raised in North Seattle, and has been spending time in and around the waters of the Puget Sound his whole life. He grew up sailing at Sail Sand Point, and has spent time coaching in Seattle at SSP, CYC Seattle, and MBYC, as well as becoming US Sailing Level 2 and 3 Coach certified. He also spent three years in New Zealand running the sailing school at Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat Club. He sailed in college for American University, and has also spent time racing 505s and more recently Lasers. In his free time, he loves to ski, hike, and practice nature photography.

Maisie Bryant

Groups Manager

Maisie grew up in Boulder Colorado and loved living by the mountains, and enjoyed biking, hiking or skiing throughout the year. She also enjoys baking, reading and hanging out with friends and dogs in her free time. She graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Recreational Therapy and a minor in Ceramics. Over the past couple of years, she has been working at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colorado which was an amazing experience. However, she missed sailing and decided to move to Washington to have greater access and to help others gain access to such a great sport.

Nathan Helme

Open Boating Manager

Born and raised in Seattle, Nathan has fostered a passion for outdoor recreation in the NW, engaging in sports such as climbing, kayaking, cycling, ultimate frisbee, and more. Furthering his experience and love of the outdoors, Nathan came aboard the Sail Sand Point community in 2021, working as a dockmaster and learning to sail during his days off. Since then, he has developed a passion for dinghy and keelboat sailing, as well a deep well of knowledge and experience with Open Boating and the Sail Sand Point community as a whole.