Thank you for your interest in racing opportunities through SSP! Sail Sand Point is thrilled to provide various youth racing programs year-round for a wide range of ages. This page serves as a guide to the basic structure of our racing programs over our different seasons of operation. For more detail on each race team, please visit their respective sub-pages (linked below).
Summer Race Teams
Sail Sand Point offers a number of different race teams during the summer season. These groups are divided both by skill level and boat type. There are two general categories: “Travel” and “Development.” Travel teams are aimed at sailors with more experience who are interested in competing in the summer NWYRC regatta series (and beyond). These sailors are willing to travel to events and want to learn to race at a high level. Development teams are intended for sailors who are just coming into the racing scene – from our summer camp programs or elsewhere. These teams focus on skill-building and offer some (but not as many) competitive opportunities. To view information about the summer development teams, click here. For information about the travel team, click here.
During the Spring and Fall, SSP hosts a number of ISSA high school sailing teams from all around our local community. This program provides coaching and support at regattas as high schoolers come together to practice, hone their sailing skills, and represent their schools in our ISSA district (NWISA). This program is open to a wide range of skill levels, and offers high school students a more independent experience of team-building and competition than they would find in a summer sailing program. To learn more about high school sailing, click here.
Middle School Sailing is SSP’s year-round program to keep younger kids engaged in sailing. While we do classify it as a race team, middle school sailing is mostly about having fun on the water. Racing skills are taught, but there is no expectation of competition. As kids build skills and nurture a passion for sailing, they will be recommended up through our summer programs (and eventually into high school sailing) according to their interest. To learn more about middle school sailing, click here.
The Sand Point Opti Team, or S.P.O.T, is SSP’s year-round Opti racing program. In some ways, SPOT is the competitive side of Middle School Sailing. SPOT sailors are interested in learning more about racing, and want to sail competitively in Opti regattas over the summer (SPOT does continue through the summer – see Summer Race Team page). SPOT practices are more focused than middle school sailing, and specialize in the Optimist, the most prevalent class of racing boat for kids in this age group. For more information about the Sand Point Opti Team, click here.
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