Start a Team
Now is a great time to start a high school sailing team! New teams are always welcomed and encouraged. Whether you are a student sailor, coach, yacht club member, or part of a school, we can help you get your program started. The first step, come to regattas!
Step 1: Come to regattas! No matter what the status of your program is, attending regattas will create excitement and get things started. Whether you have 10 kids interested in forming a team or only 1, we can accomodate you at most all our regattas. Simply contact the regatta contact from the schedule page and let them know you want to come. Kids can always join up with other high schools to form a full team. If you don't have boats to bring, no problem, we will find one for you.
Step 2: Contact us for help setting up your program. The district officers are great people to talk with about setting up school club teams, yacht club teams, working with school districts, forming non-profits, insurance, fundraising, etc. Start with Burke Thomas, he has loads of experience.
Step 3: Join our mailing list. Any discussion between coaches and program directors is done through this email list. We send our Notice of Races, Results, Meeting Info, etc. If you have a specific question email the list to get everyones input.
Step 4: Register your team.
Step 5: Pay dues. Dues are $160 per year per team if you have 4 or more sailors. Dues are $100 per year per team if you have 3 or less sailors. Dues can be paid online through the registration process or by mailing a check to NWISA c/o Scott Wilson, 805 Dupont St. Suite 8, Bellingham, WA 98225. Write check to NWISA.
Step 6: Pay a program damage deposit. All programs must submit a damage deposit of $250 to the NWISA treasurer before participation in any NWISA high school event. This damage deposit will be kept on file indefinitely and must be replaced or made whole by the school if funds are withdrawn. This damage deposit can be paid by mailing a check to NWISA c/o Scott Wilson, 805 Dupont St. Suite 8, Bellingham, WA 98225. Write check to NWISA.
Remember, even if you don't have everything figured out, just come to regattas anyway, the rest will fall into place. If you need anything all the other teams will help you get it. Just email the list for help.