About High School Sailing



Some quick facts about high school sailing

  • High School sailing is a fast growing co-ed sport with two possible seasons, spring and fall.
  • Unlike most high school sport, you can “make the team” with no experience.  Just sign up!
  • Students at many high schools can letter in Sailing.


This program accepts beginner to advanced sailors ranging from 7th-12th grade. Students in 7th and 8th grade are welcome to train with the team, but may not be eligible to compete at all regattas. 9th-12th graders train and compete in local, regional and national regattas.

Unlike many high school sports, Sailing is not a sport that is sponsored by high schools, nor is it coached by a coach a high school hires.  Instead, individuals or teams sign up for high school sailing through White Bear Sailing School (or other local sailing schools).  The coaching is done by WBSS staff.  The racing is  sponsored by  one of two organizations, Minnesota School Sailing (MSS), or Midwest Interscholastic Sailing Association (MISSA).

About High School Sailing Teams

Sailors may sail as a high school team.  A team consists of 4 or more sailors.  True teams have sailors who are all from the same high school.  Some regattas (competitions) require that the teams be true teams.  Sailors may also sail as part of a mixed team.  Many regattas allow mixed teams to race.  Hence while it is desirable for a sailors to be part of a full sailing team, it is not necessary, and except for the biggest sailing programs, few sailors regularly sail as part of a true team.


Practices are three days per week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday), from 3:30 to 6:30.  The fall season runs from the first week of school to the end of october.  The spring season runs from the last week in March to the 3rd week in May.  Students can choose to participate in the fall season or the spring season or both seasons.  Many sailors choose both.  Practices are not mandatory, but recommended for participation in racing events.

Racing occurs Saturdays from 8AM to 3PM (in the fall from early September to late october, and in the spring from early April to late May), though after school races have occurred and may continue happen.  Racing is not required but is recommended as is helps build skills in sailboat racing.

Regional racing (occurring throughout the upper midwest) occurs most weekends during each season.  These two day racing events are typically done by more experienced and more serious racers.  They are not required and many high school sailors never do a traveling event.


Coaching fees run $450 per season.  Racing fees typically run $25 per event (called a regatta) per person.  Boats are provided by the sailing school that hosts the race.


What are the regattas/races like?

A regatta consists of a series of races.  High School regattas usually consist of 10-12 race, but the exact number is dependent on the wind.   The teams (mixed or true) are split into two divisions, A and B, each consisting of a skipper and his/her crew.   Each division races two races and then comes off the water and the other 1/2 of the team races 2 races.  For example the two sailors that make up the A division part of their team will race the first two races, and come off the water and the two sailors that make up the B division will race two races.  Each race takes about 20 min.  The races are typically Windward Leeward 2’s.  If you don’t know what that is, come join us and learn!