Bainbridge Island High School Sailing Club is open to high school students that can attend required daily practices, participate in regattas, have completed beginner sailing classes or have equivalent sailing experience, and hold a Park District Swim License. We require all sailors to be inclusive and supportive of each other.
FALL SEASON - During the fall season, the team meets at the public dock below Waterfront Park in Eagle Harbor on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for practices. Fall season regattas are on the weekends and are supported by the Friends of Bainbridge Island High School Sailing (FOBIHSS). Sailors must contact Coach Haley before registering for the fall season through Bainbridge Island Parks and Recreation (BIMPRD) (biparks.org).
SPRING SEASON - During the spring season, the team typically meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for practices. Sailors should contact Coach Haley to determine if there is space on the team.
There are several important aspects to participating on the Bainbridge High School Sailing Team you should know before you sign up. Please continue to read these below.
Of the Sailors:
Participate on the team with an open mind, exhibit good sportsmanship, and support other team members and coaches
Attend practices and let the coaches know when you will not be there
Participate in the regattas
Assist with the logistical tasks of the team
Participate in Friends of BIHSS fundraiser events in support of the team
Of the Parent(s):
Participate with the Friends of Bainbridge Island High School Sailing to help out with BHS Sailing Team activities, including driving to/from team events, and assisting with other Team activities
Assist Friends of Bainbridge Island High School Sailing with fundraising
Comply with the code of conduct
All sailors must wear a Type III personal flotation device at all times when on the dock or on a boat.
We also require a minimum level of clothing to protect the sailor from the elements.
Please see the complete listing of required and recommended gear to help make your time on the water safe and comfortable.
Safety is our top concern and precautions are taken to keep everyone safe. That being said, sailing can be dangerous since it involves activity on the water. All sailors are expected to wear PFDs (personal flotation devices) when in and around the water and follow the direction provided by coaches and regatta staff.
There is always a danger of concussion (click here for more information) along with cuts and bruises. All of our coaches are required to maintain their first aid/CPR certification.
The team also continues to follow COVID restrictions and CDC/WA/NWISA recommendations, which may include wearing facial coverings, conducting daily screenings, socially distancing when possible, and cleaning hands and shared equipment.
Fees & Policies
Participation fees for BHS Sailing Team are set before each season separately by FOBIHSS (appx. $600-$1000 per season) and BIMPRD (appx. $500 each season).
BIMPRD fees are allocated toward a minimal coaching salary, facilities, insurance, and routine boat maintenance.
The FOBIHSS Board determines how fees are to be allocated each season, which may include equipment, fuel, insurance, swag, certain transportation and lodging costs, and other costs related to team logistics and administration. FOBIHSS fees vary depending on the number of regattas the team will attend and where the regattas are located.
Each season, sailors will incur additional expenses for required personal gear and certain regatta-related expenses, which may include meals, transport/fuel, and lodging, as determined by FOBIHSS from season-to-season. Scholarship assistance may be available.