High School Sailing

The High School Sailing Program provides an opportunity for all students (grades 7-12) to practice, race and travel to compete against other high schools. Sailing under the banner of your high school with a group of your peers forges friendships that will no doubt last a lifetime. In that regard, we happily invite all individuals from beginners to advanced level sailors to come and participate in the Midwest Inter-Scholastic Sailing Association (MISSA) with us. At the highest level, high school sailing leads to regional and national competitions, summer race teams and collegiate teams.

High School Sailing is the fastest growing segment of sailing in the United States. This can be attributed to its focus on the team aspect of sailing and widespread participation and organization.

Program Benefits

  • Sailing is a co-educational competitive sport.
  • Colleges actively recruit talented sailors for their college teams.
  • Sailing involves physical strength and agility, and teaches students about navigation, physics, the marine environment, and the importance of teamwork.
  • Sailing is an activity that literally can take you around the globe and provide a warm introduction to other sailors in just about any country.
  • Sailing is a sport that you will enjoy throughout your life.
  • Supervised use of host club facilities, offering quality access to the water.
  • Safety and rescue boats are on the water at all times with liability coverage under the Club’s insurance policy.
  • Professional coaching during regattas and practices.

 What do I need?

  • US Coast Guard Approved Sailing Life Jacket (“PFD” – personal flotation device)
  • Closed toe shoes
  • Enthusiasm and commitment

What’s the time commitment?

High School Sailing has two seasons: Spring and Fall. Spring season starts early March through to middle of May. Fall season starts late August through to the end of October. The more time spent in the boat is the best way to grow as a sailor.

What do we sail?

Most HS sailing is “fleet” racing. It is done in double-handed one-design dinghies such as the Club 420. All fleets are registered with Midwest Interscholastic Sailing Association (MISSA).

What is MISSA?

MISSA was established as the regional governing body for high school sailing in the Midwest. Our objective is to further the sport of sailing in Midwest secondary schools, and to provide a standardized set of rules and procedures for competition. 

What happens at a high school regatta?

Teams, determined by the head coach, are expected arrive at the host regatta by 9:00 AM to check in together. Families are expected to make arrangements for their sailor to get to the regatta either by driving them or carpooling. 
Each high school team has at least four members, two skippers and two crew. All boats are entered into a rotation. The A skippers and crew take to the water and sail the first two races. In the meantime the B skippers and crew wait their turn to sail. After two races, the boats are swapped, the A teams jump out allowing the B team to jump in the boat ready to sail two races. This A/B flip-flop continues throughout the regatta. Since only half of the kids are sailing at a time, it allows for a lot of fun interaction between teams while waiting. A team’s score is the total of both their A and B scores added together. Races are generally short, with the goal of both A and B teams completing 6 races each day. Novice crew can also be swapped for alternate crew. This helps with fatigue and to allow all to participate. 


Jamie Jones
Central Ohio High School Sailing 

Sam Patterson
Northeast Ohio High School Sailing

Erik Schumann
Southern Ohio High School Sailing

Cleveland Foundry

Hoover Sailing Club



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