Southern Maine High School Sailing Team (SMHSST) is a comprehensive high school sailing program for any Portland area student in the 8th grade or above whose school does not have a sailing team. The goal of SMHSST is to provide racing opportunities for students whose schools do not yet have an official team, while "growing" teams that will later become individual members of the New England Scholastic Sailing Association (NESSA). NESSA is the regional "league" within the national Inter Scholastic Sailing Association (ISSA), the national governing body of High School sailing in the United States. **
All interested students from area high schools that do not have a sailing team, and who have had some racing experience, are welcome as team members. High School sailing is one of the few school sports where girls and boys can compete with each other on equal terms. The SMHS Sailing Team practices at SailMaine three days a week. SailMaine provides 24 Collegiate 420 class sailboats, 10 J 22 keelboats, access to the water, coaching, equipment, scholarships, and facilities. Teams will practice together and in collaborative skill groups with sailors from other teams. Sailors will be checked out at the beginning of the season and sailors with less racing experience may practice with the SailMaine
What is high school sailing really like? Learn exactly how challenging and fun it is to join a team including the requirements, how practices work and what competing in regattas is like.
For additional information, please e-mail the High School Sailing Director, or call (207) 772-7245.
Coach: Jack O'Rourke
Parent Coordinator: Karen Fream
**For a school team to become a member of ISSA and NESSA, it must be recognized by its school's administration either as a varsity or club team. Students whose schools have not provided this recognition may join the Southern Maine High School team. The team is allowed to compete in a limited number of NESSA events each year that do not lead to a national ISSA championship event.