On-the-water Member Programs: Flotillas + more!
The Flotilla program is a community sailing activity for members and their guests. It represents a way for members to sail together in a relaxed environment, to have fun, build skills, and share knowledge and experience. We sail as a group with either a destination or a planned activity.
Flotilla fees vary on the season, length of the event, level of membership, and type of flotilla. To get an idea of the costs of flotillas, check out the Member Programs calendar of events.
Group Sail / Flotilla Destinations
Port Madison is the perfect place to anchor for an afternoon picnic or a Seattle Sailing Club Raft-Up Potluck. The inner harbor is protected by hillsides lined with beautiful mansions and landscapes. Sail over to Port Madison to relax in the calm waters and take in the scenery.
Suquamish is a historical site known for Suquamish Indians who have lived there for over 2,000 years. Chief Seattle’s burial ground is just up the hill from the launching ramp. Enjoy a beautiful summer evening sail to Suquamish in just a couple hours.
South of Shilshole Bay Marina, is Seattle’s Downtown marina, Bell Harbor. Bell Harbor offers an amazing view of Seattle’s downtown buildings, pier, and Ferris Wheel. Dock in Bell Harbor and spend the day visiting Pike Place Market, shopping on the Pier or eating clam chowder. Oh, and don’t forget to take a ride on the Ferris Wheel!
Eagle Harbor is located in the east shore of Bainbridge Island. The Washington State Ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge comes in and out every couple hours. Take a short walk through the park and head towards the little town for local shops, wineries, and restaurants. Waterfront Park has picnic tables and a stage for bands to play during the Summer months. Eagle Harbor has enough activities for a full day of fun or a quick bite to eat.
Kingston is a ferry hub for the Edmonds to Kingston ferries. Tie up to guest moorage and walk up to the restaurants, shops, and art galleries. There is a farmer’s market every Saturday morning throughout Summer near the port. Seattle Sailing Club enjoys lunch at the Ale House and ice cream at Mora Iced Creamery.
Blake Island is located just North of Vashon Island. The island is a Washington State Park and has 475-acres of land with hiking and biking trails throughout. The Suquamish Indian’s campground in Tilicum Village hosts a traditional dance performance and salmon dinner throughout the Summer.
North of Shilshole is the Port of Edmonds. Edmonds is a suburban city, but retains a quaint, quiet feel similar to a small town. Take a walk along the waterfront or stroll into downtown for restaurants and shopping. For a more relaxed visit, hang around the marina’s two beach parks equipped with picnic tables, playgrounds, and sandy beaches.
Poulsbo is full of places to eat, shop, and escape the busy city life. Sluy’s Poulsbo Bakery is the place to go for sweets, they are known for their incredible donuts and Scandinavian pastries. Pick up your pastries and head to American Legion Park which is just a boardwalk away offering grassy areas to play and an arboretum.
Additional Sailing Events & Activities
Grab the tennis balls and head out to the water on one of Seattle Sailing Club’s under 30ft keelboats for a fun game of Tennis Ball Tag. Practice close-quarters maneuvering with a fun game of Tennis Ball Tag!
Sailfest is a fun, FREE event hosted by Seattle Sailing Club & Sail Northwest and sponsored by a number of wonderful companies from the Puget Sound sailing community. Tons of boats (SSC & Non-SSC boats) head out in the evening, run a couple of fun racecourses and head back to SSC for hotdogs, beverages, and the famous Sailfest Raffle after the races. This is one of Seattle Sailing Club’s favorite events!
Fun Races are the perfect first steps in getting a feel for racing, but also give current racers an opportunity to practice throughout the year.