Welcome to Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center!
Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center offers classes and programs for all ability and skill levels ages 8-100 in rowing, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, stand-up paddle-boarding and more. Serving the boating community for 30 years, the Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center is a Seattle Parks and Recreation facility whose programs are co-sponsored by the Mount Baker Boating Advisory Council. The Council is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization made of up of volunteers who are dedicated to the success of this facility, as expressed in our mission statement.

Boathouse Activities

  • Mount Baker’s popular Junior Crew program welcomes beginners and experienced rowers from 8th – 12th grade. Our boys and girls teams compete locally, regionally and nationally. Go Baker!

  • Come Sail with us! Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center offers youth and adult sailing classes as well as an open sail and racing program.

  • Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center offers a variety of summer camps for children ages 8-18. Our Adventure Camp is a mix of activities or  choose a camp with a focus on Sailing, Standup Paddle Boarding or Windsurfing.

  • In addition to rowing and sailing, Mount Baker offers classes in windsurfing, kayaking, and stand up paddleboarding. Now is your chance to get out on the water!

  • Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center offers adult crew programs for all levels of interest. Classes teach the fundamentals of the stroke as well as boat handling, water safety, coxing, and care of equipment.

  • Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center houses a beautiful venue on the shores of Lake Washington in Seattle’s charming Mount Baker neighborhood. The venue is situated in beautiful Stan Sayres Park presenting a lovely natural setting for an event.

Upcoming Courses

Want to know what programs are starting at MBRSC in the coming months? Click on the course names below to see more about each program. Click on the barcode link to register online. For more information about summer camps please visit the specific page of the activity your child would like to participate in. If you have any questions please email us at mount.baker@seattle.gov or call us at 206-386-1913.
To see all our programs, check out the 2016 Program Brochure

Boathouse News & Events


Annual Fund Sets New Record

We Raised $55,140

With a surge of donations in September and the receipt of a number of matching gifts our 2016 Annual Fund campaign set a new record, raising $55,140. Thank you to the over 120 donors who have made this achievement possible. Your support of the programs at Mount Baker is greatly appreciated.

The Annual Fund will provide support for Outreach and Financial Assistance, so that cost concerns never prevent a child or adult from participating at Mount Baker.

The Annual Fund allows us to keep both rowing and sailing fleets, coaches’ launches, outboard motors, rowing machines, safety gear and more – costs which total $90,000 to $100,000 annually – current and in good repair.

Again, thank you all for your generous support and enthusiasm. Go Baker!


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Helen Tilghman Selected as Head Coach
For Varsity Girls

Helen Tilghman, an alumna of the University of Washington Women’s Varsity Rowing Team and of Mount Baker Junior Crew, has been selected as Head Coach for Mount Baker’s Varsity Girls Program. Tilghman has four years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, her most recent two years as Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for Michigan State University Women’s Varsity Rowing.

Helen learned to row at Mount Baker and was Captain of the Girls Varsity Team in 2007-2008. She rowed four years in the highly competitive UW Women’s Varsity Program and was Varsity Boat Club Commodore her Senior year. Following graduation Helen continued her studies at UW, earning a Master of Education Degree in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership.

In addition to her collegiate experience Helen has spent four summers on the coaching staff at the Craftsbury Sculling Center and has coached both Juniors and Masters at the club level.

“We are thrilled to have a young, but highly experienced talent like Helen join our Junior Girls Program” says Mount Baker Program Coordinator, Jason Coffman.  Please welcome Helen back to Mount Baker in her new role as Varsity Girls Head Coach.

Coach Sara Nevin Highlights Mid-Summer Boat Dedications

Baker Dedicates Four New Rowing Shells

Former Mount Baker Coach Sara Nevin dedicated a namesake shell, Sara Nevin II, on Saturday, July 30th as we welcomed four new boats into our fleet.

Sara who is currently the head coach at Mills College, Oakland, CA, coached the Mount Baker Varsity Boys team from 1990 to 1996. She inherited a new program with only 16 athletes and grew it into a nationally recognized powerhouse with over 50 athletes. Her crews won four USRowing Junior National Championships including the varsity 4+ and varsity 2- in 1991 and the varsity 8+ in 1993.

The Sara Nevin II is a Pocock carbon fiber racing 4+ designed for our biggest rowers. It replaces a shell of the same name, design and size that has been in service since 2004.

We also welcomed a new 8+, the Lake Washington, and two new pair/doubles, the Madrona II and the Leschi IV. Our new 8+ is a Pocock shell designed for beginner and novice rowers. It will replace the eighteen year old Mary Louise Smith. The pair/doubles are identical Pocock carbon fiber racing shells. They are designed for rowers whose average weight is 160 pounds or less.