The South Atlantic Interscholastic Sailing Association (SAISA) is part of the Interscholastic Sailing Association (ISSA), the organizing authority for high school sailing in the United States. SAISA organizes high school level regattas in North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. The fall and spring SAISA regattas that we participate in are fleet racing events, raced in 420’s. The SAISA regattas are organized by district; we are in the North Points (NP) district. Similar to college racing, each regatta has two divisions of races (A and B). Teams accumulate points throughout the series according to their finish positions – a first finish results in 8 points, a second in 7, and so on. Teams with the highest number of points advance to the NP Gold or Silver Regattas in late spring. NP Gold is for the top eight teams qualifying with the highest number of points. In order to qualify for the Gold Regatta, teams must consist of at least four sailors from the same high school. Teams that qualify in the Gold Regatta may advance to the District Championship, and then the National Championship. NP Silver is for the next tier of teams, and is discussed below.

If a high school does not have at least four sailors, SAISA provides opportunities for growth, through different levels of advancement. Composite teams (formed by sailors representing two or more schools) are allowed to participate in most of the local regattas, but are subject to specific scoring rules that limit advancement to the next level. However, teams that consist of two sailors from the same high school may advance to the NP Silver Regatta, and from there, qualify for the ISSA Great Oaks Invitational Championship for developing teams. Please check the SAISA and ISSA procedural rules at the link below for any changes.

SAISA Rules and related links:

SAISA Supplemental Rules that describe individual and team requirements
ISSA Procedural Rules
Racing Rules of Sailing (2017-2020)
Current SAISA Calendar


SAYRA is the South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association, an organizing body for yacht clubs, sailing clubs and individual clubs in the south Atlantic area. This group recognizes a number of club-based Junior events in throughout the year, and keeps track of results to put together the “SAYRA Junior Series”. The SAYRA Junior Series is not team-based but individual or club-based, and includes 420’s, Lasers, Sunfish, and Opti sailboats.

The SAYRA Juniors page has the schedule and results. Keep an eye out for this set of events. In particular, RTP High School Sailing members participated in this series last year in 420’s and Lasers, mostly in the “off-season” from SAISA. We hope to see more participation this year to help hone skills and bring in more sailors to our group!