About SISO


Our Organization


Southern Idaho Sailing Outreach was incorporated in the state of Idaho in October, 2017. Our mission, pure and simple, is to promote sailing in southern Idaho. We emphasize youth education, safety, and accessibility of this great sport to all. 

Our History:The Southern Idaho Sailing Association – recognized the need for better sailing opportunities in southern Idaho, especially at Lucky Peak State Park near Boise. A few initial meetings culminated in the formation of our organization – Southern Idaho Sailing Outreach – and the development of our vision and mission. We elected a Board of Directors and developed a business plan and Articles of Incorporation. We were incorporated in the State of Idaho in late 2017 and received our 501 (c) (3) letter of determination from the IRS shortly thereafter.

Our next step was to begin fundraising to complete the various components of our mission. Our first action was the submission of a grant request to Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, through their Waterways Improvement Fund, to improve the infrastructure at Lucky Peak’s Spring Shores Marina for small non-motorized watercraft. The grant application was successful, and in November 2017, twenty-seven low profile docks were purchased. These docks were installed in the spring of 2018. Another grant application for Phase 2 of the dock system was completed and submitted for the 2018 budget cycle. The second grant was also successful and the second phase of the docks will be installed in the spring of 2019, completing the infrastructure necessary for sailing instruction. To date, we have raised more than $120,000 in grants and matching funds for the dock improvement project.

With the dock infrastructure project near completion, we are currently working with the City of Boise Department of Parks and Recreation to train and certify sailing instructors. We have raised sufficient funding to purchase an initial fleet of instructional sailboats and are in the midst of a capital campaign to secure the funding necessary to purchase safety boats. Sailing classes, with an emphasis on youth education, are scheduled to begin in the summer of 2019. Weeklong sailing camps will be offered at Lucky Peak Reservoir through the City of Boise Parks and Recreation Department. The development of strategic partnerships with the City of Boise, Idaho State Parks, US Sailing Association, and Ada County, along with significant community funding support has allowed this program to move forward.

Board of Directors

Howard King Co-Chair
Peter Palmer Co-Chair/Treasurer
John Burke
Steve Christiansen
Eric Davis
Tina Klamt
JT More

Advisory Members

Surat Nicol, Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation
Marie Hattaway, Boise City Parks, and Recreation
Clay Lee, Boise City Parks, and Recreation
Pete Zimowsky, Media Relations
Chris Marshall, Education Liaison
Kent Reetz – Sailing Instructor
Vince Serio – Sailing Instructor

For more information, please contact us at info@sailingoutreach.org.