About Windworks Sailing & Powerboating Club

Are you an experienced sailor, or are you looking to expand your sailing and powerboating expertise? No matter what your boating expertise and needs, we’ve got you covered. Since 1992, Windworks Sailing and Powerboating Club has been your home for sailing and powerboating lessons, boat charters, and social sailing events! Located just north of Seattle, Washington along the Puget Sound, our location is both convenient and breathtaking.


What We Offer

Are you looking for individualized sailing and powerboating lessons and experiences? Or, are you a seasoned veteran, looking for your next adventure? With extensive knowledge and resources, Windworks Sailing and Powerboating Club is your go-to hub for all your sailing and powerboating needs.

At Windworks Sailing and Powerboating Club, we offer:

  • Sailing lessons, both novice and advanced
  • Summer powerboating lessons
  • Specialized lessons, events, and clinics, including capri racing, coastal navigation courses, and sailing certifications
  • Extensive knowledge of the Puget Sound and San Juan Island region, offering sailing trip consultation for seasoned sailors
  • Charters 
  • Boats for sale
  • Specialized club memberships, including the Windworks Club and the Capri Club, which special access to premier charter boat fleets, discounted certification programs, and more


WWSC US Sailing Certifications

WWSC US Sailing Certified lesson pricing is very affordable and allows you to charter boats worldwide. Ask us about our full range of US Sailing certifications, including Basic Keelboat to Coastal Passage Making classes.


Our Mission

Windworks Sailing and Powerboating Club is committed to making boating available, affordable, and approachable. Fun for both beginners and experienced sailors, we are your home for sailing lessons, boat charters, and social sailing events. Located in Shilshole Marina next to Ballard Locks in Seattle, Washington, we are ideally located for idyllic sailing and powerboating adventures in the Pacific Northwest.


Location and History

Windworks Sailing and Powerboating Club in Seattle has been the premier US Sailing and US Powerboating club in the Pacific Northwest since 1992. We are located just 6 miles north of Seattle Washington along the Puget Sound, giving you access to scenic day-sail and multi-day itineraries in the San Juan islands.


Dream Experiences at Your Fingertips

Windworks Sailing and Powerboating Club is designed to be your home for instruction, charter, and social sailing time. When you charter a boat from us, use it as your own. New to sailing and powerboating? Start learning from scratch. An advanced sailor? Improve your skills and sign up for an adventure at your own pace. We will give you individualized attention in helping you meet your goals. 


Using our online reservation, your access to a dream sailing and powerboating experience is just a click away

About our team

Meet our crew

Mark Evans


I was introduced to the world of boating in 1997, when I experienced the Sea of Cortez Cup in La Paz, Mexico with the previous owners of Windworks! That trip changed my life, and because of it, I became the owner of Windworks in 2013.

Welcome to Windworks Sailing & Powerboating.  Very honored having US Sailing and Powerboat certifications available at beautiful Shilshole (Seattle) and Cap Sante Marinas (Anacortes)!  Thank you to our wonderful office and dock staff for the opportunity to serve the Pacific Northwest Sailing and Powerboat community.

meet our crew

Susan Evans

Co-Owner & Marketing Manager

I’m having fun using my many years of sales and marketing experience from various corporations and non-profits to promote WWSC.   I love that we help people to achieve their dreams of adventure on the water.   I’ve spent more time on hiking and running trails with the original Lilly and Chester but since 2013, I have also enjoyed learning all about sailing and power boating.

Yacht Sales Staff Victor Evans at WindWorks Sailing & Powerboating
A certified professional yacht broker is working for you

Victor Evans

Vice President, Certified Professional Yacht Broker, US Sailing & Powerboating Instructor, USCG 50 Ton Masters License

I enjoy instructing aspiring and experienced boaters in how to master their vessels with the goal of making sure every client is fully confident in their skills prior to leaving the dock. I found my passion in the maritime industry and love helping others experience their own adventures out on the water. You’ll find me on the docks with clients, or out on the water ensuring our fleet of yachts are at peak performance.

I look forward to sailing with you soon.


Aaron Holmes

Fleet Manager

Oregon native, new to boating and I absolutely love it! I’ve become US Sailing BBC Certified to guarantee the best service for our fleet. I try to make sure each vessel is maintained and equipped for each class, charter and clinic. Happy to provide information about the fleet and their mechanics. If you need any assistance, I’m your guy!

meet our crew

Julia Christie

Club Manager

After graduating from Montana State University in the summer of 2017, I found myself at Windworks Sailing & Powerboating! I’ve enjoyed meeting members and working with Windworks over the years. I look forward to meeting you all!

Paige Hineline

Administrative Assistant

There’s nothing better than being out on the water, but you can find me in the office. I’ll answer any inquiries you have, schedule a charter for you, or book you for one of our many classes. There’s so much to do here at Windworks, and I’m the person to help you navigate it all!

Mary Rosa

Administrative Assistant

After earning a degree in business from western Washington university I take pride in providing the best customer service as dock staff. My goals include having the customers goals, interests and safety in mind, while maintaining a welcoming environment in the office. I loving living in Lake Union with my pug Poe. Come visit me in the office, I look forward to meeting new faces!

Meet our dock crew

Brittney Lamie

Assistant Dock Manager

New to both Seattle and sailing, I’m excited for all the new experiences in the world of boating. I can’t wait to learn along side both the WindWorks team and it’s amazing group of club members, students and charter guests. I look forward to seeing you on the dock.

Eddie Melvin
Eddie Melvin
Friendly staff and easy process. Shilshole location has good amenities and ample parking.
Mary Danielle Burton
Mary Danielle Burton
We worked with Victor Evans to sell our sailboat and we really had the best possible experience. He was very easy to work with and was super responsive through the entire process. I would highly recommend him if you are looking to buy or sell a boat!
Matt Velinder
Matt Velinder
Victor and the Windworks family are truly amazing. Victor guided me through the boat buying process and was always responsive and professional. He made the entire process a wonderful experience. He is also a thoroughly capable and experienced sailor. I cannot recommend him and Windworks enough!
Taylor Beck
Taylor Beck
I had a wonderful day taking BK1 with Victor as my instructor. Victor has a vast fund of knowledge for sailing and creates a great learning environment. His passion for sailing comes through in his teaching. I also appreciated the small class size (four students). I highly recommend this class if you have an interest in learning to sail, you learn a lot in your first day!
David Lester
David Lester
We took out Chester, a 34 ft Bavaria on a trip to Port townsend. Nice roomy boat. Most everything was in working order. A couple of minor things: no electric hot water but engine warming worked good and we used shore facilities at all our stops. We were somewhat disappointed with the mainsail not coming totally out from the roller furler. Don't know what was wrong. Otherwise, the boat was clean, roomy and in good shape. Before departure we had good support from the shore crew. Also good support coming back in. Because of problems with moorage at our destination I had to change boats on this reservation two times. Windworks staff were very helpful and patient with those changes.
Daniel Wicklund
Daniel Wicklund
Basic keelboat one with Chris, was an excellent class. The instructor was patient, knowledgeable, and willing to answer all the questions we threw at him. The experience was also an excellent value with the midweek discount!
Sophia Kassotakis
Sophia Kassotakis
Spent two full days with #Windworks instructors (Gordon and Norm). Had a blast, learned a lot, and met some new people. Highly recommend Windworks if you're wanting to learn to sail. The instructors had very different teaching styles and approaches, but were equally effective at teaching the class what we needed to know.
Garett Bass
Garett Bass
My wife and I took the Basic Keelboating 1 course to begin learning how to sail and make progress toward a sailing license, which will require 2 more 8-hour courses. Our instructor, Victor Evans, was very knowledgeable and patient, and helped us clearly understand how the boat was sailing, and how to effectively perform both a tack and a jibe maneuver including which instructions we should provide to the crew, and which actions we should perform as skipper. After a day of sailing, we have scheduled our Basic Keelboating 2 course and look forward to becoming licensed and spending more time on the water.