Jackson Hole Ocean Sailing Team (JHOST) is a donor-supported 501c3 organization located in Jackson, Wyoming. Our young sailors, experienced staff and enthusiastic donors are committed to developing resilient life skills through unique sailing experiences, starting with sailing on Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park, to Pacific offshore races like the TransPac Ocean Race, from Los Angeles to Hawaii.
We recruit Jackson youth based on their passion (not sailing experience) to train, sail and race together. We teach dry land courses in safety, leadership, and team-building in addition to a wide array of on-water lessons. Reaching across socio-economic and cultural boundaries our diverse team learns skills to safely navigate the ocean as well as life itself.
When first introduced to this idea many ask “Why the ocean, NOT the mountains?”
This country is steeped in maritime traditions. JHOST is the first step in preparing our youth for the opportunity to experience a lifetime of adventure, friendship, and nature on the water. We believe in the benefits our beautiful mountains and sea offer, and we feel strongly that every child should have an opportunity to experience both. There is a natural sense of order, camaraderie, service and discipline aboard a sailing vessel at sea which cannot be duplicated in any other competitive experience.