West Coast Sailing & Zim Sailing Announce Multi-Year Sponsorship of College Sailing
The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) is excited to announce a new five-year sponsorship agreement with Zim Sailing and West Coast Sailing. These are two of North America’s leading suppliers of boats, parts and equipment, both owned and led by former college sailors. Read on to find out more about how we're supporting student athletes and sailing programs as part of this sponsorship, including our 5% back to ICSA commitment.
Discounts for Student Athletes
Get out on the water with the gear you need at a great price, backed by fast shipping and outstanding service. Active college sailors are eligible for 15% discount on apparel and accessories purchases at West Coast Sailing. We stock thousands of items for immediate shipping from top brands including Gill, Rooster, Zhik, Ronstan, and more. Enter code ICSA at checkout to apply discount.
Discounts for College Programs
Take the stress out of running your college program with access to all the spare parts, sails, gear, line, rigging, and more you need to maintain your fleet and keep your sailors on the water. College programs are eligible for discounts on our entire range of products, backed with great inventory and a knowledgable team. From pre cut mainsheets and spare pins to new sails and masts, West Coast Sailing is here to support your program. Sign up for an online account to order right on our website with your discounts, or work with our dedicated team for more complex orders.
New Boats & Fleet Purchases
West Coast Sailing is one of North America's leading providers of small sailboats, offering a full range of popular college sailing dinghies including the 420, FJ, and Laser/ILCA. Special fleet purchasing offers are available.
5% Back to College Sailing
West Coast Sailing is proud to be an official Supplier of College Sailing. As part of our joint sponsorship with Zim Sailing, 5% of purchases made by collegiate programs will be donated back to the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) each season. This provides direct support to the organization that makes it all happen, and increases access to the water for all. Make sure that all of your purchases are done through your collegiate program account in order to get the maximum donation back to the ICSA. Visit our Program Purchasing page to find out more.
Official Press Release
The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) is excited to announce a new five-year sponsorship agreement with Zim Sailing and West Coast Sailing. These are two of North America’s leading suppliers of boats, parts and equipment, both owned and led by former college sailors.
As ‘Official Suppliers’ of College Sailing, Zim Sailing and West Coast Sailing will contribute equipment for use at the various ICSA national championships, including 420/FJ sails at Spring Championships, and complete ILCA boats at Singlehand championships. In addition to providing equipment, both companies have created a unique cash contribution plan where 5% of purchases made by college sailing programs will be donated back to ICSA. This will create a direct circle of support for the long term benefit of student athletes and the continued growth of College Sailing.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Zim Sailing and West Coast Sailing as sponsors,” said Mitch Brindley,
President of ICSA. “Their contributions ensure the stability of College Sailing and provide funding for the operations and promotion of the National Championships, education and training for developing sailors and coaches, and development grants to open the pathway to sailing for a wide range of student athletes.”
Zim Sailing, founded by Steve Perry in 2008 in Bristol, Rhode Island, provides one-design sailboats, parts, accessories, and services to the North American market. They manufacture popular collegiate dinghies including the FJ, C420 and 420E, while engaging in grassroots youth development of yacht club junior sailing programs, community sailing and youth racing. Zim Sailing is seen at regattas around the country, providing charter boats and onsite support.
West Coast Sailing, founded in 2005 in Portland, Oregon by George Yioulos, is one of North America’s leading marine retailers, focusing on the dinghy racing and small keelboat market with an emphasis on e-commerce fulfillment and industry leading customer service. Yioulos, a former University of Oregon sailor and recipient of the 2005 ICSA James Rousmaniere Award for Student Leadership, brought West Coast Sailing and Zim Sailing under common ownership in 2021 – with the goal to expand support for sailing in North America.
“College Sailing changed my life. In four years, I learned more about teamwork, leadership, budgeting, and development than I ever dreamed,” said Yioulos. “For a club team from the Pacific Northwest with a $6000 annual budget, College Sailing gave me an opportunity to grow and make lifelong friendships. Eighteen years later, the ability to give back to the sport on a national level, is a dream come true.”
Both companies are led by, and employ, many alumni of College Sailing. Their teams continue to volunteer, donate, coach, and support ICSA, year in and year out. For sailors, programs and supporters of College Sailing, this is an opportunity to work with a valued sponsor for all boats, parts, equipment, and apparel needs. Programs can set up accounts for easy online ordering with discounted pricing, with 5% of those purchases going back to ICSA. Individual student athletes can take advantage of 15% off apparel and accessories purchases to get the gear they need to get on the water at a great value. Knowledgeable sailors are on hand to provide support and answer questions.
Published May 4th, 2022