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Dealing With The Rising Tide

Published on September 24th, 2018

College sailing began on an informal, club basis in the 1890s, and organized racing started in 1928. But much has changed from its humble beginnings, with Varsity status providing the funding to support formidable programs, and youth sailing re-shaped to mirror the new reality.

Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) is the governing authority for sailing competition at colleges and universities throughout the United States and in some parts of Canada. In this role, the ICSA is dealing with the rising tide, and has launched the following survey for guidance:


As you know, the landscape of college athletics is changing around us. Almost daily, we are presented with new challenges and opportunities that we must carefully evaluate. We need your input in an important review of the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association in order to evaluate our current state and frame a future for the association.

We have engaged Collegiate Sports Associates (CSA) to assist us in ensuring the current and future viability of our association. CSA will be conducting a comprehensive analysis of the association and provide a final report including recommendations that will help guide us in determining a future course for the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association that properly aligns the program with ICSA’s mission, priorities, and goals.

CSA is asking a broad subset of our stakeholders to contribute to the process through a brief online survey. This survey is intended to engage the entire ICSA community. Your participation is very important to this process, which will give us a clearer picture of how to position the ICSA so that we can successfully navigate the ever changing world of college athletics.

Your responses will go directly to CSA. Participation will be tracked, but all responses will be completely confidential and non-attributable. Feel free to skip individual questions or sets of questions if you do not feel knowledgeable enough to provide input. Please complete the survey linked below by Tuesday, October 2nd.

To complete the survey, click here. If you have any trouble accessing the survey, contact Clay Pfeifler.

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