New equipment plan for College Sailing

Published on May 4th, 2022

The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) has entered into a new five-year sponsorship agreement with Zim Sailing and West Coast Sailing, two of North America’s leading suppliers of boats, parts, and equipment.

The two companies will supply equipment for use at ICSA national championships, including 420/FJ sails at Spring Championships, and ILCA boats at Singlehand Championships. In addition to providing equipment, 5% of purchases made by college sailing programs will be donated back to ICSA.

“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 (Bristol, RI), founded by Steve Perry in 2008, provides one-design sailboats, parts, accessories, and services to the North American market. They manufacture 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 (Portland, OR), founded in 2005 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.

More information can be found online at Zim Sailing and West Coast Sailing.

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