Since West Coast Sailing opened in 2005, giving back has been a huge part of the company. It is our belief that the more successful a sailor, event, or group can be, the more our sport can grow. Our industry and community of dinghy sailors is too small it have it any other way. Over the years we've been able to increase our contributions of time and money, supporting sailors both here in the Northwest and in the larger sailing community. Outside the office, our staff donates hundreds of hours a year to run events, coach, and mentor. Please know that your support of our company and mission makes this possible and allows us to continue giving back to causes that directly impact small boat sailing. We're honored to have worked with so many outstanding sailors and are proud to share those experiences with you.
Sponsored Sailing Team
Our current team roster includes Isabella Bertold, Chris Barnard, Fillah Karim, Talia Toland, and Ryan and Andrew Wood.
Isabella Bertold is a member of the Canadian Sailing Team in the Laser Radial Class. Her goal is to win Canada’s first Olympic medal in a women’s sailing event. Our multi-year commitment to Isabella and her "Sailing Towards Rio" program includes the boats, sails, and gear that are essential for a full campaign. Isabella is an outstanding sailor and individual, both on and off the water, and we're proud to support her. You can follow her progress by visiting her website - http://isabellabertold.com/
Chris is a Laser sailor from Newport Beach, California. A three time Collegiate All-American at Georgetown University, he helped Georgetown win the 2012 Fleet Race National Championship and was named College Sailor of the Year. Chris is a member of the 2015 US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider and pursing an Olympic Laser campaign. Follow Chris: http://chrisbarnardsailing.com/
Fillah Karim is a Laser sailor from Vancouver, B.C. He is working towards representing Canada in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and winning a gold medal. He is actively training with some of the best sailors in the world and constantly exposing himself to the best competition and regattas in the build up to his Olympic run. - www.karimlasersailing.com/
Chloe is an Optimist sailor from San Francisco. She has been sailing the opti for the last four years and enjoys the top level competition provided by the class. In 2014 she was selected as most improved sailor in her program. 2015 regatta highlights will include a trip to Holland to represent Team USA, various regional championships, and USODA Team Trials.
Owen is an experienced optimist sailor from the Seattle area. A focused and competitive sailor, Owen puts great value on sportsmanship and enjoying his sailing. He has qualified at team trials and a member of the USODA Development Team. Look for Owen at big events around the country this year, including Team Trials, Florida State Champs, Nationals, North Americans, and several NWYRC events.
Talia is a Laser Radial sailor from Kirkland, WA and member of the Seattle Yacht Club race team. Following a brief go at the 29er, she moved to the more competitive Radial class. Successful at regional events, Talia plans to compete at many top events this year including Laser Midwinters East and West, PCCs, Youth Champs, CORK, and the US Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championships.
Ryan and Andrew Wood
Ryan and Andrew are 29er sailors from Vancouver, British Columbia. The brothers represented Canada at the ISAF Youth Worlds in 2014, finishing in 18th. They finished 21st at the 29er World Championships in 2014. Ryan and Andrew were named Sail Canada’s 2014 Youth Elite Sailors of the Year. The brothers are working hard to represent Canada at the 2015 Youth Worlds and to improve their result.
Sponsored Sailor Alumni
Derick Vranizan (Seattle, WA)
Derick is a Laser Sailor from Seattle. Following success on the youth circuit in the North West, Derick attended St. Mary's College where we helped the team win both doublehanded and sloop events. He sailed actively in the North American Laser circuit in the summers and placed 4th at the Olympic Trials in 2012. With much experienced gained from this campaign, Derick is aiming for Rio 2016. Follow Derick: www.facebook.com/dvsailing
Claire Dennis (San Francisco, CA)
Claire is a Laser Radial sailor from San Francisco. While attending Yale University, she won the 2011 ICSA Women's Singlehanded Championship and numerous other NEISA and ICSA awards. She stayed connected to the Laser Radial and competed in several ISAF events. After graduation, Claire returned home to San Francisco where she is actively training for the Olympics. Follow Claire: http://www.clairedennis.org/
Max Brill (San Diego, CA)
Max is a 29er sailor from the San Diego area. Like many SoCal sailors, he sailed competitively in the Sabot and C420 classes before "jumping ship" for the high performance world of skiff sailing. The "29er offers it all – speed, trapping, and the spinnaker." he says, and you can be sure to find Max at many of the top notch North American events this year. Max hopes to one day represent the US at an ISAF Worlds event.
Adam DiDomizio (Woodinville, WA)
Adam is a Northwest native and up and coming Laser sailor from outside Seattle. He has spent the last few years coaching junior sailors and working on his own skills at Sail Sand Point. He qualified for and represented his high school at the Cressy Singlehanded Championship in 2011 and has sailed hard ever since. Adam is no stranger to top level national events and mixing it up with the best laser sailors. He plans to continue sailing for his high school team and competing in many national events this summer.
Northwest Youth Racing Circuit
Kitten Cup Regatta – Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
Sea to Ski Regatta – Bellingham Yacht Club
Vancouver Lake Youth Regatta – Vancouver Lake Sailing Club
WIND Regatta – CGRA
Port Townsend Junior Regatta – Port Townsend Sailing Association
Opti Gorge Regatta – CGRA
NW Junior Olympics – Seattle Yacht Club
JAM Youth Regatta – Port Madison Yacht Club
Octoberfest – Sail Sand Point
CYC Opti Clinic – Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle
Oregon Offshore Race – Corinthian Yacht Club of Portland
Cultus Lake Regatta – Cultus Lake Sailing Club
British Columbia Laser Masters Championship – Kamloops Sailing Association
O'Pen Bic UnRegatta - CGRA
Dale Jepsen One Design – Bellingham Yacht Club
Laser No Coast Championship – Park City Sailing Association
Need support for your event? Check out our Event Sponsorship Program
- Columbia Gorge Racing Association
- Seattle Laser Fleet
- San Juan Island Sailing Foundation
- Park City Sailing Assocation
- San Francisco Yacht Club Youth Sailing
- Northwest Intercollegiate Sailing Association
- University of Oregon Sailing Team
- Encinal Yacht Club Youth Sailing
- St. Francis Sailing Foundation
- Sail Sand Point
- CYC Portland
- Hobie Fleet 72
- Willamette Sailing Club Youth Sailing
- Oregon Corinthian Sailing Association
- Oregon Youth Sailing Foundation
- Portland Area High School Sailing
- Oregon Women's Sailing Association
- Canadian 49er & FX Class Association