Sponsored Sailing Team
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. As former junior, high school, and college sailors, we believe strongly in the value of youth sailing and how it can contribute to a lifetime of love for the water. The goal of our Sponsored Sailing Team is to support up and coming sailors who demonstrate both great potential and a passion for sailing. These sailors work hard on and off the water and serve as role models for their peers. We've had the privledge to work with many terrific sailors over the years and hope to work with many more in the years to come.
Isabella Bertold (Vancouver, BC)
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 Barnard (Newport Beach, CA)
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 (Vancouver, BC)
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/
Hendrik Reidel (Reno, NV)
Hendrik is a Laser sailor from the Lake Tahoe area. He has sailed in top events including the CISA clinic and 2016 North Americans. He has an ambitious schedule for 2017 including NA's, Nationals, and qualifying for the Laser U21 Worlds. Hendrik will transition to college sailing in the Fall of 2017.
Pearl Lattanzi & Ariana Long (Honolulu, Hawaii)
This 29er duo is new to skiff sailing but already showing tremendous potential. Starting in the RS Feva, Pearl and Ariana transitioned to the 29er in 2016 and are helping to build the fleet in Hawaii. They will head to a number of large regattas this year including the Gorge Skiff Regatta, North Americans, and 29er Worlds, which take place in Long Beach this summer.
Neil Marcellini & Ian Brill (Lafayette, CA/San Diego, CA)
Neil and Ian are an experienced 29er team and have raced top events such as 29er Worlds and ISAF Youth Worlds. This year they will work to qualify for the 2017 Youth Worlds, which requires a great finish at both Midwinters West and Youth Champs. Be sure to check out their skiff sailing videos on YouTube!
Abbie Carlson (Seattle, WA)
Representing the Pacific NW, Abbie is an up and coming Laser Radial sailor. Expect to see her on the NW Youth Racing Circuit, and at both Leiter Cup and Youth Champs. She has also applied for the 4.7 Worlds in Belgium. Look for Abbie to translate Opti sailing experience to the Laser racecourse.
Mason Mitchell (Eagle, CO)
Mason Mitchell is part of the Dillon YC junior sailing program and a Laser Radial sailor. Look for him this season at the US Sailing Junior Olympics regattas and clinics, local events, and as an instructor at Dillon YC. Long term he hopes to sail for a college sailing team.
Caden Scheiblauer (Carpinteria, CA)
A hardworking and committed sailor, Caden has a number of high level Laser regattas under his belt with an ambitious schedule for 2017. Look for him this summer at PCCs, Nationals, Radial Youth Worlds, Orange Bowl, and numerous Southern California Laser circuit events.
Ethan Sargent (San Francisco, CA)
Ethan is a young and eager Optimist sailor from the Bay Area. With just a few years of experience in the class, Ethan has already competed in a number of large IODA events including regional championships. This season, Ethan will be sailing in a number of team trial regattas and all of the California opti racing series.
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Owen Timms (Olympia, WA)
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.
Chloe Holder (San Francisco, CA)
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.
Ryan and Andrew Wood (Vancouver, BC)
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.
Talia Toland (Kirkland, WA)
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.
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.
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.
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.