NORTH AMERICAN HANSA SAILING DISTRIBUTION

July 22, 2016

WEST COAST SAILING NOW DISTRIBUTING FOR HANSA SAILING SYSTEMS IN NORTH AMERICA 

Portland, Oregon - West Coast Sailing is pleased to announce an agreement to import and distribute Hansa Sailing Systems boats throughout North America. Previously known as Access Dinghies, Hansa's range of racing and recreational boats includes the 'SKUD 18', '2.3', '303', and 'Liberty'. Programs around North America have hundreds of Hansa dinghies in use already. This new distribution agreement represents a significant step forward for Hansa and exciting new opportunities for sailing programs to make sailing truly Inclusive.

Hansa Sailing is known worldwide for their role in disabled sailing and the use of 'Universal Design'. This design principle leads to sailboats which are less physically demanding and less intimidating to sail, opening the door for anyone who is interesting in sailing a small sailboat. While the typical one design racer sees Hansa boats as ‘unconventional’ the truth is their clever designs allow people of all abilities and skill levels access to the water to sail.

West Coast Sailing is importing new boats as well as spare parts and accessories for existing users. The company will be showcasing the boats to programs around North America, attending conferences and helping places without sailing see how anyone, regardless of physical ability, can sail. Long term, several key retailers and brand representatives will be appointed to help service customers throughout North America.

"This is a very exciting time for us' said George Yioulos, West Coast Sailing's founder and president. 'As our business has grown larger and larger, we feel it is time to put our effort behind a product that can truly expand the number of people getting on the water.'

West Coast Sailing will work closely with Hansa Sailing in the coming months to develop key partnerships in the sailing community. This agreement is a significant step forward for inclusive sailing in North America, and will open up the joys of sailing and on water experiences to a wider audience.

HANSA_SKUD 18

SAILING - Access World Championships 2012 - Middle Harbour Yacht Club, Sydney (AUS)  - 09-13/04/2012 ph. Andrea Francolini

 

ABOUT HANSA SAILING SYSTEMS
Based in Australia, Hansa has been designing ‘Inclusive’ sailboats used around the world for decades. In explaining his companies philosophies, Chris Mitchell of Hansa said simply, “Boats like this are easy to control, learn and master, they are intuitive, they don’t capsize so they quickly build confidence, which makes them ideal in main stream entry level programs, for schools, through to fun for the whole family.” This is what turns a little sailboat, into a Hansa Dinghy.

ABOUT WEST COAST SAILING
West Coast Sailing is one of the largest dinghy sailing dealerships in the world, selling 350+ sailboats each year, and myriad parts, pieces, apparel, dollies and trailers. With an extensive staff of dinghy sailors, a large warehouse and international logistics capabilities, the company is poised to help new customers discover the water.

For more information about sales, dealership opportunities, or to see the boats - visit WCS.com/Hansa

You can also email: Boats@WestCoastSailing.net or call +1 (503) 285-5536 option 2