West Coast Sailing Blog

2017 National Sailing Programs Symposium

The West Coast Sailing crew of George, Chris, and Andrew headed down to Texas this month for the annual US Sailing National Sailing Programs Symposium. This multi-day event brings together the best of the sailing industry, from coaches and program directors to builders and race managers. Our team showed off the range of boats from RS Sailing and Hansa to a crowd of happy sailors! Read on for a recap and photos from the event.

New OS2 Jacket from Gill

Gill have re-launched their bestselling and industry-leading jacket, the OS2. The OS2 range encompasses technical jackets and trousers for both men and women. Redesigned to bring style and substance to offshore sailing, the new OS2 combines the brand’s tradition of robust engineering with numerous improvements in detail, as well as a contemporary range of colors from Bright Lime to Blue. These are available now at West Coast Sailing.

Laser Class Announces New Composite Top Mast

The International Laser Class Association (ILCA) is pleased to announce the release of a class-legal composite top mast section that is expected to be available for purchase in early 2017. West Coast Sailing will be ordering a large number of top sections - place a pre-order now for availability in the first shipment.

Cold Weather Sailing Guide: Sailing Wetsuits

The classic neoprene wetsuit has long be a staple for the active dinghy sailor. Thanks to apparel manufacturers like Gill, Zhik, and others, sailors have great options available. Check out this helpful guide to understanding how a wetsuit works, why you might want to consider one, and how to select one for your specific sailing needs.