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College Sailing began on an informal, club basis in the 1890′s, and organized racing started in 1928. It has grown to include more than 230 active colleges, and racing now occurs on every weekend during fall and spring seasons and on many weekends during the winter. College Sailing now hosts over 370 multi team regattas a year and 6 national championships. It is a truly coeducational sport, and it has proved itself the best incubator for the development of racing skills. Former college sailors have always numbered significantly among Olympic medalists, National and World Champions, Rolex Yachtsmen and Women of the Year, and local club champions.

Many colleges that race also offer excellent and extensive recreational and instructional programs to members of their communities and, in a number of cases, to the general public. Education and training have been the corner stones of the ICSA since its inception. The introduction of novices to the sport of sailing and the providing of opportunities for the recreational sailor has often prompted colleges and universities to offer more extensive and significant support to programs than would have been the case without these services. MIT, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Charleston, and the University of California at Irvine are particularly notable, for at each of these institutions many hundreds of students, faculty and staff participate.  The vast majority of college sailing is done in double and single handed dinghies, but some programs do have intermediate sloops, offshore and cruising boats, or sailboards to offer their members. Racing in the ICSA follows this same pattern.

The ICSA is a volunteer organization and has benefited greatly from the unselfish assistance of many individuals over the decades. Many US Sailing Judges and Umpires have been generous in giving time to serve as officials at the conference and national levels. Former college sailors play a large part in advising, guiding, and coaching current undergraduates and have been significant in numerous efforts to establish and upgrade college fleets. The offer of any assistance is always welcome.

Your donation will help us to continue the instruction, training, and education of collegiate students in seamanship, safety, and the skills and techniques of sailboat racing in interconference, national, and international collegiate competition.  As well as the improvement, advancement and encouragement of sailboat racing at colleges and other institutions of higher education in North America and the development of the high ideals and sportsmanship preeminent in sailboat racing competition.

At this time we are focusing donations into four areas; General Operations, the BUSA Tour Team, Techscore Development (College Sailing’s Online, real time scoring program), and the Intercollegiate Sailing Hall of Fame.

General Operations BUSA Tour Team TechScore Hall of Fame
Championships Coaching New feature development Trophy engraving & upkeep
Race Official travel Travel expenses Site hosting General improvements
Association Management Publicity Maintenance Record digitizing


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