college and high school sailing
Where racing begins
High school sailing is an integral sprot in nearly 500 independent and public high schools throughout the United States. Eligibilty starts in ninth grade and there are no age limits. The Interscholastic Sailing Association (ISSA) governs secondary school sailing for all intuitions nationwide with active districts in Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, Pacific Coast, and Northwest.
Schools complete in team racing, and open and closed fleet racing events in doublehanded and singlehanded dinghies. Teams compete in district championships for the chance to reach Nationals. Few schools have boats, though high school sailing has developed rapidly in the past few years, and continues to do so. Much of the growth is thanks to the support the receive from those who see this as an opportunity for young sailors as a partner to junior and youth sailing, and preparation for college sailing and beyond.
College sailing began as informal clubs competing between universities in the 1890's. It has grown to include more than 230 active colleges that offer racing programs, as well as extensive recreational and instructional programs. College sailing is groverned by the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) in the United State and some parts of Canada. They range seven conference where conferences conduct local and inter-conference regattas for the chance to compete at ICSA National Championships.
Racing occurs every weekend during fall and spring and most weekends during the winter months. Students largely compete in double and singlehanded dingshies, though some programs have sloops, offshore and cruising boats, and saiboards. College sailing is considered a cornerstone for the development of racing skills, although they are also recognized for their introduction of novices to the sport and providing opportunities for the recreational sailor.
As the proud Title Sponsor for high school and college sailing, LaserPerformance recognizes the irreplaceable opportunities afforded to young sailors through these programs and the hard work and dedication of all volunteers, parents, coaches, and students involved. In an effort to develop and expand existing programs, LaserPerformance provides 36 Lasers for each of the High School and College Singlehanded Nationals, sponsors the ICSA Team Race National Championship, is the Official Supplier of Boats for all college champonships, provides sails for the ICSA Spring National Team Race Championships, and provides an annual cash sponsorship. LaserPerformance has also developed the Z420, a safer, faster, and more responsive boat than the Club 420, speciafically to support high school and college sailing expansion.