The ASU Sailing Team competes against other colleges and universities in the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference (PCCSC) which is a member of the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA). We primarily sail Club FJs in venues in Southern California, such as; San Diego, Long Beach, Santa Barbara and Newport Beach.

Not only do we compete against schools in our conference, but occasionally we sail with schools in the Northwest conference and other college programs from across the country.

THE BEGINNING

In the spring of 2003, Jake Geller and Jack Oppenhuizen founded the Arizona State Sailing Club.

Oppenhuizen was the executive director of Voyages Unbound, a non-profit organization whose  mission is to develop personal leadership and team building skills through the sport of sailing for everyone regardless of ability.

On January of 2005, the Community Sailing Council of the United States Sailing Association (US SAILING) honored the ASU Sailing Club for having an outstanding program for disabled sailors.

By September of 2005, Voyages Unbound made the decision to make the ASU Sailing Club its own entity.

As ASU Sailing began to progress through the year, Geller was elected President and plenty of volunteer instructors from the community as well as the alumni participated on the team.

In March of 2006, the sailing club was given the opportunity to be part in the a US SAILING Small Boat Sailing Level 1 instructor training sponsored by the Arizona Yacht Club. Thus, leading to the club receiving two new US SAILING certified instructors, Brian Page and Johan Haarman. Which enabled the club to teach a US SAILING small boat sailing class introducing ASU Sailing to be nationally and internationally recognized.

In the spring semester of 2006, the club started competitive racing along side the Arizona Yacht Club on Sundays at Tempe Town Lake.

Later that same year in May, the club received the Valued Community Service Award at the 2006 Tempe Mayor’s Disability Awards.

By July of 2007, ASU Sailing Club became an associate member of the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference  (PCCSC) allowing the club to compete in intercollegiate competition.

On February 9th and 10th of 2008, ASU Sailing competed in their first intercollegiate regatta hosted by UCLA in Marina del Ray. In the fall, the club competed in their first Frosh/Soph Regatta (where every first and second year sailors get the ability to compete in their first regatta) in San Diego on October 18th and 19th. Also traveling to Santa Barbara on November 15th and 16th to compete in the North/South PCCSC Fall Championship.

The ASU Sailing Club was upgraded to provisional membership in the PCCSC by 2009.

FAST FORWARD

Arizona State Sailing has passed the torch, expanded, and advanced further in their efforts to building new skills for first time sailors as well as practiced. The club has pushed to keep partnering with the community in order to to develop new experiences as well as increasing the teams recognition. With the generous support of the Arizona Yacht Club, ASU Sailing has been given new opportunities as well as received new sails for regattas. Additionally, as of 2020, ASU Sailing has been able to purchase 3 new FJs for practicing along Tempe Town Lake.

Lastly, the Arizona State Sailing Clubs Mission….

We are a club of about 30 to 40 people that are all passionate about the same thing: sailing. We consistently push to have more outreach among our broader community, including ASU students, Arizona sailors, Arizona residents, and college sailors across the United States. In order to do this, we compete in local and national regattas, volunteer with dozens of local and international-reaching organizations, and participate in ASU events. All of these combined together create the culture that surrounds Sailing @ ASU Club: giving back as a sailing family. We are inviting you to be a part of this family with us!

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