Sailing instills character and independence while providing real-world educational opportunities for young sailors. Learning to sail a boat well means being able to independently problem-solve, multi-task, be strategic, level-headed, and competitive all at the same time! Learning to win or lose with grace and good sportsmanship is integral to the sport of sailing – everyone is at the mercy of the wind and even good sailors experience and learn from disappointment. Reinforcing this intellectual, emotional, and even spiritual education of all of our sailors is our goal.

In 2017, Asheville Sailing Club developed the opportunity, through a generous grant from Buncombe County Parks & Recreation, matching funds, and sponsorships, to establish the Asheville Youth Sailing program. The program, run entirely by volunteers from the Asheville Sailing Club, begins with basic instruction on and off the water.

Each sailor is assigned a boat and gear to use and care for throughout the duration of the summer program. Safe and friendly instruction will push the sailors to try this new sport and build the skills and confidence they need to independently sail a small dinghy on their own.

There are sponsorship opportunities on twelve boats being used in the youth program and several fundraising events.

Your company’s logo will be on display providing tremendous exposure to all those at Lake Julian Park and on Social Media – especially during our mid-summer youth regatta, with hundreds in attendance to cheer the sailors on!

You or your organization can choose from the following levels of sponsorship:

Be A Commander:

      • Have one junior boat with your company logo on both sides of the hull.
      • Follow updates of “your boat” and the participant sailing it on Facebook, Instagram and on our website.
      • Receive a 22” x 28” poster of your sponsored boat and sailor to proudly display in your business.
      • Your business listed on the back of the 2021 Summer Season T-shirts.
      • Link from your logo on our Sponsor’s Page on our website to your business.
      • Recognition at Regattas, Fundraisers, and other events.

The cost associated with a Commander Sponsorship is $500.

Be A Captain:

The benefits of the Commander Sponsorship Package, and:

      • One High School Sailing Team boat with your company logo on both sides of the main sail.
        • Ad/Sponsorship acknowledgment on printed promotional materials.
        • @, Mentions, and links to your business on Social Media.

    The cost associated with a Captain Sponsorship is $2,000.

    Be An Admiral:

    The benefits of Captain Sponsorship, and:

        • Your business listed on a sleeve of the 2021 Summer Season T-shirts.
        • Link from your logo on our Sponsor’s Page on our website to your business.
        • Sponsor’s profile page on our website including an embedded and shareable video interview of key personnel about why you’ve sponsored in 2021.
        • Ad/Sponsorship acknowledgment on printed and online promotional materials and e-newsletter.
        • Sidebar promotion on our website.

    The cost associated with an Admiral Sponsorship is $3,500.

    Be The Commodore:

    The benefits of Admiral Sponsorship, and:

        • Your logo on pre/post reel of our video assets.
        • Permanent Banner at Asheville Sailing Club.
        • Custom design of our logo embedded with your logo and embroidered on our hat or left-front of Polo
        • Complimentary tickets to our events with your logo prominent at the event.
        • Table space at our events with collateral available.
        • Opportunity for Regatta/Event co-branding and naming rights available for an additional per-event donation.

    The cost associated with The Commodore Sponsorship is $5,000.

    Please consider this opportunity as an excellent fit for your commitment to the youth in our local community. Help Asheville Youth Sailing grow our community outreach footprint and increase your company’s exposure and contribution to our area youth at the same time.

    (Asheville Sailing Foundation’s 501(c)(3) status with the IRS is pending approval, so it’s more than likely your donation will be tax-deductible for 2021.)

    Contact Us to Sponsor-a-ship:
    director (at)