West Marine Press Release

West Marine Sausalito Announces Grand Opening Festivities

Celebration July 31- August 3 will include experts, demos, door-buster deals, giveaways and Cruising for a Cause Charity Evening

WATSONVILLE, CA (July 30, 2014)

West Marine, the world’s largest waterlife retailer, announced details for the grand opening of its new flagship store in Sausalito, CA. Grand opening festivities kick off on Thursday, July 31 at 8 a.m. and go through Sunday, August 3. The parking lot will be transformed into a waterlife show, with boats and marine-related schools and clubs. In-store events will include tips from experts, electronics demos, door-buster deals, giveaways and raffles. The new Sausalito store is located at 192 Donahue Street, in the Marin Gateway Shopping Center. At more than 25,000 square feet, the West Marine store at this new location is the largest West Marine in Northern California.

“We’re so excited about showing our beautiful new store to current and new customers,” says store manager David Forbes. “We’ll have something for everyone – racers, cruisers, anglers, paddlers and those who just enjoy spending time near the water. Look forward to seeing you there!”

Cruising for a Cause – Thursday, July 31, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Join us as we raise money for Bay Area marine-focused non-profits. Our master of ceremonies for the evening is sailing expert Kimball Livingston and we’ll enjoy music by The Waterfront Pickers. Live auction items include: stand-up paddle board package from Jimmy Styks, four-hour weekday cruise on San Francisco Bay, sailing lessons from Club Nautique and Modern Sailing, kayaks from Malibu and Pelican and a wooden rowboat crafted by Spaulding Wooden Boat Center. $10 tickets include a drink and light hors d'oeuvres from local favorite Saylor’s and are available at the West Marine Sausalito store or through participating organizations. 100% of ticket proceeds and revenue from raffle and auction items will go to local non-profits, including Educational Tall Ship, Educational Traveling Companions, Golden Gate Salmon Association, Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Marine Mammal Center, SailSFBay.org, Sausalito Youth Club Junior Sailing, Sailing Education Adventures, Spaulding Wooden Boat Center and St. Francis Yacht Club Jr. Sailing.

Gourmet Grill-Off Competition

What’s an important part of every great day on the water? Food! West Marine Sausalito is challenging anglers, sailors and cruisers to demonstrate their best alfresco culinary skills during the grand opening’s cook off. Each round will pit two-to-three teams (minimum of one, maximum of three people each) against each other to vie for a $200 West Marine gift card. At the end of the weekend, one talented team will also win a Magma BBQ! For more information and an entry form, email press@westmarine.com.

Waterlife Show and Vendor Demos

The parking lot will be transformed into a Waterlife Show, with boats and stand-up paddleboards from a variety of dealers and manufacturers, including Farallon Yachts, Jimmy Styks, Protector, Seatrek, Spinnaker Sailing and Wind Toys. Plus, find out about classes available through Modern Sailing and Club Nautique. Representatives from Blue Sea Systems, Garmin, Gill, Harken, Helly Hansen, Lowrance, Maui Jim, Navionics, Raymarine, Ronstan, Simrad, Spot, and Teva will be on hand to answer questions and give details about their latest products.

BBQ, Music, Mystery Gift Cards and More!

Throughout the weekend there will be special guests, free hotdogs at lunch time, raffles, prize draws and entertainment. Each day the first 50 customers will receive a free Mystery Gift Card. Plus, everyone is eligible to text to win a $1,000 West Marine Gift Card.

About West Marine

Founded in 1968 by a sailor, West Marine, Inc. has grown to become the largest omni-channel specialty retailer exclusively offering gear, apparel and footwear and other waterlife-related products to anyone who enjoys recreational time on or around the water. With over 285 stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Canada and an eCommerce website reaching domestic and international customers, West Marine is recognized as the dominant waterlife outfitter for cruisers, sailors, anglers and paddle sports enthusiasts. West Marine has everything you need for your life on the water. For more information on West Marine, Inc. its products and store locations, visit westmarine.com or call 1-800-BOATING (1-800-262-8464). West Marine’s stock is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol WMAR.