West Marine to Donate $30,000 to Youth Boating Programs

Nominations accepted until July 31 at westmarine.com/BlueFuture/Youth-Boating

WATSONVILLE, CA (July 10, 2015) – West Marine (Nasdaq:WMAR), one of the world’s largest waterlife outfitters, announced that nominations for the 2015 youth boating grants are being accepted until July 31.

West Marine’s Blue Future Fund™ is distributing a total of $30,000 to 501(c)3 organizations that support youth boating projects. Dozens of youth boating organizations throughout the country have already been nominated. Full details and eligibility requirements plus recently nominated programs are available at westmarine.com/BlueFuture/Youth-Boating. Winning organizations will be posted at the West Marine website on August 13.

Set up in 2015, West Marine’s Blue Future Fund™ supports marine conservation, sustainable fisheries and youth boating. On June 8, a percentage of all sales at West Marine’s retail and online outlets were donated to the Blue Future Fund, raising a total of $70,000. For more information on the Blue Future Fund, visit www.westmarine.com/bluefuture.

About West Marine

Founded in 1968 by a sailor, West Marine, Inc. has grown to become the largest omni-channel specialty retailer exclusively offering boating gear, apparel and footwear, and other waterlife-related products to everyone who enjoys recreational time on or around the water. With over 270 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 paddlesports 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.

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Margo Donohue | West Marine | 917-679-6945 | press@westmarine.com