The Emerald Coast Sailing Association is a non-profit association formed in 1992 when a group of Okaloosa County sailing fathers realized a need for an organization to foster local sailing. Several of the area's top sailors encountered difficulty with campaign fundraising and local community recreational programs needed help.
The ECSA now provides financial assistance for area sailors competing at United States Sailing Association sanctioned regional events through Olympic and world championship events. ECSA also engages in a number of educational programs designed to attract new sailors, educate and train those already sailing, and promote safety for all in a "lifetime" sport. The association is guided by a ten member Board of Trustees selected for their interest, skills, and contributions to the sailing world.