Government Relations Committee

  1. U.S Sailing’s Government Relations Committee (GovRel) met during the organization’s 2017 National Conference in Austin, Texas. GovRel Vice President Mr. James Muldoon and Asst. Vice President Joanne Dorval, hosted a meeting addressing legislative issues affecting the recreational boating community. Among the topics discussed were: Ethanol mandates, Fire Extinguisher Regulations, State Boating Education Requirements, BUI Laws, OUPV Licensing, and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System. For additional information/PowerPoint presentation, click on the 2017 meeting minutes below.
  2. U.S. Sailing is one of many organizations involved in advancing the 2017-2021 National Boating Recreational Boating Safety Program Strategic Plan. Effective January 1 of this year, The US Coast Guard (USCG) and the National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) are implementing the new plan that includes three initiatives: 1) Improve and expand recreational boating education, training, and outreach; 2) Update, leverage, and enforce policies, regulations, and standards; 3) Improve and expand upon recreational boating data collection and research. For additional information/PowerPoint presentation, click on the 2017 meeting minutes below.
  3. US Sailing continues to serve as the USCG grantee for consensus development of American National Standards (ANS) for entry-level, skills-based recreational boat operation. An independent professional facilitator is guiding a 26-member core team of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) representing the broad recreational community in developing POWER, HUMAN PROPELLED, and SAIL, standards. The team is currently using it’s 5-version process to develop national consensus on an Instructional Approach Standard (IAS) that will provide a framework for course designers to use in designing recreational boating instructional programs. A repository of the standards development work can be found at


Government Relations Committee Meeting minutes:

NOTE: In addition to interested party participation, members of the Regional Sailing Association Committee are included on this committee to facilitate grassroots communication of national legislative issues important to recreational boaters.

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