Why You Should Register as a Sailor Athlete

The Sailor Athlete Council (SAC) is the most direct representation active racers have at US Sailing. If you want to make a change or discuss a concern about your level of racing, the SAC is your hotline with US Sailing. Here’s why…

SAC Represents Athletes, Not Organizations

Much of the representation at US Sailing is organized around a class, a Regional Sailing Association, or a racing discipline (such as team or match racing). The SAC is the only vehicle for an individual or group of individuals to be heard as individuals, not as members of an organization. This is significant because issues like World Sailing competitor classification, and the manner in which those classifications are administered, affect us as individual athletes, not just as members of individual classes. For example, the J/105, Etchells or Farr 40 Class all use the World Sailing competitor classification system and their rulings affect individual sailors. This is only one of many examples of how SAC can represent your views.

Our sport is changing all the time, and in some cases, it may be changing in ways that many active sailors do not agree with. US Sailing is the National Governing Body for the sport of sailing and strongly supports the SAC’S mission to include the views of active racing sailors and wants the involvement of new, younger, active sailboat racers in managing our sport.

World Sailing VP and former US Sailing President Gary Jobson has said the following on the topic: “The Sailor Athlete Council (SAC) plays a very important part in US Sailing. You might be surprised how big a voice Sailor Athletes actually have on a wide number of issues impacting the sport. Most importantly, the SAC provides suggestions for knowledgeable candidates to fill positions on US Sailing committees. The Sailor Athlete Council also tackles issues for the US Sailing staff and Board of Directors that directly impact competitive sailing. You can make that voice that much more important by registering as a Sailor Athlete. We want you to be part of US Sailing.”

How Can SAC Make Your Voice Heard?

The elected members of SAC are your representatives at US Sailing. The US Sailing Board of Directors is comprised of at least 20% “A” athletes. And, US Sailing now requires that all committees include a minimum number of Sailor Athletes. In short, US Sailing is listening to you and now has guaranteed it!

 Did You Know …

  • If you are an active racer on the national or international level, you are probably eligible to register as a Sailor Athlete.
  • All registered Sailor Athletes are entitled to vote for their SAC representatives. The Council consists of a maximum of up to 14 members. Elections are held every other year.
  • All registered Sailor Athletes are eligible to be nominated and elected to the Council.
  • The Council elects its own chairperson.
  • Two SAC members sit on the US Sailing Nominating and Governance Committees.

 Register Today and Begin to Make a Difference

Registration can be completed online and you can be prepared to vote in the SAC election. Join us in our effort to make the voices of Sailor Athletes heard within US Sailing.

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