By: Chuck Hawley & Sally Lindsay HoneyHere are some items to consider when creating and implementing an offshore safety and preparedness plan:1. Start with a safety ethos for the event2. Implement pre-departure training3. Select an equipment list4. Identify skipper/crew/yacht qualifications, if any5. Pre-departure inspections – make them useful6. Communication plan appropriate for the event7. Emergency
Does your regatta website succeed in engaging the public and preparing your competitors? Jared Wohlgemuth of the San Diego Yacht Club walks us through the “must-haves” for your regatta website. Define Your Regatta: recurring event or singular, local/regional, national/international, media attention, sponsor requirements Know Participant’s Needs: regatta documents, logistics, schedules, value for participation, regatta management

Adaptive Sailing: Building a program

By: Cristina Rubke, Maureen McKinnon, Betsy Alison, and Joe Harris In this US Sailing Leadership Forum presentation, you will learn about adaptive facilities, equipment, designs, staff training tips, recruitment, resources and funding.Why Adaptive Sailing?• Creates a positive difference in many lives• Increases your membership and outreach base• Increases access to funding opportunities• Creates new Partnership
When a Life Hangs in the Balance – Emergency at the Club By: Rich Jepsen and Steve SaulAll sailing instructors and program directors are trained in the ‘what ifs’ of safety and risk in our jobs teaching kids and adults how to sail, while providing them opportunities to enjoy their new found skills.We all know
Did you know that collision with vessels is one of the leading causes of death among whales, such as the endangered North Atlantic right whale? Collisions can also cause thousands of dollars in damage to boats and injure crew. US Sailing, the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, New Bedford Whaling Museum and Whale and Dolphin
“Creating Sailing Opportunities: Diversifying through Outreach” with Lou Sandoval, Jason Thompson, and Dawn Riley at the 2014 US Sailing Leadership Forum.
Cleverpig’s Chris Love hosts “Around the Winch: Fast Paced Discussion with Sailing’s Media” with Alan Block from Sailing Anarchy, Craig Leweck from Sailing Scuttlebutt, Kimball Livingston from Blue Planet Times, and Dave Reed from Sailing World, at the 2014 US Sailing Leadership Forum.
Clay Deutsch, CEO and President of Boston Private Financial Holdings, presents “Long Range Planning for Your Organization” at the US Sailing Leadership Forum 2014. Power Point Presentation
Mike Segerblom, Head Coach and Program Director for the USC Varsity Sailing Team, moderates “Keep Those Boats in the Water: Integrating High School Sailing to your Organization” with speakers Bobby Collins, Tim Hogan, and Andy Herlihy at the 2014 US Sailing Leadership Forum.  
By: Cappy Capper, Katie Tinder, and Kevin Broome  Learn about other junior programs and how to grow your own successful junior program from this presentation given at the 2014 US Sailing Leadership Forum, including developing a curriculum and and hiring staff. Building a Successful Junior Program
By: Donald Wilson, Founder Chicago Match Race Center With so many integral elements to consider, running a successful match race can be both challenging and extremely rewarding. When a well-run regatta is executed with great talent and a lot of racing, all the participants want to return, including competitors, umpires, and volunteers. Don Wilson, founder

What Makes Classes Strong?

Paul Young, President of Rondar UK, gave a presentation entitled “What Makes Classes Strong” at US Sailing’s One-Design Symposium at Bay Head Yacht Club last fall. Rondar has earned a reputation as a pre-eminent builder of fast one-design race boats. Rondar hulls have won world championships in the Contender, the 420, the Fireball, the Enterprise

Keeping Regattas Fun

By: Jake Fish, Communications Manager, US Sailing Many attendees of the Sailing Leadership Forum expressed the desire for more variety in our race courses with fewer windward/leeward courses and more non-traditional regattas. Attendees emphasized the importance of growth in participation and sportsmanship, especially for youth. Regatta organizers were challenged to create more alternative courses, games

Sponsorship Request Tips

Trying to build your club’s sponsor portfolio for an upcoming event? Here are some helpful sponsorship request tips from Whitney Peterson, VP of Marketing at Gowrie Group. 1. Be clear on what you are asking for.• In-kind vs. Cash sponsorship• One time vs. annual request2. Align with the company’s passions or a key-person’s affinities.• CEO loves sailing,
Stress gradually takes its toll when an instructor feels overwhelmed by job pressures. Frequent pressing deadlines, long hours, conflicts, high expectations, insufficient resources, emergencies, sudden setbacks, financial constraints, and preoccupying personal problems are only a few of the things instructors may face every day which contribute to stress. Stress management is particularly important during a
Safety, fun and learning are the three major directives for every sailing instructor. If your students enjoy themselves, return uninjured, and learn something new and interesting you will have met your primary responsibilities to your students. Safety People expect to be safe while in the care of an expert. As a sailing instructor you are
When you’re trying to teach sportsmanship in competitive sailing, there are no proven methods to follow. You need to try different approaches because every group you teach will react differently to the request to “act sportsmanlike.” Practice sessions can fall apart if your team isn’t getting along and all you can is, “Will you please
This Sailing Program sample has been taken from various programs across the United States to provide a greater representation of methods, techniques, and styles. SAMPLE: SYLLABUS Basic Sailing Beginner FORMAT: (8) three-hour lessons for youth or adults for one week or several weeks TOPIC – CLASS 1 Introduction and Course Overview: 10 minutes Team Building:
As you begin a Junior Big Boat Program, keep in mind that you are dealing with a young, energetic crew. The following guidelines will help keep the crew engaged during the on the water training: 1. Make sure each of the JBB candidates stay busy and are engaged. 2. Keep the boat moving and in
The Junior Big Boat Sailing (JBBS) Program is an opportunity for teens to sail with an instructor or coat on 35-45 foot well-outfitted sailboats. The JBBS program is structured around the use of a volunteered big boat lent for use to the program by a club member, owner, or volunteer who receives no compensation for