National Conference

About the National Conference

The US Sailing National Conference (formally Annual Meeting) is a unique opportunity for members to meet with the National Governing Body’s leadership and discuss relevant industry topics facing the sport, exchange ideas, reflect on progress, and look ahead to future plans.

The National Conference also focuses on Board and Committee business, progress reports, current issues and planning. Join us as we showcase the value that US Sailing brings to the sport of sailing, to organizations and to sailors.

US Sailing’s National Conference has something for everyone.

When: October 23 – 25, 2014

Where: Hilton Milwaukee City Center/ Milwaukee, WI (use the link below for online booking)

Reservations:  online or 414-271-7250  (group room rate is $169/night)* **

*Cut-off date for group rate is Sept. 29

**Be sure to mention US Sailing to get the group rate

Overflow Reservations: The Hilton Milwaukee City Center is sold-out the evening of Wednesday 10/22.  An overflow block of rooms has been reserved at the nearby Fairfield Inn & Suites at a group rate of $159/night inclusive of breakfast.  Cut-off date for group rate is 10/1. Please call 414-224-8400 to make your reservations.

Airport Transportation: Go Right Way 414-769-2444 $14 pp one way

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in growing the sport of sailing and who wants to bring creative ideas and energy to US Sailing, RSA Representatives, RSA Leadership, Local Sailing Organization leaders, US Sailing Board of Directors, Committee Chairs and Members, and US Sailing Staff Directors.

Please join us and bring along a friend, help us double last year’s attendance!


Advanced Race Management Seminar - Oct 22 & 23

This is an accelerated Advanced Race Management Seminar for race officers who need to renew their certification. A previous Club Race Management course and successful test are minimum prerequisites.

Dates: Wednesday 10/22 from 12-5 and Thursday 10/23 from 8-5.

Instructors: John Strassman and Hank Stuart

More Information: Race Officer Seminar Calendar.

Harken Tour and Welcome cocktail reception – Thursday Oct 23

Join us for a tour of Harken and welcome cocktail reception.

Included in your registration fee.

Transportation provided.

Maritime Treasures Tour at the American Geographical Society Library at UW Milwaukee - Friday Oct 24

US Sailing and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries are excited to offer an opportunity to view the largest collection of rare nautical charts.

As Milwaukee emerges as the nation’s water research hub, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries are excited to share our rich maritime history resources. For that reason, we are pleased to extend an invitation to view the Maritime Treasures at the American Geographical Society Library, North America’s largest map collection in a university setting.  We think you will be fascinated by these rare nautical maps and charts.

Come along for this tour and view our maritime treasures – many rare items from our world class collection will be on view, including original maps dating from the time of Columbus, charts by Captain James Cook of the Pacific, and Maury’s original compilations of the ocean pilotage charts and more!

Tour Date: Friday October 24th at 9:30am and 2:30pm

Tour is free and transportation will be provided. Each tour will depart from the front of the hotel and last approximately 2 1/2 hours.

Space is limited to 15 people per tour, if you register and can no longer attend please email


Annual Awards Dinner presented by Rolex - Friday Oct 24

Annual Awards Dinner

Presented by Rolex

Friday October 24, 2014


Hilton Milwaukee City Center


Romaine fingers, parmesan reggiano, chiabatta croutons, garlic lemon dressing


Grilled New York Strip, Red Wine Bordelaise

Chive whipped potatoes, patty pan squash, baby carrots


Caramelized Sea Bass, Citrus Fondue

Orzo pasta, organic baby carrot bundle


Marquis au chocolat, raspberry swirl

New York Strip – $40

Sea Bass – $31

Vegetarian Option (TBD) – $31

Buy your tickets online


General Registration (3-days) – $140

Daily Registration – $55/day


Contact: Katie Ouellette at