Present were Executive Committee members Sarah Alger, Charley Cook, Jim Capron, Don Durant, Bruce Eissner, Fred Hagedorn, Tom Hubbell, Stephen Jeffries, Jim Muldoon, Joni Palmer, Dave Rosekrans, John Ross, and Mike Schoettle. Also present were Executive Director Nick Craw and, at the invitation of the president, guest Larry Ledgerwood. Greg Norwine and Steve Colgate were present as guests for item 2.

1.       Approval of the Executive Committee Minutes.

·         Motion: a motion was made, seconded and approved to accept the February 19, 2002 Executive Committee minutes.

·         Motion: a motion was made, seconded and approved to accept the 2001 AGM minutes.

2.       Cruising Proposal. Greg Norwine and Steve Colgate presented a proposal to consider creation of a Cruising Council. The purpose would be to provide representation to cruising members of US SAILING.

3.       Treasurer’s Report.  Stephen Jeffries presented the financial statements as well as audited results reflecting the adjustments recommended by US SAILING’s auditors. He noted that a number of non-cash adjustments were made and are explained in the Executive Director’s Report.

4.       Executive Director’s Report.  Nick Craw presented a plan for the balance of the fiscal year that was supported by the Executive Committee. He noted that the lease on US SAILING’s current office space ends in November 2003. Options for new office space are being explored.

5.       Financial Issues.

5.a.    Budget Committee. The ExCom suggested exploration of establishment of a Finance Committee that would incorporate the budget committee and the audit committee.

5.b.    Fiscal Year.  The AGM, the audit and the budget occur within a tight timeline. A suggestion was made to change the fiscal year to a calendar year schedule starting January 1, 2003. There are no tax consequences to such a change.

·         Motion: a motion was made, seconded and approved to convert to a calendar fiscal year and that the president, treasurer, executive director and audit chair are charged with implementation.

5.c.    Fiscal Policies.  The Executive Committee reviewed the financial policies as set forth in the regulations and noted that a number of them are out of date. They will be updated in the next several months working with the Bylaws committee.

6.       Sponsorships. 

6.a.    Match Racing. A final contract has been submitted to a sponsor to host a match racing series.

6.b.    Disney. A corporate contribution has been received from Disney for $25,000: $16,250 will go to the San Diego Yacht Club to support the event, $5,000 will support development of a youth championship web site, $3,750 will support US SAILING overhead for the event.

7.       Boat Shows.  A number of requests have been received to return to having a presence at boat shows. However, it was noted that no staff time or budget is available to support this effort.


8.       Committee Ratification. 

·         A motion was made, seconded, and approved to ratify the appointment of the proposed Judges Committee (see Attachment A).

·         A motion was made, seconded, and approved to ratify the appointment of James Appel to the O’day Committee.

·         A motion was made, seconded, and approved to ratify the appointment of John Winder to the Offshore Committee.

9.       Organizational Dues.  John Ross reported that CSA will be discussing simplification of the organizational dues.

10.   Herreshoff Trophy Procedures.  John Ross suggested that the procedures for submitting Herreshoff Trophy nominations be clarified. Sarah Alger will propose revised wording for the solicitation of nominations.

11.   Organization Review Working Party. Mike Schoettle reported on the efforts to date of the working party, which consists of himself, Ted Everingham, and Bob Lane. Currently, the working party is looking to ensure that all committees have representation on the Executive Committee.

12.   New Business.

12.a.       New York City Event.  Jim Walsh is among those working on an event commemorating September 11 in New York Harbor scheduled for September 14 and 15. It will include a sail-by and a reception aboard the Intrepid Museum.  The Eagle will be participating. It is being led by the Manhattan Yacht Club. They are interested in having US SAILING participate.

·            Motion:  a motion was made, seconded, approved to participate in September 14 and 15 event in New York harbor. Dave Rosekrans will liaise with James Walsh to determine US SAILING’s involvement.

12.b.       Sail Rater.  Bruce Eissner noted that the Sail Rater would be operative on the web as of tomorrow. The site includes a survey.

12.c.       Hunter Marine.  Don Durant announced that Hunter Marine is running a sales campaign entitled “Knowledge is power, cash is king.” As part of this campaign, they would like to offer sailing lessons at US SAILING accredited sailing schools with the purchase of each Hunter sailboat, and they would like to utilize our name and logo.  The Executive Committee supported this effort.

12.d.       Sperry Sponsorship.  Fred Hagedorn announced that Sperry has agreed to sponsor the US SAILING teams through 2005.

13.   Executive Session (Executive Committee members only)

Meeting adjourned at 10:29 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,



Sarah Alger

Next Executive Committee meeting - Sunday, March 17, 2002 at 7:00 am (Mountain standard time).


Attachment A


Judges Committee

J. Theodore Everingham, Chair

Kirk S. Brown, Chair, Umpires Subcommittee

Deborah Schoenherr, Secretary

Regional Administrative Judges:

Area A                 John Dieselman

Area B                 Bruce A. Cook (new)

Area C                 Sandy Grosvenor (new)

Area D                 Burton Howell (new)

Area E                 J.E. “Mike Tapert (new)

Area F                  Martin Ottenheimer

Area G                 Tom Roberts

Area H East         Joe James (new)

Area H West        Joe Cochran

Area J                  Barry Ault

Area K                 L. Warrick Coppleson