Present were Executive Committee members Sarah Alger, Paul Callahan, Charley Cook, Jim Capron, Don Durant, Fred Hagedorn, Tom Hubbell, Stephen Jeffries, Jim Muldoon, Joni Palmer, Dave Rosekrans, John Ross, and Mike Schoettle. Also present was Executive Director Nick Craw and, at the invitation of the President, Dick Hanneman and, for item 2, Dick Rose.
2. Racing Rules and Appeals Submissions. Jim Capron reviewed a draft of racing rule submissions and appeal submissions to the ISAF.
Jim Capron noted that a concern was raised regarding a lack of specificity in an aspect of item 10. The submission was accepted as originally presented.
3. President’s Remarks. Dave Rosekrans thanked Dick Rose for his participation on the call.
4. Treasurer’s Report. Stephen Jeffries reported that the Treasurer’s Report is contained within the Executive Director’s Report.
5. Executive Director’s Report. Nick Craw noted that the murder of Ally Zapp, former Keelboat Program coordinator, has hit the staff very hard, and a grief counselor is coming to talk with the staff. The staff is in the process of wrapping up the Nov-Dec stub budget and is beginning work on the 2003 budget in order to have it for review at the AGM. Finally, the request for proposals regarding insurance offerings is on schedule to be sent out in the next few weeks.
6. Committee Appointments. The Executive Committee approved Kirk Brown as a new member of the Appeals Committee, replacing Brad Dellenbaugh who is stepping down. Kirk Brown will continue as chair of the Prince of Wales Cup until the 2002 Annual General Meeting. Dave Rosekrans reported that he has asked Susan Daly to chair the new Youth Task Force.
7. Olympic Report. The 49er Worlds were held in Hawaii; six countries qualified for Olympics. The Yngling Worlds have begun, the Finn Gold Cup begins tomorrow, and the Youth Worlds are underway. 50 athletes are slated to compete at the Olympic Test Event in August.
7.a. USOC President Selection. Fred Hagedorn noted that a week from today, the USOC Executive Committee will designate their nominee for president of the US Olympic Committee, replacing Sandy Baldwin. The new president must be elected by a 50.1 percent vote of the board.
8. Proposed Bylaw Changes and Schedule. Dave Rosekrans noted that bylaws need to be written that fully incorporate the Paralympics and add the SAAC chair to the Executive Committee.
8.a. AGM. In anticipation of the 2002 Annual General Meeting, the Executive Committee decided to hold a forum to discuss the mission and direction of US SAILING, modeled on the USOC forum on this topic, on Friday morning. The Executive Committee also decided to invite the staff to its Wednesday evening meeting to continue the communications begun in Newport.
9. Sailing World Magazine Sale. Dave Rosekrans noted that the new buyer of Sailing World already owns 12 magazines, many focused on water sports.
10. Youth Championships. Dave Rosekrans, Dick Hanneman
10.a. Selection of Judges for National Championships. Until last year in Annapolis, the judges had been selected by the Youth Championships Committee. In Annapolis, this custom was changed and a local chief judge was named. At San Diego, a similar process was followed. The Executive Committee needs to discuss the degree to which we delegate authority for naming the judges and race committee for all of our US SAILING events.
10.b. Disregard for Rules and Procedures. Barry Alt suggested that the judging be expanded to calling people on infractions of all of the rules, not simply the kinetics rules, by on-the-water judges. The Executive Committee needs to discuss the role of on-the-water judging, and how limited or expansive it should be at all of our US SAILING events.
10.c. The President will ask specific committees to discuss both items and report back to him with their recommendations.
11. 2004 Women’s Match Racing Worlds Proposal. Charley Cook reported that the Eastport Yacht Club has submitted a proposal to host the Women’s Worlds. The club has hosted the BoatUS Santa Maria Cup for many years.
12. Rolex Osprey Cup. The Osprey Cup is a Women’s Match Racing event held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.
13. Reorganization Working Party. Mike Schoettle reported on suggestions regarding the structure of US SAILING, with the aim of reducing the number of committees that report directly to the president.
Committees that do not currently report to a member of the Executive Committee should be assigned to a member of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee member will have oversight responsibility for the plans and actions of the respective committees communicating regularly and providing guidance to the assigned committees, ensuring that each committee is current on the direction and policies of US SAILING and what is expected of it by the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.
All councils, with the exception of CSA and SAAC, whose chairs are members of the Executive Committee (by By-Law or by practice), will have a direct contact on the Executive Committee other than the president. This contact will serve as a liaison between the Executive Committee and the council. This Executive Committee member will, in most cases, be a vice president and will be expected to keep in close communications with the councils under his/her purview, ensuring that they are well informed and that their interests and concerns are brought to and considered by the Executive Committee.
14. Executive Session (Executive Committee members only).
Meeting adjourned at 10:15 p.m.
Next Executive Committee meeting - Monday, August 19, 2002, at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern time) via conference call.