US SAILING Executive Committee
February 18, 2003
1. Pres. Dave Rosekrans called the meeting to
order at 8 p.m. E.S.T. Members present were Janet Baxter, Jim Capron, Ruth
Creighton, Don Durant, Bruce Eissner, Louise Gleason, Fred Hagedorn, Dick
Hanneman, Tom Hubbell, Stephen Jeffries, Bill Munster, Joni Palmer, Dave
Rosekrans and Bill Ross. Susan Epstein and Dean Brenner were present as
the Board guests. Also present were Exec. Dir. Nick Craw, Hortensia
Hacker, Dave Irish and Dick Rose. Absent: Jim Muldoon.
2. The ExCom minutes of Jan. 21 were approved as
3.President Rosekrans introduced Dick Rose and
Dave Irish, who led a discussion on Appendix P-Definitions for Competitor
Classification. After considerable discussion, the following action was
moved, seconded and carried, with Treasurer Stephen Jeffries abstaining.
“Effective February 19,2003 Appendix P is deleted and replaced with:
“Appendix P – Definitions for Competitor Classification
This appendix is a US SAILING prescription.
US SAILING prescribes that the ISAF Sailor’s Classification Code applies
(a) when a class rule states this appendix (or former Appendix R --
Definitions for Competitor Eligibility) applies, or
(b) when the notice of race or the sailing instructions states that this
However, until December 31, 2003, unexpired US SAILING competitor
classification determinations remain valid for competitors who have not
obtained ISAF classifications.
Note: The ISAF Sailor's Classification Code is ISAF Regulation 22. It may
be downloaded from the ISAF website (www.sailing.org). Competitors may
apply for classification electronically on that site. US SAILING no longer
issues or reviews competitor classification determinations.
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Rule 64.4, Decisions on Protests Involving Appendix P is deleted.”
4. President Rosekrans announced that Dave
Irish, Dick Rose, Bruce Eissner, and Janet Baxter will work with Jack
Gebhardt to prepare a press release regarding the action taken on the
Competitor Classification Code.
He also announced that Dave Irish would head the US SAILING delegation to
the ISAF conference in Oslo. And, he reported that several legal actions
may develop with respect to protest committee or yacht club decisions.
5. The committee approved the Sanction of the
Rolex Women’s Match Racing Championship at the St. Petersburg YC, as Event
Grade 4, and a request by the New York Yacht Club to host the Team Racing
World Championships in 2005.
6. Executive Director Craw announced that the
task of reconciling the old to the
new accounting year was a considerable challenge, and that he was not able
to issue a current report based on reliable figures. However, he reported
that dues are ahead of budget and that expenses have been identified and
accounted for accurately. Other factors contributing to the monthly report
delay are the snow storm, a holiday and the external audit.
7. There was no additional Treasurer’s report.
8. Janet Baxter announced that the National
Women’s Sailing Association had experienced financial problems resulting
in the termination of their sole employee, who was housed in rented space
at US SAILING headquarters. NWSA expects to continue to run its programs
and is in discussions about other ways to coordinate its efforts with US
9. Hortensia Hacker reported that the process
for Zero Based Budgeting is in the beginning stages and that there will be
further discussions on the March Strategy Meeting in Cincinnati.
10. Jim Capron presented a policy guideline for
race officials at US SAILING events. The ExCom recommended forwarding the
guidelines to the Championship Committee to be included in a new US
SAILING Championships Manual.
11.Bruce Eissner reported that Americap was
successfully implemented in this year’s Chicago-Mackinac Island Race, that
it has been proposed for a new Trans-Atlantic Race. He also reported on
the success of the renewed Marion/Bermuda Race.
12. Fred Hagedorn expressed his appreciation to
the people who helped make the 2003 Rolex Miami OCR the largest ever with
more than 500 athletes from 34 countries participating. The new US SAILING
Center has been dedicated. More information about Olympic Sailing can be
found on the Sailing Medallist Web Page.
13. An Executive Session Followed.
12. The meeting adjourned at 9:20 EST.
Dick Hanneman, Secretary