December 16, 2003
1. President Janet Baxter
called the meeting to order at 8:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time.
2. Members present were: Janet Baxter, Dean
Brenner, Jim Capron, Ruth Creighton, Bruce Eissner, Fred Hagedorn, Dick
Hanneman, Tom Hubbell, Leslie Keller, Patty Lawrence, Bill Munster, Joni
Palmer, and Bill Ross. Also present were Executive Director Nick Craw and
Board of Director Guests Faye Bennet and Peter Durant. Absent were Paul
Callahan, Don Durant and Jim Muldoon.
3. Action Item:
Motion to approve the Minutes for the Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003 Executive
Committee telephone conference call meeting was made, seconded and carried.
4. President Baxter welcomed Board guests Faye
Bennet and Peter Durant to the meeting and urged them to participate in the
5. Executive Director Nick Craw announced that
unexpected problems had arisen with respect to the agreements pending
between US SAILING and Sailing World/Cruising World. As a result,
negotiations have been reopened.
6. Executive Director Nick Craw reported that the
initial fund raising effort for the US Olympic sailors had raised more than
$30,000 in the first few days. In addition, the United States Sailing
Foundation fund drive, begun last fall, has raised over $70,000 to date, of
which more than $55,000 went to the Olympic program.
7. Treasurer Leslie Keller reported that cash flow
has improved and line of credit accessed several months ago has been reduced
to near zero.
8. President Baxter reported that committee
nominations were under way and will be distributed for approval prior to the
next ExCom meeting.
9. Olympic Sailing
Committee Chair Fred Hagedorn announced that the "no drop" decision by ISAF
to be imposed in the 2004 Athens Olympics was being reviewed by the ISAF
Council and an e-mail vote was underway.
10. Action Items:
A motion to instruct the US SAILING delegates to vote to rescind the "no
drop" ruling and support a "single drop race" was made, seconded and
If that position is reaffirmed by ISAF and the "no drop" is rescinded, the
US SAILING delegates were further directed to adopt the following positions
with respect to the next Olympics.
1) Support a proposal to limit the last day of racing to one race.
2) Reject a proposal to make the last race a "must count" race.
3) Reject a proposal to limit each day to two races.
11. Offshore Committee Chair Bruce Eissner said
the committee was working to avoid a marketing battle between the new IRC
measurement rule and PHRF. The Committee will study the new IRC rule being
promoted by the RORC during the next year to make a fair evaluation of rule.
12. President Baxter will consult with ISAF
delegates to select a US nominee for Vice President of ISAF, and two US
nominees for positions to the ISAF Council.
13. General Services Chair Ruth Creighton
announced that a liaison position has been created to improve working
relations between the Risk Management and Legal committees. Joe Melino has
agreed to serve in this position.
She also announced that the By Laws committee is preparing the US SAILING
Regulation with respect to the Motion on Indemnification that was approved
by the Board of Directors meeting in St. Louis. When this drafting is
completed, it will be approved by the ExCom and forwarded to the Rules
Committee to be written as a Prescription. Because the new RRS is in
preparation, these tasks need to be accomplished quickly.
14. Action Item:
A motion to support the application from Newport Harbor to host the Pacific
Life Yacht Club Challenge as an ISAF Grade 4 event was made, seconded and
carried. The current NOR needs revisions before this action can be forwarded
15. A written report was received from past CSA
chair John Ross concerning the establishment of a Sportsmanship Award for
the annual US Junior Single Handed Championship, the Smythe. The Sears Bemis
Smythe committee approved this award at its last meeting in St. Louis, and
sufficient funds have been raised to meet the requirements for a Perpetual
16. Action Item:
A Motion that US SAILING create the perpetual Faye Bennet Junior
Sportsmanship Trophy, to be awarded annually at the Smythe, the U.S. Junior
Single-handed Championships, was made, seconded and carried.
17. An Executive Session on Rule 69 matters
18. The meeting was adjourned at 9:20 p.m.,
Eastern Standard Time.
Dick Hanneman, Secretary