July 19, 2004 8:00 p.m. E.D.T
President Janet Baxter called the meeting to order at 8:00 p.m. E.D.T.
Executive Committee members present were: Janet Baxter, Dean Brenner,
Jim Capron, Ruth Creighton, Bruce Eissner. Fred Hagedorn, Dick Hanneman,
Tom Hubbell, Leslie Keller, Patty Lawrence, Jim Muldoon, and Bill
Munster. Absent were Paul Callahan, Don Durant, Joni Palmer and Bill
Ross. Also present was Rules Committee Chair Dick Rose. Executive
Director Nick Craw in on vacation.
Dick Rose presented two additional US SAILING prescriptions for the
2005-2008 Racing Rules of Sailing.
A motion to approve the Prescriptions as reviewed and approved by
subcommittee made up of members of both the Racing Rules and the
Executive Committees, was made, seconded and carried.
A motion to approve the Executive Committee Minutes for the June
21, 2004, as amended, was made, seconded and carried.
President Baxter reported on discussions with the Canadian Yachting
Association regarding the use of the US SAILING Race Management
Handbook. Proposed is a version slightly modified for CYA Prescriptions
and other changes suitable for CYA purposes, which retains US SAILING as
A motion to move forward on this proposal was made, seconded and
Executive Director Nick Craw’s monthly report was discussed and it was
noted that membership is stable and not growing. President Baxter
emphasized the need to keep a sharp focus on membership retention and
Treasurer Leslie Keller reported that while a first draft of next year’s
budget is due in August, there are open accounting issues that could
impact our current cash flow situation. Receivables, most of which are
connected to sponsorships and the Web store, continue to age. She
emphasized the need to produce timely financial information and
suggested that this information may have to be generated outside the
computerized accounting system if problems with the software cannot be
US SAILING Olympic chair Fred Hagedorn reported that the Sailing
Foundation of New York fundraiser that was held at the New York Yacht
Club had raised $138,000 for the athletes and that each athlete on the
Olympic and Paralympic teams had received $6,000 as a direct result of
Leslie Keller and Patty Lawrence volunteered at Janet Baxter’s request
to co-chair the Round Table Discussions at the Portland Meeting. They
will be responsible for planning assignment of topics, rooms, and the
facilitators; as well as a way to report the findings.
A motion was moved, seconded and carried, to support and endorse a
proposal to limit the number of Olympic qualifying events and world
championships per continent in each Olympic quadrennium. This submission
of the US SAILING Olympic Sailing Committee will be presented by Fred
Hagedorn in the required ISAF format prior to the ISAF deadline for
A motion was made and seconded to submit Carla Scheifer as a nominee for
International Measurer for both the Tornado Class and A-Class Catamaran
Classes. She has been endorsed by the Tornado A Fleet as well as the
Tornado Class Fleet. Since the deadline for submission is September 1, a
vote was postponed to the next ExCom meeting pending total completion of
There was continuing discussion of organizational structure led by Tom
Hubbell. The discussion included timetables for By Laws and Legal
Committee decisions, and a report that the Canadian Yachting Association
had expressed interest in US SAILING reorganization plans.. Preliminary
plans were advanced for discussion in an open forum at the Portland AGM.
Jim Muldoon, Chair of the Training Division, announced that 1900 copies
of “Brendan in a Box” were sent to USA Sailing Programs as a gift
(benefit) from US SAILING.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:46 p.m.