of Directors Meeting
Roll Call. Present
were Sarah Alger, James Appel, Janet Baxter, Betsy Beddow, Stan Betts,
Dean Brenner, Craig Brown, Roger Brown, Charley Cook, Don Durant, Bruce
Eissner, Susan Epstein, Ted Everingham, Chuck Fuller, Don Glasell, Fred
Hagedorn, Stephen Jeffries, Bill Keith, Linda Kessler, Patty Lawrence,
Joseph Melino, Clay Mock, Ken Morrison, Bill Munster, John Osmond, Dave
Rosekrans, John Ross, William Ross, Mike Schoettle, Ding Schoonmaker, Pat
Seidenspinner, Vicki Sodaro, Art Stevens, Dick Tillman, Eric Wallischeck,
T.K. Wegg, Larry White.
Approval of Minutes
Motion: A motion was
seconded and approved to approve the Friday, March 23, 2001 minutes as
President Rosekrans asked first time attendees to introduce
Charles Cook introduced Paul Henderson, president of ISAF.
Sailing Smart Update. Betsy Altman presented an update on the Sailing Smart
program, which is designed to introduce children ages 10-13 to boating and
sailing. The program has undergone two years of testing and was launched
nationwide at the National Sailing Program Symposium. Betsy Altman noted
that we owe thanks to the US Coast Guard for funding support and to the
National Recreation and Park Association for printing, distribution and
marketing support. Of the first print run of 20,000 activity books, 30%
have been sold. Feedback has been that the children and instructors feel
the program is fun, exciting, and does a great job of promoting water
recreation safety. In addition, a Sailing Counselor Course has been
developed by Pat Giella for camp counselors and other waterfront
instructors to train the counselors to teach Sailing Smart.
Intercollegiate Sailing Association. Eric Wallischeck reported that the number of college sailors
seems to be remaining steady or increasing; however, the number of college
sailing programs seems to be declining. The ICSA is concerned about this
consolidation and has named a strategic planning committee to address this
issue. A report was distributed.
International Federation of Disabled Sailors. Hugh
Elliot presented a report from Robert Pierce of the International
Foundation for Disabled Sailing, which was distributed. Hugh Elliot also
noted that the 2001 World Disabled Championships will be held in St.
Petersburg October 24-31, 2001, immediately after the Fall AGM.
Committee. A report was
submitted by Don Durant.
A report was submitted by Joseph Melino.
Charley Cook noted that the delegation had met and would bring forward
resolutions on Sunday, after review by the appropriate committees.
Website Working Party.
Mike Schoettle noted that Harborwatch was hired just two years ago.
Originally, the focus was to bring people to the website. This has evolved
towards making the website a functional part of how US SAILING does
business. Last year, as a result of e-commerce, $544,000 flowed through
the website. New online applications include championships, the directory,
job bank, and the RO/Judges Reporting System. In addition, the calendar,
automated forms, video, e-ussailing, community sailing e-mail lists,
Olympic sailing list servers, are up and running. Mike Schoettle expressed
US SAILING’s thanks to Harborwatch, which donates 40 percent of the
total time it spends on the website. He also thanked Powershift, which
donates the hosting of US SAILING’s site.
Dave Irish announced the Competitor Classification System. Seven of 12
members are qualified as athletes. He noted that Clark Chapin has
described the SALT system, which will undergo some initial testing. A
modest change in the code to bring it in alignment with ISAF regulations
is under consideration.
Donna Hobbs noted that the Executive Committee has passed two
changes to the budget: (1) an additional expense of $33,950 for wire-o
binding and other enhancements to the Rulebook, and (2) a projected
increase in revenue of $2,226 for Offshore as part of its “Get Well
Plan.” First quarter budget expenses are close to on track, running a
deficit of $10,171. First quarter budget revenues are running a deficit of
$153,134. Dave Rosekrans expressed his appreciation to Donna Hobbs,
Stephen Jeffries, Cynthia Leary-Johnson, and the auditors for their
Fred Hagedorn noted that the US Sailor-Athlete Advisory Board was
elected in March -- 20 athletes self nominated, 13 were elected, and four
are at the meeting despite one week notice.
on ISAF Eligibility and Advertising Codes. A Working Party was established in December and has been working on
interpreting the codes. Dick Hanneman noted that after considerable
discussion on how to apply the Eligibility code, a prescription was
developed that eliminates the penalty for protesting under the code. He
also noted that a solution was determined for application of the
The Youth Championships Committee is dedicated to holding the best
possible US event for sailors. Therefore, the committee would like to move
responsibility for the international Youth Sailing Team to the Olympic
Sailing Committee, which can better support the needs of the team.
Motion: A motion was
seconded and approved to move responsibility for the international youth
sailing team to the Olympic Sailing Committee.
Awards. Stan Betts and Dave
Rosekrans presented the following awards:
The One-Design Leadership Award was presented to Keith Graham of
Seattle, WA, in recognition of his enthusiasm, organizing ability, and
leadership in creating the one-design fleet building program of the year,
for Thistle Fleet 61.
The John H. Gardner, Jr. Service Award was presented to Chuck
Mascal of Beach Haven, NJ, for distinguished service and exceptional
leadership in the promotion of one-design sailing and class organization,
on behalf of the Optimist Dinghy sailors.
The One-Design Regatta Award was presented to the Alamitos Bay
Yacht Club for excellence in development, promotion and management by the
organizers and sponsors of the year’s outstanding multi-class regional
regatta, the ABYC annual Turkey Day Regatta. Chuck Hardin accepted the
award on behalf of ABYC.
The One-Design Creativity Award was presented to Kent Marinkovic
for outstanding individual creativity and contributions in this year’s
most innovative one-design event of national or international importance.
When the US Windsurfing National Championships on Martha’s Vineyard was
cancelled, Kent Marinkovic hosted the first ever US Windsurfing National
Techno (windsurf) Championships. Mark Gebhardt accepted the award on
behalf of Kent.
The W. Van Alan Clark, Jr. National Sportsmanship Award was
presented to Dave Perry for his exemplary leadership and for being a role
model for sailors, from youths to adults, across the country.
Board of Directors meeting - Sunday, March 24, 2001 at 9:00 am