A meeting of the Board of Directors of the United States Sailing Association, Inc., was held in St. Petersburg, Florida at 8:00 a.m., Sunday, October 21, 2001. President Dave Rosekrans presided, and Secretary Sarah Alger recorded the minutes.
Roll Call. All members of the Board of Directors were present
except for James Appel, Glen Brandenburg, Dean Brenner, Roger Brown,
Brad Buell, John Collins, Bruce Eissner, Ted Everingham, Greg Fisher,
Craig Healy, Mark Hermann, Chip Johns, Bill Keith, Bill Munster, John
Osmond, Mark Reynolds, Eric Wallischeck, and Larry White.
National Offshore Council
National Offshore Council announced that Bill Keith has resigned from his position on the NOC Executive Committee and as an NOC delegate to the Board of Directors, and that Gene McCarthy has been named in his place.
Approval of Minutes.
· Motion: a motion was made, seconded, and approved to approve the minutes, as corrected, of October 20, 2001.
Ratification of the October 2001 Actions of the Executive
· A motion was made, seconded and approved to ratify the actions of the October 17 and October 21, 2001 Executive Committee.
Approval of Committee Chairs.
· A motion was made, seconded, and approved to approve the list of committee chairs, as distributed to the board.
· A motion was made, seconded, and approved to name Tom Hubbell as the chairman of the Inshore Committee.
A motion was made, seconded, and approved to rename Art
Stevens as the chairman of the Multihull Committee.
President’s Remarks. Dave
Rosekrans asked Rich Jepsen to report on a Training Committee
initiative. Rich Jepsen announced that a new training award has been
created – the Timmy Larr award. The Training Committee is seeking
$15,000 to endow the award, and he requested contributions from anyone
who would like to support this award. Dave Rosekrans thanked the staff
for all of their assistance. The
staff received a standing ovation from the Board and volunteers present.
Appeals Committee Reappointments.
· A motion was seconded and approved to reappointment Tom Farquhar and Jim Capron to the Appeals Committee.
Council and Committee Reports
8.a. Budget Committee. Donna Hobbs reported on the budget, particularly the association’s cash balance. Bill Placke gave a brief overview on the Strategic Initiatives and the amounts budgeted to support each:
Goal 1: Communications
Priority Goal 2: Improve Fiscal Strength and Discipline- see Capital Budget
Goal 5:Technology Plan
Priority Goal 7: Offshore plan $24,000
Goal 10: Improve Administrative efficiency
Capital Expenditure Budget
Goal 2-Improve Fiscal Strength
Other Capital Expenditures $29,000
· A motion was made, seconded, and approved to accept the budget including the strategic initiatives and capital budget, with 22 voting in favor, 7 against, and Dave Rosekrans abstaining.
8.b. Youth Representative. A report was previously distributed.
8.c. Multihull Committee. Art Stevens referred the board to the report that was distributed. He noted that through the efforts of US SAILING, a piece of beach is being rehabilitated in Clearwater, FL, to establish a sailing center and provide access to multihull sailing. In addition, he encouraged the Youth Championships committee to move forward with their efforts to develop young multihull sailors.
8.d. ISAF Delegation. Charley Cook reported that the committee has received input from a number of committees.
8.e. Women’s Committee. Susan Epstein reported that the committee met twice and minutes have been distributed. She noted that the committee has voted to recommend a 205 kg weight limit for the Yngling to the Olympic Sailing Committee. The cancellation of the Women’s Match Racing due to insufficient entries was discussed. She congratulated Denise MacGillivary, chairman, Sandy Grosvenor and Ann Harrington, co-chairs, on the successful transfer of the Rolex International Women’s Championship to the Championships Committee and the highly successful event that was held.
· A motion was made, seconded, and approved to approve the following resolution to the board, as amended:
1. The Board of Directors approves the concept that the Women’s Sailing Committee and the National Women’s Sailing Association partner to represent all women sailors in the US and that together they recommend to the US SAILING Nominating Committee their choice for the Women’s Representative to the Board of Directors of US SAILING.
2. Create a new US SAILING Regulation 6.12 to read as follows:
WOMEN’S SAILING COMMITTEE
Council of Sailing
Associations. John Ross
reported that there were no action items. The Council is working with
General Services to restructure the organizational dues.
Minutes will be on the web site.
8.g. Sailor-Athlete Advisory Board. Louise Gleason reported that the S-AAB is continuing to refine the definition of athletes. An online system that enables people to register as an athlete is being developed. Registered athletes who are committee members receive an icon placed in front of their names To ensure greater participation, an online voting system for athletes is also under way. Finally, Bob Merrick has, with the Olympic Sailing Committee, rejuvenated Sailing Medalist as an online newsletter for athletes and others interested in Olympic Sailing.
8.h. Offshore Committee. Glenn McCarthy reported for Bruce Eissner that a report has been distributed to the Board.
· A motion was made, seconded, and approved to accept the four prescriptions of the Offshore Committee.
· A motion was made, seconded to approve the Sports Medicine Committee’s recommendation to the US SAILING ISAF Delegation that they oppose ISAF Late Submission 124-01P in so far as it precludes the required use of an independent body to administer the anti-doping testing of athletes.
8.i. National Offshore Council. Craig Brown noted that a calendar of major offshore events has been developed, which includes a crew list. Some additional financing to support this effort has been secured: Carroll Marine has contributed funds and North Sails is providing in-kind donations. Offshore Championships will be run at the Annapolis Naval Academy in October, with 12 boats registered, versus 9 boats last year. Next year’s event will be held at the Long Beach YC. Efforts are continuing to make the Offshore Office a revenue-generating department. Bruce Campbell was elected as the NOC representative to the Championships Committee, Craig Brown as the representative to the Nominating Committee, and Gene McCarthy as the representative to the General Services Committee. The NOC welcomed the National Women’s Sailing Association. As his last official act as NOC chair, Craig Brown said that he had been asked to report that the Hawaiian International Series is alive and well, although the Kenwood Company has withdrawn its support. The Royal Hawaiian YC has posted a notice of race on its website.
8.j. Inshore Committee. Tom Hubbell referred the board to the committee’s report, noting that Inshore supports the partnership of the Women’s Committee with the National Women’s Sailing Association.
· A motion was made, seconded, and approved to recommend that the ISAF Delegation oppose the proposal to impose a minimum number of Member National Authorities that must participate in a continental championship and believes that the classes are best equipped to determine their own eligibility requirements.
8.k. Championships Committee. A report was distributed to the board.
8.k.1. Youth Champtionships. Dick Hanneman presented a proposal to return the U.S. Junior Olympic Nationals to its original name in order to eliminate confusion with the Junior Olympic Festivals.
· A motion was made, seconded, and approved to rename the U.S. Junior Olympic Nationals as the U.S. Youth Championship.
· A motion was made, seconded, and approved to withdraw a sum of $12,000 to support the clinics associated with the Sears/Bemis/Smyth events.
8.k.3. Independence Cup. Paul Callahan on behalf of Hugh Elliot presented a proposal to expand the Independence Cup to include a single-handed class.
· A motion was made, seconded, and approved to expand the Independence Cup to include a single-handed event and that the offer by Peter Goldman to donate the trophy be accepted subject to the approval of the Trophy Committee.
8.l. One-Design Class Council. Stan Betts referred the board to the ODCC’s report, and reported that Patty Lawrence had been elected as the new chair.
· A motion was made, seconded, and approved to request that the ISAF Delegation vote against the proposals to (1) limit the World and Continental Championships, (2) reduce the age limits for the Optimist Class, and (3) process all world championship entries for International Classes through the National Authorities.
8.m. Multihull Council. Art Stevens referred the board to the committee’s report.
8.n. US Windsurfing. Dick Tillman reported that this year the president of US Windsurfing, Scott Sees, is attending the meeting. He noted that if the Mistral board is not accepted for the Olympics, US Windsurfing supports the Formula board. He expressed the hope that through the Youth Development Committee more young athletes will enter the windsurfing pipeline.
8.o. Olympic Sailing Committee. Fred Hagedorn referred the Board to the committee’s report. He thanked Bob Merrick for bringing Sailing Medalist back to life. He also thanked the staff members without whom the Olympic program would not be possible: Katie Richardson, Jonathan Harley, Gary Bodie, and the coaching staff of Luther Carpenter, Skip Whyte and the per diem coaches.
· A motion was made, seconded, and approved to adopt the change to Resolution 3.60, previously distributed and described in Attachment A.
· A motion was made, seconded, and approved that US SAILING adopt a position in favor of a weight limit in the Women’s Keelboat event utilizing Ynglings and that the limit be 205 kg, but leave it to the discretion of the ISAF Delegation to determine the optimum weight.
· A motion was made, seconded, and approved to ask the ISAF Delegation to support random weight checking throughout the event, if a weight limit is imposed.
· A motion was made, seconded, and approved to request that the ISAF Delegation encourage a separate women’s worlds, following the model of the Europe class.
· A motion was made, seconded, and approved that if Boards and More are found to be in breach of contract regarding the production of Mistral Boards and the ISAF moves to replace the Mistral, US SAILING support this action.
· A motion was made, seconded, and approved that, while OSC does not advocate changing equipment for Windsurfing, if a change is to be made, the OSC advocates that it be as “one-design” as possible.
· A motion was made, seconded, and approved that the ISAF Delegation support the Windsurfing Paper, with the exception of the two quadrennium commitment requirements, if it is found to be in violation of either ISAF or IOC rules.
· A motion was made, seconded, and approved to direct $100,000 from the US SAILING Designated Fund to the Olympic Sailing Committee for FY 2002.
8.p. Judges. A report was distributed to the Board.
8.q. Racing Rules. Dick Rose reported that the committee reviewed an extensive list of recommendations on changes to the wording of the rules.
· A motion was made, seconded, and approved to request that the ISAF Delegation oppose the proposal in submission 104-01 restricting the implementation of changes until 2004.
· A motion was made, seconded, and approved to request that the ISAF Delegation support the proposal in submission 104-01 that ISAF supply the final draft of the racing rules for 2005-2008 by June 30, 2004.
· A motion was made, seconded, and defeated to recommend that the ISAF Delegation support changing submission 104-01 and 105-01 to put the rules into effect April 1.
A motion was made, seconded, and approved to request that
Race Administration make a recommendation to the Executive Committee
regarding an appropriate date for the rules to go into effect in the
Northern Hemisphere (ISAF Submissions 104-01 and 105-01) so it can
provide counsel to the ISAF delegation.
Pat Seidenspinner referred the Board to the minutes that were
distributed on Saturday. She noted that efforts to put the Appeals
on-line were underway, and an advanced race administration seminar will
be held at the US SAILING spring meeting in Colorado Springs in March
Linda Kessler referred the board to the minutes that were
distributed. She noted that
the committee reduced the minimal age for Sailing Counselors from 15 to
14 on a pilot basis. Creation
of a pilot program for the one-day evaluation of keelboat instructors
was approved. Reciprocity
enabling certified ARC instructors to receive Sailing Counselor status
is being defined. Course ware for younger audiences is being developed. US Windsurfing was welcomed, and it was noted that course
ware is be developed. A motion was passed to accept the first-ever
policy manual, which will be available on the web, and thanks were given
to Ginny Long for making this possible. Linda Kessler noted that
Training is accepting nominations for the Prosser Award. The award is to
an organization and includes a $500 scholarship to the National Sail
Program Symposium. Nominations can be made on the web. She also asked all to consider the contribution Timmy Larr
has made to sailing and to help support the award named in her honor.
Finally, she encouraged all to attend the NSPS.
9.a. C.R.E.W. Agreement
A motion was made, seconded, and approved to endorse the
C.R.E.W. agreement as an outline for how staff and volunteers work
together (see Attachment B).
Adjourned at 11:14 a.m.
Next Board of Directors meeting – Antlers Adams Mark Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Friday, March 15, 2002 at 8:00 am
Olympic Sailing Committee
As a member of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and of
the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), US SAILING is obliged to
adhere to anti-doping rules of the ISAF and of the USOC.
In compliance with the USOC Bylaws, US SAILING agrees that the
Untied States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is the designated independent
anti-doping organization selected to conduct drug testing and to
adjudicate any related doping offenses, on a domestic basis. [Refer to www.usada.org,
and ISAF RRS 5 and Regulation 19]
On an international basis the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), in
conjunction with the ISAF, have responsibility for doping control
testing and adjudication, in cooperation with US SAILING and the USADA.
[Refer to ISAF RRS 5 and Regulation 19]
It is the responsibility of each athlete member of US SAILING to
comply with the anti-doping rules of the ISAF, USOC and the USADA.
Sailor-Athletes that are subject to doping control testing by the USADA
All members of the US Sailing Team shall be subject to both
In-Competition Testing at selected events held in the United States, and
Out-Of-Competition Testing with No-Advance-Notice. Not complying with
this and all related location notification requirements of the USADA may
be grounds for forfeiture of membership on the US Sailing Team and any
of its benefits.
4.b. Any athlete who has self-registered with the Olympic Sailing Committee as an actively campaigning sailor in any of the Olympic Class Boats shall be subject to In-Competition Testing at selected events in the United States. In addition, any athlete who chooses to compete in the Selection Trials for the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, and Pan American Games, shall also be subject to In-Competition Testing at those events.