Board of Directors Minutes
October 19, 2003
Annual General Meeting in St. Louis, MO
1. President Dave Rosekrans called the meeting to order at 9 A.M.
2. Members present were: Janet Baxter, Betsy Beddow, Stan Betts, Norton
Brooker, Dean Brenner, Mitch Brindley, Craig Brown, Ruth Creighton, Dan
Doyle, Don Durant, Susan Epstein, Arthur Fox, Louise Gleason, Fred Hagedorn,
Dick Hanneman, Tom Hubbell, Stephen Jeffries, Hart Kelley, Patty Lawrence,
Gene McCarthy, Joe Melino, Ken Morrison, Jim Muldoon, Greg Norwine, John
Osmond, Joni Palmer, Dave Rosekrans, Bill Ross, Jack Rudy, Art Stevens, Bill
Stump and Joan Thayer. Absent were: James Appel, Melinda Berge, Jerelyn
Biehl, Terry Bischoff, Larry Bulman, Paul Callahan, Jim Capron, Means Davis,
Bruce Eissner, Greg Fisher, Mike Gebhardt, Joey Harris, Mark Herrmann, Bill
Munster, Martha Parker, Mark Reynolds, Ding Schoonmaker, Betty Sue Sherman,
Dick Tillman and Adam Werblow.
3. Jim Muldoon moved that Dave Rosekrans, as past president, be elected to
Councilor of Honor of US SAILING. The motion was seconded and carried.
4. Jim Muldoon announced that both the US SAILING Board of Directors and
Executive Committee were in compliance with the athlete requirements of the
Ted Stevens Sports Act.
5. President Elect Janet Baxter thanked US SAILING for its confidence in her
election, and said one of her objectives was to help Boards, Committees and
Councils do their work better. At the same time, she said that for this job,
"my biggest challenge, I need your help, too." She said her goals included
excellent race management, judges, rules and appeals, plans to increase
membership and the need to remain fiscally responsible.
6. General Services Chair Ruth Creighton reported that the Committee had
agreed to support the amendment to a motion on Youth Dues that was deferred
from yesterdays Board Meeting.
- Action Item:
A motion introduced on Saturday and delayed for one
day, as amended, to support an increase in Youth dues to $20 for Individual
Membership and $16 for Golden Anchor Membership, was made, seconded and
A Motion to adopt the 2004 Annual Budget, amended by
the change in Youth Dues to produce a surplus of approximately $29,000, was
made, seconded and carried, unanimously.
7. The following Committees and Councils made oral reports. Written reports
were distributed and will appear on Committee and Council web sites.
Cruising Council, Greg Norwine
Council of Sailing Associations, Bill Ross
Site Selection, Bill Ross, (for Ed Theisen)
One Design Class Council, Patty Lawrence
National Offshore Council, Ken Morrison
- Action Items:
A Motion that the US SAILING Board of Directors
formally supports ISAF Submission 022-03, which reaffirms the recognition of
the Offshore Racing Council (ORC) as the sole authority to maintain and
carry out the IMS measurement/rating system, its classes and divisions
worldwide, was made, seconded and carried contingent upon the resolution of
ownership issues with the IMS.
A Motion that the US SAILING Board of Directors opposes
023-03, reducing the number on the ISAF Offshore Committee to 12 based on
knowledge/skill rather than group or class, and changes the Offshore
Committee Chair from voting to non-voting membership on the ISAF Council,
was made, seconded and carried.
A Motion that the US SAILING Board of Directors support
024-03, which defers ISAF action on proposals from the ISAF Offshore
Structure Group until 2004 or later, was made, seconded and carried.
A Motion that the US SAILING Board of Directors oppose
the approval of the IRC Rule as an internationally recognized
handicapping/rating rule, because it may not meet all ISAF requirements for
approval as an internationally recognized rule in that it is based on a
secret formula that is administered by only two countries. The motion was
seconded and carried contingent on the Rule not being controlled by one or
Offshore Committee, Ken Morrison
- Action Items:
A Motion that the US SAILING prescription defining
practical hands-on training be modified to make it mandatory rather than
recommended by changing the word "should" to "shall" throughout the
prescription. Seconded and Carried.
A Motion that the following wording for Special
Regulation 4.10 be submitted to ISAF special regulations committee: "A radar
reflector shall be carried aboard. The radar reflector is not required to be
deployed. The radar reflector must have an X-band RCS (radar cross-section)
computed at all angles of azimuth of not less than 2m2 RMS, with the azimuth
measurements taken at any angle of heal up to 20 degrees. Octahedral radad
reflectors constructed of circular plates whose diameter is at least 12.5
inches (317 mm) meet this requirement. If not accepted/included in the
Equipment Rules of Sailing by ISAF, this wording will be included in the US
SAILING prescriptions." Seconded and Carried.
Championship Committee, Karen Reisch (for Brad Dellenbaugh)
Olympic Committee, Fred Hagedorn
A Motion to transfer an amount up to $210,000 from the
Olympic Endowment Fund (commonly referred to as the Olympic Windfall) to the
Olympic Sailing Committee in 2004, was made, seconded and carried.
Training Committee, Jim Muldoon.
ISAF, Dave Irish
Women's Sailing, Susan Epstein
- Action Item:
A Motion that the Board submit a bid to ISAF to accept
the 2004 U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship as a qualifier for the
Nation's Cup, was made, seconded and carried.
Inshore Committee, Tom Hubbell
Race Administration and Management Committees, Tom Farquhar
Training Committee, Jim Muldoon
- Action Item:
Moved to send the policy document approved by the
Executive Committee entitled Race Officials at US SAILING Championships back
to the Executive Committee and ask that various interested parties be
recontacted. Seconded and Carried.
Legal Committee, Joe Melino
- Action Item:
A motion was made to approve, and to have the Executive
Committee refer to the Bylaws Committee for inclusion, a Regulation stating:
"It is the policy of US SAILING to prohibit the requirement of indemnity
agreements from competitors in US SAILING related events and that the
following provision be adopted as a Regulation of US SAILING.
Section 11.03 COMPETITOR INDEMNITY POLICY
All events operated in accordance with the policies, procedures, Rules and
Prescriptions of US SAILING shall not require competitors, as a condition of
entry to any event, to personally indemnify and hold harmless the event
organizer, its officers, employees, agents and members."
The motion was seconded and carried.
Sailor Athlete Council, Louise Gleason, announced that new officers are Dean
Brenner, Chair; Betsy Altman, Vice Chair; and Susannah Carr, Secretary.
Commercial Sailing Committee, Thomas Carruthers
Sailors with Special Needs, Herb Meyer
Interscholastic Sailing Association, Larry White
Multihull Council, Art Stevens
8. A listing of new Committee Chairs was distributed, and President
Rosekrans distributed awards to those retiring as Committee Chairs.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:15 a.m.
Dick Hanneman, Secretary