Our Organization


Provide leadership, integrity and advancement for the sport of sailing.


Be the recognized leader in training and certification, in support for the racing sailor and in facilitating access to sailing.

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For first-time sailors, US Sailing ensures that they will learn from experienced and certified instructors who follow national guidelines and are trained using a nationwide curriculum. For sailing programs and one-design sailing organizations, US Sailing hosts networking events and symposiums that bring together experts who address the latest developments in these areas of the sport. Young sailors who are just starting out in the sport can learn about sailboat racing through one of many USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festivals organized by US Sailing and host organizations every year.

For racing sailors, US Sailing provides an equal level playing field by training and certifying race officials, judges, and umpires and by ensuring standardized rules and sailing instructions. For sailboat owners who enjoy competing in offshore events, US Sailing provides rating certificates such as IRC and ORR to enable boats of various sizes to compete against each other. Safety on the water is an essential part of US Sailing’s training programs, including powerboat courses. Our Safety at Sea Courses are required by many offshore regatta organizers.

We host 14 National Championships at sailing organizations around the country. These championships offer various disciplines of racing so sailors can test their skill level at a national level. For sailors aiming to represent the USA at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, US Sailing trains, selects, and manages these great athletes.

US Sailing could not achieve its mission without the ongoing support of its members and volunteers. Our members have a shared passion for this lifelong sport.

Current Initiatives

This is an exciting time at US Sailing as we have challenged ourselves to be even more relevant to sailors and local sailing organizations by providing tools that will help them meet their challenges and changing needs.

Our objectives are:

  1. Promote participation and access to sailing;
  2. Develop and deliver first-class education programs that support all facets of sailing: on the water skills, safety, instruction and coaching, officiating, and high performance;
  3. Establish a culture of competitive excellence

Sailing is evolving and at US Sailing we are dedicated to a healthy and sustainable future that inspires new sailors and provides a pathway to a lifetime of sailing that is carried on to future generations. To thrive, sailing must grow participation in all areas and at all levels, while upholding the highest standards of excellence and fairness.

We also understand that local sailing organizations – yacht clubs, community sailing programs, sailing schools, class and owner associations, event organizers, etc. – are the foundation for the sport and central for the future, and the work we do must meet their evolving needs.

Furthermore, we are optimizing our organizational structure, operations and resources to improve communications and provide a responsive and efficient support system for the local sailing organizations.

Please take a few minutes to review the US Sailing Staff Report for 2016, including details on our ongoing goals for 2017.


Serving the sport of sailing since 1897

Originally organized as the North American Yacht Racing Union (NAYRU) on October 30, 1897 to encourage and promote yacht racing, and to unify the racing and rating rules in the United States and Canada and throughout the yachting world.

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