Cory Sertl

Cory Sertl

Position: President

Hometown: Rochester, NY and Jamestown, RI

Education: University of Pennsylvania, BA; George Washington University, MBA.

An Interview with Cory Sertl

  1. How can community sailing centers, yacht clubs and other sailing organizations collaborate with each other more on key initiatives to grow sailing?
    Many local sailing organizations do a great job of teaching the fundamentals to new sailors, but the next steps to further knowledge and opportunities to get out on the water are often challenging. Resources in communities can partner to provide programs and accessibility to boats and the water that will benefit clubs and community sailing centers with new members and new volunteers.
  2. How can these organizations and other sailing industries integrate with their local communities to provide more awareness for prospective new sailors?
    Offer “try sailing” opportunities that target demographics likely to embrace an outdoor active lifestyle activity.  
  3. What can US Sailing do to help facilitate these partnerships?
    Share best practices and examples of programs and promotions that have been successful. Bring partners to the experience that will help enhance the sailing experience.
  4. How has US Sailing’s programs and services impacted your overall sailing experience?
    Every time we race we appreciate well run race management on the water. Programs that train race managers  ensures we have fair racing and that the game is played the same way wherever we sail in the U.S.
    Training and certification of sailing instructors and coaches is how to safely teach sailing and operate powerboats in a teaching role. I have been part of US Sailing training programs as an instructor trainer and have experienced the benefit of US Sailing training to clubs and organizations I have been part of.
    I’ve seen firsthand what a transforming experience learning how to sail and race can be for young people. Young people who get involved in sailing are busy learning life skills and contributing in positive ways to their community. Lasting friendships develop through the sport of sailing whether it is racing in a Junior Olympic event and learning the elements of sportsmanship and respecting your competitors or becoming a sailing instructor, becoming certified through a US Sailing course and having a summer job teaching sailing.  
  5. Is it important for sailors to be members of US Sailing?
    If sailing is your passion you should be a member of US Sailing to support the continued improvements to the variety of education programs offered. If racing is your passion, being a member of US Sailing should be automatic each time your membership comes up for renewal. The sport is a community of people that work to improve the sport and sailors need to engage with the community, give back where they can and take pride in supporting the national governing body of the sport and the sailing athletes that represent the USA.


25 years experience working in Real Estate Management overseeing operations of multi-family properties in Upstate NY.

Cory’s sailing experience has ranged from dinghies, match racing to one design keelboats competing at the highest level to enjoying local club racing.

Sailing is a family activity with her husband, Mark and two grown children, who are recent college sailors: Katja, age 24, Boston College ’16 and Nick, age 22, Harvard ’18. Recent racing with family members includes competing in the 2017 Lightning Worlds in Salinas Ecuador and racing in J-22’s leading up to the Worlds in Annapolis in September.  Also race J70’s and various one design keelboats.

US Olympic Team 1988

Member of US Sailing Team – Three Olympic campaigns in ’88, ’92 and ’04.

Two-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year in ‘95, ‘01.

International Sailing Federation – 1995-present, currently serve as a US representative on the Council (Board of Directors) and chair of the Youth Sailing World Championship Committee.

US Sailing Instructor Trainer, Coach

Statement from Cory Sertl

“I am passionate about getting young people involved in the sport at all levels. US Sailing has the opportunity to strengthen support of the sport at all levels continuing to strive for excellence and delivering quality programs. Partnering with the many organizations that support development is key to sustain a solid base and develop lifelong sailors.”

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