Martine R. Zurinskas
Hometown: Alpharetta, GA
Education: University of South Carolina, BS, Mechanical Engineering
- Why do you want to be a member of US Sailing’s Board of Directors?
I am honored by this appointment and moving forward my hope as a board member is to be a part of a strong team within US Sailing and most importantly, grow sailing. My hope is to apply some of my project management skills towards our goal of organizational efficiency to help build a better business model to support our sport.
- How can community sailing centers, yacht clubs, and other sailing organizations collaborate with each other more on key initiatives to grow sailing?
Communication and awareness of the programs available I think is the biggest focus that we can take away with. The clubs and RSA’s that have active leaders that get the information and take advantage of the programs within US Sailing rise up to help increase participation in the sport of sailing at ALL levels. This can only happen when we all communicate.
- How can these organizations and other sailing industries integrate with their local communities to provide more awareness for prospective new sailors?
Local Sailing Organizations, clubs, and community centers should be fully on board with the programs that US Sailing can offer to build the base and provide the tools for success. Such as the Instructor programs, Race officer training, Skill UP Application for instructional tracking tool, Siebel Sailing for inclusion opportunities, and more. These all provide opportunities for greater exposure at all levels.
- What can US Sailing do to help facilitate these partnerships?
US Sailing can listen to the organizational members and learn more about how to serve the sport at all levels.
- How have US Sailing programs and services impacted your overall sailing experience?
I grew up as a junior Laser sailor in the South Atlantic region and my first experience sailing outside of the local lake clubs was flying to the U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1989. I was thrilled that my parents took a huge leap of faith and stuck a novice Laser sailor on a plane to a regatta. Through a foundation, the travel costs were covered by my local RSA allowing sailors to experience these amazing events without the financial burden. This first experience of sailing gave me the taste of competition and Laser racing became my thing. The following two years I returned to this championship and in 1990 made the Junior Rolex Sailing Team. Not every youth sailor is destined for the Olympics, but through this exposure to US Sailing and the variety of programs available I have been active in the training department as an Instructor Trainer, Regional Sailing Association Rep., and Championships Chair for the Singlehanded event. My goals as an RSA are to broaden my exposure to US Sailing and think of ways my local sailors might benefit from the different opportunities within US Sailing. That will continue with my position as a board member… There are lots of great foundations in place within US Sailing but sharing them for all to enjoy is the key.
- Is it important for sailors to be members of US Sailing?
Being a member of US Sailing provides the support for our sport to sustain the training programs and the race official training that makes my sailing so enjoyable. Supporting our youth sailors and fair racing on the course is the reason I continue to serve and support this organization with my financial contribution annually.
- OEM Sales Engineer for Eaton Corporation
- Six Sigma Program Eaton Corporation
- Sr Sales Engineer for Thermocoax
- Sales Representative for Vanguard Sailboats
- MARZ Solutions Project Consultant
- Top Sales Achiever for Eaton Corporation
- PTA Board Member at Local Schools
- School Governance Council Chairman
- RSA Rep for South Atlantic Region
- US Sailing Singlehanded Championship Chair
- Jr Program Director at Lake Lanier Sailing Club
- 2012 Top Female Laser Master NAs
- 2012 Champion of Champions Event
- Participated in the Laser D12 Series
I love sailing and I want to give back to the sport that has been so good to me. Sailing has provided 3 generations of my family a connection that helped define us all as individuals. I have always appreciated and respected the dedicated volunteers who make sailing happen at so many levels. US Sailing supports and fosters the love of the sport for all levels and ages. I am honored by this appointment as Secretary and moving forward my hope as a board member is to be a part of a strong team within US Sailing and most importantly, grow sailing.
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