Stakeholders Summit

About the Stakeholders Summit

The US Sailing Stakeholders Summits provide opportunities for the leadership of local sailing organizations to meet with the leadership of US Sailing to share ideas and perspectives about sailing within specific regions of the United States.

We plan to create a ‘roundtable’ environment between the attendees and the Board of Directors that fosters exchange of ideas, brainstorming and ideation for the topics in the agenda. US Sailing will provide the moderator to facilitate discussion and offer a national perspective on some of the issues that face our industry.

  • When: November 15, 2019
  • Where: Chicago Yacht Club - Chicago, IL

Who should attend?

All leaders are welcome – instructors, program directors, board members, race managers or individuals from community programs, commercial schools, yacht clubs, high school or college programs, or any other organization, sailing specific or not.

2019 Agenda

900-915: Welcomes and Introductions

Welcome, Opening Remarks & Introductions:
Cory Sertl, President of US Sailing’s Board of Directors &
Jack Gierhart, Chief Executive Officer of US Sailing

915-1045: Annual Meeting: US Sailing- 2019 review of activities and look to the future.

Cory Sertl, President of US Sailing’s Board of Directors &
Jack Gierhart, Chief Executive Officer of US Sailing

1045-1100: Break

1100-1215: Topic #1: Sail into the Future

A lively panel discussion focused on innovation and key resources driving growth for the future of sailing. Topics will include Skill-up, Siebel Sailors Program, US Regatta Series, Online Learning, SafeSport and more. Come prepared with new ideas to discuss and share innovative thinking at your Organization.

1215-1315: Networking lunch

Enjoy your lunch while interacting with US Sailing Board of Directors and Staff who will be joining you at your table. Please spend a few minutes comparing notes with them and others at your lunch table about the challenges you face at your sailing club, yacht club, sailing business, regional sailing association, write down a few of those that seem most universal and hand them in at the end of lunch.

1315-1430: Topic #2: Ten-Tips for Immediate Engagement

A brief presentation followed-by an open discussion generating ideas on how to boost participation. Share success stories from your Organization and hear what is working for other programs. Walk-away with 5 ideas you can easily implement at your Organization for the 2020 season.

1430-1445: Break

1445-1645: Topic #3: Open Discussion

During this time we will address problems that organizations face regionally and successful solutions. Everyone will be encouraged to share a story, challenge, or success tip with the group. We encourage you to submit topic suggestions in advance.

Any topic that is brought up during the event will be welcomed.

1645-1700: Wrap Up:

Moderator-led discussion to recap the day’s discussion, list takeaways, ask questions and develop any agreed action plans.

1700-1830: Social Networking Opportunity

Please join us to continue the conversation and enjoy cocktails sponsored by:


General Registration (Sept. 1 - Nov. 14): $50
At the Door Registration (Nov 15): $65

Register Online

Contact: Katie Ouellette