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 Coming Soon!

2018 Agenda:

900-930: Welcomes and Introductions

Welcome, Opening Remarks & Introductions:
Cory Sertl, US Sailing Board of Directors and Jack Gierhart, CEO

930-1100: Topic #1: Retaining young sailors through their teens and twenties

Increasing overall sailing participation and competitive success hinges upon the transition from youth sailor to adult sailor. How can youth sailing programs encourage and prepare their students to continue sailing as a teenager and beyond? This topic will cover several of the key ingredients, as well as highlight success stories and outline US Sailing's roadmap for improving long-term development and retention.

1100-1200: Topic #2: Charting Our Next Course: A Presentation of the US Sailing Strategic Plan

US Sailing is transitioning to a more-customer focused approach in our interactions and overall engagement with sailors and sailing organizations. In this session, we will discuss this ongoing evolution, including the details in our new strategic plan

1200-1330: Networking lunch

1330-1430: Topic #3: Road to LA 2028

Call to Arms! Let’s look at the opportunity USA and specifically California/West Coast has to capitalize on the huge focus on sailing that will exist as a result of the run up to the actual Olympic Games and the increased visibility of sailing after LA 2028. This discussion will include:

  • Olympics inspires the next generation of sailors
  • Partnership Opportunities
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • How the West Coast can help to ensure the best possible outcome in the Olympics
  • Lessons Learned from Previous Games

1430-1445: Break

1445-1630: Topic #4: 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. Examples could include:

  • How can we collaborate more to ensure that the regatta schedules on the West Coast are harmonized with the US Sailing Championships Schedule and important local regattas that might affect someone’s invitation to a US Sailing Championship are held far enough in advance?
  • How do we create a presence on the Pacific Coast that engages the state governments and western USCG sectors to improve our relationships and become clearer about each other’s needs?
  • How do we communicate how affordable the sport can be for adults when done at an entry level, especially since most locations have year-round sailing? (after motion sensitivity, affordability is the major obstacle for adults to try sailing)
  • Growing and promoting offshore/handicap racing

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

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


Early Registration (Ends Oct. 1): $40
General Registration (Oct. 2 - Nov. 14): $50
At the Door Registration (Nov 15): $65

Register Online - coming soon

Contact: Katie Ouellette

Sponsored By:

West Coast Sailing

RS Sailing - Sponsor