Stakeholders Summit


About the Stakeholders Summit

The US Sailing Stakeholders Summit provides opportunities for the leadership of sailing organizations to meet with the leadership of US Sailing to share iThe US Sailing Stakeholders Summit provides opportunities for the leadership of 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/US Sailing Leadership that fosters an 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. A boxed lunch and refreshments will be included.

  • When: May 9, 2024 - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

  • Where: Annapolis Yacht Club Sailing Center

  • Register Here


10:00-10:30: Welcomes with Introduction 

Welcome, opening remarks and introductions followed by a brief presentation of “US Sailing: The New Organization & Mission to Serve All Stakeholders.” 

Presented by: Rich Jepsen, President US Sailing Board of Directors 

10:30-11:45: Thought Provoking Questions

Join us for an interactive session designed to ignite creativity and explore critical areas offering opportunity for growth in our sport. Engage in dynamic discussions focusing on turning some of these common challenges into opportunities and how this will shape the future of our sport in years to come. Together, we'll explore thought-provoking questions and work in small groups to envision the future of both sailing and US Sailing.

Presented by Rich Jepsen, President US Sailing Board of Directors 

11:45-12:45: Networking lunch – Enjoy your lunch while interacting with the 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. 

12:45- 1:15 US Sailing High-Performance Sailing Update
Marcus Lynch, High Performance Director of US Sailing will give an update on US Sailing’s High-Performance Sailing plan, a peek into Paris 2024 and provide vision for the road to LA 2028.
Presented by: Marcus Lynch, High-Performance Director 

1:15- 2:30: Small Group Breakouts
Choose the topic you are most interested in and engage in a dynamic small group discussion sharing best practices and learn from others in your region.  

Youth, Community and Learn to Sail Programs

  • Moderated by: Janel Zarkowsky Martin, Youth Programs & Outreach Manager

Adult Competitive Sailing 

  • Moderated by: Andrew Clouston, SVP Programs & Services 

Race Officials 

  • Moderated by: Charlie Arms, Secretary US Sailing Board of Directors

Youth Competitive Pathway 

  • Moderated by: John Pearce, Youth Competition Manager 

2:30-2:45: Break 

2:45- 4:00: Town Hall with Open Forum and Q&A 

During this time, we will address challenges that organizations face regionally and explore possible solutions. Everyone will be encouraged to share a story, opportunity, struggle, or success tip with the group. We encourage you to submit topic suggestions in advance.  Any topic brought up during the event will be welcomed. 

Panelists: US Sailing Board of Directors and Staff 

4:00: Closing Remarks 

4:00-5:30: Social Networking Opportunity at Annapolis Yacht Club 

Please join us to continue the conversation and enjoy cocktails 

Event Questions:, (401) 342-7900  

Who should attend?

All leaders are welcome – instructors, program directors, board members, committee 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.


More information to come.


  • There is no fee to attend
  • Advance registration required
  • Only 100 tickets available
  • Register here