US Sailing Announces Sponsorship Extension with Chubb and Gowrie

BRISTOL, R.I. (March 7, 2019) – US Sailing is proud to announce a sponsorship extension with Gowrie Group and Chubb Insurance. Gowrie Group will continue to serve as the Official Insurance Agency of US Sailing. Chubb remains the Official Insurance Carrier of US Sailing.

Through this partnership, Gowrie Group will deliver high quality insurance programs, risk management, and safety solutions to US Sailing members through the Burgee Insurance Program for sailing organizations, the One-Design Insurance Program for one-design sailboats under 30 feet, and the Crew Medical Health Insurance Program for individuals. Gowrie Group remains a tremendous resource for US Sailing members to serve and assist in all of their insurance necessities.

“For years, US Sailing has valued working with Gowrie Group and Chubb to offer the sailing community quality insurance programs and risk management resources,” said Jack Gierhart, CEO of US Sailing. “This partnership allows us to continue providing these benefits to our US Sailing members. We are grateful for their ongoing support of US Sailing and their commitment to first class service to our members.”

Yacht clubs, community sailing programs, sailing schools, class associations, Regional Sailing Associations, and event organizers are the foundation for the sport. US Sailing is committed to providing solutions to the evolving needs of these important access points of sailing.

US Sailing’s partnership with Gowrie and Chubb has helped strengthen its commitment to supporting these sailing organizations and the sailing community as a whole. US Sailing is focused on helping sailing organizations manage their businesses and serve their members by working to develop programs that improve their sailors’ experience on the water.

Ed Gumbrecht, President of Gowrie Group, said, “The partnership with US Sailing, Gowrie and Chubb is about bringing value to the sailing community. Clubs and sailing organizations that access The Burgee Program and our resources give us extraordinary customer satisfaction ratings, and actively promote us in their networks and to other sailing organizations. That is the true measure of the ongoing success of this partnership.”

The following testimonials from clubs, sailing organizations, and sailors who are protected by The Burgee Program and One Design Program further illustrate the value of this partnership:

  • “[Gowrie] knows about the needs of sailors, youth sailing programs and area yacht club insurance.” – Burgee Program Client
  • “As a Club Harbormaster, I have found Gowrie advice very helpful in understanding risks and mitigation.” – Burgee Program Client
  • “You have consistently taken care of us with every question, concern, and claim in a manner that is exceptional in today’s business world. Your personal treatment of our small club makes us feel like a million dollar account.” – Burgee Program Client, Club Commodore

Gowrie Group, the nation’s leading and largest independent marine insurance agency, has been offering custom marine insurance programs to US Sailing members for nearly 25 years as part of this long-standing relationship. These insurance solutions – and special pricing that Gowrie Group offers to US Sailing members on their programs – are some of the most valuable benefits that US Sailing extends to its membership base. Gowrie Group’s primary offerings for US Sailing members include:

  • The Burgee Program: Specialized insurance solution for yacht clubs, community sailing programs, and sailing organizations. More than 1,000 sailing organizations nationwide are part of the program. Underwritten by Chubb and managed by Gowrie Group.
  • One-Design Insurance Program: Insurance tailored to meet the needs of one-design sailors in over 170 classes of boats under 30 feet.
  • Crew Medical and Health Insurance: Worldwide health insurance coverage for qualified US Sailing members that are professional sailors, coaches, instructors, US Sailing Team athletes, collegiate sailing athletes, paid crew/captains, and international cruisers.

For years, Chubb Insurance has played a central role in supporting US Sailing National Championship events. Chubb will continue their position as title sponsor for the historic Chubb U.S. Junior Sailing Championships. The event annually features a collection of the best youth sailors in the U.S. who qualified from different regions around the country to compete at this championship.

Gowrie Group will continue to have a strong presence at many of US Sailing’s most significant events and forums. Gowrie was a top-tier sponsor and contributor at US Sailing’s National Sailing Programs Symposium (NSPS) this February in Jacksonville, Florida, US Sailing’s Regional Symposiums held around the country throughout the year, and the Sailing Leadership Forum in 2020. Three of Gowrie Group’s Burgee Program and safety experts – Whitney Peterson, Kellie Crete, and Steve Schram – are active speakers and content contributors at these important US Sailing national and regional events.

US Sailing Media Contact: Jake Fish, Communications Manager,

About US Sailing
The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and advancement for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Bristol, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team. For more information, please visit

About Chubb
Chubb is the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company, and the largest commercial insurer in the United States. With operations in 54 countries and territories, Chubb provides commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, personal accident and supplemental health insurance, reinsurance and life insurance to a diverse group of clients. As an underwriting company, we assess, assume and manage risk with insight and discipline. We service and pay our claims fairly and promptly. The company is also defined by its extensive product and service offerings, broad distribution capabilities, exceptional financial strength and local operations globally. Parent company Chubb Limited is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CB) and is a component of the S&P 500 index. Chubb maintains executive offices in Zurich, New York, London and other locations, and employs approximately 31,000 people worldwide. Additional information can be found at:

About Gowrie Group. Always on Watch.
As one of the nation’s Top 50 independent insurance agencies and the largest independent marine insurance group in the US, Gowrie Group provides total risk management services to individuals and organizations with complex insurance needs. Gowrie Group offers comprehensive insurance solutions matched with trusted advice and a commitment to service excellence. Gowrie Group’s portfolio of offerings includes commercial, marine, sailing organization, yacht, home/auto, and equine insurance, as well as employee benefits solutions and safety services. Gowrie is endorsed by US Sailing and is the manager of The Burgee Insurance Program, the only comprehensive insurance program developed to meet the unique needs of yacht clubs, community sailing programs, sailing schools, and associations.  The company’s 175+ professionals serve clients across the US from offices in Westbrook CT, Darien CT, Newport RI, Annapolis MD, and Marshfield MA. For more information visit or call 800.262.8911.