US Sailing Announces Multi-Year Partnership Extension with Gowrie Group – Risk Strategies


BRISTOL, R.I. (February 2, 2023) – US Sailing, the national governing body of the sport of sailing, and Risk Strategies Company and its wholly owned Gowrie Group subsidiary, a leading national specialty insurance and risk management firm have announced a multi-year partnership extension to continue their support of sailors and sailing organizations in the U.S. through financial support, comprehensive insurance programs, risk management solutions, and safety resources.

Gowrie Group will continue to serve as the Official Yacht Club & Sailing Organization Insurance Agency for US Sailing, along with being US Sailing’s exclusive Marine Insurance Partner. As part of this partnership, Chubb, the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company, will underwrite the Burgee Program and be the presenting sponsor of the 2023 Chubb US Youth Triplehanded Championship for the Sears Cup.

Gowrie Group has been offering custom marine insurance programs to US Sailing members for more than 25 years as part of this long-standing, important partnership including the Burgee Insurance Program for sailing organizations, the One-Design Insurance Program for one-design boats 30-feet and under, and the SailorsHealth Insurance Program for those living an active lifestyle on the water. These specialized marine insurance programs have been custom developed to serve and support the unique coverage needs of sailors and sailing organizations.

As part of this multi-year partnership extension, Gowrie Group will remain an ongoing and significant supporter of US Sailing’s Siebel Sailors Program, which aims to increase opportunity, access, and diversity in the sport of sailing. The Siebel Sailors Program engages youth from diverse backgrounds, provides scholarships for under-resourced children, and adapts to meet the needs of the individual sailors. Insurance offerings and event sponsorship provided by this partnership, will help US Sailing strengthen its commitment to supporting sailing organizations and the sailing community as a whole.

“US Sailing and Gowrie have a deep and productive relationship that has developed over the past 25 years,” said Alan Ostfield, CEO of US Sailing. “Insurance solutions such as the Burgee Program, Gowrie’s comprehensive insurance program developed to meet the unique needs of sailing organizations, help them manage their businesses, serve their members, and improve their sailors’ experience on the water. Our affiliation helps facilitate programs like this that are important to the health, safety, and sustainability of our sport.”

“Our entire marine team is proud and excited to extend our long-standing partnership with US Sailing,” said Whitney Peterson, Director of Marketing & Partnerships at Gowrie – Risk Strategies. “This important partnership facilitates our ability to bring innovative insurance solutions, thought leadership, safety resources, and support to the national sailing community. Through our strong working partnership, we look forward to supporting a broad range of US Sailing’s key programs, championships, and events. We will be returning as a Gold Sponsor at the upcoming Sailing Leadership Forum and the Presenting Sponsor of the Championship of Champions.”

For years, Chubb, through this partnership, has played a central role in supporting youth championship events. Chubb will continue their position as title sponsor for the Chubb U.S. Junior Sailing Championships, which will be sailed as the Chubb US Youth Triplehanded Championship in 2023 and 2024.

“We are excited about the continuance of our long-standing, important relationship with US Sailing. We very much look forward to working closely with everyone in a coordinated effort to offer best-in-class marine related insurance products and solutions to US Sailing’s organization and individual members, through our many programs, including The Burgee Program, The One Design Program, and our Crew Medical Programs,” shared John Fisher, Managing Director, Gowrie – Risk Strategies.


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 Risk Strategies  

Risk Strategies is the 9th largest privately held US brokerage firm offering comprehensive risk management advice, insurance and reinsurance placement for property & casualty, employee benefits, private client services, as well as consulting services and financial & wealth solutions. With more than 30 specialty practices, Risk Strategies serves commercial companies, nonprofits, public entities, marine entities, and individuals, and has access to all major insurance markets. Risk Strategies has over 100 offices including Boston, New York City, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Grand Cayman, Miami, Atlanta, Dallas, Nashville, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.


About Gowrie Group

Gowrie Group, a leading US marine insurance specialist, was acquired by Risk Strategies in 2019. Gowrie, combined with Atlass Insurance, are Risk Strategy’s marine specialty practice. They offer comprehensive risk management advice and insurance solutions to yacht clubs, sailing organizations, marine businesses, and boat & yacht owners. Gowrie also offers broad private client solutions, crew medical insurance, and travel insurance solutions. Gowrie Group is the Official Insurance Partner of US Sailing. |


About Chubb

Chubb is the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company. 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, Paris and other locations, and employs more than 34,000 people worldwide. Additional information can be found at: