Board of Directors Meeting
March 15, 2003
Spring Meeting
Cincinnati, Ohio

The meeting was called to order at 8 a.m. by President Dave Rosekrans.

Board members present:  James Appel, Janet Baxter, Betsy Beddow, Melinda Berge, Stan Betts,
Jerelyn Biehl, Terry Bischoff, Norton Booker, Dean Brenner, Mitch Brindley,  Larry Bulman, Jim
Capron, Ruth Creighton, Means Davis, Dan Doyle, Don Durant, Bruce Eissner, Susan Epstein,
Arthur Fox, Louise Gleason, Fred Hagedorn, Dick Hanneman, Tom Hubbell, Stephen Jeffries,
Patty Lawrence, Gene McCarthy, Joseph Melino, Ken Morrison, Jim Muldoon, Bill Munster,
Joni Palmer, Dave Rosekrans, Bill Ross, Jack Rudy, Ding Schoonmaker, Betty Sue Sherman,
Art Stevens, Joan Thayer and Dick Tillman. 
Not Present:  Craig Brown, Paul Callahan, Greg Fisher, Mike Gebhardt, Joey Harris,
Mark Herrmann, Hart Kelley, Martha Parker, Mark Reynolds, Bill Stump and Adam Werblow.

Audit Chairman Joseph Melino introduced external auditor David Platt of Rooney, Plotkin & Willey,
LLP, who reported  the auditors had issued an unqualified opinion for US SAILING.  The opinion
reflects that the books and records of the Association are accurate as of 12/31/02.

It was moved that the Board of Directors of US SAILING accept the Audited Financial Statements
and the Auditor’s Management Letter for the year ending Dec. 31, 2002.  Seconded and Carried.

It was moved that the Board of Directors accept Management Responses to the Auditor’s
Management Letter and refer suggestions of the Auditor’s Management Letter and Management’s
response to the Executive Committee for consideration and possible action.  Seconded and Carried.

Jack Gierhart and Marlieke Eaton of the US SAILING Marketing Department presented new
marketing products and strategies.  The goal is to promote a broad message that identifies
US SAILING as an organization built around Knowledge, Community and Competition, and to
produce the tools available to implement that objective.


Art Stevens, Multihull Council, reported increased activity in Fast and Fun programs to work with
Disability Sports USA, in an attempt to introduce sailing into the events sponsored by that

Ruth Creighton, General Services, distributed a written report.  The committee will research the
idea of expanding differential entry fees beyond regattas.

Reporting for Diversity Task Force Chair Dr. Joe Cater,  Janet Baxter announced that the
Task Force is underway and needs additional Committee members.

James Appel, Youth Advisory Board chair:
Moved that the Youth Advisory Board be renamed the Youth Racing Advisory Board, and
that the Youth Task Force be renamed the Youth Sailing Working Party. 
Motion seconded and carried.

Ted Everingham, Judges Committee chair, announced that a Judges Workshop will be held at the
Annual General Meeting in St. Louis in October, and that minutes from this meeting will be posted
on the web.

Tom Farquhar, Race Management chair, reported that in the four years of the new Race
Management Program, certification has been given to 30 National Race Officers, 63 Regional
Race Officers and 378 Club Race Officers.  Almost 5,000 people have participated in seminars
during the past four years.

Renee Linskens, President of the US Windsurfing Association, presented a written report and
announced that the association had its first national tour with 12 events, has a new board the
“Prodigy,” needs more certified instructors and is seeking a new director for its junior program.

Melinda Berge, Communications Chair, distributed a written report pointing to the new tri-annual
newsletter and the efforts to integrate other communications efforts including e-USSAILING,
press releases, web page, Junior Sailor, boat shows and Sailing Medalist.

Dave Irish, ISAF delegate chair, presented a written and oral report on issues facing ISAF. 
These include support of a standardized process to select Olympic equipment, use of the
US SAILING Olympic Committee to select athletes to qualify for the 2003 Combined Worlds
in Cypress, Olympic class contracts, windsurfing trials, and advertising and equipment rules. 
 The full report will be posted on the Web.

The meeting adjourned at 8:50 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

 Dick Hanneman, Secretary

 Next Meeting:  Sunday, March 16, 2003  9 a.m.