A meeting of the Executive Committee of the United States Sailing Association was held by telephone conference at 2000 (Eastern Time) on Monday, June 28, 1999. President Muldoon presided, and Secretary Everingham recorded the minutes.

1. ROLL CALL AND INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS. All members of the Executive Committee were present except Messrs. Chamberlain, Haenel and White. Also present were Executive Director Terry Harper and, at the invitation of the President, Board members Dick Roberts and Vicki Sodaro.

2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. The minutes of the May 18, 1999 meeting of the Executive Committee were approved as distributed before the meeting.

  1. PRESIDENT'S REMARKS. Mr. Muldoon repeated his request that each Executive Committee member send him a one-paragraph reaction to the upgraded US SAILING website before the July 26 Executive Committee meeting.

Mr. Rosekrans was asked to reply, on behalf of US SAILING, to factual inaccuracies in the media in July and August.

Mr. Muldoon will present the Special Olympics medals for sailing.

Mr. Haenel will chair the Crew Seminar working party.

4. Treasurer's Report. Treasurer Lane discussed the financial statements for the eight-month period ended May 31, 1999, which were distributed to the Executive Committee by mail before the meeting.

5. Executive Director's Report. The Executive Director’s report was distributed before the meeting.

5a. Membership Report - Mr. Harper reviewed the statistical and other membership information distributed to the Executive Committee before the meeting and discussed in his report.

5b. Key West Race Week – Category C Event Sanctioning – The Executive Committee approved "limited" Category C sanctioning for Key West Race Week in 2000 as requested by the organizer.

5c. Trademark Counsel – The Executive Committee approved the retention of Stephen J. Holmes of Barlow, Josephs & Holmes, Providence, Rhode Island, as US SAILING’s trademark counsel.

5d. Sailing World/Cruising World and American Sailor – Mr. Harper reported on current discussions with Sailing World/Cruising World. Mr. Muldoon appointed a working party consisting of Ms. Baxter and Mr. Lane to explore future alternatives for publication of American Sailor.

5e. Staffing – Mr. Harper discussed the need to develop incentive-based compensation programs and related problems.

6. Unfinished Business

6a. Portsmouth Office Lease – Mr. Lane reported on ongoing discussions with the landlord.

6b. US SAILING Website Update – Website traffic is continuing to build. The sites that are getting the most visibility (after the homepage) are the store and the membership homepage.

The Executive Committee approved a motion to allow Cat Sailor to publish catamaran Portsmouth numbers on their website and to publish those numbers in Cat Sailor, both this year only.

6c. USOC Compliance Update – Mr. Everingham reported that there has been no definitive communication from the USOC or its Membership & Credentials Committee respecting the US SAILING Bylaw amendments that were initiated in March. The proposed amendments will be published in the September issue of American Sailor for action at the Annual General Meeting in October 1999 as contemplated by the action plan submitted to the USOC Membership & Credentials Committee in December 1998.

6d. Ultimate Where to Sail Database – Ms. Baxter summarized the report that she distributed to the Executive Committee before the meeting.

7. New Business

7a. Spring 2002 Meeting Site – The Executive Committee approved Colorado Springs, Colorado, as the site for the Spring Meeting in 2002.

7b. Racing Rules Committee Proposed Submissions to ISAF (RRS 18 and 29.3) – The Executive Committee approved the Racing Rules Committee’s proposed submissions to ISAF respecting RRS 18 and 29.3 that were provided before the meeting.

7c. Appeals Committee Proposed Submission to ISAF (Case 75) – The Executive Committee approved the Appeals Committee’s proposed submission to ISAF to revise Case 75. Mr. Cook abstained.

7d. Empire State Games – Request to Deny Right of Appeal – The Executive Committee denied the request that the right of appeal be denied for this event. The Executive Director will advise the organizers.

7e. Junior Women’s Championship – The Executive Committee approved the transfer of $536.73 from the Junior Women’s Championship designated account to it current funds as requested by Mr. Rosekrans in his June 28 memorandum to the Executive Committee.

7f. Cancellation Clause – Hotel Contract for Fall 2002 – The Executive Director reported that the proposed contract with the Marina Beach Marriott Hotel for the 2002 AGM contains a clause that would require US SAILING to pay cancellation fees that exceed the Executive Director’s contracting authority. The Executive Committee authorized the Executive Director to sign the contract containing the cancellation clause.

8. ARTICLE 14/RULE 69 ISSUES – Mr. Roberts, Ms. Sodaro and Mr. Everingham were excused and left the meeting before any Article 14/Rule 69 issues were discussed. Mr. Harper kept the minutes for the remainder of the meeting.

The Executive Committee reviewed the status of two pending grievances, nos. 99-14-01 and 99-14-02, and determined to recommend to the Article Fourteen Review Board that Robert Lane be appointed as a member of the Hearing Panel for Grievance No. 99-14-02.

9. Executive Session – Mr. Harper was excused, and the Executive Committee continued in executive session.

The meeting adjourned after 2200 (Eastern Time). The next meeting will be by telephone conference call at 2000 (Eastern Time) on Monday, July 26, 1999.



J. Theodore Everingham, Secretary