meeting of the Executive Committee of the United States Sailing
Association was held by telephone conference at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
on Tuesday, November 21, 2000. President Dave Rosekrans presided, and
Secretary Sarah Alger recorded the minutes.
All members of the Executive
Committee were present except Bruce Eissner and Pat Seidenspinner.
Also present were Executive Director Terry Harper and, at the
invitation of the President, Board members Stan Betts and TK Wegg.
Call and Introduction of Guests.
of the Budget Chair.
motion was passed to approve the minutes of the October 14,
motion was passed to approve the minutes of the October 15,
meeting of the Executive Committee, with the date corrected.
motion was passed to approve the minutes of the October 15,
meeting of the Board.
the request of the Multihull committee, the Executive Committee
approved a motion to change the terms of reference 2.2 to
Multihull committee shall be comprised of six
members, and at least three
members shall be members of the
Budget Committee Chair Donna Hobbs joined the call. She
reported that she hopes to have a committee slate in place for the
Executive Committee to approve at the next meeting.
. Charley Cook reported on the recent ISAF meeting in
Scotland. Highlights included: Ding Schoonmaker was elected as VP on
the first ballot. The equipment rules of sailing were passed as the US
had hoped. Regarding the Olympic classes and the Advertising Code,
most of what the delegation was advised to ask for was passed. The biggest challenge now is how to
integrate the ORC into the ISAF delegation. Dave Rosekrans added that
we owe Charley Cook a great debt of gratitude. The Executive Committee
also thanked Charley for his daily ISAF reports. Charley noted that
everyone on the delegation deserved a lot of credit. He also noted
that Pease Glaser received a standing ovation.
The Executive Committee also discussed a concern raised by a US Sailing
member that ISAF may have broken its own rules by changing women’s
match racing to fleet racing. The member has asked US Sailing to reopen
discussion on this subject. After due consideration, it was noted that
the ISAF delegation had already argued hard for match racing, and that
reopening the issue at this time would not achieve the desired goal. The
Executive Committee also determined that if the athletes can demonstrate
to the Member National Authorities of the ISAF that match racing has
world-wide support, US Sailing might reconsider its position.
: Charley Cook reported on the adoption
of the new Advertising Code by the ISAF. A number of issues are raised
by the code, among which are:
Executive Committee members noted that complying with the Advertising
Code within the United States should be made as user friendly as
possible. The Executive Director was asked to investigate the
feasibility of printing a brief statement on US Sailing membership
cards to the effect that the member is licensed to display Category C
advertising where otherwise allowed.
Advertising: the Executive Committee felt that each club
should be allowed to determine whether or not it will follow category
A or C advertising regulations.
motion was approved stating that US Sailing will adopt a
system, the requirement of which will be membership in US
motion was passed to allow US SAILING-member clubs to declare
events as "club" or "invitational" events, so
long as the events meet the requirements of the ISAF code.
Rosekrans will name a small task force to look into the additional
issues raised by the Advertising Code and to make recommendations to
the Executive Committee.
Dave Rosekrans noted that US SAILING has been asked to
complete and submit a questionnaire to USOC regarding compliance to
the requirements of the USOC Membership and Credentialing committee.
Fred Hagedorn will assist Ted Everingham in completing the
Rosekrans will send a letter to all committee chairs regarding the
requirement that 20% of the membership of designated committees must be
athletes, half of whom must be tier 1, elite athletes, and half of whom
must be tier two the other half must be international competitors (as
defined in Article 15 of our Bylaws). It also was noted that the
election of the Athletes Advisory Council representative to the USOC is
currently in process, and it was proposed that US Sailing might consider
having that individual serve as a member of the US Sailing Executive
Committee as well. At this point, Charley Cook left the conference call
due to a previous commitment.
Stephen Jeffries briefly reviewed the financial statements
for the year ending Oct. 31, 2000, which were distributed to the
Executive Committee by fax before the meeting. The preliminary end of
year report prepared by our accounting firm indicates that US Sailing
will end the year with much less of a shortfall than was projected at
the October Annual Meeting.
the Treasurer’s Report, Donna Hobbs left the conference call.
Terry Harper reported that renewals are essentially
even with FY 2000 year-to-date numbers.
that must be made to the database structure to accommodate multi-year
individual memberships are underway, and are currently on schedule for
implementation in time to accommodate April-renewing members.
changes required to implement a multi-year organizational dues structure
envisioned by the Board-are still under development.
Terry Harper reported on the
status of the NGB Collaborative. The proposed Internet Agreement is in
hand, and the business plan is expected shortly.
Collaborative Web Site Proposal.
We are reviewing the status of our agreement with
MBNA regarding the automobile insurance program. Terry Harper advised
that we cannot sign a contract with Chubb until the MBNA contract issue
A new financial manager has been hired. Cynthia Leary-Johnson will start
on December 11.
9. New Business.
. Terry Harper and Mike Schoettle
reported on various aspects of our relationships with our designated US
SAILING Centers. After considerable discussion regarding risks and
benefits, it was noted that it is important for US Sailing to continue
to support the centers by offering them insurance. It also was noted
that Mike Schoettle is currently on the board of the Long Beach Sailing
Center and the OSC chair is a member of the board of the Miami U.S.
Olympic Sailing Center.
motion was passed that US Sailing ask each of the sailing
place a representative of US Sailing, nominated by the
Committee of US Sailing, on the board of each Sailing
Olympic Training Facility already has the Olympic
chairman on its board).
motion was passed to allow the Long Beach Sailing Center to
to purchase US Sailing’s Bumbershoot policy.
. Dave Rosekrans noted that distribution of the Sailing
Smart books is being determined, and pricing will depend on the system
that is ultimately selected. To date, US Sailing has firm orders for
An Executive Committee member has been invited to
attend the Area F meeting on January 13 – unfortunately, however, no
one is currently available due to previous commitments.
Fred Hagedorn noted that as of
the beginning of October, 2000, USOC transferred responsibility for
Anti-doping policies to the US Anti-Doping Agency. The USADA now require
that elite athletes to participate in No Advance Notice (NAN), namely
unannounced drug testing. Our top sailors are complying.
on Anti-Doping requirements.
10. Unfinished Business
Stephen Jeffries noted that when we phase in
three-year memberships, general accounting requirements do not specify
that we separate the cash, however he recommended that we set up a
separate account. This recommendation was supported by the other
Executive Committee members.
Committee deferred to its December meeting action on the Prince of Wales
National Match Racing Championship, so that further research can be done.
of Wales National Match Racing Championship.
that would enable appeals of protest committee decisions
made under rule 69.1 to go to the Article 14 Review Board, rather than to
the Appeals Committee, were deferred.
- Stan Betts and TK Wegg
were excused and left the meeting and Mr. Lane was recognized, after
which the Executive Committee and the Executive Director continued in
executive session respecting Article 14 and RRS 69 matters. Ted
Everingham excused himself at the appropriate point during this session.
Session – Article 14 AND RRS 69 Matters
– Terry Harper excused himself and Ted Everingham was
called by Mike Schoettle to rejoin the meeting. The meeting continued in
Executive Session until it was adjourned.
meeting was adjourned at 10:25 pm (Eastern Time). The next meeting will be
by telephone conference call at 8 pm (Eastern Time) on Tuesday, December
J. Alger, Secretary
– Approved Committee Lists
Committee for 2001
Ward, Chairman, Umpires Subcommittee
Dieselman, Area A
M. Savage, Area B
Dellenbaugh, Area C
F. Newton, Area D
Everingham, Area E
Ottenheimer, Area F
Roberts, Area G
H. Lootens, Area H East
Cochran, Area H West
Ault, Area J]
Warwick Coppleson, Area K
Committee for 2001
Rules Committee for 2001