A special 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, February 13, 2001. President Dave Rosekrans presided, and Secretary Sarah Alger recorded the minutes.
  1. Roll Call. All members of the Executive Committee were present except Linda Kessler and Larry White. Ted Everingham joined the call at the conclusion of the discussion respecting Albatross Yacht Club (item 2 below). Also present were Executive Director Terry Harper and, at the invitation of the President, Dick Hanneman and Rob Lane.
  2. Albatross Yacht Club. The Executive Committee discussed a recent public communication regarding the Albatross Yacht Club and US SAILING. Further discussion was deferred pending additional inquiries.
  1. Rule 69 Appeals. The Executive Committee discussed and upheld its earlier decision that Rule 69 appeals are to be routed to the Article 14 Review Board. It was noted that implementing this decision will require a change in the Bylaws. Therefore, revised text for the bylaws will be drafted and processed in orderly fashion for approval at the AGM in October. Until the bylaws are revised, any appeals to Rule 69 received by the Article 14 Review Board will be transferred to the Appeals Committee.
  1. ISAF Eligibility Code. The Executive Committee discussed what action might be taken for the year 2001 to respond to sailors’ concerns that the ISAF eligibility requirement creates a barrier to participation in the sport of sailboat racing. The exact wording of the prescription
    was referred to the Racing Rules Committee.
  • Motion: that a prescription be added to the Racing Rules stating that the maximum
    penalty for violation of the eligibility rule during 2001 will be a warning.

Dick Hanneman and John Ross signed off.

  1. Starting Sequence. The Executive Committee upheld its earlier decision regarding the inclusion of one starting sequence in the Racing Rules with no US SAILING prescribed alternative system, and encouraged sailors to refer to the US SAILING web site to learn more about the new starting sequence.
  2. Rulebook Costs. The Executive Committee reviewed the costs of various formats for the Rulebook, and noted that this is an important benefit of membership to sailors.
  • Motion: to approve an expense in excess of the approved budget to pay for a wire-O
    binding and heavier cover stock. The motion was seconded and approved.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:10 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). The next meeting of the Executive Committee will be on Tuesday, February 20, 2001 at 8 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Alger

Secretary, US SAILING