US SAILING Executive Committee
Jan. 21, 2003
Telephone Conference

1. Pres. Dave Rosekrans called the meeting to order at 8 p.m. E.S.T. Members present were Janet Baxter, Jim Capron, Ruth Creighton, Don Durant Bruce Eissner, Louise Gleason, Fred Hagedorn, Dick Hanneman, Tom Hubbell, Stephen Jeffries, Jim Muldoon, Bill Munster, Joni Palmer, and Dave Rosekrans and Bill Ross. Norton Booker was present as the Board guest. Also present were Exec. Dir. Nick Craw, and Art Stevens, Multihull Council. Absent: Paul Callahan.

2. Art Stevens proposed that the ExCom support an effort to develop a multihull for the Youth World Championships. ISAF has asked classes to submit such a proposal and has outlined the minimum requirements. After extended discussion, it was agreed that the US SAILING ISAF delegation would attempt to place a US multihull sailor on the ISAF selection committee. Art Stevens will provide names for the President and the ISAF representatives to discuss with the ISAF staff.

3. The minutes of the Dec. 17, 2002 Executive Committee meeting were approved.

4. President Rosekrans reported the following sailor athletes had been nominated to serve on committees: Vince Brun, Article 14 Review Board; Dean Brenner, Appeals Committee; Scott Ilke, Racing Rules. He also announced the appointment of Hal Haenal to the US Olympic Committee, replacing Bill Martin, who has been named secretary of the USOC.

5. Terms of Reference for the Budget Committee were approved as amended.

6. President Rosekrans also announced the appointment of two task forces. Janet Baxter was responsible for the creation of a Diversity Task Force, to develop an outreach program to build both awareness and information with racial and ethnic groups. Joseph Carter will lead the task force.

7. Ruth Creighton will head the Information Technical Task Force to look into the process in our information systems. She will also work with the US SAILING web liaisons.

8. The President reported attending three area events, the Gulf Yachting Association, a meeting at the Wyandotte Yacht Club and the Area F annual meeting. At all events he received positive input on US SAILING programs, heard enthusiasm for High School sailing programs, and was told that the organization needs to distribute books and manuals on time.

10. After a discussion of US SAILING Regulation 1.00, the Code of Ethics, it was moved, seconded and approved that in order to insure compliance, US SAILING require “All Board and Committee Members acknowledge that they have read and accept the conditions of Regulation 1.0.”

11. Fred Hagedorn reported that a record number of boats, athletes and countries have registered for this year’s ROLEX Miami OCR. The new US SAILING Center, an Olympic training site, will be formally dedicated on the eve of the Regatta, recognizing the efforts of the Whiton and Shoonmaker families.

12. The Treasurers report is incorporated in the material distributed by the Exec. Director.

13. After discussion, a motion that “US SAILING adopt the ISAF Sailor Classification Code and abandon the US SAILING classification code effective April 1, 2003” was approved with one opposed and one abstention. Stephen Jeffries disclosed his inherent conflict as a member of both the US Sailing Classification Committee and the ISAF Classification Panel and abstained from voting on this matter.*

14. An Executive Session followed.

15. The meeting was adjourned at 10:06 EST.

Respectfully submitted,
Dick Hanneman, Secretary.

* Implementation of this change was developed over several weeks and approved at the Feb. 18, 2003 meeting of the US SAILING Executive Committee, and announced in a press release dated Feb. 20, 2003. The full minutes of the Feb. 18, 2003 meeting will be published at after they have been approved during the next meeting of the Executive Committee.