Executive Committee Minutes
September 16, 2003

1. The meeting was called to order at 8 p.m. E.D.T. by President Dave Rosekrans.

2. Members present were: Janet Baxter, Jim Capron, Bruce Eissner, Louise Gleason, Fred Hagedorn, Dick Hanneman, Tom Hubbell, Stephen Jeffries, Bill Munster, Joni Palmer, Dave Rosekrans and Bill Ross. Also present: Board member guest Joan Thayer, Executive Director Nick Craw, and Budget Director Hortensia Hacker. Absent were: Paul Callahan, Ruth Creighton, Don Durant and Jim Muldoon.

3. Minutes of the Aug. 18, 2003 meeting of the Executive Committee were approved as corrected.

4. President Rosekrans commented on the success of the Rolex International Women's Keelboat event having attracted 62 entries.

5. Executive Director Nick Craw's monthly report was distributed to the committee. He announced the resignation of Nel Roberts, Membership Director, who is returning to private consulting. She has agreed to remain with US SAILING until her successor has been identified.

He added that the financial situation remains tight, and additional economies are being considered.

He and Budget Director Hortensia Hacker commented on the 2004 Budget process. The staff is reviewing each line item for accuracy, is looking for internal savings, and identifying potential items that might be eliminated.

After discussion, a subcommittee was created, composed of Janet Baxter, Stephen Jeffries, Hortensia Hacker and President Rosekrans. They, with input from the budget committee and the Executive Director, will meet during the next week to conduct a thorough review of the 2004 budget. A special Executive Committee Conference call is scheduled for Sept 24 to review the final budget as it will be proposed at the Annual General Meeting in St. Louis.

6. A motion was made, seconded and carried to approve the 505 World's in Santa Cruz, Calif., as an ISAF event, subject to revisions in the Notice of Regatta.

7. Fred Hagedorn, US SAILING Olympic Sailing Committee Chair, reported that housing sites for the US team were selected at the recent pre-Olympic event in Athens. He noted that the venue site is large and that race management was good. The US team earned Silver Medals in the Star and Yngling Classes. The combined world event in Cadiz, now underway, attracted 12,000 to the opening ceremonies, and has 1,800 athletes participating.

8. Vice President Janet Baxter has completed a visit to the 2008 Olympic sailing site in China. She stated that harbor construction is underway and that Chinese teams are currently traveling to events in various parts of the world.

9. The next meeting of the Executive Committee will be in St. Louis, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003.

10. An executive session followed.

The Meeting was adjourned at 9:40 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

Respectfully submitted,

Dick Hanneman, Secretary