Executive Committee Minutes
January 21, 2004
1. President Janet Baxter called the meeting to
order at 8:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time.
2. Members present were: Janet Baxter, Dean
Brenner, Jim Capron, Ruth Creighton, Bruce Eissner, Don Durant, Fred
Hagedorn, Dick Hanneman, Tom Hubbell, Leslie Keller, Patty Lawrence, Jim
Muldoon, Bill Munster, and Bill Ross. Also present were Executive Director
Nick Craw, Budget Director Hortensia Hacker, and Board of Director Guest
Clark Chapin. Article 14 Chairman Robert Lane was present for the opening of
the meeting. Absent were Paul Callahan, and Joni Palmer.
3. Action Item:
A motion to accept the minutes of the December 16, 2003 Executive Committee
meeting was made, seconded and carried.
4. A discussion led by Jim Capron and Robert Lane
resulted in the following actions:
5. Action Items:
A motion that "all decisions of the Article 14 Review Board or Hearing Panel
shall be published, so long as all references to boats, yacht clubs,
individuals or other parties have been redacted," was made seconded and
6. A motion to "refer this action to publish
Article 14 decisions to the Bylaws Committee to be incorporated into Article
14 of the US SAILING Bylaws," was made, seconded and carried
7. After discussion on the role of an Ombudsman to
assist with procedural issues involved in protests and appeals, recommended
the selection of a Working Party to clarify the function, select a title,
determine the appointment process, scope and reporting structure. President
Baxter will select the Working Party members.
8. President Baxter announced that she was
attending Key West Race Week promoting the activities and membership of US
SAILING to the participants.
9. Executive Director Nick Craw reported that
payables have been reduced by $100,000, and that the year end membership
campaign increased deferred revenue to $600,000.Because of soft ware
changes, the Audit will not be completed in time for the Spring Board of
Directors meeting. All Directors and Committee Chairs will be informed of
that situation in a letter from Audit Chair Joe Melino. The Board will be
asked to decide whether to accept the final audit in a mail vote or defer
that decision until the Annual General Meeting in October, 2004.
10. Treasurer Leslie Keller announced that net
working capital has improved with the decrease in past due receipts. She
also reported that the new accounting software should be "live" in early
March and that the Credit line has remained stable.
11. Action Item:
A motion to approve the Committee list as presented was made, seconded and
12. USSAILING Olympic Committee chair Fred
Hagedorn reported that the Rolex OCR will follow Key West Race Week and that
almost 500 boats have already been entered. He announced that the New York
Yacht Club would host an Olympic Team fund raising event on May 18, 2004 in
New York City.
13. Action Item:
A motion the approve the Betina Betts Pacific Yacht Club Challenge as a
Grade 4 Match Racing event at Newport Harbor, was made, seconded and
14. In an effort to allow more time for strategic
planning at the Spring Meeting in Mobile, the Executive Committee will have
a special telephone conference call on March 8, prior to its first meeting
15. Jim Muldoon discussed the coming workshop on
Personal Floatation Devices to be held in Miami on Feb. 13, 2004, in
conjunction with the Miami Boat Show. The workshop is co-sponsored by the
United States Coast Guard, NASBLA (National Association of State Boating Law
Administrators) and NBSAC (National Boating Safety Advisory Committee). Mr.
Muldoon pointed out that while sailing accidents account for a very small
portion of the 500-600 boating related deaths by drowning each year, the
real issue under discussion is to develop a PFD that people will wear and
one that the authorities will approve.
16. Action Item:
A motion stating: "Because it is the policy of US SAILING to encourage open
discussion on the issues surrounding the use of PFDs, and because we support
safety for sailors, we should inform our membership about the workshop
discussion to require PFDs in boats of less than 20 feet being presented in
Miami. We encourage our members to participate in the discussions and to get
involved in the process." The motion was moved, seconded and carried.
17. Bruce Eissner discussed proposed Prescriptions
to the US IMS regulations brought about after ISAF assumed jurisdiction for
18. Action Items:
A motion to revise the wording of ISAF Regulation 104.1: "Competitor
Eligibility for Racing Under US SAILING Jurisdiction: The regulations for
competitor eligibility are Class Rules and, unless specified otherwise in
the Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions, shall apply to all races
designated "IMS." Moved, seconded and Carried.
19. A motion to revise the IMS Regulation 104.3,
Remunerated Crew, to help eliminate varying levels of remunerated crew now
occurring within three active IMS classes in the U.S., the IMS 40 fleet, the
Great Lakes IMS 70s fleet and the East Coast IMS 50s fleet, and the US fleet
in general. Moved, seconded and carried.
20. Jim Muldoon announced that the USCG is in need
of a 60-70 foot boat to do an Ocean Voyage to Ireland, as part of the United
States Coast Guard Academy training program.
21. An Executive Session followed.
22. The Meeting was adjourned at 10:40 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time.