Executive Committee Minutes
March 8, 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, Don Durant, Bruce Eissner, Fred
Hagedorn, Dick Hanneman, Tom Hubbell, Leslie Keller, Patty Lawrence, Bill
Munster, Jim Muldoon, and Joni Palmer. Executive Director Nick Craw was also
present. Bill Ross was absent.
3. Action Item:
A motion to approve minutes of the Feb. 17, 2004 Executive Committee meeting
was made, seconded and carried.
4. President Janet Baxter announced the
appointment of a Task Force to study the extent to which US SAILING should
be involved in environmental issues. Committee members are Anthony Stanford
and Margaret Podlick. It was recommended that they interact with Michael
Devonshire who heads ISAF committee studying these issues.
5. Because of the meeting date early in the month,
there was no format report from the Executive Director. He stated that there
were still minor discrepancies to be corrected from the computer conversion,
that membership in March was down 70 from February, and that attendance at a
Safety at Sea program in Rhode Island had attracted 440 registrants.
6. Treasurer Leslie Keller reported that a new
developer has been contracted to work on the software problems associated
with the accounting programs.
7. Fred Hagedorn, US SAILING Olympic Committee
Chair, announced that Zodiak has donated three boats to the US Olympic
Sailing Team, and that they had also arranged for the boats to be equipped
with engines. The Olympic team selection regattas, except in the Star Class,
have been completed.
8. Ruth Creighton, General Services Chair,
announced that a new web master, Darrell Lievense, will join the office
staff this week. She requested that web liaisons refrain from making web
page changes for a few until the new web master can coordinate activities
9. After considerable discussion about a new
handicapping rule, the IRC, sponsored by ISAF and administered by the Royal
Ocean Racing Club, it was decided that additional discussion would be
appropriate at the upcoming Mid Year meeting in Mobile, ALA.
10. Action Item:
A Motion was made, seconded and carried to"Table the IRC decision until
the Sunday, March 14, 2003 executive committee meeting in Mobile, after
others have had an opportunity to review the question of whether US SAILING
should issue IRC certificates in the United States for boats that wish to
have that certificate."
11. President Baxter discussed agenda items for
the March 11, 2003 Executive Committee Meeting in Mobile. The meeting is to
be facilitated by Doug Metchick.
12. Vice President Joni Palmer reported visiting
yacht clubs that were using overhead wires and requested that Risk
Management issue reminders that these conditions are in violation of US
SAILING policies. It has been several years since a fatality involving
overhead wires has occurred.
13. Bruce Eissner commented that Peter
Reichelsdorfer deserves commendation by US SAILNG for his work representing
the US position on the Grand Prix Racing Rule over a period of many years.
14. The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 p.m. E.S.T.
Dick Hanneman, Secretary