June 21, 2004 8:00 p.m. E.D.T
President Janet Baxter called the meeting to
order at 8:00 p.m. E.D.T.
Executive Committee members present were: Janet Baxter, Jim Capron,
Bruce Eissner. Fred Hagedorn, Dick Hanneman, Tom Hubbell, Leslie Keller,
Patty Lawrence, Bill Munster, and Joni Palmer. Absent were Dean Brenner,
Paul Callahan, Ruth Creighton, Don Durant, Jim Muldoon and Bill Ross.
Also present were Executive Director Nick Craw, and the following
guests: Women's Representative Susan Epstein, One Design Class Council
Director Clay Mock, and Rules Committee Chair Dick Rose.
Dick Rose led a discussion of US SAILING prescriptions for the 2005-2008
Racing Rules of Sailing. The prescriptions were reviewed and approved by
subcommittee made up of members of both the Racing Rules and the
A motion was made to approve the Prescriptions as proposed, subject
to any non-substantive editing changes that may be required when the
final ISAF Rules are published, was made, seconded and carried.
President Baxter reported on her participation in the ISAF meeting in
San Diego and the President's Council activities in Newport, R.I.
Executive Director announced that the credit balance was reduced to
$175,000 and that US SAILING was in a positive cash position for the
first time in many months. The newest Newsletter has been mailed, and a
second mailing for Olympic Team support is expected to result in
reaching the original fund raising goal of $100,000.
Treasurer Leslie Keller reported that the new accounting programs would
be on-line as of June 22, 2004. She cautioned that cash flow is
dependent on current payables and receivables.
Fred Hagedorn, US SAILING Olympic Committee Chair reported that several
sailor athletes are already in Athens. An initial draft of the Committee
budget for the next quadrennium is in preparation.
President Baxter appointed Ruth Creighton, Leslie Keller and Bruce
Eissner to a task force to review the pricing and price differentials of
all products and services for members and non-members.
After a discussion of the new ISAF classification code policy, President
Baxter appointed Nick Craw, Leslie Keller and Bruce Eissner to work with
staff compiling information needed to evaluate the impact the ISAF
policy could have on US SAILING and its members.
Tom Hubble discussed responses he has received concerning the report of
the Structure Task Force. Almost all response has been positive to date.
The committee is looking into additional avenues to disseminate the
A motion to adopt the proposed Youth Multihull Endowment Fund was
made, seconded and carried. Capital for the fund comes from the sale of
"Fast & Fun" equipment and the current "Fast and Fun" account. The
proposal from the Multihull Council is attached to these minutes.
A motion to adopt the Deed of Gift to create the Arthur J. Stevens
Trophy to be awarded annually to the winner of the US SAILING Youth
Multihull Championship was made seconded and carried. The Deed of Gift
is attached to these minutes.
Patty Lawrence announced that the first One Design Seminar for class
leaders to be held Nov. 12-14, 2004 at the Best Western Hotel in
Newport, R.I. The seminar program will focus on sharing information,
class growth and partnership ideas.
In a memo, Bill Ross reported that representatives from Area B and the
U.S. Virgin Islands will propose a new Regional Sailing Association, the
Virgin Islands RSA, to become affiliated with Area B.
The following motion was made, seconded and carried: The
Executive Committee of the United Sates Sailing Association, on behalf
of the entire Association, extends its congratulations and appreciation
to Mr. William C. Martin for his outstanding leadership of the United
States Olympic Committee through its time of tremendous transition, as
the USOC's Acting President; and on his "passing of the torch" to the
newly created and re-formatted USOC Board of Directors on June 14, 2004.
The resolution is attached to these minutes.
President Baxter announced that a group is being formed as the Offshore
Racing Clubs of America to work on rules and rating for offshore events.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:57 p.m. E.D.T.
Creation of a Restricted Youth Multihull Endowment Fund