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  • Getting the Most From Your Off-Season
  • Outboards & Inboards: Recommendations for Your Program
  • An Open Letter to the Sailing Community About Safety
  • Hurricane Season: Resources for Sailors & Sailing Organizations
  • Expand Your Organization's Safety Standards
  • Register Today: Sailing Leadership Forum 2018
  • Upcoming Events & Additional Resources: Regional Symposiums, National Coaching Symposium, Race Officials, Bids to Host Championships, Community Sailing & Training Award Nominations, Nominations for 2017 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards
  • Have you Utilized your Organizational Member Benefits?
  • Special Boat Deal: Support Youth Sailing World Championships
  • We Need Your Feedback: North American Offshore Sailors Study
  • Youth Racing News: Explore, Read & Subscribe

Getting the Most From Your Off-Season

Bill Roman

A seasonal club is all too typically divided into a high-season and an off-season. While emphasis is placed on the glory of the high-season, it is the diligence and focus placed on the off-season that pays real dividends. I always joke that when we approach our high-season, a switch is flipped and we are sent into high gear, but, in reality, we press the GO button to initiate the comprehensive plan we developed during the off-season.

Outboards & Inboards: Recommendations for Your Program

Charlie Zechel

At Boston’s Community Boating, Inc. (CBI), we operate 11 safety launches, nine outboards and two inboards. Two of our launches are V8 inboard engines. Our programs operate from April 1 to October 31, seven days per week. From June 1 through September 1, in order to meet the demands of our programs, we require that safety launches are available to operate seven days per week with no down time whatsoever. This is a tall order so here’s how we’ve addresses the challenge.

An Open Letter to the Sailing Community About Safety

Jack Gierhart, CEO of US Sailing

As many of you are aware, the sailing community experienced several tragic incidents on the water over the past several months that have impacted the broader boating community around the county and the entire marine industry. All of us at US Sailing – our staff, Board of Directors and volunteers – are deeply saddened be these tragedies. Our thoughts go out to affected families and communities as they navigate through these very difficult times. We will look to assist these sailing communities as they assess the accidents, and work together to prevent incidents like this in the future.

Hurricane Season: Resources for Sailors & Sailing Organizations

US Sailing has been watching the terrible consequences of these recent hurricanes to sailing communities in the Gulf Coast states, primarily Texas and Florida, as well as the U.S. Territories in the Caribbean.

Our thoughts go out to all of you who have been affected by these destructive storms. We stand by you during these difficult and challenging times as you look to recover and rebuild.

We are assembling special offers and discounts provided by our marine industry friends including Zim Sailing, Ronstan, Marlow Ropes and Jamestown Distributors. Check out these useful resources for preparation of and recovery from storms:

Expand Your Organization's Safety Standards

  • Does your organization host big boat regattas that require Safety at Sea training?
  • Do your members know what to do in crisis situations such as man overboard and heavy weather conditions?
  • Is your organization interested in hosting a Safety at Sea course?

If so, check out our US Sailing Certified Safety at Sea Course Offerings.


SafeSport helps raise awareness about misconduct in sport, promote open dialogue and provide training and resources for our individual members, member organizations, athletes, coaches, parents and volunteers. When we work as a team, we can foster an environment to make our sport safe ― for everyone.

Sailing Leadership Forum special feature: kiting

Sailing Leadership Forum 2018

Are you represented?

US Sailing has organized a compilation of presenters and on-water demos for kiteboarding – a growing area of interest in our sport:

  • NeilPryde, a 2018 sponsor of Sailing Leadership Forum, will be onsite introducing their new and emerging lines of one-design kiteboarding and windsurfing classes.
  • IKA Formula Kite World Champion and US Sailing’s 2016 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, Daniela Moroz, will be participating in NeilPryde's equipment demonstrations and racing on the water.
  • The International Kiteboarding Association President and Training Manager will deliver an interactive presentation on IKA's development of its International Kiteboard Training Program.
  • Witness mock kite races, learn kite racing logistics, recognize the ease of kite circle inclusion at your regatta and see and touch the innovative gear.

Want to Engage with your Local Sailing Community?

Host a Regional Symposium at your Organization

Regional Symposiums provide an opportunity for organizations to share ideas and concerns about sailing education and programming within their own region of the country. All are welcome!

Join us on November 28-29!

  • Are you a coach?
  • Want to hear the latest coaching ideas?
  • Looking to compare notes with the nation's best?
  • Interested in pursuing professional development?

The National Coaching Symposium is a two day workshop and hands-on session with some of the leading sailing coaches in the country. This event will feature members of the US Sailing Team coaching staff and include topics such as team management, performance technology and athlete development.

Need Certified Race Officials?

Clubs and race organizers often have difficulty finding race officials to run, judge and umpire local and regional races. US Sailing will help build your team.

We are Accepting Bids to Host US Sailing National Championships

US Sailing wants to visit! Our Championships will expose your sailors to new disciplines and high-level sailing.

Review our Three-Year Future Championship Planning Calendar to schedule your event.

We are Accepting Nominations for Community Sailing &Training Awards

We’re looking for your help to identify community difference-makers who help to grow sailing.

US Sailing recognizes people whom and programs that provide superior education and training, or have done an exemplary job of promoting Community Sailing. Awards are given in a variety of categories, for both organizations and individuals. Winners will be recognized during the Sailing Leadership Forum 2018.

US Sailing Accepting Nominations for 2017 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards

Recognize Deserving Sailors From Your Organization

US Sailing is now accepting nominations for these prestigious awards, widely acknowledged as the foremost individual sailing honors in the nation. Through November 30, 2017, each member of US Sailing may nominate the one male and one female sailor they believe turned in the most outstanding on-the-water performance during the 2017 calendar year.

Do you know of an American sailor who performed extraordinarily well at the highest levels of competition in 2017? Your nomination may ensure a sailor will receive the recognition they deserve by making the shortlist or even winning one of these prestigious sailing awards.

Have You Utilized Your Organizational Member Benefits?

Special Boat Deal

Support the Youth Sailing World Championships

Purchase and loan a new VSR!

Contact Elizabeth Kratzig at Coach Boat Management: 305-753-5224

We Need Your Feedback: North American Offshore Sailors Study

This season, several of North America’s premier offshore races, yacht clubs and organizations such as US Sailing have teamed together to create a survey to learn what is most important to ocean sailors.

The results will be completely anonymous and used to improve the way offshore events are implemented and how clubs and organizations can better serve the future of our sport.

Youth Racing News: Explore, Read & Subscribe

  • 2018 U.S. Youth Worlds Team Qualification System Announced
  • VSR Coachboat Opportunity for US Junior Programs
  • Junior Olympic Festivals Highlight Fun Racing Opportunities
  • Youth Champs Early Acceptance Events Set to Begin
  • ODP: Raising the Level
  • ODP: Recent Results and Camps
  • 2018 Youth Class Worlds Coming to U.S. Shores
  • Sign up for the National Coaching Symposium
  • Apply to be a US Sailing Instructor Trainer
  • SafeSport Webinars Available

Questions? Contact US Sailing's Organizations Outreach and Development Representative: MarcyEichner@ussailing.org

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