The Quarterdeck US Sailing's Organizational e-Newsletter


  • Preparing Your Staff for the Start of the Season
  • Engaging with Parents of the Sailors in your Youth Programs
  • Emergency Action Plans and Safety Resources
  • The Gowrie Safety Report: Understanding Electric Shock Drowning
  • Are Electrical Hazards at your Sailing Facility Endangering your Sailors?
  • Advantages of Safe Powerboat Handling Courses
  • Upcoming Events & Additional Resources
  • Spotlight: Hudson River Community Sailing

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Preparing Your Staff for the Start of the Season

Kevin Broome and Katie Tinder

In a pair of discussions with Kevin Broome, sailing director of American Yacht Club (N.Y.), and Katie Tinder, sailing program manager of Columbia Sailing School (Ill.), we learn more about the importance of getting off to a great start to your sail education season and how setting the right expectations early will lead to a more productive experience for your students and staff.

Engaging with Parents of the Sailors in your Youth Programs

Todd Fedyszyn and Jessica Koenig

US Sailing reached out to Jessica Koenig, executive director of Charleston Community Sailing (S.C.), and Todd Fedyszyn, race director/head coach at St. Petersburg Yacht Club (Fla.), for insight and advice on how to best engage with parents of sailors in your youth programs.

Emergency Action Plans and Safety Resources

The summer sailing season is upon us, and perhaps no other topic is more vital to sailing organizations than safety. Most community sailing centers, yacht clubs and sailing schools have their own on-water Emergency Action Plan (EAP) unique to their own venue, facility, sailing area and environment.

Chuck Hawley on US Sailing's Safety at Sea Program:

The Gowrie Safety Report: Understanding Electric Shock Drowning

Increase your knowledge of Electric Shock Drowning (ESD). Many people have never heard of ESD, and those that have typically don’t realize the common situations that can be putting people at risk for ESD.

Gowrie Group, US Sailing’s insurance partner, offers helpful tips and resources to ensure you have a safe, trouble-free 2017 boating season.

Are Electrical Hazards at your Sailing Facility Endangering your Sailors?

There is a recent, unfortunate history of electrical lines located on the property of sailing facilities coming in contact with sailors and causing serious injury.

Advantages of Safe Powerboat Handling Courses

By Rob Crafa and Lynn Lynch

There are so many benefits for hosting and taking US Powerboating’s Safe Powerboat Handling Course. Find out how this course can improve the quality of your club’s programming:

  • Hands-on, on-the-water, practical application of all skills
  • Professional textbook & online / digital teaching aids
  • Boaters with no experience quickly gain confidence
  • Experienced boaters correct bad habits & learn new skills
  • Nationally and state recognized (National Association of State Boating Law Administrators Approved; State Certificates in many states)

Take a Peek at our Calendar for Up-Coming Powerboat Courses

Need Products to Keep your Sailing Facility Up-to-Date with Safety Standards?

Connect, Discover, & Grow at Sailing Leadership Forum 2018

Join us for Sailing Leadership Forum 2018 at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort in St. Pete Beach, FL on February 1-3, 2018

This signature US Sailing event offers a unique experience for all types of sailors!

We are Seeking Presentation Proposals!

Do you want to present on a topic?

Do you have expertise to share but don’t have a specific topic in mind?

Is there a topic you want to learn more about but don’t know who should present?

* All proposals are due to US Sailing by Friday, June 30.

Need Qualified Officials to Run Your Races?

Clubs and race organizers often have a hard time finding race officials to run, judge and umpire local and regional races. US Sailing will help you build your race management team for this summer’s sailing season.

We are Accepting Bids to Host US Sailing National Championships

US Sailing wants to come to your sailing organization. Our championships can expose your sailors to new disciplines and high level sailing.

Take a look at the Three-Year Future Championship Planning Calendar to schedule your event.

Old Pulteney Wants to Come to Your Club!

Whether you are looking for a small-scale sampling table after weeknight beer can racing, or a masterclass to offer to your members during the offseason, Old Pulteney will design a program that is right for your club.

Regional Symposiums Pair Well with Old Pulteney Scotch Whisky!

Regional Symposiums provide opportunities for sailors to share ideas and concerns about sailing education and programming at the local level.


Hudson River Community Sailing

Part of the mission of Hudson River Community Sailing is to provide affordable maritime education and recreation to the NYC community at large. One of the ways we do this is through our US Sailing Accredited Community Sailing School. We offer Intros, a Basic Keelboat Certification class, and a membership program. Having both a Keelboat and a Community certification allows us to offer a variety of sailing lessons and experiences to the community, in partnership with US Sailing." --Maeve Gately

Is Your Sailing Center or School Accredited?

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