e-USSailing Newsletter US Sailing News and Resources - November, 2018

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  • Cory Sertl Elected 25th President of US Sailing's Board of Directors
  • US Sailing Accepting Nominations for 2018 Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year
  • US Sailing Team at the U.S. Olympic Training Center
  • NSPS 2019 - Keynote Presenters Announced; Schedule Posted
  • US Sailing Education Zone Returns to Extreme Sailing Series San Diego
  • Corpus Christi Yacht Club Earns World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award
  • Donate to the 2018 Annual Fund
  • US Sailing Member Benefits

Cory Sertl Elected President of US Sailing’s Board of Directors

The US Sailing Nominating Committee named new members of the it’s board of directors who were officially elected on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at US Sailing’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club.

Cory Sertl (Rochester, N.Y.) was elected the 25th President of US Sailing, becoming the second woman to be elected to this position for the national governing body. Rich Jepsen (Alameda, Calif.) was elected Vice President.

US Sailing Accepting Nominations for 2018 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year

Every major sports organization has their own historic, iconic award to properly recognize excellence. College football recognizes the player of the year with the Heisman Trophy. Major League Baseball honors their best pitchers of the season with the Cy Young Award. The National Hockey League celebrates their Most Valuable Player with the Hart Trophy. US Sailing has the Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year, widely acknowledged as the foremost individual sailing honors in the nation. US Sailing is now accepting nominations for these prestigious awards.

Individuals may nominate male and female sailors who they believe turned in the most outstanding on-the-water performances during the 2018 calendar year.

US Sailing Team at U.S. Olympic Training Center

US Sailing Team at The Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs

Earlier this month, the US Sailing Team gathered at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) to address the off the water components of their training and to complete final planning for the year ahead. The athletes conducted fitness testing, learned from physicians, set objectives for 2019 and beyond, and found inspiration from legendary skier and Olympic Gold Medalist, Bode Miller.

The U.S. Olympic Complex in Colorado Springs is the flagship training center for the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Olympic Training Center programs.

Pictured - Left to Right: Ravi Parent, Chris Barnard, Dave Hughes, Riley Gibbs, Erika Reineke, Louisa Chafee
Stu McNay and Louisa Chafee

NSPS 2019 Keynotes Announced and Schedule Posted

Register by December 31 for Lowest Pricing Options

It’s time to secure your spot at the National Sailing Programs Symposium (NSPS), hosted by US Sailing at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront on January 31 – February 2, 2019. NSPS is the premier event for sailing education in the United States. NSPS 2019 will focus on building leaders through collaboration, growing diversity and inclusion in the sport, while inspiring others.

Keynote Speakers

  • Karen Friedman - Manager of Access and Diversity, YMCA of the USA
  • Joshua Lifrak - Director of Mental Skills Program, Chicago Cubs.

We’re also excited to announce that the US Sailing Foundation is awarding travel assistance grants. These grants are available to individuals traveling to the NSPS 2019 from community sailing programs or yacht clubs with community-based programs.

US Sailing Education Zone Makes Learning Fun at Extreme Sailing Series™ San Diego

For the second straight year, the US Sailing Education Zone provided fun learning activities for youth patrons as part of the US Sailing Reach Initiative for STEM education and sport outreach at Extreme Sailing Series San Diego. Through interactive, hands-on activities, students had the opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and sustainability through the sport of sailing.

Education Zone partners included Mission Bay Aquatic Center, Sailors for the Sea, USS Midway, Fleet Science Center, Elementary Institute of Science, San Diego Coastkeeper, San Diego Maritime Museum, Living Coast Discovery Center, Resource Conservation District, San Diego Vector Control, and Water4Life.

Corpus Christi Yacht Club Wins 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award

The Corpus Christi Yacht Club (CCYC), host of the 2018 Youth Sailing World Championships in July, was honored with World Sailing’s 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award at the World Sailing Annual Conference Tuesday, October 30 in Sarasota, Fla. The award celebrates the effective execution or ongoing delivery of high-impact, highly-replicable sustainability initiatives. Driven by the dedication of the CCYC volunteer Green Team, the Youth Worlds was the first World Sailing Championship with a focus on ocean conservation and sustainability.

“At the 2018 Youth Sailing World Championships, the Corpus Christi Yacht Club showed the world that they can put on a first-class regatta, while being stewards of the ocean and our environment,” said Jack Gierhart, CEO of US Sailing. “The CCYC volunteers set an example for sailing events around the world to follow and are well deserving of the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award. It is great to have 11th Hour Racing supporting this initiative and we are confident that this is going to be an executable blueprint for sustainable regattas moving forward.”

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2018 Annual Fund

Please Contribute to our Year-End Appeal

The US Sailing Annual Fund provides a steady revenue stream to fuel innovation in learning, expand programs that improve access and promote diversity, while providing opportunity and skill development for sailors to achieve their sailing dreams.

Through a tax-deductible gift, you are sharing the sailing journey and giving back to the sport that shaped your life and has the power to shape others. On behalf of all American sailors, thank you for your generosity.

2018 Championship of Champions - Atlanta Yacht Club

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