e-USSailing Newsletter November, 2017

The e-USSailing Newsletter features stories, news and resources from US Sailing events and programs.


  • Sailing Leadership Forum 2018 - Register and Learn More About the Event
  • US Sailing National Championships - Fall Season 2017
  • "This is what we do" - US Sailing National Championships for Adults
  • US Sailing Education Zone Comes to Extreme Sailing Series - San Diego
  • US Sailing's New Headquarters and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
  • 2017 Annual Appeal - Coming Soon!
  • Accepting Nominations for Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year Awards
  • US Sailing Awards - Submit your Nominations!
  • Reineke Takes Gold in Enoshima
  • 2018 Youth Worlds Team Selection - Top U.S. Domestic Events to be Used
  • US Sailing National Coaching Symposium
  • US Sailing Member Benefits

Have you registered for Sailing Leadership Forum 2018? You can make a direct impact on the future of sailing in the U.S. by joining over 600 fellow sailors in St. Pete Beach, Florida on February 1-3 for Sailing Leadership Forum 2018. The Forum features a line-up of insightful presentations led by industry experts that address many important topics in sailing. Attendees will participate in over 70 presentations covering a variety of subjects, lively social events, hands-on activities and much more.

Many of these presentations focus on new topics and many expand on the presentations delivered at the 2016 Forum. Presentations will focus on participation and growth in our sport, operations and management best practices, what’s new in the world of technology and innovation in connection to sailing, safety education and instruction, takeaways for all type sailors, and creative thinking and outside the box approaches to modern challenges. This event is a unique opportunity to learn and network. We hope to see you in St. Pete Beach and please bring a friend!

US Sailing National Championships

Fall 2017 Season

Jet Lag (Stanford Alumni) Captures Hinman Trophy, Wins 2017 U.S. Team Racing Championship

2017 U.S. Team Racing Championship, hosted by Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, October 20-22, 2017. Photos by Matthew Cohen Photography

This 2017 U.S. Team Racing Championship for the George R. Hinman Trophy featured a “who’s who” of college sailing’s present and past. Jet Lag, a team composed of Stanford University alumni sailors, had all the right combinations as the Northern California based team captured their first Hinman Trophy in Oyster Bay, NY.

Storrs Earns Prince of Wales Bowl; Potts is U.S. Match Racing National Champion

2017 U.S. Match Racing Championship, hosted by Oakcliff Sailing, October 13-15, 2017. Photos by Matthew Cohen Photography

David Storrs and his international team won the Prince of Wales Bowl but it was second place finisher Pearson Potts and the Yankee Creole Racing team who walked away with the title of U.S. Match Racing Champion. Chris Kennedy and the Oakcliff crew took third and Janel Zarkowsky took fourth.

Steve Benjamin Takes First at Championship of Champions

2017 Championship of Champions, hosted by the Waterfront Center, October 5-8, 2017. Photo by Matthew Cohen Photography.

In a unique test of skill and teamwork, 2017 Etchells World Champion, Steve Benjamin and his crew Phil Trinter and Christopher Larson, won the 2017 Championship of Champions in the Sonar, hosted by the WaterFront Center in Oyster Bay, NY.

Chicago’s Kennalley and Team Win 2017 U.S. Offshore Championship

2017 U.S. Offshore Sailing Championship, hosted by Naval Academy Sailing Squadron, September 21-24, 2017.

The 10 teams racing in Navy 44 sloops at the 2017 U.S. Offshore Sailing Championship, hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy Sailing Squadron, completed distance races and shorter buoy races on Chesapeake Bay to determine this year’s winner of the Lloyd Phoenix Trophy. In the end it was Brian Kennalley of the Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club and his team of six crew who prevailed.

In this episode of US Sailing's "This is what we do" series, Betsy Alison, Adult Director at US Sailing, discusses the many opportunities for participation in competitive sailing at US Sailing National Championships around the country.

US Sailing Education Zone Makes Impact at Extreme Sailing Series™ San Diego

The Extreme Sailing Series™ returned to the United States for the first time since 2011 and the US Sailing Education Zone was on site in San Diego!

The Education Zone provided fun learning activities for youth patrons as part of the US Sailing Reach initiative for STEM education and sport outreach. Through interactive and hands-on activities, children had the opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics through the sport of sailing. US Sailing partnered with Mission Bay Aquatic Center, Sailors for the Sea, and Harken to create the Education Zone experience.

Mission Bay Aquatic Center, a US Sailing STEM Center of Excellence for the Southern California area organized a “Design your Own Sail Gutter Race” activity as well as a unique demonstration for kids to investigate how wind is generated around the globe making sailing possible for all of us.

US Sailing is organized the “Reach Simple Machine Scavenger Hunt” supported by Harken. Hundreds of participating youth had a special opportunity to connect science and sailing through mechanical advantage by exploring the association between six simple machines: wheel and axel, lever, pulley, screw, wedge and inclined plane. The youth participating in the scavenger hunt were challenged to find examples of all six simple machines in the Extreme Sailing Series™ Race Village. Those who completed the challenge received their very own ‘simple machine’ to take home, a block key chain from Harken.

US Sailing’s “Navigation Challenge” featured a list of items with clues for students to locate using a compass. Students navigated their way throughout the Education Zone and Race Village to various locations for a final prize.

Sailors for the Sea featured three different activities from their KELP (Kids Environmental Lesson Plans) program. All of these activities are focused on how humans impact the ocean and sea life with a specific focus on plastic pollution and marine debris. Participating youth learned how they can make a difference and become stewards of our waterways and ocean.

Welcome to the New US Sailing Headquarters

US Sailing Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Oct. 19, 2017 at Roger Williams University - Bristol, Rhode Island

Welcome to US Sailing! Check out our new headquarters located on the campus of Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. The future is bright and we are excited to explore new opportunities, drive innovation and serve our members and sailing customers. Please come visit us!

Photos by Matthew Cohen Photography

We celebrated the big move in a ribbon cutting ceremony with Roger Williams University, our board of directors, staff, and family and friends.

Photo by Matthew Cohen Photography

US Sailing: On the Move

Scuttlebutt editor Craig Leweck took a tour of US Sailing's new facility in Bristol, RI and met up with Chief Executive Officer Jack Gierhart for an update.

US Sailing’s 2017 Annual Appeal... As members and donors, your support for US Sailing in 2016 had a huge impact in 2017. We invite you to help us keep the momentum going and support the 2017 US Sailing Annual Fund. Coming Soon!

Nominate a Worthy Sailor Today!

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.

We need your help to identify community sailing difference-makers who help to grow the sport.

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.

Erika Reineke in action from Enoshima Race Week.

Reineke Takes Gold In Enoshima As US Sailing Team Embraces 2020 Olympic Venue

US Sailing Team Laser Radial athlete Erika Reineke (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) won gold at the conclusion of a stormy Enoshima Olympic Week, the first large multi-class regatta to be held at the site of the Tokyo 2020 sailing competition during this Olympic cycle. The three-time youth and U21 ILCA World Champion dominated the 51-boat Radial fleet, leading wire-to-wire and securing an 18-point margin of victory against many of the world’s best in Enoshima, which also hosted the 1964 Olympic regatta. Reineke was joined in Japan by eight other national team athletes, as well as coaches and support staff.

2018 Youth Worlds Team Selection: Top U.S. Domestic Events To Be Used

US Sailing has released details of the athlete selection system for the 2018 Youth Sailing World Championship (July 14‐21, 2018), which will be held in home waters at Corpus Christi, Texas. In seven of the nine classes, the selection process will consist of two well-established domestic youth regattas.

November 28-29, 2017 / Shake-A-Leg Miami

A collection of the top coaches in the country will be presenting at the US Sailing National Coaching Symposium in Miami, Florida on November 28-29. Luther Carpenter (Senior Olympic Coach, US Sailing Team), Grant Spanhake (US Sailing Team), Lior Lavie (Co-Head Coach, USODA), Rosie Chapman (Singlehanded Director, Gulf Coast Youth Sailing Association) and Greg Fisher (Head Coach, College of Charleston) join a host of other experts who are coming together to offer a coaching education opportunity like no other.

If you’re a coach who’s looking to hear the latest ideas, compare notes with the nation’s best, and pursue professional development, then you need to attend this event. With only 40 tickets left, be sure to register today so you don't miss this incredible opportunity. Registration includes coffee and lunch both days of the event.

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