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  • North American Yacht Racing Union (NAYRU) Founded Oct 20, 1897
  • October 1991 NAYRU voted to change it’s name to US SAILING to represent the diversity in the mission of the organization.
  • National Governing Body of Sailing under the auspices of the Amateur Sports Act.
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  • However US SAILING is more than racing.
  • US SAILING's mission is to encourage participation and promote excellence in sailing and racing in the United States.
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  • US SAILING is a member-based organization that accomplishes its mission through volunteers and member organizations supported by an administrative staff. We affirm the principles of good sportsmanship, safety, fair play, equal opportunity and fun in sailing by people of all ages and abilities.
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  • 37,500 members with 8,000 cruising members.
  • Overall, 90% of sailors are not racers.
  • Comparable to the United Nations.
  • Composed of Committees and Councils.
  • Interests range from Windsurfing, Cruising, One Design Racing, Off-Shore Racing and even Model Sailboat Racing.
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US SAILING - Reorganization

On October 21, 2005, US

SAILING underwent a

major reorganization.

Ironically, this was the 200th anniversary of the battle of Trafalgar (The most important battle in naval history of sailing ships which reshaped the dominance of the seas for 100 years. )

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US SAILING - Reorganization

Board of Directors meet

monthly and direct the


  • Board of Directors reduced from 49 to 14.
  • Nine are elected by the general membership.
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US SAILING - Reorganization

Board of Directors

  • Three nominated by the House of Delegates.
  • Rest are nominated by the nominating Committee.
  • Most seats must have at least 2 nominees.
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US SAILING - Reorganization

Board of Directors

  • Elect the President of US SAILING
  • Appoints Committees and Chairman.
  • Oversee US SAILING Operations.
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US SAILING - Reorganization

Board of Directors

  • No board member may concurrently hold a chairmanship or presidency of a US SAILING council or committee, regional sailing association or national, or international class association.
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US SAILING - Reorganization

House of Delegates

  • Serves as an advisory body to the President and Board of Directors.
  • Composed of Representatives from Sailing Councils.
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US SAILING - Reorganization


  • Administration
  • Competition
  • Education
  • Olympic
  • Recreational Sailing
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US SAILING - Reorganization


  • Implement directive from the Board of Governors.
  • Have a budget and make decisions on how to implement policy.
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US SAILING - Reorganization


  • Composed of groups having common and mutual sailing interests on a national basis.
  • Have Representation in the House of Delegates.
cruising council
Cruising Council
  • Newest Council.
  • Designed for Non-Racing Activities.
  • US SAILING Recognizes that most sailors do not race and the Cruising Council is designed to serve this constituency.
members local sailing organizations
Members & Local Sailing Organizations
  • US SAILING has both sailors and clubs as members.
  • A balance is struck in services provided to these two constituents.
service to members
Service To Members
  • US SAILING Newsletter
  • Boat insurance
  • Safety at Sea Seminars & Sailing Training
  • Discounts on Chartering
  • Other Discounts and Special Offers
  • US SAILING Merchandise
boat insurance
Boat Insurance
  • Racing Sailboats
  • Cruising Sailboats and Powerboats
  • One-Design Classes
sailing education
Sailing Education

US SAILING Courses are On-The Water Training. This is Unique to US SAILING.

  • Small Boat
  • Racing
  • Keelboat to Cruising
  • Windsurfing
  • Powerboating
small boat
Small Boat
  • Start Sailing Right--This program is being rewritten into a three part series.

Taught by Certified US SAILING Instructors

five part certification series
Five Part Certification Series
  • Basic Keelboat
  • Basic Cruising
  • Bareboat Cruising
  • Coastal Navigation
  • Passage Making

Taught by Qualified Schools with Certified US SAILING Instructors.

safety at sea seminars
Safety at Sea Seminars
  • Before you head offshore, join us for the most authoritative daylong seminar on safe seamanship, heavy-weather tactics, and boat preparation. See safety-equipment demos and crew-overboard-recovery techniques. Pose questions to our panel of expert blue water sailors. Tuition fees vary, and seating is limited, so call now for reservations. This could be the most important day of your sailing life.
online education
Online Education
  • 90 online videos, Over 275 thousand words in 722 pages.
  • 7 online courses with tests


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Online Education
  • Sailing Primer
  • Introduction to Racing and Racing Rules
  • Small Boat Course
  • Keelboat Course
  • Cruising Course
  • Windsurfing Course
  • Powerboat Course
powerboat course
Powerboat Course
  • On-the-water powerboat course which is NASBLA certified.
  • Offered by may US SAILING Schools.
  • Find a course at www.uspowerboating.com
government relations
Government Relations

Tackles Government Regulation Problems

Affecting Sailors

  • Boat for hire restrictions.
  • Transporting CO2 cartridges for life vests on airplanes.
services to local sailing organizations
Services to Local Sailing Organizations
  • Insurance for Clubs and Races
  • Insurance for Windsurfing Schools
  • Race Management
  • Race Protest Appeal
  • One-Design Symposium
  • National Sailing Programs Symposium
racing rules
Racing - Rules
  • The rules of racing are changed every 4 years. An eight man US SAILING Committee plays a leading role in revising and maintaining these rules.
  • International Sailing Federation, ISAF, makes the rules.
  • US SAILING can make minor additions or changes to the rules called “Prescriptions”. Copies of the rules can be downloaded free from www.ussailing.org .
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Racing - Rules

Rules in Brief Card

Changes in the 2005 to 2008 rules.

** See handout for additional changes.

  • The 360 degree penalty is now the one turn penalty (One Jibe and One Tack).
  • The 720 degree penalty is now the two turns penalty (Two Jibes and Two Tacks).
race management
Race Management

US SAILING Provides Seminars on Race Management at Local Yacht and Sailing Clubs.


protest appeal
Protest Appeal
  • You cannot appeal the race committee’s factual decisions only its interpretations of a rule or its procedures.
  • Fifteen days to file an appeal.
  • Race Administration DirectorUS SAILING P.O. Box 1260Portsmouth, RI 02871-0907
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Protest Appeal
  • Can you use a sea anchor to help you in your turn around a mark ???

In this question, the facts are not

disputed only if the action is allowed in

the rules of sailboat racing.

one design sailing symposium
One Design Sailing Symposium
  • For class officers, district governors, fleet officers and anyone who cares about one-design sailing.
  • Promote One Design Racing.
  • Presentations by industry leaders and class experts and forums for exchanging and fostering new ideas.
national sailing programs symposium
National Sailing Programs Symposium
  • Anyone who is involved with organizing and operating a sailing program of any kind.
  • First year program organizers to veteran program directors.
  • Topics on how to start a program and how to keep it running successfully.