Cory Sertl joins World Sailing Board

Published on November 1st, 2020

Cory Sertl (Rochester, NY), President of US Sailing, was officially elected as one of seven new Vice Presidents of World Sailing at the General Assembly on November 1. Sertl will serve on World Sailing’s Board of Directors for a four-year term. To read her goals, click here.

“It is indeed a privilege to serve the sport of sailing in the role of Vice President,” said Sertl. “World Sailing has immediate challenges to tackle and solve with finances and delivering Sailing at the Olympic Games next summer. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the new Board.”

Sertl follows Gary Jobson (Annapolis, MD), Past President of US Sailing, as a member on World Sailing’s Board of Directors.

“Cory has served on the World Sailing Council for the past 12 years and is well prepared to serve on the Board,” said Jobson. “My two terms as a Vice President comes to an end (2012-2020). It has been an energetic 14 years serving on the Board of US Sailing, President of US Sailing, and on the Board of World Sailing.

“I am particularly pleased that we will have an Offshore Doublehanded Mixed Long Distance Race in the Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games. I am also proud of the tremendous progress we’ve achieved by creating Gender Equity in the Olympic Games and by extension the entire sport. I wish Cory and the other newly elected Board members good luck over the next four years.”

US Sailing has been well represented over the years on a number of World Sailing committees.

Sertl, who has been active on behalf of US Sailing as a delegate to World Sailing since 1995, has served as a representative on the Council for North America and Chairs the Youth Events Sub Committee and Youth World Championships Committee.

Gary Bodie, who is retiring from World Sailing Delegation, has represented Group P (US Sailing and Sail Canada) on Council and made significant contributions on the Events Committee that helped shape the racing format of Sailing at the Olympic Games.

Stan Honey (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Dina Kowalyshyn (Annapolis, MD) will be representing Group P as Council members for the next four years. Honey, a noted navigator has set numerous sailing speed records, won US Sailing’s 2010 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award. Kowalyshyn is an accomplished sailor and a naval architect who has led the World Sailing Equipment Committee as Chair the past four years.

Other US Sailing delegation members that have volunteered to World Sailing during the past four years: Betsy Alison – Para World Sailing, Liz Baylis – Match Racing, Gary Bodie – Events and Council, Jim Capron – Racing Rules, Tom Duggan – Race Officials and Race Management, Fred Hagedorn – Regional Games, Sally Honey – Special Regulations, Stan Honey – Oceana & Offshore, Dina Kowalyshyn – Equipment, Tom Rinda – Sailor Categorization, Dick Rose – Racing Rules, Ashley Tobin – Constitution and Steve Wrigley – Team Racing.

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