US Sailing releases Strategic Plan 2021-24
Published on November 7th, 2020
Due to COVID-19, US Sailing’s 2020 Annual Meeting was held virtually among US Sailing Board members, staff, volunteers, and members of US Sailing on November 7. The Annual Meeting was followed by an open virtual Town Hall meeting organized by US Sailing Board members and staff on The Starboard Portal.
The US Sailing Nominating Committee introduced newly re-elected members of US Sailing’s Board of Directors: Russell Lucas (Mantoloking, N.J.), Tony Rey (Newport, R.I.), and William J. Ruh (Del Mar, Calif.). Lucas and Rey will serve a three-year term, while Ruh will serve a one-year term.
Retiring board members are Dave Perry (Southport, Conn.) and Bruce Burton (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.), Past President of US Sailing and Olympic Sailing Committee Chair.
US Sailing also welcomed Maggie Shea (Wilmette, Ill.) and Judge Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) as US Sailing’s Representatives to the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) Athlete Advisory Council (AAC). The council was created in an effort to ensure athlete voices are able to communicate on behalf of their interests and protect their rights.
Additionally, the Bylaws of the association have been updated to have the US Sailing Representatives to the USOPC AAC serve as athlete members of the US Sailing Board of Directors.
Shea has been a member of the US Sailing Team for seven years and is currently training for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where she is set to represent Team USA with her teammate, Stephanie Roble (East Troy, Wisc.), in the Women’s 49erFX event. Ryan was a four year member of the US Sailing Team competing in the Men’s 49er.
US Sailing released its new Strategic Plan for 2021-2024 in which US Sailing board and staff leadership presented and answered questions during the Town Hall.
“US Sailing’s Board and staff has spent a lot of time over the past six months refocusing our strategic direction and considering how we are fulfilling the role and responsibilities of being the National Governing Body for sailing,” said Cory Sertl, President of US Sailing.
“We serve member organizations who are introducing people young and old to sailing, racing sailors of all levels in all types of boats and those striving to put Sailing and Team USA on the podium at the Tokyo Olympics.
“Our new Strategic Plan outlines three pillars of focus, including Olympic and high-performance success; member experience and value; and organizational effectiveness. These priorities will guide us forward to proactively modernize our organization, serve our members, and move us ahead on the path to excellence.”