Engaging with US Sailing membership
Published on May 24th, 2023
The governing body for sailing in the USA is introducing a virtual program for US Sailing members and staff leaders to meet and discuss the latest topics in sailing.
This is the latest endeavor by US Sailing to connect with membership, facilitate discussion, encourage the sharing of best practices, and create space for members to hear from their counterparts and colleagues. This program builds on the two Stakeholder Summits and five Listening Tours organized by US Sailing.
The Stakeholder Summits, held in Jamestown, RI in November 2021 and New Orleans, LA in October 2022, provided opportunities for the leadership of sailing organizations to meet with the leadership of US Sailing and share ideas and perspectives about sailing within specific regions of the United States.
The Listening Tours were conducted in Chicago, IL in July 2021, New Orleans, LA in October 2022, throughout Arizona in December 2022, St. Pete Beach, FL in December 2022, and Bristol, RI in 2023. US Sailing Board President Rich Jepsen, CEO Alan Ostfield, and SVP Programs & Services Andrew Clouston met with local sailors and leaders from local yacht clubs, foundations, clubs, and commercial sailing schools with more Listening Tours to come.
This new virtual initiative, called Crew Meetings, will get launched June 6 from 5-7pm EDT and is open for all US Sailing members to bring their questions and feedback to US Sailing leadership. During the 2-hour session, attendees will separate into breakout rooms for more concentrated conversation.
“As the National Governing Body, the core of our mission is to help the sailing community however we can,” said US Sailing CEO Alan Ostfield. “Members can of course continue to reach out at their convenience whenever we can be helpful.
“Following up on the successes of the Stakeholder Summits and Listening Tours, we are excited to add the Crew Meetings as an additional, organized, regular way that we can connect with and support our members.”
More information on Crew Meetings, including how to register and submit your questions ahead of time, click here.