Posted by: Stephanie Helms | February 3, 2016

US Sailing Annual Conference Day One

The US Sailing Annual Conference got underway today. Some exciting initiatives underway include

  • A partnership with SAP, who are creating a mobile app capable of capturing telemetry under sail including boat speed, heading, and other course data which over time could produce real time polar data for your boat.
  • Online training courses for keelboat beginners to be used in conjunction with on the water instruction.
  • Safety at Sea instruction, with videos, to be used in conjunction with classroom training for World Sailing certification for offshore events.
  • Interesting conversations about US Sailing’s Olympic Development Program with Board members and staff.

The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2017-2020 will be published and delivered in October, with a new mobile app available in the same time line. Dave Perry and Brad Dellenbaugh are here in San Diego. I’ve talked to Brad in hopes of arranging a rules seminar in Maine this spring. I’m hopeful that we can make plans to line that up.

The 2017 Mallory Cup Championship will be held at the Saint Francis Yacht Club on San Francisco Bay, sailed in J/22s, under J/22 Class Rules. Each Regional Sailing Organization is responsible for nominating a team to represent the RSA. I am hoping to organize a qualifying regatta in conjunction with SailMaine to determine Northeast Sailing’s nominee. The championship will be sailed at St Francis in October. Please stay tuned for further details on this.

The Annual Conference continues with meetings tomorrow, with the Sailing Leadership Forum to follow through Saturday. If you have things to share, e-mail, text, or call. 207.200.5520

Stephanie Helms

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