National Safe Boating Week Kicks Off

It’s spring time and National Safe Boating Week kicks off tomorrow. You can celebrate and recognize National Safe Boating Week beginning this Saturday, May 16 through Friday, May 22, 2020. Although you may not be allowed out on the water this weekend, there are many ways you can support this great cause for boating safety. We discussed this year’s activation with Yvonne Pentz, Communications Director of the National Safe Boating Council. Read the short Q&A on our website to learn more about this year’s plan and new challenges in 2020.

Click here to read the Q & A

US Sailing Launches Partnership with MarkSetBot

We’re teaming up with MarkSetBot to help the sailing community get back on the water. MarkSetBot is the world’s first robotic mark, allowing you to set a perfect course from your phone without race committee boats or people. Together, we’ve worked hard to bring US Sailing organizational members the best possible price: 33% off 3 MarkSetBots for 3 months.

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COVID-19 Burgee Program Risk Management Guide Insurance & Safety Resources

Gowrie Group, US Sailing’s insurance partner, has developed a COVID-19 Burgee Program Risk Management Guide to help Sailing Organizations navigate the COVID-19 outbreak. The guide focuses on helping organizations make safe operational decisions amid a very complex and rapidly evolving environment. Gowrie recommends forming a COVID-19 Task Force to lead the organization through complying with the established CDC guidelines and all related federal, state, public heath, and local laws and mandates.

Ultimately, the decisions of when to open, and what programs and services to offer, will need to be made by the organization’s leadership and legal counsel. These are not easy decisions to make. The health, safety, and welfare of your members and staff should always be the top priority. Gowrie’s Burgee Program team is available to answer your questions and be of assistance at

2019 US Offshore Championship Applications Due June 30

  • US Sailing is accepting applications for the 2019 US Offshore Championship from sailors who race IRC, ORC, ORR, PHRH, Offshore One Design, Offshore Level Class Racing, or Portsmouth Numbers racing System
  • The Championship will be held from September 27-29, 2019 in Annapolis, MD
  • Each team shall consist of a crew of eight including one skipper and six crew members plus one U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman provided from the varsity offshore racing team
  • The application period closes June 30, 2019 

The Sailing Foundation hosting a Coaches Clinic:

For all coaches, instructors, jr. sailing volunteers, directors, board members team leaders, etc. involved with youth, high school, and/or college sailing. 

This is the 12th Annual Coaches Clinic, it will be Feb. 9-10, 2019 at the Mt. Baker Rowing & Sailing Center.  Like last year, this will be a two-day event covering a range of topics related to coaching racing and program development. More information will be published here as we firm up details. Don’t miss this great opportunity to connect with the youth sailing community!

When: Saturday, Feb. 9 (10am-4pm) & Sunday, Feb. 10 (9am-3pm)

Who Should Attend? Coaches/Team Leaders, Jr. Sailing Volunteers, Program Directors, Instructors, College Sailors etc.

Where: Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center
3800 Lake Washington Blvd South, Seattle, WA 98118

Cost: $30 Suggested Donation (For both days. Includes lunch/refreshments)

Questions? Contact Andrew Nelson at or call (206) 707-1266.

*Times Tentative and Subject to Change

CYC Seattle hosting US Sailing Advanced Judges Seminar:

Are you interested in learning more about how protest committees work? Are you interested in becoming a US Sailing Judge? Become a US Sailing Certified Judge! Judges are responsible for conducting protest and redress hearings when competitors believe there has been a breach of the rules. Judges also conduct arbitration hearings, enforce Rule 42 (Propulsion) on the water at fleet racing events and consult with organizers and race officers ahead of events to review race documents and procedures. Judges improve the quality, consistency, and fairness of racing through proper administration of the Racing Rules of Sailing. Join us in a US Sailing two-day Judge Seminar (Advanced) required for certification as a US Sailing Judge or US Sailing National Judge. Some protest committee experience is helpful, but not required. No prerequisite class is needed. It covers topics involved in successful judging: rules and requirements for handling protests and requests for redress, techniques involved in running good hearings, deriving a set of facts from testimony , applying applicable rules, and arriving at conclusions and a decision, writing up protest committee decisions, handling open hearings and arbitration. Additionally, the seminar will concentrate on four areas of development: Mock Hearings, Part 2 rules, Part 5 and Appendix M rules and rule 69. The lead instructor is Charlie Macaulay. Charlie is a Judge and has served as a member of the US Sailing Judges Committee and is a member of the Area L Appeals Committee. When: December 8-9, 2018 Where: Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle, Shilshole Bay marina (downstairs) Time: Check-In Saturday: 800, Seminar 830 – 1700 and Sunday 830 – 1600. Cost: of the seminar and exam is $89. This includes continental breakfast, lunch, beverages, snacks, handout materials and test processing. What to Bring: You will need your own copy of 2017-2020 The Racing Rules of Sailing, (including the US prescriptions), the US Sailing Judges Manual (available later this year), and the US Sailing Appeals ; The World Sailing Case Book. These may be either a printed or downloaded electronic copies saved on your device. After the seminar you take the on-line test at your convenience within 30 days. Study Materials: You should answer the AJS Study Questions We strongly recommend that you study and answer each question, and write down the relevant rule citations prior to attending the seminar. Advanced registration is required. The deadline for registration is Monday December 3, 2018. Registration link is here: For additional information about host and location or housing available, please contact Wayne Balsiger,, 206.370.1601. For questions regarding registration please email: