The Sailing Leadership Forum will include presentations, seminars, panel discussions, and break-out sessions on the following topics:

Or view a copy of the FINAL SCHEDULE  (last updated 1/29/14)

Keynote and Mini-Keynote
(stay tuned for more announcements)

  • 21st Century Sailing – Ken Read
  • Working Together to Grow Sailing – Gary Jobson
  • Sports Psychology – Dr. Richard Ginsburg
  • State of the Union – Big Boat Racing
  • Industry & Sport Townhall: How Can You and the Industry Help Grow the Sport
  • Long-Range Planning for your Organization – Clay Deutsch

Developing Programs

  • Building a Successful Junior Program – Curriculum to Class Offerings
  • Creating a Powerboat Program for All Ages
  • The Business of REACH
  • How to Develop an Adaptive Sailing Program
  • Junior Sailing: Beyond Regattas
  • Millennial Generation Panel: Hear What They Want from Their Mouth
  • What is Seamanship and why is it Important to Sailors Today?
  • Grant Writing 101: Building a Strong Case for Foundation Support
  • Adult Learn to Sail Programs: Attracting New Members and Energizing Your Current Members
  • Going Green: Sustainable Practices for Programs and Regattas
  • Frostbiting your Sabot and Other Offseason Actitivies
  • Team Racing

Marketing & Communications

  • How to Unleash the Power of Social Media and Make it Work for You (in plain English)
  • “Around the Winch” – Fast-Paced Moderated Discussion with Sailing’s Media
  • Print vs. Electronic Newsletters – Finding the Best Way to Communicate
  • Maintaining and Sustaining your Brand Identity – creative ways to increase your visibility in the community
  • Homepage must-haves and other website tips
  • Where is your regatta website? Preparing Competitors & Engaging the Public
  • Pitch Perfect – How to Sell Sponsorships (present your 30 second sales pitch)
  • PR: Make your story matter
  • Sponsorship Case Studies – creating the win-win


  • Government Regulations: OSHA, Transporting Students, Interfacing with the Coast Guard
  • Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining & Motivating Staff
  • Managing Risk and Exposures at Your Facility
  • How to Make Your Nonprofit Flourish – Structure and Strategy
  • Helping Sailors Succeed in spite of their parents
  • Anyone Can Be a Boss, Can you Be a Leader? Focusing and inspiring volunteers
  • Emergency Action Plans: What You Need to Know
  • Financial Benchmarking & yacht club survey data
  • Collaborations: Community, Class & Club

Regatta and Racing

  • Classes/Fleets:  How to Grow Them, How to Keep Them Strong
  • Offshore Special Regs Translated to Plain American
  • Regatta Safety: Planning, Operation and Emergency Response
  • Race Management Excellence and Technology – It’s not Just for the America’s Cup
  • Coast Guard – Racing Inshore/Offshore Events, Being Proactive Before its Required
  • Running Fun Races: Non-Traditional Regattas
  • Organizing a Great Regatta: Learn the Secrets of Successful Events
  • Building Race Management Resources at Your Club
  • Implementing an Offshore Safety & Preparedness Plan

Grow Sport/Fleet/Class/Club/Org

  • Success with PHRF – Growing Your Fleet
  • Lowering the Average Age of your Sailors: Attracting Youth and Keep Them Engaged
  • Bringing the Bottom Up:  20 Coaching Strategies for Larger Fleets
  • Creating Sailing Opportunities: Diversifying Through Outreach
  • Building Aligning Motivating Your Org: The Role of Clubs in Developing Sailors
  • Growing Membership and Increasing Participation
  • Keep those Boats in the Water – Integrating High School Sailing to your Organization
  • Fleet &Club-Owned Boats Selection – Right Fit for Your Club

Rules & Officials

  • Beyond the Tape Measure and Scale: What is Equipment Control About?
  • Intriguing and Useful Cases and Appeals: What Racing Sailors and Race Officials Need to Know
  • Judges’ & Race Officials’ Roundtable: An Informal Discussion – BYO Questions & Problems
  • Race Officials at a Youth Event: Making it Safe, Fair and FUN!
  • The Rules in the Electronic Age: Technological Innovations, their Advantages and their Pitfalls
  • Organizing, Training & Motivating a Strong Race Committee Group: Pulling It All Together


  • Overboard Recovery
  • Outboard Engine Repair/Maintenance
  • Athletes in Hiding – the truth behind a sailing fitness program
  • One Design Tuning: A Universal and Practical Approach Applicable to all One Design Classes
  • Fun and Games
  • Fiberglass & Gelcoat Repair
  • Go Fast – Weather
  • Confessions of a Program Director
  • REACHing into STEM with Math, Science and ROVs

The Forum will feature presenters that represent all areas of the sport including, big and small clubs, event organizers, community sailing leaders and advocates, local and international race officials and team leaders, and more:

Josh Adams, Managing Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing
Steve Benjamin, Sales Manager at North Sails
Larry Bleidner, Managing Partner at VMG Media
Dean Brenner, Former Chairman of the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program
John Broderick, Pat Commodore at Lakewood Yacht Club
Kevin Broome, Sailing Director at American Yacht Club
Wayne Burdick, President at Beneteau
Cappy Capper, Executive Director at Wayzata Community Sailing Center
Dan Cooney, Commercial Lines Producer at Gowrie Group
Rob Crafa,Waterfront Director at SUNY Maritime College
John Craig, Principal Race Officer of 2013 America’s Cup
Kellie Crete, Safety and Loss Control Manager at Gowrie Group
Thomas Dammrich, President of National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA)
R. Mark Davis, President at Sailors for the Sea
George Day, Publisher at Blue Water Sailing Media
Clay Deutsch, CEO and President of Boston Private Financial Holdings
Randy Draftz, Event and Race Director at Charleston Race Week
Greg Fisher, Director of Sailing at the College of Charleston
John Fretwell, Junior Sailing Director at San Diego Yacht Club
Richard Ginsburg, Ph.D., Co-Director of the MGH PACES Institute of Sports Psychology and author of Whose Game Is It, Anyway?
Nancy Glover, Founding Partner of Copley Square Tax Group LLP
Carter Gowrie, Chairman & CEO of Gowrie Group
Summer Greene: 2012 Race Committe Chair at San Diego Yacht Club
Sarah Hannon, Education and Events Director at Rochester Yacht Club
Chuck Hawley, Vice President of West Marine and Chair of the US Sailing Safety-at-Sea Committee
Chris Herrera, Medical Cordinator and Head Physical Therapist for US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, Jaguar Therapeutics
Tim Hogan, President of ISSA-High School Sailing
Stan Honey, Co-founder of Sportvision; Volvo Ocean Race and Jules Verne Trophy Navigator
Tom Hubbell, President of US Sailing
Rich Jepsen, CEO at OCSC Sailing
Gary Jobson, Former President of US Sailing
Jeff Johnson, Regatta Manager at San Diego Yacht Club
Jeff Johnstone, President at J/Boats
Joel Labuzetta, Sailing Director at Annapolis Yacht Club
Larry Ledgerwood, Owner, Trainer and Consultant at Consultative Resources Corporation
Bill Lee, Chair of the Offshore/Big Boat Sailing Disciplines Division.
Lynn Lynch, On the Water Director at Chicago Yacht Club
Bruce McArthur, Managing Partner at VMG Media
Rachel Miller, Co-Founder of Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean
Kate Neubauer, Program Manager at 11th Hour Racing
John O’Flaherty, Executive Director at Community Boating Center Providence
Dave Perry, Chairman of US Sailing Appeals Committee and author
Margaret Podlich, President at Boat U.S.
Steve Prime, Burgee Program & Commercial Insurance at Gowrie Group
Karen Prioleau, Lead Instructor, Professional Mariner Program at Orange Coast College
David Pritchard, President at Gill North America
Anderson Reggio, Race Manager at Sail Newport
Dawn Riley, Executive Director at Oakcliff Sailing Center
John Rousmaniere, Noted sailing author and safety expert
Shannon Ryan, Founder & CEO, ArchetypeDNA
Lou Sandoval, Vice Chair of the Recreational Boating Leadership Council Diversity Committee
Nevin Sayre, O’Pen Bic and Windsurf guy at BIC Sport NOrth America
Mette Segerblom, Sailing Program Coordinator at Orange Coast College School of Sailing and Seamanship
Michael H. Segerblom, Executive Director at US Sailing Center – Long Beach, CA
Jessica Servis, REACH Program Manager at US Sailing
Stu Streuli, Director of Communications at New York Yacht Club
Jason Thompson, Director of Diversity & Inclusion of U.S. Olympic Committee
Katie Tinder, Junior Director at Balboa Yacht Club
Dave Ullman, President at Ullman Sails
John Vandemoer, Head Coach at Stanford University
Matt Wake, President of Sturgis Boat Works
Chris Watts, Education Officer for Royal Yachting Association Race Officials
Bernie Wilson, Sports Writer for the Associated Press
Jared Wohlgemuth, Regatta Admin, Webmaster at San Diego Yacht Club

For the most up-to-date list of presenters and topics please download our Event App

*This is a preliminary list. Regular updates will be made to the list of attending contributors and presentation topics.