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20 November 2007, 01:39 pm
Symposium Breaks Attendance Records
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US SAILING One-Design Sailing Symposium
Columbus, USA

The record attendance at the fourth annual Symposium represented an increase of more than 20 percent compared to previous years. The event featured many seminars and workshops, including presentations by sailing experts Dave PERRY, Stuart WALKER, Greg FISHER, and many more. Organized annually by US SAILING, the Symposium is geared towards one-design sailors who are interested in keeping the one-design sector of the sport healthy and thriving and in improving their own sailing skills.

"With such a record attendance at the Symposium, it shows that one-design sailors are very interested in continuing to grow our sport," said Patty LAWRENCE, one of the event organizers and member of US SAILING's Board of Directors. "We are already looking forward to next year's Symposium."

The three days of the Symposium, which ran from November 16-18, were filled with educational seminars and numerous networking opportunities for all participants. Sessions covered a wide range of topics, including sportsmanship, insurance, best practices for measurement, sponsorship, coordinating event registration and results, and much more. Highlights of the Symposium were a US SAILING Mount Gay Rum Speaker Series event with racing rules expert Dave PERRY on improving one-design sailing skills. The Symposium also included a series of "Go Fast" seminars taught by Skip DIEBALL, Tom HUBBELL and Greg FISHER, designed to help one-design sailors improve their sailing skills.

National One-Design Awards Presented
In addition to seminars and workshops, US SAILING presented several awards to one-design sailors and organizations:

* Greg FISHER (Annapolis, Md.) was presented with the One-Design Service award for distinguished service and exceptional dedication in the promotion of one-design sailing and class organization. Fisher has demonstrated superior skill, dedication and initiative to one-design sailing. His knowledge and expertise in numerous one-design classes has ensured the success of the one-design sailing community. Fisher has supported countless classes and clubs through clinics spending much of his personal time to help individual classes.

* Bill FASTIGGI (Winooski, Vt.) and Allan Terhune (Annapolis, Md.) received the One-Design Leadership award for successfully creating the revolutionary International Lightning Class Association's (ILCA) boat grant program, designed to help young sailors experience the high level of competition offered by the Lightning class. Four teams of young sailors each received a boat, insurance and substantial regatta expense reimbursement. Through the boat grant program, these teams were able to participate in numerous local and regional events this year and all teams competed in the 2007 North American Championship. Under Fastiggi's and Terhune's leadership, the program has set an example for other one-design classes.

* Cedar Point Yacht Club of Westport, Conn., received the One-Design Club Award for administrative excellence, fleet growth, creative programming, regatta support and member contribution at regional, national and international levels of one-design sailing. This year, the club hosted numerous one-design regattas for various classes. In addition to these regattas, the club continued its own busy one-design racing schedule, which has five one-design fleets on the water every Saturday (Atlantics, Stars, Thistles, Lightnings, and Flying Scots).

* Fishing Bay Yacht Club (FBYC) in Deltaville, Va., received the national award for organizing the best One-Design Regatta, the Flying Scot 50th North American Championship. A record number of Flying Scots competed in three national competitions (the Women's National Championship, the Junior National Championship and the North American Championship), making it a multi-fleet event. FBYC's careful planning led to an overwhelmingly successful regatta, which brought over 300 competitors. In preparation, the club built a concrete launch ramp, upgraded the club's signal boat equipment, designed a 20-page color welcome brochure, solicited over 19 sponsors, and much more. More than 80 volunteers worked cheerfully and with great pride.

For more information on the 2007 One-Design Sailing Symposium, please visit http://www.ussailing.org/odcc

United States Sailing Association (US SAILING) is the national governing body for sailing. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, the organization provides leadership for the sport of sailing in the United States. US SAILING offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Teams. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org.
Marlieke Eaton (As Amended by ISAF)
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