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16 June 2004, 03:22 pm
The Structure Task Force
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US SAILING

In the Autumn of 2003, the President of US SAILING appointed a five-member task force to create a proposal for the re-structuring of the governing body of sailing in USA,US SAILING.
The revived interest in re-structuring the organization came after hearing a report given by McKinsey & Company on the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) restructure at the organization's annual general meeting. The report detailed somewhat alarming national and international statistics showing a decline in participation in sailing. About 100,000 fewer US sailors enjoy our sport each year since 1992. While new people are trying out the sport, their numbers remain small and also small is our retention of those sailors in the sport. McKinsey listed various reasons for this lack of growth.

The advice is: US SAILING must become nimble and efficient in order to develop and execute the solutions for growth. McKinsey, other consultants before them, and many volunteers recommend fixing the structure of US SAILING.

Why Change? In a word, Participation.[i] "The sport of sailing isn't growing."[ii] Our current structure focuses so intently on racing that we have not effectively addressed this part of our Mission, "to encourage participation...in sailing."[iii] If our structure worked effectively, we would have already solved the problem of growth in participation.

What follows is a slide show introduction to the work in progress, an overview. This was presented at the spring meeting in Mobile and followed with discussion in many committee and council meetings. The Task Force has found considerable support for the general concepts. We would appreciate hearing from any member about this subject. We are listening. The latest draft of the work will be posted as soon as it is available. Check back every few weeks for possible updates. The final draft will be presented at the Fall 2004 meeting in Portland.

View the latest versions of the Structure Task Force documents, visit the link to the US SAILING website at the address below.
US SAILING (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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