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Cary Lee Byerley (ANT)

Name: Cary Lee Byerly
Year of Birth: 1958
Nationality: Antiguan
Residence: St Maarten
First language: English
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Candidates Goals

World Sailing exists to represent all its MNAs, not just the larger MNAs that have strong Olympic campaigns and funding and therefore secure broad influence in World Sailing. Equally important are the less developed MNAs, smaller and less affluent MNAs that may not be as well known but are still advancing the sport and doing incredibly well in sailing within heir specific circumstances. World Sailing must advocate a better way of blending the challenges and opportunities of all MNAs it is time for the smaller sailing nations to have a voice on the Board, I would very much like to be that voice.

Coming from the Caribbean, I have seen how some of our nations have grown and produced remarkable achievements hile others are only just establishing their wings and offer incredible potential.

Regarding the New Governance reform, many of you will know I was not in favour of voting to approve the new Governance. Whilst I support the concept of change, I felt strongly that there were some fundamental flaws which needed addressing before approval could be given. Some areas of concern were principally that I, along with many other MNA representatives, felt the views of smaller nations would not be adequately represented or integrated within the new structure.

I felt that when making such fundamental changes which will impact the entire representation, discussion and decision making process in the sport, that it is imperative to get it right and not rush through something that had far too many holes in it which were likely to create new problems. My belief is that the governance review should continue, but that changes could be made in stages over the coming years

If elected as Vice President, one of my goals will be to help bring back a genuine feeling of trust in the Executive Board. he new Executive Board will have to work very hard and I believe should start by

  • Being as open and transparent with all members as circumstances allow,
  • MNAs, Council Members, Committee Members and Classes shall be presented with straight forward facts, and,
  • If any member requests information, then where possible it should be given to them, and also made available to others.

You will find me consistent and clear in the positions I take, also ready to support and communicate the direction democratically decided by World Sailing.

Regarding World Sailing's finances, I am a financial conservative. Having organised many sailing events, I understand setting realistic budgets and working within them. I will give my full support to the President and the Board to return World Sailing to a position of strength and minimise risk. MNAs should also have the right to receive clear and informative financial reports on a regular basis and when requested.

I feel strongly that there is still much work needed to bring more women into the sport, be it as athletes, MNA Presidents, Judges, Race Officers, Coaches, Regatta Directors or any other form of administrators. While World Sailing has taken steps to help promote women, I am of the opinion that still more could be achieved. I think it is time for a change of mind set, as we must focus more attention to promote and encourage women and provide appropriate guidance and support

January 2019 I attended a Para Sailing Development Programme (PDP) in Antigua, which opened my eyes to promoting Para Sailing. I think people can get hooked up with the disability and possible risks which constrain progress. I don't believe it is as hard as many have the feeling it is and emphasis should be on 'the sport and not the disability' to truly grow.

here are enormous opportunities that exist and, for example, the programme in Antigua has now emerged into a project supported by the government having started from a very low key approach using an old Challenger boat from Sailability in Great Britain.

t the current moment, it seems World Sailing needs to better leverage technology to understand the status of the sport around the world in order to inform its decision making. We must embrace technology in all aspects of the sport's administration and adopt comprehensive and relevant data gathering to make open and accountable decisions, understand the impact of decisions and make decisions which will deliver the best outcome for the sport around the world.

In summary, it is time to make ALL World Sailing's members feel that they belong, that they have a voice, that hey are valued and important partners to the package that is World Sailing.

Sailing Career

Have competed in many Caribbean regatta's and have been in podium position at Antigua Sailing Week and the St.Maarten Heineken Regatta and the Antigua Classic Regatta.

2017 Won our division at the 50th Antigua Sailing Week

Have won in the Ladies Laser class at the Caribbean Dinghy Championships, placed on the podium at the Caribbean Dinghy Championships in different classes.

Have won the Antigua ladies Laser Championships and the St.Maarten Ladies Laser Championships, Have placed on the podium at the Ladies Laser Caribbean Championships in St.Thomas.

Competited at Cowes week and did the 1979 Fastnet. Competed in the European J24 Championships in Monaco

Competed in the Women's Keelboat Championships in Newport Rhode Island. Competed in the New York Club Cruise, think we won our class on a Swan 47

1992 Skippered an all female team in Antigua sailing week on a J24, was the smallest boat in the regatta First went sailing at 10 days old and have spent my life on or about the water ever since

Have sailed in small dinghies and boats over 100ft with all types of rigs.

In the very first Antigua Sailing Week my family raced our classic 73ft schooner and won the very first race of the week. I have raced in many regattas and many different types of boats over the years.

Sailing Administration

2020 - Hosted 14 webinar, with Rob Holden on 7 different topics all connected to growing the sport, the webinars were primarly for Group 0, but other countries joined in

2018- Coach/Team Leader for St.Marten at the 2018 CAC Games in Colombia

2017 - 2020 Secretary General of the St.Maarten Sailing Federation

2007 - 2012 President of the Caribbean Sailing Association.

2002 - 2012 Organiser of the Caribbean Sailing Association's, Regatta Organisers Conference.

2006 - Board member of the Caribbean Sailing Association

2001 - 2017 Own and manage a fleet of 9 one design boats that have regular racing and regatta's

2009 - 2014 Co Organiser of the Budget Marine Match Racing Cup (ISAF Grade 5), held during the St.Maarten Heineken Regatta.

1997 - 2003 Chairman of the Race Committee of the St.Maarten Heineken Regatta

1993 - 2012 part of the Race Committee of the St.Maarten Heineken Regatta, (but did have a break for a couple of years). Back on the committee 2019 & 2020

2001 - 2008 Director of the Caribbean Big Boat Series

2005 - Founded the Sol St.Maarten Optimist Championships and stayed the organiser until 2012

2002 - 2012 Co founder and organiser of the Caribbean One Design Keelboat Championships (St.Maarten)

2002 - 2008 Founder and organiser of the Women's Caribbean One Design Keelboat Championship (St.Maarten)

2007 & 2009 - The St.Maarten liaison and coordinator for the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda Transatlantic Race 2003 - Co Organiser of the Sun Fish Worlds held in St.Maarten

2000 Organised an ISAF Judges seminar in St.Maarten (after this we got 2 more judges for Group 0)

1993 - 1995 Organiser of the St.Maarten Laser Championships and Caribbean Laser Championships and the St.Maarten Ladies Laser Championships.

1980's - 1991 Co founder and Organiser of the Antigua Women's Laser Championship Organiser or on the organising board of many regattas in Antigua and St.Maarten including:

The Course de !'Alliance, The Lagoonies Regatta, The Marlow Regatta, The lnterlux Regatta, The Budget Marine Challenge, The Necol Regatta. The Valentines Regatta (Antigua). Antigua Team Racing Championships, The Anguilla Regatta

1980's Board Member of the Antigua Yacht Club, including a term as the Treasurer and a term as the Social Secretary.

Roles within World Sailing

2016 - 2020 WS Development & Regions Committee member

2016 - 2020 WS Region Games Sub Committee member

2012 - 2020 World Sailing Council Member for Group 0


Nominating MNAs

Asociación Nacional de Navegación a Vela de Guatemala, AHO Sailing, Antigua and Barbuda Sailing Association, Bahamas Sailing Association, Barbados Sailing Association, Belize Sailing Association, Bermuda Sailing Association, Cayman Island Sailing Club, Chinese Yachting Association, Federación Chilena de Navegación a Vela, Federacion Dominicana de Vela, Fédération Française de Voile, Federación Mexicana de Vela, Federación Peruana de Vela, Federacion de Vela de Puerto Rico, Hungarian Sailing Federation, Israel Sailing Association, Jamaica Yachting Association, Pago Pago Yacht Club, Pakistan Sailing Federation, Philippine Sailing Association, Polish Yachting Association, Romanian Yachting Federation, Royal British Virgin Islands Yacht Club, Russian Sailing Federation, Sail Canada, Singapore Sailing Association, Trinidad and Tobago Yachting Association, Turkish Sailing Federation, US Sailing, Virgin Islands Sailing Association

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