Please select your home edition
Edition
Sea Sure 2021 - RED - LEADERBOARD

Cory Sertl elected President of US Sailing's Board of Directors

by US Sailing 24 Oct 2018 04:29 PDT
Cory Sertl at the 2018 Sailing Leadership Forum in St. Pete Beach, Florida © Metthew Cohen

The US Sailing Nominating Committee named new members of the National Governing Body's Board of Directors who were officially elected on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at US Sailing's Annual Meeting in San Francisco, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club. Cory Sertl (Rochester, N.Y.) was elected as the next President of US Sailing. Rich Jepsen (Alameda, Calif.) was elected Vice President. Read the Q&A with Cory Sertl at the end of this announcement.

The US Sailing President serves one three-year term. Previous US Sailing President Bruce Burton (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.) led the organization in this role since November of 2015.

The newly elected members of US Sailing's Board of Directors are Treasurer John Schoendorf (Miami, Fla.), Select Director John Sangmeister (Long Beach, Calif.), and Directors Charlie Arms (Annapolis, Md.) and Jeffrey Johnson (San Diego, Calif.). Ron White (South Bend, Ind.) has also been retained for another term.

Sertl, Jepsen, Schoendorf, Sangmeister, Arms, and White will serve one three-year term. Johnson will serve one two-year term.

Sertl has had an extensive and successful sailing career both on and off the water. Her sailing experience ranges from dinghies and match racing, to one-design keelboat racing at the highest levels of national and international competition. Sertl was a U.S. Olympian at the 1988 Olympic Games as a 470 sailor, and she also launched Olympic campaigns in 1992 and 2004. She is a two-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year award winner in 1995 and 2001. Sertl is also a certified US Sailing Instructor Trainer and coach.

Sertl has been active on behalf of US Sailing as a delegate to World Sailing since 1995. She currently serves as a representative on the Council for North America and Chairs the Youth Events Sub Committee.

Sailing is a family activity for the Sertls. Cory and her husband, Mark have two grown children, who sailed at the college level – Katja (Boston College, 2016) and Nick (Harvard, 2018).

A Q&A with Cory Sertl

US Sailing: Looking back at your sailing career what were your most influential moments and experiences?

Cory Sertl: One of the most influential experiences was my involvement in training for the Olympics. It is a unique opportunity to work your hardest towards a goal and striving for excellence. Placing second in the Olympic Trials and then becoming a training partner and Olympic Team member in 1988 was a unique experience to be part of a group of women that helped Allison Jolly and Lynne Jewell win the first gold medal for women's sailing in Olympic history.

We celebrated 30 years of women in Olympic Sailing at the Leadership Forum this year and it is impressive how so many women who have had the experience of training for the Olympics have stepped up in their own way to give back to the sport. I have had so many experiences in the sport that have been made richer by those who have supported the sport: event organizers, race officials, volunteers at the club level and teammates.

US Sailing: As you embark on this role, what will be your primary objectives and focus?

Cory Sertl: As a board member over the past few years we have created a "roadmap" in the form of a new strategic plan that focuses on building lifelong sailors and a diversity of pathways for sailing. This is a great plan that we worked hard on, getting input from numerous stakeholders across the country about what the role of US Sailing should be in providing leadership and resources to the sport. NSPS (National Sailing Programs Symposium) and the Sailing Leadership Forum are tremendous events to be part of that are really effective at energizing instructors, coaches, Program Directors and those that are involved in leadership of sailing organizations from all over the country. Our focus is on improving our educational tools and sharing them with the programs that will use them.

US Sailing: What are you looking forward to most?

Cory Sertl: Working with a tremendous team of staff and volunteer committee members who are turning great ideas into action. I will also be staying involved as a competitor in whatever racing opportunities come my way.

Related Articles

Top sailors crowned at 2021 ILCA Nationals
Including the U.S. Singlehanded Championships in Norfolk Sailors flocked to Norfolk, Virginia, over the weekend to test their skills against top flite singlehanded sailors from around the world. Posted today at 5:39 am
2021 U.S. Singlehanded Championships preview
2021 ILCA Nationals combined event in Norfolk Big Blue Sailing Academy at Old Dominion University, in collaboration with Norfolk Yacht and Country Club and the Lower Chesapeake Laser Fleet 12, are set to host the 2021 ILCA US National Championship on June 18-20. Posted on 18 Jun
2021 Youth Racing Summer preview by John Pearce
As the fog clears and sailors get back out on the racecourse After pausing for most of 2020, youth racing is roaring back to life in 2021. As the fog clears and sailors get back out on the racecourse this season, there are many great events to choose from. Posted on 16 Jun
West Marine US Open Sailing Series
Champions in five classes decided on Sunday It was a mad dash to the finish in champagne conditions on Sunday at the 2021 West Marine US Open Sailing Series - San Diego. Top athletes competing in the ILCA 7 (Laser), ILCA 6, ILCA 4 (Laser 4.7), Finn, and 29er events this week raced over two days. Posted on 14 Jun
IOC approves Men's & Women's Kiteboarding
As Sailing's 10th Medal Event for Paris 2024 On Thursday, June 10, World Sailing was informed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that the IOC Executive Board approved Men's and Women's Kiteboarding (Formula Kite) for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition. Posted on 11 Jun
West Marine US Open Sailing Series summer tour
Resuming this weekend in sunny San Diego The West Marine US Open Sailing Series launched in January 2021 with a big splash in Florida over three events at major sailing venues in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Clearwater. Posted on 10 Jun
Kilroy Realty backs US Sailing Team athletes
Extended primary sponsorship of the United States Sailing Team Building upon the success of the last four years of partnership and the values shared by both organizations to build a better world, Los Angeles-headquartered Kilroy Realty and United States Sailing Team are announcing an extended primary sponsorship. Posted on 4 Jun
Tokyo 2020 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team roster
US Sailing has finalized the names of the 13 sailors US Sailing has confirmed the names of the 13 sailors who will represent the United States at the Olympic Games this coming July and August near Tokyo, Japan. Posted on 25 May
A message from Alan Ostfield, CEO of US Sailing
Having just joined US Sailing as its new Chief Executive Officer I write to you today with incredible excitement, having just joined US Sailing as its new Chief Executive Officer. Posted on 18 May
Register to compete at West Marine US Open Series
Events at San Diego, Long Beach and San Francisco US Sailing launched the debut of the West Marine US Open Sailing Series at the beginning of the year with host yacht clubs in Florida including three events in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Clearwater that took place January and February. Posted on 14 May
Gul 2020 FOOTERUpffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW FOOTERVaikobi 2021 FlexForce - FOOTER