A Message from Newly Elected US Sailing President Tom Hubbell
Dr. Thomas Hubbell of Delaware, Ohio was elected by the new Board of Directors as the next President of US Sailing in San Francisco at US Sailing’s Annual Meeting in November. Hubbell becomes the 23rd President in the history of the sport’s national governing body. For the past nine years, Hubbell served as Vice President of US Sailing. He is also a two-time Thistle class President. Hubbell will serve for one three year term.
In sailing, we have a sport with incredible diversity. There are so many types of boats, activities and venues that make our sport truly unique. That diversity is both an asset and a challenge. Here are three points of action important to US Sailing’s mission that I believe will serve sailors well.
1. US Sailing understands the importance of reaching out to sailing organizations to ask, what can US Sailing do to support your programs? What are your goals and challenges? We learned at the first-ever US Sailing Yacht Club Summit, spirited by Gary Jobson in April of 2011, that sailing organizations are eager for information and guidance. They recognize US Sailing as an authority, so by learning more about our constituents, we can be a reliable resource.
2. We train and educate sailors and we are really good at it! For years, US Sailing has effectively trained sailors from novice, to expert, to elite-international competitors. Our safety training includes everything from oceanic racing, to cruising, to small boat sailing. We also have a spectacular course on powerboat handling. US Sailing also inspires leaders in race management. We are focused on helping individuals and local sailing organizations learn how to utilize these great resources.
3. Let’s celebrate our Olympic and Paralympic sailors and develop the team for Rio 2016 and beyond. We remain fully committed to our US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider and are building a youth pipeline to ensure we reach our competitive aspirations.
This is a very exciting time for me. I am prepared and now on deck as President of US Sailing.
Thank you to all sailors for enriching our sport. I look forward to seeing you on the water.
Tom Hubbell, President of US Sailing
The Hubbell File:
From: Delaware, OH
Education: Washington Univ., A.B.; University of Missouri-Kansas City, M.D.; Family Medicine Residency in Kansas City, MO – Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine
Tom spent 10 of his 30-plus years of practice as President of the Medical Staff at Grady Memorial Hospital. He also teaches family medicine residents and medical students.
Tom was introduced to sailing by the Sea Scouts in X-boats as a child. Tom went on to drive the winning boat in a MORC fleet during medical school. With his first paycheck, he and his wife Pat began actively racing Thistles and he has served twice as class president. Tom leads a racing seminar during Thistle Midwinters (Coach-TCA) and wrote an accompanying book, Sailboat Racing with Greg Fisher. Tom has added C-Scow racing to his sailing activities and he looks forward to stormy days on Lasers. He raced the 2008 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Machinac. As Vice President of US Sailing for nine years, Tom led the 2005 re-organization of a smaller Board of Directors with direct election by members.
More from Tom Hubbell
President Gary Jobson has led the Board of Directors and staff in establishing an aggressive statement of strategic initiatives. We have begun the tasks and I am prepared to assume the board leadership role to continue this work. Here are the highlights:
• Review and revise our extensive training materials and courses. We are really good at training but we can do more, for example, increasing ways to learn racing skills.
• Update the content and process of our race official training and certification.
• Evolve the US Sailing Championships so they have greater appeal.
• Reach out to individual member organizations of all types to identify their particular needs and help them find the resources they want, as in taking the NSPS content to the local sailing entities. We will learn new ways to support local sailing.
• Share and expand on the fact that we provide training resources and organizational resources to all kinds of sailors, and we are relevant to all sailors.
• Develop a healthy and active partner for each rating rule that we support. US Sailing will deal with each rating rule and each partner on an even-handed basis with respect to one-another.
• Renew our process for developing talented sailors into elite sailors for our international, Olympic, and Paralympic teams.
• Revise our governance so that we are very lean at the top and very connected and relevant at the local and individual level.
• Transition our leadership and sustain a significant voice in the ISAF community.