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US SAILING Yacht Club Summit

A total of 385 sailors from 185 clubs and associations attended US SAILING's inaugural Yacht Club Summit in Chicago last weekend. The Summit sold out and we are excited about the overwhelming enthusiasm and showing of support for this first-time event.

Representatives of sailing organizations of all sizes from around the country participated in two packed days of informational panel discussions, presentations and networking at the Fairmont Hotel.

A number of important topics were presented last weekend, including race participation, keeping younger generations involved, club owned fleets, focusing on the sailors, long range planning, community and club collaboration, junior programs, environmental regulations, and more. Attendees discussed the directions they are headed, learned new ideas, and made connections with people addressing the same issues.

US SAILING plans to build from the strong momentum coming out of the Summit. Based on feedback from the attendees, we are crafting a plan to expand our support of organizations and keep the networking and sharing of best practices active. We hope you found it to be a worthwhile and memorable learning experience and that you will apply these best practices, innovative ideas, and latest trends to your home club or community sailing organization.

US SAILING would like to thank all attendees, panelists, and guest speakers for contributing to the success of the Summit. We would also like to thank our sponsors, including Rolex, Gowrie Group, Sunsail, Mount Gay Rum, and Sailing World and Cruising World magazines for their tremendous support.

Listen to these interviews with Summit panelists and presenters below:

US SAILING's Yacht Club Summit by US SAILING

Sponsored By:


Gowrie Web



Mount Gay Rum


YC Summit registration


See what people are saying about the
YC Summit

Michael Campbell – Sail Training Chair – Sausalito Yacht Club (CA)
“We are embarking on a couple of new ventures. We have expanded our program to include two high school racing teams and are currently competing in state wide competitions. We also are starting an adult sail training program. I'm looking forward to sharing ideas on what to do and what not to do when running such programs.”