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Scot West resigns Sail America post

Sail America executive director Scot West announced his resignation, effective July 31. West, who served from November 2000, says he will pursue another venture in the sailing industry.

“I’ve had a really great time at Sail America and have had so many opportunities to work with the best people in the sailing industry,” West says. “However, it is time to move on for my own professional growth.”

In his nearly five years of association management, West was directly involved in numerous initiatives. He was part of the integration of the Sail America-NMMA affiliation, and oversaw the recently united national branding of sail-only boat shows.

Ocean race names safety, EPIRB supplier

The Volvo Ocean Race named ACR Electronics the official supplier of safety and survival technologies for the race.

The South Florida-based ACR will supply racing teams with emergency position indicating radio beacons, survival craft radar transponders, GMDSS VHF radios and other high-tech safety equipment.

The race begins Nov. 5 in Vigo, Brazil.

New insurance program for racers

Gowrie, Barden & Brett has launched a new insurance program for racing sailboats.

“In recent years, the marine insurance industry has begun to single out racing sailboats as being undesirable risks. Claims from dismasting, race course collisions, and overland trucking have caused insurers to drastically raise rates or simply no longer provide insurance at all for certain types of race boats. Coverage for extended navigation, chartering or crew coverage for paid sailors is increasingly difficult to find,” says Carter Gowrie, president of Gowrie, Barden & Brett.

The new program is exclusive to US Sailing members. For information, visit or call (800) BOAT-911.