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Sailing organization elects new president

US Sailing’s board of directors elected Jim Capron of Annapolis, Md., as the organization’s new president. Immediate past president Janet Baxter of Chicago, passed the helm to Capron at the organization’s annual meeting in Newport, R.I.

“I’m looking forward to working with our many sailors, clubs, classes and partners in promoting and improving our sport,” says Capron. “Serving as president of sailing’s national governing body is quite a responsibility and I am honored to have been elected for this position.”

Nine board members were elected by the organization after a two-month voting period. This is the first time that the organization held member elections for its Board of Directors. In October 2005 US Sailing amended its bylaws to downsize the board from 49 to 14 members, making it more nimble and efficient.

Members of the board serve for a three-year term in rotation, but to prevent all terms from ending in the same year, the length of the elected Board members’ terms varies.

The new board members and the length of their terms are: Dick Allsopp of Orange Park, Fla.; Jim Tichenor of Houston and Susan Epstein of Sharon, Mass. — one-year terms; Amy Gross-Kehoe of Santa Clara, Calif.; Chip Johns of Mattapoisett, Mass.; and Bill Stump of Venice, Calif. — two-year terms; and Tom Hubbell of Delaware, Ohio; Patty Lawrence of Cincinnati; and Jerome Montgomery of Long Beach, Calif. — three-year terms.

Capron has been involved with US Sailing in many capacities over the years. He has served on the organization’s board of directors since 2001, most recently as vice president. He has also been a member of numerous committees, including the Appeals, Judges, Race Administration, and Olympic Sailing committees. In addition, Capron is a US Sailing senior judge and umpire as well as an international judge and umpire certified by the International Sailing Federation. As an official, he has served as a judge or umpire at many international events, including the Olympic Games, Louis Vuitton Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, and the ISAF World Sailing Games.

The US Sailing president serves for a one-year term with a maximum of three consecutive terms.

A Scot is ‘sailing for justice’

Global Ocean Sailing Ventures (GOSV) announced that Scottish sailor John Mackay has entered the 2007-08 Global Ocean Challenge with a campaign focused on more than just winning. Mackay’s GOC 50 entry is aimed squarely at bringing attention to world poverty.

Through his Sailing for Justice Foundation, Mackay aims to use his trip around the world to draw global attention to the need to do more to fight poverty.

“The Global Ocean Challenge is a perfect vehicle for me to spread the word about poverty,” Mackay says. “My message is about giving 30 million destitute people a year the chance to live — men, women and children who otherwise are going to die. Each life lost is precious. Each life lost is irreplaceable.”

Deeply devout and driven by a burning desire to end hunger in the world, Mackay plans to enter the race sailing double handed.

“I am going to invite a celebrity, a rock star or TV personality to sail a leg with me,” he said. “Together we will bring focus to this international disgrace of starving children. The Global Ocean Challenge, the education program that will run concurrently with the race, and our Sailing for Justice Campaign will stamp a social conscience on the event and show the world that change starts with an idea. And a first step.”

Race director Josh Hall welcomed the news. “John is precisely the kind of sailor we welcome to the Global Ocean Challenge.” www.gochallenge.net ; www.sailingforjustice.com