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Online elections open for US Sailing’s board

US Sailing, the national governing body of the sport, has opened the online election period for its annual election of board of directors. This year US Sailing members will vote for three open seats on the board. The 2007 election is the second time in the organization’s 110-year history that the membership has elected board members and played a direct role in selecting the sport’s leadership in the United States.

Online ballots, bios and position statements for each candidate can be found at the US Sailing Election homepage at Members have until Oct. 19 to vote online.

The slate of nominees for the board of directors, all running for a three-year term, are:

• Dick Allsopp or Harry R. Horgan

• John Siegel or Jim Tichenor

• Susan Epstein (running unopposed)

Members can also vote by faxed- or mailed-in ballots; more information on manual ballots can be found at the us sailing Election home page.

Board of director election results will be announced after votes are tallied, at the Annual Meeting on Oct. 28.

Video producer awarded for sailing DVD

SEA-TV, a Connecticut-based marine video production company, won the Silver Award at this year’s Worldfest Film Festival in Houston for its two-hour instructional DVD series, “Learn the Racing Rules.”

The series, hosted by renowned rules expert Dave Dellenbaugh, won the award in the Sailing/Watersports category from more than 100 entries from around the world.

A 60-second commercial produced for US Sailing that appears on the “Learn the Racing Rules” DVD series also won a Silver Award in the Advertising/Promotional category besting more than 100 entries worldwide.

“Yacht racing is a very kinetic and complicated sport and the rules are very difficult to understand from reading them in the rules book,” says SEA-TV executive producer, Chip Croft. “We also have some great racing action footage to illustrate many of the rules.”

“Learn the Racing Rules” is sold as a set of two 60-minute DVDs. Part 1 is titled “Basic Right of Way Rules” and Part 2 is titled “Rules at Marks & Obstructions.” The two-DVD set will sell for $59.95. They are available at .