Wednesday, August 10, 2022

US Sailing organizes panel on Newport Bermuda disaster – US Sailing

Bristol, RI (July 1, 2022) – In light of the tragic incident during running of 51scheduled tribe The Newport to Bermuda Race, US Sailing, has convened a panel of experts to study the event, at the request of the race organizing authority.

The panel looks at fact-finding on contributing factors including weather conditions, crew experience, safety regulations and more to produce a chronology of events and quantifiable lessons learned to help make the sport of offshore racing safer. . US Sailing estimates the report will be completed in the fall.

Panelists include:

Greg Mierecki (Chair) is a member of the Chicago Yacht Club and the Storm Trisail Club. He has competed in hundreds of distance races in Lake Michigan, including 35 Chicago Yacht Club races to Mackinac. He served as president of the race in 2008 and 2009, formerly Mackinac’s 100th race, which attracted more than 450 boats to the starting line. Greg served on the flag and board of the Chicago Yacht Club for several years, including two years as its commodore in 2015 and 2016. Greg was one of the five founding Commodores of the Chicago Area Sail Racing Association, and currently serves as president of Chicago. Yacht Club Foundation.

Ed Cesare is a financial professional who is also a competitive offshore sailor. He owned and promoted Class 40 (Doublehanded) and regularly navigated several high-end events. While sailing over 100,000 miles, Ed has raced all of the world’s 600 great mercenaries, including 18 Bermuda races, as well as three transatlantic races. He serves as Commodore of the Storm Trisail Club, is the previous Overseas Rear Commodore for the Royal Ocean Racing Club, past Commodore of Norwalk Yacht Club, and is a trustee and committee chair for the New York Yacht Club.

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Andrew Clauston Is US Sailing’s senior vice president of programs and services and is responsible for offshore, youth and adult programs, competition, education, race administration and information technology. Andrew, the national governing body for sailing in New Zealand, brings a great depth of experience from a skilled background in the sport, including most recently thirteen years with Yachting New Zealand as Chief Operating Officer. Andrew’s prior roles include Designating Specialist and Regional Development Coordinator for World Sailing as well as Operations Manager for Maritime New Zealand for the 36th America’s Cup. Andrew is a skilled keelboat sailor whose experience includes extensive coastal racing as well as a design, match racing and cruising.

P Leslie Crane He is the past Commodore of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (2002-3). He has captained 7 Newport Bermuda Races and has experience of over 40,000 miles of cruises, including three Atlantic crossings.

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Matt Gallagher US Sailing’s Offshore & Technology Division. Prior to this, he served as chairman of the US Sailing Offshore Committee and served on the Maritime Committee on Safety. Matt was president of the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac and has organized several local, regional and world championships in sailing. Matt has competed in ten Chicago Yacht Club races for Mackinac and has raced throughout the Great Lakes as well as in the southeastern US and Europe. He is a member of New York Yacht Club, Chicago Yacht Club and Storm Trisail Club.

Captain Jonathan Kabaki Oliver Hazard Perry is the chief executive officer of Rhode Island and master of SSV Oliver Hazard Perry. Jonathan is an internationally recognized expert on maritime training and education under sail. Having sailed in command of ships ranging from landmark tall ships to high performance racing sailboats, maritime academy training ships to luxury motor yachts. When they are not involved in vessel operations, they are sought as an instructor and course developer, specializing in STCW and Coast Guard-approved training for commercial sailors, as well as US Sailing and World at Sea seminars. Serve as a moderator for Sailing Safety. Jonathan Tall serves on the board of Ship America, where he is chairman of the Ship Steering and Safety Committee.

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