The final day of the US Sailing Leadership Forum started out with James Clark (founder of Silicon Graphics, Netscape) telling us about his j-boat programs and the new 100′ grand prix boat that will be launched later this year.
Later in the day I attended sessions on Adult Lear To Sail Programs, Growing Membership and Increasing Participation, and regatta websites. That was followed by a farewell party by the pool.
I came to this forum having previously only met 3 or 4 people in person out of the more than 600 attendees. It was great to finally meet so many of the people I’ve emailed, conference called or worked with in some way over the years. I’m also incredibly appreciative of all of the prominent sailors and leaders in our sport who I got to speak with for a couple minutes and thankful they attended to provide their insight and guidance.
I have to commend US Sailing on doing such a great job to bring so many people together. It was informative in all the right ways and I got more out of it than I ever expected I would.
And finally – on the ride back into Richmond we came in directly over the city. Thanks Delta for allowing us to use electronic devices during all stages of flight!