|The US Sailing Nominating Committee named new members of the National Governing Body's Board of Directors who were officially elected on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at US Sailing's Annual Meeting in San Francisco, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club. Cory Sertl (Rochester, N.Y.) was elected as the next President of US Sailing. Rich Jepsen (Alameda, Calif.) was elected Vice President. Read the Q&A with Cory Sertl at the end of this announcement.|
The US Sailing President serves one three-year term. Previous US Sailing President Bruce Burton (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.) led the organization in this role since November of 2015.
The newly elected members of US Sailing's Board of Directors are Treasurer John Schoendorf (Miami, Fla.), Select Director John Sangmeister (Long Beach, Calif.), and Directors Charlie Arms (Annapolis, Md.) and Jeffrey Johnson (San Diego, Calif.). Ron White (South Bend, Ind.) has also been retained for another term.
Sertl, Jepsen, Schoendorf, Sangmeister, Arms, and White will serve one three-year term. Johnson will serve one two-year term.
Sertl has had an extensive and successful sailing career both on and off the water. Her sailing experience ranges from dinghies and match racing, to one-design keelboat racing at the highest levels of national and international competition. Sertl was a U.S. Olympian at the 1988 Olympic Games as a 470 sailor, and she also launched Olympic campaigns in 1992 and 2004. She is a two-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year award winner in 1995 and 2001. Sertl is also a certified US Sailing Instructor Trainer and coach.
Sertl has been active on behalf of US Sailing as a delegate to World Sailing since 1995. She currently serves as a representative on the Council for North America and Chairs the Youth Events Sub Committee.
Sailing is a family activity for the Sertls. Cory and her husband, Mark have two grown children, who sailed at the college level – Katja (Boston College, 2016) and Nick (Harvard, 2018).