Portsmouth, R.I. – When US SAILING’s two Symposiums, the National Sailing Programs Symposium and One-Design Sailing Symposium, kick off in New Orleans next month, the participants better have their notebooks ready. Not only will they get to participate in numerous seminars and share notes with fellow sailing program and one-design class organizers, they will also get to listen to keynote speakers and sailing experts such as Paul Cayard, William Pinkney, and John Rousmaniere, to name a few. The two Symposiums will be held together over a five-day period in New Orleans, La., January 17-21, 2007. The National Sailing Programs Symposium, presented by Vanguard Sailboats and geared towards sailing program organizers, will kick off the events on Wednesday, January 17 and run through Sunday, January 21. The early registration deadline for both events is this coming Friday, December 15.
With the two Symposiums just over a month away, the event agendas are filling up with interesting seminars, covering a wide range of topics. For the sailing program organizers, topics will include fundraising, logistics of running a program for disabled sailors, boat maintenance, obtaining grants, and much more. The one-design fleet organizers will learn more about fleet-building strategies, creating a one-design newsletter, boat measurements, and much more. With the Symposiums taking place in the region heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina last year, participants will also learn more about how the sailing programs, clubs and one-design fleets in the area are being rebuilt.
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