If you are interested in hosting a US Sailing Championship, look at the Five Year Calendar to see which dates are available. Then download the Host Club Bid Guidelines, complete it, and return it to: Championships, US Sailing, PO Box 1260, Portsmouth, RI 02871 or e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org . Bids must be received no later than October 1 to be considered at the US Sailing AGM. Bids that arrive after that date may be tabled until a later time.
The buttons on the navigation bar to the left will provide you with the detailed information and paperwork you will use as you plan for your championship. While there are elements that are specific to US Sailing Championships, much is appropriate for any regatta.
- Roles and Responsibilities: outlines what each of the principle volunteers do
- Countdown Schedules: provides detail planning information and lets a chair know when and how each document may be used.
- Entry and Registration: As a regatta chair, you will be accessing information online and downloading the competitors into a scoring system. You can even ask what size T-shirts people want so you can order accurately or find out how many people are vegetarians. There is no cost to use this system for finals and only a small fee for other US Sailing events.|
- Budget provides guidelines to estimate the revenue and expenses of running a regatta
- Race Official Requirements: outline the types and certification requirements of Race Officers and Judges. There are also links to help a host find certified race officials and judges.
- Safety, Waivers and Risk Management: This section of Championship Management site provides the Safety and Risk Management considerations that must be part of any U.S. National Championship or semi-final. There are checklists and required forms for sailors under 18.
- Clinics: Each U.S. National Championship usually has a clinic before the racing begins. These clinics are organized by the host and the National Chair. For Juniors, US SAILING encourages additional clinics to help prepare the sailors for the national championships. These clinics can be held at the RSA level.
- Sponsorship: Getting sponsorship for your event may be easier than you think. It's as simple as knowing what you have to offer and finding local companies that share similar goals. The restrictions to sponsorship because of US SAILING's prior agreements have become fewer and fewer each year. We will work with you to ensure that these restrictions do not become roadblocks to seeking sponsorship for your event. We're not only available to help, we look forward to helping you start early on a successful sponsorship program for your event.
- Green Regattas: US Sailing has partnered with Sailors for the Sea, the only non-profit organization working solely with boaters to protect and restore ocean, lake, and coastal water health. Our shared goal is to certify all US Sailing Championships as Clean Regattas.
- Publicity and Working with the Media: There are several ways you can feature your organization and your local sponsors and provide them with coverage before and during the event.
- Website: You will be posting information on your club or association’s web page that will link to the US Sailing Website. This site will host the information that the competitors need to plan as well as feature local sponsors.
- Housing, Meals & Transportation: In most U.S. National Championships, it is normal practice to provide housing for competitors, judges, US Sailing coaches, and officials in club members' homes and to provide lunches for competitors and officials during the series. An event's motto on food is: "Nothing fancy and plenty of it!". Here you will find suggestions on how to feed sailors while saving money and reducing waste.
- Trophies, Merchandise and Logos: The official US Sailing championships logo and that of the appropriate national sponsor must be on all apparel and/or posters, publications, websites, etc. US Sailing must approve all apparel, publications or any other item that has logos on it under the terms of its sponsor contracts three weeks prior to publication/ printing to avoid any conflicts with national sponsorship agreements.
More information can be found on the menu bar to the left.
Questions? Send an e-mail to the Championships Director.