SAYRA Annual Meeting January 26-28, 2018

Hilton Head Island Sonesta Resort 

SAYRA Announces Two Speakers for 2018 Annual General Meeting


2018 Annual Meeting Information

Schedule at a Glance updated 1-25-18

Regional Symposium Agenda, Friday January 26th  

2018 SAYRA AGM Speaker Bios


SAYRA Membership & Annual Meeting Registration (please consider online registration, go to LOGIN to create profile)

SAYRA Membership & Annual Meeting Registration PDF (Mail via USPS)


JR CLINIC Sunday Jan 28 - Thank you SCYC for hosting! 


Meeting Preview:

South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association is pleased to announce that it will have two featured speakers at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held January 26-29, 2018 in Hilton Head, SC. There will be two main tracks offered: Race Administration Development and Sailing Development.


Ron Hopkins will lead the discussion about Race Administration. Ron is a popular Principal Race Officer (PRO) and Judge for major sailing championships, including portions of the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Newport, Maxi 72 Class, International 12 Meter Class and numerous others. Drawing upon his experiences, Ron will share how organizers can better focus on key elements that increase participation and enjoyment of both the sailors and race administrators.Ron will also discuss how we can better recruit, train, mentor and encourage novice racing officials.


For Sailing Development, Nick Hayes, author of Saving Sailing, will return to continue the conversation about increasing participation in sailing. At the 2017 AGM Nick presented concerning statistics about sailing participation and the various factors that are contributing to its decline. He also shared stories from around the country of what some clubs are doing to reverse this trend. Nick will continue discussions about innovating programming, new demographic groups and how, when and why they want to sail.


The SAYRA annual meeting will be held at Sonesta Resort, Hilton Head Island. For a limited number of rooms, the total discounted rate for a Standard View room is $153.90/night, including taxes and fees. To receive the special room rate, call the Sonesta Resort at 1.800.766.3782 group code 0125SAYRAS to book your reservation or use this LINK for registration. To view the amenities,



Friday Regional Sailing Symposium hosted by US Sailing with partner ZIM Sailing

Want to learn more about the activities at the National level and how they impact SAYRA. Come for a great session with Ron Hopkins, Martine Zurinskas and Windy Key. 

Topic#1 - Junior Development Pathway

Topic #2 - Safety and what we can do to improve

Topic #3 - Race Management

Topic #4 - Social Media

Topic #5 - Town Hall discussion on SAYRA issues