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Cory Sertl elected vice-president of World Sailing

Cory Sertl, President of US Sailing and Vice President of World Sailing. Photo by Christy Usher.

World Sailing announces election results at virtual annual conference

BRISTOL, RI (November 1, 2020) – World Sailing capped off an eventful week of committee meetings, in-depth discussions, spirited debates and important decision-making by announcing the results of World Sailing’s Presidential and Vice-Presidential elections.

Cory Sertl (Rochester, NY), President of US Sailing, was officially elected as one of the seven new Vice Presidents of World Sailing at the General Assembly on Sunday November 1st. Sertl will serve on the World Sailing Board of Directors for four years. term.

New Vice-Presidents of World Sailing:

Cory Sertl (USA)
Tomasz Chamera (POL)
Sarah Kenny (Australia)
Philippe Baum (RSA)
Yann Rocherieux (FRA)
Duriye Ozlem Akdurak (TUR)
Marcus Spillane (IRL)

World Sailing has confirmed the result of the 2020 presidential elections. Quanhai Li (CHN) has been elected as the new president of World Sailing.

Four presidential candidates were in the running in the first round and no candidate obtained more than 50% of the votes. A second ballot was needed between the top two candidates. Kim Andersen (DEN) and Li qualified for the second round.

In the second ballot, 128 Member National Authorities, in good standing with World Sailing, sent verified votes to the Independent Teller. With 68 votes, Quanhai Li was elected president of World Sailing. Andersen received 60 votes.

Read World Sailing’s election announcement.

US Sailing is delighted to work closely with World Sailing management and all Member National Authorities to support sailors, increase participation, provide competition and equal opportunity around the world.

Sertl was delighted and honored to receive the news of her new position with World Sailing and is looking forward to the challenge.

“It is indeed a privilege to serve the sport of sailing in the role of Vice President,” Sertl said. “World Sailing has immediate challenges to address and resolve with finances and delivering sailing to the Olympic Games next summer. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the new Board.

Sertl succeeds Gary Jobson (Annapolis, Maryland), former president of US Sailing, as a member of the World Sailing Board of Directors. Jobson served two terms on the World Sailing Board of Directors (2012-2020). He congratulated Sertl and the newly elected board members. Jobson also reflected on the collective progress made in recent years on important issues facing the sport.

“Congratulations to Cory Sertl on being elected Vice President of World Sailing,” Jobson said. “Cory has served on the World Sailing Council for the past 12 years and is well prepared to serve on the Board. My two terms as Vice President are coming to an end. It has been an energetic 14 years on the Board. of US Sailing, the President of US Sailing and the Board of Directors of World Sailing I am particularly pleased that we are organizing a Mixed Offshore Long Distance Double-handed Race at the Olympic Games Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028. I am also proud tremendous progress we have made in creating gender equity at the Olympic Games and, by extension, in all of sport. I wish Cory and the other newly elected Board members the best of luck over the next four years.

American sailing has been well represented over the years on a number of World Sailing committees. We would also like to recognize and thank Gary Bodie who is retiring from the World Sailing delegation. He represented Group P (US Sailing and Sailing Canada) on the Board and made significant contributions to the Events Committee that helped shape the racing format of sailing at the Olympics.

Stan Honey (Palo Alto, CA) and Dina Kowalyshyn (Annapolis, Maryland) will represent Group P as Board members for the next four years. Honey is one of the best sailors in the world and has set numerous sailing speed records on various sailboats around the world. He won the 2010 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award from US Sailing. While Kowalyshyn is an accomplished sailor and naval architect who has led the World Sailing Equipment Committee as chairman for the past four years.

In October 2018, Sertl was elected president of US Sailing for a three-year term on the National Board of Directors. She is particularly proud of US Sailing’s contribution to World Sailing through the efforts of her delegation of volunteers serving on federation committees and commissions. This is a long tradition for US Sailing and as Sertl looks back on the past four years, she greatly appreciates the efforts of the other members of her delegation: Betsy Alison – Para World Sailing, Liz Baylis – Match Racing, Gary Bodie – Events and Council, Jim Capron – Race Rules, Tom Duggan – Race Officials & Race Direction, Fred Hagedorn – Regional Games, Sally Honey – Special Regulations, Stan Honey – Oceana & Offshore, Dina Kowalyshyn – Equipment, Tom Rinda – Sailor Categorization, Dick Rose – Racing Rules, Ashley Tobin – Constitution and Steve Wrigley – Team Racing.

Sertl commented, “US Sailing is committed to continuing this tradition of service and leadership at World Sailing.”

Sertl had a long and successful sailing career on and off the water. His sailing experience ranges from dinghies and match racing to one-design keelboat racing at the highest levels of national and international competition. Sertl was an American Olympian at the 1988 Olympics as a 470 sailor, and she also launched Olympic campaigns in 1992 and 2004. She is a two-time winner of the Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year award in 1995 and 2001. Sertl is also certified US Trainer and coach of sailing instructors.

Sertl has been active on behalf of US Sailing as a delegate to World Sailing since 1995. She has served as Council Representative for North America and chairs the Youth Events Sub-Committee and the Youth World Championships Committee.

Sailing is a family activity for the Sertls. Cory and her husband, Mark, have two adult children, who have cruised through college – Katja (Boston College, 2016) and Nick (Harvard, 2018).

Learn more about Cory Sertl and how she plans to serve the sport as Vice President of World Sailing.

World Sailing Election Process Details

The election of the president and the seven vice-presidents took place by electronic ballot. Member National Authorities of World Sailing (MNA), in good standing with World Sailing, were eligible to vote. Each deputy selected at least two male candidates and two female candidates for the vice-presidency.

Eligible candidates are endorsed by at least five World Sailing MPs and term begins at the close of the General Assembly. The Board of Directors is elected for a term of four years.

The first round of voting took place from October 9 to 16, 2020. This was the main voting period for the presidential and vice-presidential elections.

The World Sailing Election Committee, chaired by Philip Cotton and supported by Melanie Willmore and David Kellett, who oversaw the process, monitored and regulated the process. In addition, KPMG has been appointed Independent Scrutineer.

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Jake Fish: USA Sailing Communications, [email protected]

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