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US SAILING Withdraws Mandatory Membership Proposal

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US SAILING Withdraws
Mandatory Membership Proposal

Portsmouth, R.I. (June 17, 2008) – US SAILING, national
governing body for the sport of sailing, has announced today that its
Board of Directors last night voted to withdraw a proposal that would
require US SAILING membership of racing sailors."We
have heard from our members and we thank everyone for their input,"
said US SAILING President Jim Capron. "Many sailors and sailing organizations
have told us that racing sailors should be members, but that their membership
should be voluntary. We also appreciate that many of these sailing organizations
have indicated their willingness to help grow our membership. We look
forward to working with all of you to strengthen both our organization
and our sport." No
doubt the SA community was the driving force that led to this decision.
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