US Sailing membership

By being member of the US Sailing Association, we contribute to SDG 17.

US Sailing

We're a member of US Sailing, the National Sailing Organisation for the US.

US Sailing Association

The United States Sailing Association is described as the national governing body for sailing in the United States. US Sailing was founded in 1897.
For first-time sailors, US Sailing ensures that they will learn from experienced and certified instructors who follow national guidelines and are trained using a nationwide curriculum. For sailing programmes and one-design sailing organisations, US Sailing hosts networking events and symposiums that bring together experts who address the latest developments in these areas of the sport. Young sailors who are just starting out in the sport can learn about sailboat racing through one of many USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festivals organised by US Sailing and host organisations every year.

For racing sailors, US Sailing provides an equal level playing field by training and certifying race officials, judges, and umpires and by ensuring standardised rules and sailing instructions. For sailboat owners who enjoy competing in offshore events, US Sailing provides rating certificates such as IRC and ORR to enable boats of various sizes to compete against each other. Safety on the water is an essential part of US Sailing’s training programmes, including powerboat courses. Our Safety at Sea Courses are required by many offshore regatta organisers.

They host 14 National Championships at sailing organisations around the country. These championships offer various disciplines of racing so sailors can test their skill level at a national level. For sailors aiming to represent the USA at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, US Sailing trains, selects, and manages these great athletes.


The mission of the association is to increase sailing participation and excellence through education, competition and equal opportunity, while upholding the principles of fair play, sportsmanship and safety.


The stated objectives of US Sailing are to:

  • Provide leadership, integrity and advancement for the sport of sailing;
  • Be the recognized leader in training and certification, in support for the racing sailor and in facilitating access to sailing;
  • Promote the participation, education, opportunity and safety of sailing;
  • Raise standards and expand competitive sailing in the U.S;
  • Achieve success at highest levels of international competition;
  • Strengthen governance and organizational efficiency.


Membership in US Sailing is open to all individuals and organisations, including all sailors, coaches, trainers, managers, administrators, and officials without discrimination on the basis of gender, race, colour, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression or mental or physical disability.