Lynne Beal (foredeck on Kokomis, Shark 435) and an NYC member, has been selected to serve on the International Jury for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. This, on the heels of her service on the Jury for the ISAF World Sailing Championships this November-December in Australia, is an appreciation of her knowledge, her skill, and her extraordinary ability to work under pressure in difficult situations and with highly accomplished athletes and officials.
The job? It starts long before the regatta: reading, correcting, and organizing major documents, the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions. Then at the regatta to meet early on the morning of each day of competition with coaches and competitors, then to spend the day on the water in small boats enforcing the rules about kinetics (illegal pumping, rocking, and sculling), then to spend the evening in protest hearings. That can easily be a 14-hour day.
In addition, this January, Lynne has been at the International Federation for Disabled Sailing World Championships, in Florida, where she was a member of the International Jury. And next summer she will serve on the Jury for the Paralympics Sailing Regatta in Weymouth, England.
Well done, Lynne!