Janet Baxter Honored For Leadership In Women’s Sailing

June 6, 2007 Marblehead , MA - The Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award was presented to Janet Baxter, a Chicago-based racer, sailing judge and the first woman elected president of United States Sailing Association, the national governing body of the sport in the US. The award was given during evening festivities at the sixth annual Women’s Sailing Conference hosted by the Corinthian Yacht Club. The event is organized by the National Women’s Sailing Association with BoatUS as primary sponsor.

Janet Baxter was instrumental in preparing US SAILING for the future, leading a comprehensive reorganization of the group. In accepting the award, Baxter spoke graciously about how sailing has enriched her life and cemented friendships that last a lifetime. She’s raced in 27 Chicago-to-Mackinac races and excelled in racing Lasers, Etchells, as well as offshore boats. She is a member of the Chicago Yacht Club.

“Janet Baxter, in taking such a high-profile leadership position at US SAILING, shows that women can excel at every level — both on the water and in the board rooms,” said Elaine Dickinson of BoatUS in presenting the award with NWSA President Valli Cook. The award is co-sponsored by BoatUS and NWSA and honors a male or female who has a record of achievement in giving something back to the sport of sailing as well as inspiring and educating women.

The day-long conference of on-the-water and classroom workshops, seminars and demonstrations, gives women sailors, from novices to experts, an opportunity to network with other women while learning new skills or brushing up on old ones.