This past week at the US Sailing Leadership Forum in St. Pete Beach, FL, many people and organizations were celebrated for their positive impact in the sailing community. Among those awarded was our very own Rich Jepsen! Rich was presented with the Timothea Larr Award for his outstanding contributions to the advancement of sailor education in the United States. This is US Sailing’s highest honor for sailing training!
Ever since Rich joined the ACSC team as volunteer Vice President, he has brought a new sense of professionalism to the organization. He is a true mentor- motivating others to reach their personal bests in a kind and enthusiastic way. You can ask Rich the same question five times, and he’ll still respond with patience and a smile. Rich is always willing to uplift others and share his wealth of knowledge with anyone.
ACSC is so proud and honored to have Rich Jepsen on our team!
Here’s what US Sailing has to say about it:
“Perhaps no one has had a bigger impact on boating education nationally than Rich Jepsen. After serving as the chair of the commercial committee for two years he went on to serve as the chair of the training committee for 17 years and then as a member of the US Sailing Board of Directors in the late 1990’s, and again today. He also serves as a representative on the National Boating Safety Advisory Council, a group that provides direct advice to the US Coast Guard on a broad variety of safety matters.
Rich has been involved with every aspect of US Sailing’s training and educational programming, and has helped craft the standards that are in place today. He has assisted with the development of US Sailing publications and worked tirelessly to ensure that technical components are easily digestible to the first-time sailor.
Jepsen has always played a major role in the National Sailing Programs Symposium (NSPS). He is constantly pushing staff and volunteers to do more while still being the consummate cheerleader and partner. From the way that awards are presented, to the way the actual events are constructed, he knows how to challenge and support simultaneously.
Additionally, he has been involved in a significant number of search committees for US Sailing, including for multiple Training and Education Directors, and the current Youth and Adult Directors. He has mentored the staff, served as a mediator and sounding board, and helped ensure that the organization never loses sight of the most important asset that US Sailing has – the people.
Over his time with US Sailing, he has helped establish a culture of excellence within the organization and position it as a leader throughout the industry. He is a subject matter expert, and his work, both with US Sailing and on the National On-Water-Standards, has benefited both sailors and schools across the country. He has impacted thousands of sailors and through the legacy he’s built he certainly will impact many more for years to come."
You can check out the full list of winners by clicking here: http://www.ussailing.org/ussailingawards-sfl2018/