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|Founded||October 30, 1897|
The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing) is the national governing body for sailing in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Bristol, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team. 
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.
October 30, 1897: The North American Yacht Racing Union (NAYRU) was organized.
The Sears Cup has been awarded by US Sailing annually for the Chubb U.S. Junior Triplehanded Sailing Championship since 1921. The Mrs. Charles Francis Adams Trophy has been awarded annually by US Sailing for the U.S. Women’s Sailing Championship since 1924. Neither US Sailing events were sailed during the World War II years 1942-45.
1931: Canada, which was originally part of NAYRU, formed its own Canadian Yachting Association (CYA)
January 1975: NAYRU changed its name to the United States Yacht Racing Union. (USYRU)
Early 1980s: USYRU created a program to train young sailors through a network of certified instructors.
October 1991: USYRU change its name to the United States Sailing Association, Inc. and began to do business as US SAILING.
1993: US Sailing developed a comprehensive instruction program for adults to learn to sail in larger sailboats.
US Sailing has four levels of membership (Individual, Family, Youth, and College) with varying eligibility requirements and benefits.