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National Advisory Committee

The immediate past officers of the Ensign Class Association are the members of the National Advisory Committee.

Members: Pete Kogut, Marsha LaHaye, Neil Lynch


The Nominating Committee consists of three members, each from a different fleet, appointed by the Commodore at an Annual Meeting, which committee shall nominate the Officers for the following term.

Chair: Mike Macina
Members: Eric Jones, Elizabeth Brincklow


The Vice Commodore-Rules, shall with the aid of the Rules Committee, pass on all questions relative to eligibility of boats and equipment, interpret the rules and specifications, and recommend to the Governing Committee any advisable alterations or additions to the class rules.

The Rules Committee shall be appointed immediately after each Annual Meeting by the Commodore. The Vice Commodore - Rules shall chair it and and its other members shall hold office for one year. The collective committee shall assist the Vice Commodore - Rules in carrying out the duties of that office.

Chair: Vice Commodore Rules, Stephen Heinzelman
Members: Doug Burtner, Tom Groll, Benz Faget


The Technical Committee shall be regular or associate members appointed by the Commodore to oversee the construction of non-Pearson built Ensigns. The purpose of the committee is to assure new boats are built to the same or equivalent specifications as the Pearson built Ensigns in order to maintain the “one design” characteristics.

Chair: Zeke Durica
Members: Scott Mason, Russ Carr, Chad Lewis

Ensigns Forever

The Ensigns Forever Committee shall be regular or associate members appointed by the Commodore to promote the Ensign in the sailing community and be responsible for ensuring that a plan is in place to maintain the ability to produce non-Pearson built Ensigns. To support this, the Ensigns Forever Committee will raise voluntary funds from the sailing community and ECA members in excess of dues. The Committee will communicate with the Ensign builder in regards to contracts, the preservation of ECA assets and forecasting potential expenditures that may be requested from the ECA.

Chair: Eric Jones
Members: Russ Carr, Jeff Millin, Mike Macina, Roy Adamson, Chad Lewis

Sea III Award

The Sea III Trophy, given in honor of Charles R. Sligh III by the Ensign Class Association, may be awarded annually at the National Championship Regatta to recognize a person who has exemplified outstanding sportsmanship or made exceptional contribution for the benefit of the Ensign Class Association. Any member of the Association is eligible for selection. The selection committee shall be appointed by the Commodore and chaired by the immediate past Commodore of the Association.

Chair: Pete Kogut
Members: John CutlerMike LaHaye  

Hall of Fame

The Ensign Hall of Fame serves to to recognize and perpetuate in its archives a noteworthy piece of Ensign Class folklore. Each inductee will be announced at the Annual Winter Meeting and inducted into the ECA Hall of Fame. A brief write up will be included in the Yearbook, and also included in the ECA website supporting each induction.

Chair: Zeke Durica
Members: Dick Torpey & Scott Mason

Youth Sponsorship Program

The Ensign Class Association, in accordance with its stated goal of fostering sailing and sailing competition, has established a program encompassing Sponsorship and Training. The program is aimed at reducing financial burden incurred by qualified and dedicated youth sailors attending regional, national or international events, sailing seminars, schools or camps. The Youth Sponsorship Program Committee shall consist of three ECA members as appointed by the Commodore at the Annual Meeting.

Chair: Elizabeth Brincklow
Members: Kay Snider

Boat and Equipment Placement Donation Program

The boat donation program's main goal is to move old, unused or derelict boats into active fleets and/or youth programs. The  program is an ideal way to attract young sailors to the Ensign Class in partnership with the Youth Sponsorship Program.

Chair: Zeke Durica
Members: Bob Conkey


The Membership Committee is a special committee formed to reach out to Ensign owners, in an effort to let them know how important they are to the ECA, and to find out what is important to them, so the ECA can more effectively provide value to the class.

Chair: Rear Commodore, Membership, Marsha LaHaye

Members: John Cutler, Mike LaHaye, Bud Brown, David Willner



The Publicity Committee is a special committee formed to present the many ways Ensigns are used. Family daysailing, racing, cruising, overnighting, singlehanding, dating, helping others, sailing schools, teaching, team building... there are so many ways. Ensigns are FUN, and everyone should know.

Chair: Vice Commodore, Publicity, Dave Willner

Members: Rick Feldman, Jane Heron, John Cutler, Bud Brown, Lythia Metzmeier, Russ Carr

The Spirit Committee is a special committee formed to recognize a person who is affiliated with an Ensign owner, local fleet or region or class association for, but not limited to, displays of excellence in sportsmanship or dedication to the local, region or national fleet.

Chair: Vic Commodore, Regional Affairs, Anna Gorbold
Members: Scott Mason, Marsha LaHaye, Eric Jones, Lewis Price


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