Mission & People

The Gulf of Maine Ocean Racing Association is a not-for-profit, charitable corporation formed to act as an amateur athletic organization to promote yacht racing, including international yacht racing, in the ocean waters of the Gulf of Maine.

GMORA is a welcoming community where members enjoy a variety of racing activities, learn from one another, and cultivate a rich and proud legacy of sailboat racing. GMORA encourages members at every stage of life to partake in membership opportunities to socialize, build skills, and make friends with other members who love the water.

Board & Committee Members

The primary mission of the Gulf of Maine Ocean Racing Association (GMORA) is to foster high levels of race management, sportsmanship, fairness, and participation in sailboat racing in Maine.

In support of that mission, GMORA has assumed the responsibility of PHRF-New England handicapping for the Gulf of Maine Fleet (GOM), sponsors US Sailing Association (USSA) race officer training programs to increase the number and availability of certified race officers in Maine, conducts informative and instructional racing seminars, and introduced a novice/new racer mentorship program. When asked, GMORA members and directors have been race officers, judges, and race management teams at sanctioned GMORA regattas, MS Harborfest, Junior Olympic events, and the International Atlantic Cup Class 40 Regatta, among others.

Officers

  • President – Matthew Minson    matthew.minson85@gmail.com
  • Vice President – Sam Maloney
  • Treasurer – Bill Richards
  • Secretary – JM Payne
  • Boothbay Fleet Representative – Justin Andrus
  • Casco Bay Fleet Representative – Josh Biermann
  • Eastern Regional Fleet Representative – Chris Hopkins
  • Penobscot Bay Representative - Graham Fitch

Committee Members

  • Scoring Committee – Bill Duggan
  • Handicapping – Don Logan
  • Communications Committee – Lauryn Smith, Keith Gibson
  • Yearbook Committee – Bo Yoder
  • Awards/Banquet Committee – Peter Ocampo, Ann Blanchard
  • Shorthanded Fleet Rep – Justin Andrus

Purpose

A race management (RM) committee of GMORA exists to assist member organizations in the direct planning, organization, and conduct of sanctioned GMORA regattas. This RM activity of GMORA is consistent with the notion that GMORA is a service organization for its members and member organizations and that it remains dedicated to improving the quality and participation in GOM racing.

Policies

GMORA has policies, procedures, and personnel designed to aid member organizations in regatta management. 

We provide gratis race management consultation services, including sample template race documents,that may be accessed by member organizations. The race documents include the Notice of Race, the Sailing Instructions, and other miscellaneous documents in use at sanctioned regattas.  Additionally, we are available for help with Regattaman scoring procedures as well as member-wide communication emails and advertisement.

Procedures

There are no formal procedures in place for requesting race management assistance; Just ask GMORA.

Requests for assistance should be made to the GMORA Secretary or to the committee chair. GMORA will make every attempt to support its member organizations. The ability for GMORA to respond to requests and assist member organizations may be affected by the time limitations and prior commitments of resources.

 

Upcoming Meetings

Upcoming Meeting Items are sent out to our members via email. We welcome any suggestions and attendance is encouraged. Board meeting are scheduled on the first Monday of the month, and the venues rotate between participating clubs.

 

Past Meetings Minutes

Meeting minutes are sent out via email to the membership, and past minutes may be requested by emailing the secretary.