Sail America’s executive director resigns

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. - Scott H. Evans, Sail America's executive director, has resigned from that position six months after taking the job, the Sail America Board of Directors reported in a recent release.

Evans had joined national sailing trade industry association on Aug. 1, 2005, assuming the post vacated by Scot West.

During a conference call Feb. 7, Sail America's Executive Board named Sail America national show manager Kevin Murphy as interim executive director while options are explored for moving forward.

“We thank Scott for his efforts on behalf of Sail America and wish him well in his future activities,” said Sail America president Bill Bolin.

Evans echoed those sentiments with a farewell message for members of the association.

“I have truly enjoyed working with the wonderful members of Sail America, but it is time for me to step down and pursue other endeavors,” Evans said. “I wish all of you the very best keeping the sport of sailing alive and well.”

Sail America said operations from its Middletown, R.I., headquarters will continue as usual as board members and committee vice presidents work closely with staff members to keep all Strictly Sail show plans and Sail America programs running smoothly.

Bolin noted that the recent Strictly Sail Chicago show, from Feb. 2-5, was an enormous success, attracting a strong turnout of exhibitors and show-goers.

“Kevin Murphy has a wonderful track record as Sail America's national show manager and we are confident that with the assistance of his top-notch staff, both upcoming shows will be highly successful,” Bolin said. “Our board, volunteer committees and industry leaders are in strong support of Kevin and his team during this time of transition.”

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