The ISAF was established in October 1907 as the International Yacht Racing Union. It was a vibrant time for sailing in 1907 when the Universal Handicap Rule was created, and the organization has evolved over the years. It meets twice a year, and the spring meeting has considerably smaller attendance, but it is where final decisions are made. More than 130 Member National Authorities exist under the ISAF umbrella, and when it comes to decisions impacting the sport, the United States, like every MNA, gets one vote, even though it has a large number of sailors and yacht clubs. Historically, the United States has had strong representation in order to have its voice heard. Among the 400 international delegates present in Athens, 26 were Americans, including past US SAILING President Dave Irish, who is one of seven ISAF Vice Presidents, Sertl another veteran council member with considerable knowledge of ISAF’s inner workings, and Charley Cook, from Marblehead, Mass., who is a senior member of the Council and chairs ISAF’s Race Management Committee. Cook is also scheduled to be the Principle Race Officer at the 2012 Olympics in Weymouth. Each morning the American delegation met to discuss the issues of the day and met again in the evening to compare notes on how things went.