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Elaine L. Dickinson

Elaine L. Dickinson is currently an Assistant Vice President of BoatU.S. and the Managing Editor of BoatU.S. Magazine, the 550,000-circulation publication of the Boat Owners Association of the United States. In the legislative arena, she also works on boating and safety issues and has testified before the U.S. Congress on boating issues. She served for two years as the Chair of the National Safe Boating Council, leading two national safety outreach campaigns, and also served a three-year appointment to the U.S. Coast Guard's National Boating Safety Advisory Committee, representing the boating public. Currently, Elaine is chair of the Recreational Vessel committee of the Coast Guard’s GMDSS Implementation Task Force and is on the board of directors of the National Women’s Sailing Association. She also serves on committees of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators as an associate member. Ms. Dickinson was born in Chicago, IL, and received a BA from George Washington University. Her career has included work as a researcher at the Smithsonian Institution and more than 10 years as a newspaper reporter and editor in Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Annapolis, MD. She has won writing awards from the Associated Press, Boating Writers International, Apex, and the American Academy of Dermatology. Elaine learned to sail at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School in Maine and currently sails a Pearson 28 sloop on the Chesapeake Bay. She completed a five-day training program on motoryachts in 2001, and has also become a kayaker. In 2003, she became a certified SCUBA diver. She is a member of the American Society of Association Executives, Boating Writers International, Society of National Association Publications, and the Chesapeake Bay Alberg-30 Association. She has sailed in Maine, Cape Cod, Chesapeake Bay, Virgin Islands and California. She and her husband, naval architect and writer Jack Hornor, live in Annapolis, MD.

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