Gary Jobson

Gary Jobson

World-class sailor, tv commentator, and author

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World-Class Sailor, Television Commentator and Author, named "Admiral of the Chesapeake"

Gary Jobson is a decorated sailor, television commentator, sailing lecturer, and author based in Annapolis, MD.

Career Highlights

Gary Jobson has recorded many achievements in his sailing career. Most recently, he covered the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco for NBC. He won an A.C.E. (Award for Cable Excellence) for the 1987 America's Cup on ESPN.  In 1988 Jobson won an Emmy for his production of sailing at the Olympic Games in South Korea, and won an Emmy for the 2006 Volvo Ocean Race on PBS.  Jobson recently produced a documentary promoting nuclear energy titled, Energy on Trial. Gary Jobson is currently a Vice President of the International Sailing Federation.
He has won many championships in one-design classes, the America’s Cup with Ted Turner, the infamous Fastnet Race and many of the world’s ocean races. In college at SUNY Maritime he was an All American sailor three times and was twice named College Sailor of the Year. Gary is also an active cruising sailor. He has led ambitious expeditions to the Arctic, Antarctica and Cape Horn.

Books and Publications

Gary has authored 18 sailing books and is Editor at Large of Sailing World and Cruising World magazines. His newest books are Nantucket: A Sailing Community and Gary Jobson: An American Sailing Story.

Awards and Recognition

Jobson was inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame (2011) and the America's Cup Hall of Fame (2003) by the Herreshoff Marine Museum.  In 1999 Jobson won the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy, US SAILING’s most prestigious award. He was elected President of the National Sailing Hall of Fame in January 2013. In 2013 Jobson was presented a Telly Award (Recognizes distinction in creative work in broadcast/non-broadcast video productions) for Unfurling the World The Voyages of Irving and Electa Johnson.

Philanthropic Efforts

Gary has been the National Chairman of The Leukemia Cup Regatta program since 1994. These events have raised over $44 million to date. In 2012 the University of Maryland Medical School established The Gary Jobson Professorship in Medical Oncology. Jobson was awarded a Doctor of Letters from the State University of New York Maritime College in 2005 and a Doctor of Human Letters from Lakeland College in 2013.

Sailing Background

Over the past thirty-five years Gary has given over 2000 lectures throughout the world.  He started his career as a sailing coach at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.In college, Jobson was named an All-American sailor three times and was twice named College Sailor of the Year (1972, 1973).  He is a Past President of US Sailing (2010-2012).

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