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Gary Jobson is a decorated sailor, television commentator, sailing lecturer, and author based in Annapolis, Maryland. He has recorded many achievements in his sailing career, having won multiple championships in one-design classes, the America's Cup with Ted Turner in 1977, the Fastnet Race, and many of the world's ocean races. Jobson is also an active cruising sailor, having led expeditions to the Arctic, Antarctica, and Cape Horn.
In October 2003, Jobson was inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame by the Herreshoff Marine Museum. In 1999, Jobson won the Nathanael Herreshoff Trophy, US Sailing's most prestigious award, and as of 2010 is the current president of US Sailing. Jobson is also the National Regatta Chairman of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's sailing program, having survived Lymphoma himself.
Jobson has authored 15 books on sailing, and is Editor at Large of Sailing World and Cruising World magazines. In addition to his print work he has been ESPN's sailing commentator since 1985. He won an Ace Award for Cable Excellence for his coverage of the 1987 America's Cup. In 1988, Jobson won an Emmy for his production of sailing at the Olympic Games in South Korea and also won an Emmy for the 2006 Volvo Ocean Race on PBS.
In college, Jobson was named an All-American sailor three times and was twice named College Sailor of the Year (1972, 1973). He graduated with his bachelor's degree and Third Mate's License (Unlimited Tonnage) from the State University of New York Maritime College in 1973. He began his career as a sailing coach at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.
Jobson won the All America Intercollegiate Sailing Team from 1971 to 1973. In 1972 and 1973, he was awarded Intercollegiate Sailor of the Year. He was the America's Cup Winning Tactician in 1977 sailing on Courageous. He was elected to the Sailing World Hall of Fame in 1982 and won the Cable Ace Awards for the 1987 America's Cup. He was awarded an Emmy in 1988 for his coverage of 1988 Olympic Games - Yachting. Jobson's next award came in 1999, the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Award from US Sailing. This was followed by the Best Sports Book Award of 2002, awarded him in 2003 by the Independent Publisher Book Awards in America for his book Fighting Finish. In the same year, Jobson was inducted into the Herreshoff Museum America's Cup Hall of Fame. In 2004, he received the Spiral of Life Award from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and in 2011 Jobson received the Charles M. Leighton Award for Outstanding Service. In 2013, Mr. Jobson was selected for the Hope Funds for Cancer Research Awards of Excellence in the area of Advocacy for both his work in creating the Leukemia Cup and his courage, resilliance and advocacy as a lymphoma patient himself.
Board of directors
Jobson either serves on or has served on the boards of Operation Sail, US Sailing, Olympic Sailing Committee, Leukemia Cup Regatta Series, Fales Committee (US Naval Academy), New York Yacht Club, International Yacht Restoration School, Annapolis Yacht Club, and the National Sailing Hall of Fame.
Board of Trustees
Jobson serves on the Board of Trustees of St. Mary's College of Maryland.