Monday, February 13, 2012

Welcome Gary Jobson!

This week's edition of the NHS newsletter, The Pennant, announced sailing legend Gary Jobson joining the USS HORNET Project Board of Advisers.  Welcome, sir, and thanks for your support!

NHS Staff | News | 7 February 2012
In a meeting with NHS Chairman Will King, sailing legend Gary Jobson volunteered to join the USS Hornet Project Board of Advisers. 
        “Sail training provides a lifetime experience in leadership, teamwork and understanding the world.  Hornet will provide thousands of young people the opportunity to learn life’s lessons.” he said.

        Mr. Jobson is a world class sailor, television commentator and author based in Annapolis, Maryland. He is President of US SAILING, the National Governing Body of Sailing.  Gary has authored 17 sailing books and is Editor at Large of Sailing World and Cruising World magazines.    
        Jobson has been ESPN's sailing commentator since 1985. He won an A.C.E.  (Award for Cable Excellence) for the 1987 America's Cup.  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. He has covered the Olympics five times for NBC.  Gary Jobson has won four Southam Awards and one Telly Award.  His newest book is Gary Jobson: An American Sailing Story. Jobson has produced a new film, Energy on Trial (
        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.
        In October 2003 Gary was inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame by the Herreshoff Marine Museum.  In 1999 Jobson won the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy, US SAILING's most prestigious award.  This trophy is awarded annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the sport of sailing in the United States. Gary has been the National Chairman of The Leukemia Cup Regatta, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's sailing program, since 1994. These events have raised over $35 million to date. Jobson was awarded a Doctor of Letters from the State University of New York Maritime College in 2005.
        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.
        Gary is also an active cruising sailor.  He has led ambitious expeditions to the Arctic, Antarctica and Cape Horn.  He currently races a Swan 42, Mustang, and an Etchells, Whirlwind.
        Gary and his wife, Janice, have three grown daughters, Kristi, Ashleigh and Brooke.
Mr. Jobson joins the following members on the USS Hornet Project Board of Advisers:

Chris Melhuish
Chris Melhuish – 65th Commanding Officer of USS CONSTITUTION
Began Navy-wide heritage indoctrination for new chief petty officers. Revised regulations for period uniforms. Drafted the ship's interpretive manual. Created demonstration gun and gig crews. Sailed ship on trials in Massachusetts Bay, 20 May 1998.
Mike Beck
Mike Beck – 64th Commanding Officer of USS CONSTITUTION
Naval Academy Class of 1977. First captain to sail Constitution in 116 years.  Youngest recipient of the Arliegh Burke Leadership Award and current headmaster of Dunn School in Los Olivos, CA.
Vic Suthren
 Victor Suthren – Maritime Historian and Author
Served as Director General of the Canadian War Museum and has voyaged extensively in traditional "tall ships". He is the author of several works of historical non-fiction as well as two series of historical sea fiction.
Billy Sabatini
William Sabatini – First Officer, Brig NIAGARA
Graduate of Maine Maritime Academy and Tabor Academy, USCG licensed Master. Sailed extensively aboard schooner BOWDOIN before joining the brig NIAGARA in 2005. 

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