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Gary A. Jobson

Gary A. Jobson is a world class sailor, television commentator, author, and advisor who is considered by many to be one of America's premier sailors. He is a graduate of the New York Maritime College (1973) and holds a Merchant Marine Officer's Third Mate License. He has raced in many one design classes. He has completed thirteen Southern Circuits, was a three time All American Sailor, and was twice named College Sailor of the Year (1972, 1973). He sailed as Ted Turner's tactician on board Courageous in 1977 and 1980, and was watch captain on the winning Tenacious in the 1979 Fastnet Race. Gary was the tactician on the 12 meter Defender during the 1983 America's Cup defense trials. He won the Yacht Racing Hall of Fame Regatta in 1982. In 1985, 1986, and 1988, Gary won the Liberty Cup in New York Harbor.

Gary is Editor at Large of Yachting magazine. He has also contributed to Sail, Yachting, and Sailing World. He writes a weekly column which appears in the Annapolis daily, The Capital. Gary has authored the USYRU Sailing Instructor's Manual (1978), The Racing Edge (1979), Gary Jobson's How to Sail (1980), The Yachtsman's Pocket Almanac (1981, 1986), Storm Sailing (1983), Speed Sailing (1985), World Class Sailing (1987), and Sailing Fundamentals (1987). He has completed championship Tactics, with Toms Whidden, which will be published this summer.

Gary is an active speaker and has lectured to over 800 groups in the past ten years. He was the sailing coach for four years at the US Merchant Marine Academy and for one year at the U.S. Naval Academy. He has served on the US Olympic Yachting Committee and the Board of Directors of the U.S. Yacht Racing Union.

Gary won an Emmy Award for his coverage of the 1988 Olympic Games for NBC. He was ESPN's analyst for the 1987 and 1988 America's Cup and made regular appearances on ABC's Wide World of Sports. He has also appeared on several other networks including Network Nine (Australia), TVS (Great Britain) and Fox Broadcasting. Gary has appeared on ABC's Nightline and Good Morning America as ABC's expert commentator during the 1983 and 1987 America's Cup. He served as yachting's commentator for the Turner broadcasting System in July 1986 for the Goodwill Games in the Soviet Union and will also cover the 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle, Washington.

In the past you may have seen Gary in several ads including Michelob, Sebago, High Seas Foul Weather Gear, L.L. Bean Catalogue, and ESPN. You may also have seen Gary in the Dewar's Profile which appeared in 60 publications in 1985 and 1986.


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