Gary Jobson, a world class sailor, television commentator and author, will be nominated for President of US Sailing. The position of president will be elected by the board of directors at US Sailing’s Annual General Meeting in Houston on October 25, 2009.
Janet C Baxter, Chairman of the Committee that chose Jobson said:
‘The committee searched for a candidate who possesses skills as a great communicator, negotiator and motivator. We sought a person firmly committed to the sport, who understands our organization, the USOC and ISAF, and someone who will bring fresh thinking to the board. US Sailing needs a strong strategic thinker to be our leader and to look at our long term goals. As we see the impacts of a rough economy, Gary’s experience as a public speaker and fundraiser could not come at a better time.’
Jobson, 58, has been a strong supporter of US Sailing and is currently a member of the board of directors. He also has served on the Olympic Sailing Committee for 12 years.
A world class sailor, television commentator and author, Jobson has served as an ambassador to the sport. He has authored 16 sailing books including the first US Sailing Instructor’s Manual, and is editor-at-large of Sailing World and Cruising World magazines.
Jobson was the television broadcast producer for the sailing competition at the 2008 Olympic Games on NBC.
Jobson has won many championships in one design classes, the America’s Cup with Ted Turner in 1977, the infamous Fastnet Race and many of the world’s ocean races.
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 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. In 1998, he received the Captain Joe Prosser Award, which is given to an individual who made an exemplary contribution toward improving the quality and safety in the training or instruction of sailors. Jobson is also the National Regatta Chairman of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s sailing program, which has generated over $28 million.