In the America's Cup and sailing, no voice is better
known that of Gary Jobson. A champion sailor and Cup-winning
tactician, Gary is better known world-wide as the
warmly admired television commentator for six Cup
matches carried by ESPN, beginning in 1987 at Perth.
In his commentaries, he meets the demands both of
racing sailors and of landlubbers alike, giving sailors
an insightful (and often controversial) view of what
is happening on the race course while at the same
time conveying the excitement and romance of the sport.
Gary caught the America's Cup bug as a boy when he
became mesmerized by two photographs of J Class Cup
boats that were on display at his yacht club in Beachwood
New Jersey. After college (where he was twice named
College Sailor of the Year), he coached sailing at
the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and U.S. Naval Academy.
He was tactician for Ted Turner on Courageous during
the team's successful defense of the Cup in 1977 and
also during the 1980 defender trials. In 1983, he
was founder and tactician of the Courageous/Defender
Gary became ESPN's sailing commentator in 1985. While
covering the Cup and producing as many as 30 shows
a year, he also has covered Olympic sailing for NBC,
winning an Emmy Award for his work in Korea in 1988.
He will again be covering sailing at the Athens Games
in 2004. Author of 13 books on sailing, Gary is Editor-at-Large
of Sailing World and Cruising World magazines. Over
the past 25 years Jobson has delivered over 1,900
lectures around the world.
In 1999 the United States Sailing Association awarded
Gary its most prestigious award, the Nathanael G.
Herreshoff Trophy, for his contributions to the sport
of sailing. Here, we can give him our most prestigious
award for his invaluable contribution to the America's