I know the calendar says it is late January, but things should be warming up considerably this weekend at Catawba Island Club. The last weekend in January has traditionally become the annual “Sailors Winter Rendezvous”. In past years, there have been activities and speakers of note, but nothing like this year.
Saturday morning, the President of US SAILING, Gary Jobson, will be the featured speaker starting at 9:30. Jobson is a world-class sailor and author and since 1985 he has served as the primary sailing commentator for ESPN.
In 1988, Jobson won an Emmy for his production of sailing at the Olympic Games in South Korea and won an Emmy again for his 2006 coverage of the Volvo Ocean Race on PBS. He has covered the Olympics five times for NBC and has given more than 2,000 lectures throughout the world. When he broadcast the America’s Cup matches from Fremantle, Australia back in 1985, he teamed up with veteran broadcaster Jim Kelly. Interestingly, Kelly began his broadcast career at WRWR in Port Clinton in the early 1960s under his given name – Jim Scroggs.
He has served as tactician on a number of America’s Cup winners, including experiences sailing with Ted Turner and Dennis Conner. In October of 2003, Jobson was inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame by the Herreshoff Marine Museum. In 1999, he won US SAILING’s most prestigious award, the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy awarded annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the sport of sailing in the United States.
For the past five years, he has served as the President of the primary oversight organization for American sailors and yacht racing, US SAILING. He continues to be a regular contributor for Sailing World Magazine (sailing’s equivalent of baseball’s Sporting News).
He has authored a number of books on sailboat racing tactics and his life in sailing. He is a cancer survivor, having beaten back lymphoma.
For more information on Gary Jobson’s appearance at CIC this Saturday, contact Mike Schenk at 419-797-4424.