sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Gary Jobson: An American Sailing Story

Gary Jobson: An American Sailing Story

'Gary Jobson'    Dan Nerney ©

An old proverb suggests it's best to live in uninteresting times. That depends on where you stand. Gary Jobson had the good fortune to hit his stride just when the relatively arcane sport he'd built his life around reached a fascinating peak, and he's made the most of it.

Mr. Jobson is a sailor, and a very good one. Twice he was College Sailor of the Year in the early 1970s at the State University of New York's Maritime College. That won him an introduction to the budding media magnate and keen sailor Ted Turner, who liked the young man from the Jersey Shore enough to make him tactician on Courageous, his upstart 1977 America's Cup entrant.

The Mouth of the South flummoxed the New York Yacht Club by taking an old boat and beating two icons, Ted Hood and Lowell North, for the right to defend the America's Cup. And Mr. Jobson was alongside Mr. Turner when he got so looped after winning it—four races to none over the Australian challenger—that he disappeared under the dais at the postrace press conference.

Over the next 10 years, the America's Cup grew into one of the hottest sporting events, and Mr. Jobson climbed with it.

In this memoir, he chronicles his journalistic role in fanning the nation's interest as first the cup was lost in 1983 by Dennis Conner, ending the New York Yacht Club's 132-year stranglehold on the trophy. (Mr. Jobson was the only person on the press boat who saw it coming in the seventh race and kindly shook the rest of us awake so we wouldn't miss the turning point.) Then he was there when Mr. Conner won it back in 1987 in the wild winds off Fremantle, Australia. Mr. Conner got a ticker-tape parade in New York and a reception at the White House. Mr. Jobson, who brought the saga home to folks who stayed up all night to watch on ESPN, became the voice of American sailing.

He has been on the spot for most key events in grand prix sailing over the past three decades. He steered the winning boat through 55-knot winds in England's 1979 Fastnet Race, the most lethal yacht race ever, with 15 sailors killed. He was in San Diego when a band of unheralded New Zealanders snatched the America's Cup from the world's richest nation in 1995, and he went to Auckland twice to watch the Kiwis defend it. He knows everybody in sailing, and they all know him. He's America's eye on the sport, as close to a sailing celebrity as there is.

That's quite an accomplishment for a newspaperman's son from Barnegat Bay, and Mr. Jobson tells the tale reasonably well in 'An American Sailing Story.' The book, co-authored with Cynthia Goss, is a bit disjointed, jumping back and forth in time, peppered with photographs and prose that runs the gamut from soaring to pedestrian (and sometimes makes you wince). In the end, you get a solid, unvarnished portrait of a full and productive life that owes most of its success to grit and hard work.

For the rest of this story click here?nid=85146




by Angus Phillips

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=85146

4:56 PM Sat 25 Jun 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


News - USA and the World



America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,


























2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins by Vanessa Yates, Hawaii






































Plastic Classic takes place at Mariposa Hunters Point YC
Six Metre European Championship - No champion declared for 2014
J/Teams sail tough Chicago Mackinac Race
Anna Tunnicliffe wins first event of Reebok Cross Fit Games + Video
2014 Pacific Cup - Skill and luck required for victory
Six Metre European Championship - Action resumes on day 4
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 4
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam on the horizon
Rolex Big Boat Series - Golden Jubilee to take place this September
DH Pacific Cup - Running with the pack + Video
Women's Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Testing day in Vannes
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Ireland establishes solid lead
International Moth Worlds: Outteridge charges into the lead + Video
Marina Rubicón Round Canary Islands Race - First blood to Team Brunel
ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - Competition heats up on day 2
Laser Radial World Championships - Competition aplenty on day 3 +Video
Extreme Sailing Series - Penultimate Act to take place in Nice
Leukemia Cup - Images by Leighton O'Connor
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Meeting of the grand designs
29er North American Championship - Final series kicks off
29er World Championship 2014 set to start in Kingston, Ontario   
Barcelona and Parnu chosen for 2015 ORC championship events   
2014 Race for Rady Yacht Race - Benefiting Rady Children’s hospital   
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Doubleheader events start tomorrow   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 3   
Sailing through STEM Night at California YC   
Six Metre European Championship - High temps and little wind on day 3   
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Light wind opener in Vannes   
International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Unsatisfactory conditions on day 4   
ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - American unbeatable on day 1   
RS Feva World Championships - All set at Yacht Club de Carnac   
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - Nominations now open   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds - Steady winds on day 2 + Video   
29er North American Open Championship - Qualifying series wraps up   
Opening ceremony O'pen Bic World Cup, Travemunde Week, Germany   
Six Metre Europeans - Wind fails to make an appearance on day 2   
Edgartown Race Weekend - Let the sailing (and good times) begin   
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Action commences July 23   
International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT