Gary Jobson Visit and Dinner July 13

Save the evening of July 13 for what promises to be the highlight of the EYC’s 2013 season:  America’s most famous sailor, Gary Jobson, will visit the EYC!

All EYC members, juniors and friends are invited to a dinner featuring an exciting multi-media presentation by Gary, covering the sport of sailing from cruising to racing, from round-the-world races to college dinghy sailing, from the brutal Southern Ocean to calm inland lakes, from the danger of the notorious 1979 Fastnet Race to present-day speed sailors in frail craft resembling spaceships.  (Gary has promised his presentation will include video of “lots of great crashes.”)

Gary is ESPN’s lead television commentator for the 2013 America’s Cup.  Gary’s presentation will include an exclusive preview of the radically revised Cup format, which promises to be a wild ride on 72-foot, foiling, wing-masted catamarans, reaching speeds of 40+ knots on San Francisco Bay.

Gary’s visit will coincide with the EYC’s Rich Hall Junior Regatta (July 13-14).  All EYC juniors participating in the Rich Hall Regatta will receive a free copy of one of Gary’s books, An American Sailing Story, Championship Sailing: The Definitive Guide for Skippers, Tacticians and Crew, or The Winner’s Guide to Optimist Sailing.  Gary will sign copies of his books at the dinner.

Gary is a dynamic speaker who has spent a lifetime growing and promoting the sport of sailing.  He is an America’s Cup winner, 1979 Fastnet Race winner, champion match racer, three-time college sailing All-American and twice College Sailor of the Year.  He was a college sailing coach at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.  He is the author of 18 books, and a pioneer of sailing broadcasting.  He has been inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame (2011) and the America’s Cup Hall of Fame (2003).  In 1999 Gary won the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy, US Sailing’s most prestigious award.  He has led cruising expeditions to the Antarctic and to Cape Horn.  Gary is the most recent past President of US Sailing.

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