Event Partners

Gary Jobson (USA)

Name: Gary Jobson
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 17 07 1950
Nationality: American
Residence: Annapolis, Maryland, USA
First Language: English


World Sailing
Gary Jobson Goals 2016-2020

Racing Rules of Sailing - Continue working with Racing Rules Committee to make the RRS easy to understand, and to adapt the rules to fit the changing equipment and racing techniques being developed every day.

Communications - Integrate social media, print, internet and television communications with today's rapidly changing world. We made tremendous progress over the past four years, and we are in a strong position to make our sport highly visible. As a television producer, commentator, author and public speaker I am in a good position to bring all of these elements together.

Media - It was great fun publishing our book, Closing the Gap, about the Emerging Nations Program. At the Annual General Meeting every attendee will receive a copy. We will also premiere a film on the program in Barcelona. My hope is to publish a new book on the history of World Sailing and the development of sailing since 1907. The basic premise is to understand how trends have changed over the years, so we can better understand where our sport is heading in the future.

Offshore and Oceanic - Carlo Croce has proposed a new Offshore World Championship. I have been fortunate to have raced in most of the great offshore races and been at the forefront of broadcasting. These experiences will be helpful in creating this important event. I believe this new event will elevate long distance racing. The Offshore Committee has begun work on commissioning review boards to study the circumstances of major accidents on the water. From these reports we can improve our Regulations to make sailing safer. We must work hard to create handicap rating rules that maximize participation on the water. Gaining acceptance of the Universal Measurement System is an important step to making this happen.

Marketing - Defining and building World Sailing as a brand must be accomplished with great care. Our sport is a good position to recruit new sponsors to build our Emerging Nations Program, Sailing World Cup series and our sport in general.

Sailor Classification - There is a strong need to define the difference between professional and amateur sailors. This code needs to be updated and universally accepted. Over the past four years we have been able to demonstrate the need for Sailor Classification. The next task is to refine the criteria and improve the implementation system.

Olympic Games - Over the next six months there will considerable discussion on the equipment, updated formats, the need for gender equity and the potential of a showcase sailing event at the Games. I would be honored to help advance the discussion in the preparation of our report and recommendations to the International Olympic Committee.

Sailing Career

Raced on five America's Cup crews including Courageous - tactician 1977 winner
Overall victories in Fastnet Race - 1979, Annapolis-Newport Race, Maxi Yacht World Champion 1990
Two time College Sailor of the Year in USA
Many one design victories _ Finns, Lasers, Force 5, Etchells

Sailing Administration

Vice President - World Sailing 2012-2016
President - US Sailing 2009-2012
Board of Directors US Sailing, New York Yacht Club, Annapolis Yacht Club, Storm Trysail Club
US Olympic Sailing Committee 1976-1980 2000-2009

Other Sports Administration

Host Whitbread Round the World Race 1997-98 Chesapeak Bay Stop over
Host Volvo Ocean Race 2001-02 and 2005-06
Create Liberty Cup Match Race Regatta 1984-1989

Roles Within World Sailing

Nominating MNAs

Antigua and Barbuda
Chinese Taipei
Dominican Republic
Great Britain
New Zealand
Puerto Rico
Trinidad & Tobago
United States of America

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