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Gary Jobson to Present “Sailing: Speed, and Passion”

May 1, 2012


ISLAND HEIGHTS, NJ APRIL 26, 2012.  Gary Jobson, world class sailor, television commentator, author and President of U.S. Sailing, will present an illustrated lecture—Sailing: Speed and Passion—at the Island Heights Yacht Club, River Avenue, Island Heights, NJ at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, 2012.   The lecture is sponsored by the Island Heights Yacht Club and is part of an evening long fundraiser for the John F. Peto Studio Museum.  The talk is in conjunction with the museum’s special exhibition, “Art of the Sail: Marine Paintings and Artifacts from Barnegat Bay and Beyond” on view at the museum, also located in Island Heights, from May 19th through July 8th.

Mr. Jobson’s talk will touch on the America’s Cup, Newport-Bermuda, and New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup races.  He will speak about his expedition to Antarctica, speed records, and preview the 2012 Olympics.  Originally from Ocean County, Jobson has authored seventeen sailing books and is Editor at Large of Sailing World and Cruising World magazines.  He has been ESPN’s sailing commentator since 1985 and won an Award for Cable Excellence (A.C.E.) for the 1987 America’s Cup.  In 1988 Jobson won an Emmy for the 2006 Volvo Ocean Race on PBS and he has covered the Olympics five times for NBC.  His newest book is Gary Jobson: An American Sailing Story.

Mr. Jobson has won many championships, sailed in the America’s Cup with Ted Turner, and participated in many of the world’s ocean races.  In October 2003, Jobson was inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame by the Herreshoff Marine Museum.  He has won the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy, US Sailing’s most prestigious award—awarded annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the sport of sailing in the United States.  Gary is also an active cruising sailor and has led ambitious expeditions to the Arctic, Antarctica, and Cape Horn.

Admission to the lecture is $30 for adults, $10 for junior sailors.  The ticket price includes a pass to the John F. Peto Studio Museum, 102 Cedar Street , Island Heights to view Art of the Sail: Marine Paintings and Artifacts from the Bay and Beyond.  Following the lecture, there will be a reception and book signing hosted by museum trustee, Fred Rosenfeld, featuring special guest Gary Jobson.  The cost to attend the event is $75 per person and includes admission to the lecture and a pass to the museum exhibit.  For more information or to make reservations, or call 732-929-4949.   Tickets may be purchased online at