Gary Jobson is a world class sailor, television commentator, author and corporate advisor based in Annapolis, MD. A championship sailor, he has won races in one-design classes, including the prestigious America's Cup with Ted Turner in 1977, the infamous Fastnet Race and many of the world's ocean races. Jobson is an avid adventurer, and has led ambitious expeditions to the Arctic, Antarctica and Cape Horn. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is honored to have had Jobson serve as national chairman of The Leukemia Cup Regatta since 1994.
In 1999, Gary won the prestigious Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy, awarded annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the sport of sailing in the United States. In 2003, he was inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame. US SAILING, the national governing body of the sport, elected Jobson president of the organization in October, 2009.
Jobson has been ESPN's sailing commentator since 1985 and produces more than 30 shows per year. He won an Award for Cable Excellence (A.C.E.) for the 1987 America's Cup. In 1988 Jobson won two Emmys for his production of sailing at the Olympic Games in South Korea and the 2006 Volvo Ocean Race on PBS. Jobson was part of the broadcast team that covered sailing events at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, and he commentated on the sailing coverage of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. He has won four Southam Awards and one Telly Award.
Jobson has given over 2,300 lectures around the world over the past 35 years. He has authored 16 sailing books and is editor-at-large of Sailing World and Cruising World magazines. His latest published books are titled "Championship Sailing," "A Cats: A Century of Tradition," a look at a class of wooden catboats unique to Barnegat Bay on the New Jersey shore and "Classic Yachts". He is a recipient of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 2004 Spiral of Life award.
In 2003, after years of committed service on behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Jobson was diagnosed with lymphoma and, in his words, "became a beneficiary of the research advances I had helped support." He is now cancer-free.