Catch the action as Gary hops a ride aboard one of the contenders in this classic ocean race.


Legends of American Sailing - by Gary Jobson

The concept to write this book has been on my mind for the past decade. The narrative is an overview of the lives and careers of the 50 top sailors who have contributed to the sport of sailing. In addition to the text, we included stunning portraits and sailing images that help tell their story. There are many common denominators among these sailors. For example, all of them have excelled at the highest levels of the sport. Most have given back with their creative innovations and service. Each sailor has exhibited a lifetime of outstanding sportsmanship that serves as inspiration for everyone who spends time on the water. Many of these sailors also experienced some kind of adversity early in their lives, and eventually found a way to overcome their problems to attain what I call greatness.

I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to interview all of these sailors and use their own words in these essays for future generations. Every dollar from the sale of Legends of American Sailing benefits the National Sailing Hall of Fame.

~ Gary Jobson



Saiing FundamentalsWith over 150 line drawings and photographs, and clear, detailed coursework covering every aspect of beginning sailing—from hoisting sail to docking and anchoring—Sailing Fundamentals is the authoritative text designed to prepare the learning sailor for certification according to international standards.

Written by America’s foremost instructional authority, the new edition of Sailing Fundamentals is the official learn-to-sail manual of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. Sailing Fundamentals is also used in the programs of yacht clubs, colleges, and sailing groups around the country. Unlike many sailing books, which can reflect the biases and idiosyncrasies of their authors, this book has been extensively pretested to ensure that it offers the fastest, easiest, most systematic way to learn basic sailing and coastal cruising.

Widely acclaimed author Gary Jobson has won several major races, including the 1977 America’s Cup victory as tactician aboard Courageous. He was head sailing coach at the US Naval Academy, and has conducted sailing clinics across the country.



Winner's Guide to Optimist Sailing

Written by one of the best-known figures in all of sailing and a leading authority on Optimist sailing and racing, The Winner's Guide to Optimist Sailing is the ideal training manual for young skippers, their parents, and their coaches. The most comprehensive sailing guide to the International Optimist dinghy class features:

Step-by-step instructions on every aspect of beginning sailing
More than 100 stunning photographs and helpful illustrations
Useful tips and winning tactics for competitive racing
Special advice sections for parents and coaches




An America's Cup TreasuryAn America's Cup Treasury returns to early races when Edwin Levick captured the spirit of sailing's most coveted prize through poignant black and white images of beautiful J boats and yachts, their crews, and spectators. An America's Cup Treasury features 150 of these photographs from the collections of The Mariners' Museum combined with the insights of one of today's most noted sailing experts.


Chasing Roosters cover

The BBYRA (Barnegat Bay Yacht Racing Association) was formed in 1914 to foster sailboat racing on Barnegat Bay. 


Over the course of a century BBYRA has run thousands of races for 34 different classes of racing sailboats. Today BBYRA runs races on Saturdays in the summertime for 12 fleets. 14 local yacht clubs comprise the membership of BBYRA totaling nearly 5000 memberships. 


Click here to purchase Chasing Roosters: A Century of Sailing on Barnegat Bay.

A CATS: A Centur of Tradition - coverGorgeous paintings and stunning, action-packed photographs illustrate the history of a class of wooden catboats unique to Barnegat Bay on the Jersey Shore. Since the early 1920s, a small and intimate group of sailors spanning several generations have passionately raced and cruised these beautiful, classic boats, which seem to link the generations to each other and to the area. Towering 46-foot masts and enormous sails make these boats awe-inspiring to look at and challenging to sail. As one would expect of sailors, their tales are often unbelievable, sometimes comical, and frequently sentimental. Threatened with extinction at times when the oldest boats fell into disrepair, over the years a few determined devotees of the A Cats saved the distinctive class of boats, and today a dozen A Cats grace Barnegat Bay.

Gary Jobson's Championship Sailing

Gary Jobson shares his expertise for a winning performance in sailboat racing

“The complete guide to racing at its highest level.”

—Paul Cayard, five-time America’s Cup veteran and six-time world champion

“A must-read for those who aspire to win sailboat races at any level.”

—Tom Whidden, CEO of North Marine Group, three-time America’s Cup winner

In the pages of Gary Jobson’s Championship Sailing, the author shares more than 30 years of racing and sailing expertise at the highest levels of competition, covering every aspect of racing in one-design or handicap fleets from high-performance dinghies to big keelboats. Readers will learn Jobson’s secrets for:

 • Organizing a crew
 • Reading the wind
 • Simplifying sail trim and rig tuning
 • Improving boat speed
 • Winning starts and leapfrogging boats at the finish
 • Regaining lost ground
 • And much more