Gary Jobson

Sable Island

Tarrazin at sunrise

Sable Island-Old Main Station 1971

Horses on Sable Island

Seal on Sable Island


The Magic & Mystery
of Sable Island

A new film by Gary Jobson


Premiered at the 
Annapolis Film Festival
on April 3, 2016

About 200 miles southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia sits a remote island of sand, and grass.

This crescent shaped island is home to a herd of 500 wild horses, many thousands of gray seals, and some birds and insects that are indigenous only on Sable Island.

In August I organized a cruise to Sable with the goal of producing a documentary.

While the scenery is beautiful, sadly, it is also the site of 350 shipwrecks over the past 500 years. The low sand dunes make the island difficult to see. Fog surrounds the island on more days than not.

Our yacht, with a crew of six, was the only sailing vessel given permission to land on Sable Island in 2015.

Our crew included two archaeologists, three sailors and a cameraman. We were very lucky to visit the island on three unusually clear days.

It is a miracle that Sable exists.

Sable, by the way, is a French word that means, “sand.” By all accounts the 26 mile long island was formed during the last ice age. It is barely one mile wide.

To the north the Labrador Current sweeps past, and not far to the south, the Gulf Stream flows in the opposite direction. The combination of currents, waves and storms has a huge impact on the position, and shape of Sable Island. A few Canadian researchers, meteorologists, and park rangers rotate living on the island. 

During our visit we interviewed the experts on the island about its history. The archaeologists found many fascinating artifacts.

The horses provided endless fascination with their migratory patterns each day.

There were no human footprints anywhere to be seen. It became apparent that we were seeing what the east coast of North America must have been like before any development took place. It felt as remote as my expeditions to the polar regions.

The seals looked like they enjoyed life, but just outside the surf line dozens of sharks waited for an opportunity to attack. Clearly, swimming was out of the question.

This documentary will take you a very remote, and seldom visited place. 

Runtime: 42 minutes


DVD - Gary Jobson Presents: The Magic and Mystery of Sable Island




Unfurling the World cover

Between 1933 and 1956, Irving and Electa Johnson sailed with young, inexperienced sailors aboard two schooners, both named Yankee. Each time the Johnsons set sail for a voyage, they witnessed new and remote places that few people had visited. World class sailor and film producer Gary Jobson narrates the original footage shot by Captain Johnson and the Yankee crew which is now archived at Mystic Seaport. In exclusive new interviews some of the crew members pay tribute to the Johnsons and share their lifetime memories of the voyages around the world.

The travels took the Johnson and the crews to mysterious Easter Island and the beautiful Bali where they meet intriguing inhabitants, and experienced true maritime history when they raised the anchor of the HMS Bounty on Pitcairn Islands.

Unfurl the world, and discover all the excitement and beauty of travelling around the world without even leaving your seat.

The one hour, seventeen minute DVD is available online from the Mystic Seaport Museum

  • 2016 The Magic and Mystery of Sable Island
  • 2013 Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center
  • 2013 Webb Institute: Engineering Excellence A College Like No Other
  • 2013 NSHOF We Are Sailors
  • 2012 The Science & Culture of Lowell North
  • 2012 History of the America's Cup Races 1851-2012
  • 2012 Unfurling the World The Voyages of Irving and Electa Johnson
  • 2012 '87 AC Retrospective (Stars & Stripes 25th Anniversary)
  • 2011 Racing for an Ocean Record
  • 2011 Championship Sailing The Best of One Design Racing
  • 2011 North Technology Group
  • 2010 Man Against Nature: Long Distance Racing
  • 2010 America's Cup 12 Metre Era Reunion
  • 2010 Women's Intl Match Racing
  • 2010 Energy on Trial
  • 2010 Eastern Yacht Club
  • 2009 SUNY Maritime College
  • 2009 NYYC Invitational Cup
  • 2009 North Sails 3DL
  • 2009 Maine Built Boats Art & Soul
  • 2009 12 Meter World Championship
  • 2008 Chicago Mac Race (100th Anniversary)
  • 2007 Outward Bound The Wilderness Experience
  • 2006 Racing to Bermuda A Century on the Ocean
  • 2005 Rolex Transatlantic Challenge
  • Gary Jobson Presents Polar Sailing : Expedition Antarctica
  • Gary Jobson Presents Polar Sailing : Expedition to the Arctic: 80° North
  • Caution to the Wind: 1997-98 Whitbread Race
  • Fighting Finish: 2001-02 Volvo Ocean Race
  • 2005 ICSA/Layline North American Team Race Championship and ICSA/Gill North American Coed Dinghy Championship
  • Bonanza in Savannah (1996 Yachting Olympics)
  • 1995 America's Cup: Higher & Faster
  • 1993/94 Whitbread Round the World Race
  • A Portrait of Cape Horn: The Beauty and the Fury
  • Whitbread: The First 20 Years
  • With Swelling Sails (Narration with Walter Cronkite) : The New York Yacht Club's Sesquicentennial Celebration
  • 1992 America's Cup
  • Sailing Quarterly Video Magazine : 24 one-hour volumes produced from 1989 to 1995
  • Best of Grand Prix Sailing
  • 1989/90 Whitbread Round the World Race
  • 1988 America's Cup

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. 


As a fundraiser for BBYRA, you can click here to purchase Chasing Roosters: A Century of Sailing on Barnegat Bay.

Gary Jobson: An American Story - coverWith Cynthia Goss

For Gary Jobson — the three-time All American sailor, America’s Cup winner, Fastnet Race winner, and ESPN sailing commentator since 1985—sailing is life. In 2003, he was diagnosed with lymphoma, and here he relays the tumultuous diagnosis and treatments endured before the cancer went into remission. Through remission he remembers how his life has intertwined with some of the greatest sailors, how the sport has changed since his childhood, how the public view of sailing went through a revolutionary change with the advent of ESPN, how sailing can create lasting bonds of friendship that endure, and how sailing offers everything from the highest of adventures to the simplest of pleasures. This uplifting memoir also includes a foreword by Ted Turner.


"Take to the seas with Gary Jobson and feel his love of sailing lift your spirits and carry you over the next wave in your life."

Tom Brokaw, Former NBC Nightly News, and author of The Greatest Generation

"No one in the sport of sailing has worked as hard, achieved as much, and touched as many lives as Gary Jobson. Now he's written the story of his life, and what a story it is. It's destined to become a classic."

Nathaniel Philbrick,
Best-selling author of Mayflower

"Gary's Story is a testament to the perseverance, courage, entrepreneurial spirit and tireless dedication to the sport he loves. He is an inspiration to many... and will be to anyone who reads this book."

George Bodenheimer, President, ESPN

"It was truly amazing that a sailing legend like Gary cared so much about my racing. This autobiography is a truly inspirational story of one of sailing's greats!"

Anna Tunnicliffe
Olympic Gold Medalist in sailing, 2008


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


Nantucket Sailing coverNantucket Community Sailing is a non-profit charitable organization located 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts on Nantucket Island. As its primary fundraising events each year, NCS hosts the Opera House Cup and Nantucket Race Week. Gary Jobson has been honorary chairman of Nantucket Race Week since 2005. In addition to all that he has done to enhance the sport of sailing around the world, he has enthusiastically supported sailing on Nantucket and worked hard to make Nantucket Race Week a success. When Gary Jobson suggested that sailing on Nantucket would be the topic for his 18th book, Nantucket Community Sailing was excited to partner with him. We are honored to help Gary share the story of this glorious sailing community.

For more information on Nantucket Community Sailing, please visit :


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.

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.

  • Championship Tactics with Tom Whidden and Adam Loory
  • U.S.Y.R.U. Sailing Instructor's Manual
  • The Racing Edge with Ted Turner
  • Gary Jobson's How to Sail
  • The Yachtsman's Pocket Almanac
  • Storm Sailing
  • Speed Sailing with Mike Toppa
  • Revised Yachtsman's Pocket Almanac
  • World Class Sailing with Martin Luray