Author Gary Jobson Hosts ‘Speed and Passion’ this Fall

Highlands, NJ – After 15 agonizing years the Americas Cup finally returned to U.S. hands last February, as the exotic 90-foot BMW Oracle Racing trimaran bested Switzerland’s Alinghi V in the waters off Valencia, Spain. The inside story behind this spectacular victory will be among the topics covered by sailing superstar Gary Jobson in his October 3rd presentation, Speed and Passion. Jobson’s talk is part of the Millicent Mercer Johnsen Sunday Afternoon Lecture Series hosted by the Twin Light Historical Society.

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The growing popularity of the series—plus Jobson’s own iconic stature—has led to a change in venue. Speed and Passion has been moved to the new 800-seat auditorium at nearby Henry Hudson High School. Past lectures were held in the 100-seat auditorium at the Twin Lights.

“Gary’s name is legend in the sailing world,” says Mary Jo Kenny, President of the Twin Light Historical Society. “Before we even made the October 3rd announcement, we surveyed interested parties and knew immediately that the Twin Lights wouldn’t hold this crowd. Henry Hudson not only has the seating capacity we need, it also has a great audio-visual system for the Speed and Passion presentation.”

Gary Jobson was the tactician on Ted Turner’s victorious Americas Cup defender Courageous in 1977, and was inducted into the Americas Cup Hall of Fame in 2003. Among his many accomplishments and honors are a pair of College Sailor of the Year awards (1972 & ’73), and the prestigious Nathaniel Herreshoff Trophy (1999). He has authored 16 books over the years and is frequently seen as a TV commentator for ESPN. Gary Jobson has won two Emmys, including one for his work at the 1988 Olympics. In 2010 he was named President of US Sailing.

“Speed and Passion are words that describe what people like on the water,” says Jobson. “No matter what boat one is on, the desire to go faster is evident. Sailing is a passion that is enjoyed for a lifetime.”

A Q&A session will follow Speed and Passion. Later that evening, the Twin Light Historical Society will host a private “Meet the Author” event, which will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a private book signing

The Twin Lights of the Navesink is a National Historic Landmark and a New Jersey State Historic Site. More than 100,000 people visit the Twin Lights every year. Admission to the museum and north tower is always free. For more information on the Twin Lights contact Margaret Carlsen, Curator, Twin Lights State Historic Site at (732) 872-1814.


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