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Apr 25, 2007, 10:09 AM

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It is frequently stated that Gary Jobson is the leading spokesperson for the sport, at least in the U.S.

However, there are many more that are not as well known. Some have a national presence, while others are known well in their region or local area.

In your mind, who are the folks that draw a crowd, whose opinion matters, whose advice we should be seeking?



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Apr 25, 2007, 7:23 PM

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Apr 25, 2007, 8:30 PM

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Without question, Jud Smith.

Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUaCgaXMG70 and see him sail away from the fleet on the last day of racing at the 2006 Etchells North American Championship.



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Apr 25, 2007, 8:54 PM

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I'd favor Olin Stephens in that role, and Peter Isler isn't a bad second.


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Apr 26, 2007, 2:45 AM

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Apr 26, 2007, 5:07 AM

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Tucker Thompson - TP2TV and the Versus commentator for the America's Cup


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Apr 26, 2007, 6:55 AM

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Apr 26, 2007, 10:06 AM

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Apr 26, 2007, 1:12 PM

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Peter Montgomery, of course![reply]


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Apr 28, 2007, 5:41 PM

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Paul Cayard has to be right up there as a spokesperson and guiding beacon for the sport. Smart, personable, and articulate, he is an outstanding writer to whom being analytical is second nature. Hee's not afraid to tell it like it is, and that includes his own personal feelings. Add to that, he's a doer and not just a sayer. Oh yes, he's also multi-lingual. How many other US "spokespersons" are capable of providing expert TV commenary in Italian, or for that matter, French.


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May 1, 2007, 6:38 PM

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To keep 'em all honest - Bob Fisher


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May 1, 2007, 7:14 PM

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With one exception, the world of sailing women seems to have been completely ignored. How about including people like Isabelle Autissier, Ellen MacArthur, and JJ Isler among others.


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May 1, 2007, 8:13 PM

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May 1, 2007, 8:19 PM

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You guys are missing the most obvious - Russell Coutts


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May 1, 2007, 8:19 PM

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John Rousmaniere has been a excellent spokesperson for the sport throught the written word.


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May 1, 2007, 11:16 PM

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Me. I sail


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May 2, 2007, 2:54 AM

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How about the Fish - Bob Fisher, UK?


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May 2, 2007, 4:26 AM

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Bruce Schwab.


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May 2, 2007, 4:30 AM

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While I really can't disagree with many of the names on this list, I think the Bruce Schwab has done a terrific job representing sailing... Definitely here in the US, but also worldwide.

Friendly as hell, personable, (C'mon guys- this is a long distance solo sailor!! Those two things alone are worth note!!) and he is a hell of a sailor....

If you are talking about representing the sport in a favorable light and working (very hard) to get more people interested, I definitely think Bruce has stepped up to the plate in that regard....

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May 2, 2007, 4:58 AM

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Bruce Schwab only American to finish Vende Globe.


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May 2, 2007, 5:04 AM

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I'd agree with the votes for Bruce Schwab. Second American to ever sail non-stop solo around and the first American to finish the Vendee. If anyone can break the French hold on solo long distance racing, it could be Bruce. And he's one of the most humble guys you'll ever meet.


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May 2, 2007, 5:14 AM

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May 2, 2007, 5:15 AM

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I have to agree Bruce Schwab would be a great one.Don't forget he did it with a freee standing mast both times.
In a totally experimental design.With no Money


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May 2, 2007, 7:07 AM

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Dave Perry; for the past 29 years, Dave has been the most positive spokesman, in terms of his seminars, his many publications, and through his accessability. Dave is my nomination for the all round Best Guy of Sailing


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May 2, 2007, 7:29 AM

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Bob Fisher in Europe and Gary Jobson in America; but am I showing my age? It will be a younger sailor for the younger generation!
That said, I feel strongly Bruce Farr should be given strong consideration. Even when he was in his early 20's, and attended IOR Technical Committee meetings as a guest, his advice and expertise was courted by the most respected in the business. In the last 30 years, no sailor has contributed more to our sport.
Just because Mr. Farr has done a superb job of staying out of the public eye, we should not ignore his impact!


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Bruce Schwab, USA

A sailor who 'walks it like he talks it' and doesn't need a 7-digit check to promote sailing as it ought to be!


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May 2, 2007, 8:06 AM

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May 2, 2007, 8:27 AM

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I would suggest Olaf Harken needs to be part of this group.


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Bruce Schwab has worked hard to promote sailing in the US


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Being Canadian, I have to go with Paul Henderson & Hans Fogh


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Bruce Schwab packed the Corinthian Yacht Club when he spoke in July of 2003 and April of 2005. He's articulate and knowledgeable in a number of subjects, technique, rigging, systems and design. His completion of the Vendee Globe is a model of a true grass roots effort, utilizing the support of American small business and individual donations. Combined with his ability to not take himself too seriously, Bruce would make an ideal spokesperson for the sport.


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I watched Bruce Schwab put together his Vendee Globe success. As one of the two Americans to have sailed around the world non stop with out assistance and a professional rigger, experimenter and very personable he should be on the list. First because he connects easily with large audiences and secondly because he has a very precise, on the edge, technical point of view that is a joy to tap into for sailors who have experience. For instance, it is one thing to theorize about sailing around the world in the Vendee Globe with an un-stayed mast.. Bruce put the rig together and put his person on the line circumnavigating twice with the concept.


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I think Bruce Schwab is a very well-skilled skipper. He did twice circumnavigation and many others races.
Besides, he has a big knowledge about environmental conservation.
Many people think he is a nice guy, still in good spirits...
Last Vendee Globe, he was welcomed as I never seen before.
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May 2, 2007, 3:36 PM

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Two names: Tom Ehman and Greg Fisher


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Since this might be about the end of the helming line for Ed Baird (sorry, Ed!) I would say Ed - the best combination of experience and the ability to relate that experience in a fascinating manner.

It's the bar set by Gary Jobson...


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A list of Spokespeople (Plural; room for more)for "Sport of Sailing" would not be complete without Ocean Planet's skipper Bruce Schwab, who integrated broad spectrum education for children into his quest to conquer the Vendee Globe. He created the Boat, and the entire program.

Web: www.bruceschwab.com

Education: www.oceanplanet.org

A Spokesperson conversation between Bruce and Dodge Morgan who became the first American to sail around the world alone without stopping and remained the first American to do so for nearly 20 years--until Bruce Schwab came along can be found at:

http://www.mpbn.net/search/default.asp

Enter Bruce's name and the story will pop up.


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