JOBSON JUNIORS PREDICTS THE USA'S FUTURE SAILING TALENT
Well known sailor, commentator and World Sailing Vice-President Gary Jobson has been compiling an annual Jobson Junior All-Star lists since 2001.
Jobson has combed through results of hundreds of junior championship regattas and speaking with parents, coaches and young sailors about their astounding performances.
The All-Stars from that first class are now in their 30s, and many who followed have gone on to become collegiate champions, world champions, America’s Cup sailors, Olympic medalists, and Rolex Yachtsmen and Yachtswomen of the Year.
A few names you should recognize include Andrew Campbell, Paige and Zach Railey, Briana Provancha, Caleb Paine, Charlie Buckingham, Clay Johnson, Stephanie Roble and Molly Carapiet.
As I have with my All-Star finalists in the past, I’ve discovered a common thread with this year’s class: They each have a strong desire to excel, appreciate the support of their parents, and work closely with coaches to improve their skills.
In Jobson's 2018 forecast are a pair of super-talented 420 Sailors, 17-year old twin sisters Carmen Cowles and Emma Cowles. Last year the pair won the 2018 Youth Sailing World Championships in Sanya, China and have just racked up victory as the 420 Women's North American Champions. Here's what Jobson has to say about their talent:
"From Larchmont, New York, they are twin sisters who race for the Mamaroneck High School sailing team. They both started sailing at the age of 9 in Optimists. Today they race the International 420, Interclubs and occasionally Flying Juniors. Emma and Carmen both spend time as skipper and crew. They won the 2016 International 420 Nationals at the Orange Bowl and placed third at the International 420 North Americans. Both sailors are considering graduating to either the International 470 or 49erFX in the near future. They credit their Optimist coach, Pepe Bettini and, more recently, their coach Steve Keen for rapid improvements in recent years. While it’s yet to be determined whether they’ll attend the same college, they do share a common desire to attend a school that is highly competitive academically and with a strong varsity sailing program.
“Sailing has given me the opportunity to learn critical life lessons such as dealing with stress, performing under pressure and learning to be successful,” says Emma. Carmen adds, “Being confident with who and where you are as a sailor is crucial to becoming a successful athlete.” Studious as well, they recently read Wind Strategy by David Houghton and Fiona Campbell, and the book gave them a better understanding of wind."