US Sailing is proud to announce the 2017 Community Sailing and National One-Design Award winners for their contributions to the sport of sailing in the United States. To celebrate the accomplishments of these individuals and organizations responsible for advancing sailing forward in their respective areas of focus and within their communities, US Sailing recognized these leaders last Thursday, February 1, 2018 at the awards reception during the Sailing Leadership Forum in St. Pete Beach, Florida.
Jamie Jones was nominated by Doug Squiares and Luke Shumann and supporting nominations were submitted by a handfull of parents and past JRT coach Tara Foster. Please join the HSC BOG in congratulating Jamie for the amazing work he does for our club.
Here is what US Sailing wrote about Jamie:
Jamie Jones (Westerville, Ohio) is a true leader in his support of the development and operations of sailing instruction programs, especially at his home club.
Comprised of individuals and families, the Hoover Sailing Club in Westerville, Ohio has over 200 members. Jones increased enrollment in the Club’s youth sailing programs from 160 in 2010 to 430 in 2017, while the adult program has expanded from 50 students to 156.
Jones played a major role in starting the Ohio High School Sailing program, which now boasts 16 MISSA-recognized teams. In 2017, the Hoover Sailing Club had 60 active sailors from eight schools, along with another 50 youth who came out to try the sport; these numbers reflect half of the teams in the state.
He has bestowed the gift of sailing to thousands of individuals, thus empowering them to reach their greatest potential. Jones is a great volunteer and organizational leader who has significantly increased access to sailing in the Midwest.