Hometown: Jamestown, RI
Resides: Newport, RI
Jamie has been sailing professionally since 2005, and prior to that she was involved with many other teams on the match racing circuit, and with various olympic classes and handicap racing. Jamie was on the sailing team at Connecticut College and at her high school, St. George’s in Middletown, RI. Jamie grew up racing on Narragansett Bay and this sport has always been a big part of her life. In addition to sailing, growing up Jamie played ice hockey and field hockey. When not sailing, you will find Jamie snowboarding or training and competing on her SUP.
On Ocean and Sailing Passion...
Sailing is one of the few things that you can do where you can disconnect from the land and you and your team are responsible for everything onboard. You are self-sufficient, and completely in tune with the weather and the ocean. You develop a a very intimate connection with the ocean, especially as you sail further away from land. In my short lifetime so far, I have seen marked changes in the oceans – from dying coral reefs and less marine life, to a scary increase of human influence (aka garbage) out in the open ocean. We need to address this issue urgently, since our oceans are dying from human impact. Without healthy oceans, not only so many amazing things that we are yet to discover will be gone, but life on earth will struggle to survive.
I am on the board of Clean Ocean Access, a non-profit environmental group concerned with the safety, cleanliness and open access of the ocean and coastlines of Aquidneck Island, Rhode Island. This is a very active role within the organization. We have been working to create aweness within the sailing community by having a presence at major sailing events such as the Volvo Ocean Race Newport stopover, as well as other events such as Block Island Race Week, where we are a sustainability partner. Our goal for 2016 is to have an information piece in all local regatta packets to educate the sailing community as to why it is important to make positive changes for the health of our oceans. Other COA notable accomplishments in 2015 include the banning of smoking at all beaches in both Newport and Middletown, RI.