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 sailing has always been a big part of her life. When not sailing, you will find Jamie in the snow or on the water with her family.
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.
As a former board member of Clean Ocean Access, as local non-profit group in Newport RI, I have been actively involved in initiatives that support water quality, marine debris and create awareness on Aquidneck Island, RI. While on the board we worked to create awareness 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 COA was a sustainability partner. This year I have been supporting COA’s initiatives to Ban the Bag on Aquidneck Island and Jamestown. Additionally I have been working with my yacht club to move towards more sustainable practices, such as decreasing the use of straws and increasing the use of water filling stations and recycling.