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About

Jesse has been sailing since he was 6 years old and has always had a passion for offshore racing. At 17 he started down the path of sailing professionally by working in a rigging shop in San Diego, California and beginning to be involved in big boat racing programs as race crew and doing deliveries. He took his interest to the next level in 2004 by formally studying Yacht Design and gaining a technical skill set that complimented his now years of hands on sailing and boat preparation experience.

In 2006 Jesse embarked on a Mini Transat campaign that would culminate in 2009 becoming the youngest American to ever finish the Mini Transat at the age of 24. The Mini Transat is a 4,200 mile single-handed race from France to Brazil in 21foot high powered racing yachts called Mini 6.50′s. Throughout this period he was working as a yacht designer independently and for established firms including the design of a Class 40 with Rodger Martin Design. Jesse also started to be more involved in preparations and project management on larger racing yachts between design projects and racing his Mini.

Reality Sailing was established around the sponsored Mini Transat campaign on the Mini 6.50 “Reality” and after the completion of the Mini Transat became the face of future independent consulting. In the years after the Mini Transat Reality Sailing has been involved with several different design firms on a variety of projects as well as being heavily involved in the management, preparation and racing of Class 40′s and a turbo charged canting keel Open 50 along with minor involvement in a variety of other projects.

Check the CV section of the site for a more detailed description of Jesse’s sailing background and work experience.