Sailor Spotlight: Jack Brown
Jack Brown is a rockstar. After an incredibly impressive Opti career (2nd at the US Nationals, 6th at the Opti Europeans, Team Racing National Champion) he moved on to the Laser Radial and Club 420 where he always finished at the top of the fleet. Now, Jack is a sophomore at the College of Charleston, one of the best sailing teams in the country. (The College of Charleston has won the Fowle Trophy - given to the best college sailing team annually - in 3 of the past 4 years!) This past summer, Jack moved from crewing on his dad's E-Scow to kicking everyone's butts as a skipper, an impressive feat in a challenging boat and competitive fleet.
Despite all of his success, Jack remains grounded and modest. What comes to mind when talking to Jack is how polite and respectful he is. He takes the time to say hello to adults, looks you in the eye, and gives you a firm handshake. He's even-keeled when sailing, and he's appreciative of his crews, coaches, and father for helping him improve. Jack is an impressive young sailor, someone the BBYRA can point to and say "this is someone we're proud to have representing us."
Name: Jack Brown
Age: 19 Years Old
School: College of Charleston
Yacht Club: Seaside Park Yacht Club/ Toms River Yacht Club
3) Despite the sailing team's recent successes, there's been some changes on the C of C team this year. First, you graduated College Sailor of the Year Stefano Pescheira, coach Mitch Hall moved on, and Sailing Director Greg Fisher took a job at US Sailing. You still have Head Sailing Coach Ward Cromwell, Conner Blouin is taking over for Mitch, and in a big move, Kevin Jewett took over for Greg. That's a great hire. What have the changes been like at Charleston? Is it easy to maintain the same culture on the team with all of these changes? I honestly didn’t know what to expect coming back to school this year with all the changes. I did know that Ward was going to be the same great coach he has always been. I hadn’t even met Conner prior to him being hired as the new assistant coach, and we didn’t have Kevin until a couple months into school. Now looking back on all the changes, it has been a very seamless transition. Conner has done a great job filling Mitch’s position; he is an unbelievable coach with a ton of positive energy. He will do anything to help you continue to improve. Losing Greg was a hard one for everybody especially since even though he is a great sailor, he is an even better person. However, I had been coached by Kevin before he was hired as the new sailing director, and we already have a strong relationship. He has taught me a lot in the past, and he continues to be a great coach and mentor to me here at Charleston.
Losing Stefano also was clearly a big loss since he was a past Olympian and College Sailor of the Year. I was so lucky to have overlapped with him for a year. He took me under his wing and taught me so much every day, and I hope I can one day be the role model he was to our team. Even with all these changes, the coaches have done a great job making everything feel normal, and the culture has not changed. I know my teammates and I are all very excited with the new look of the program, and we can’t wait to see what's in store for the future.
5) What's one piece of advice that you would give ten year old Jack Brown? What's one thing you know now that you wish you knew when you were younger and just getting started? One piece of advice that I would give is whenever you go out to practice, make it worth your time and try to learn as much as possible. I can remember back when I was younger that I dreaded training, regattas, or anything that had to do with sailing, and sometimes I would just go out and count down the minutes to go in. It's evident to me now how much my Opti and C420 sailing has helped thus far in college sailing, and I would encourage everyone to not just go through the motions, but to make it worth your time to go out and practice. There are so many great coaches from the bay that have helped me so much, and they all have something to offer. Try to learn something from each one. I can't even begin to name all of the coaches that have helped me. It's great to see the continuation of successful youth sailing growing on Barnegat Bay.