Lightning Boat Grant Skipper – Jamie Simmons
Crew - Caroline Hall and Jeremy Henry
Mentor: Chris Vann
My name is Jamie Simmons. I’m from South Dartmouth Massachusetts. I grew up sailing on Buzzards Bay at the New Bedford Yacht Club. At the age of five, I was already sailing small keelboats and quickly progressed through the racing program.
I am a senior In the Marine Affairs program at the University of Rhode Island. This past year I was able to be part of the University of Rhode Island co-ed team qualified for Nationals for the first time in almost thirty years.
I grew up competitively racing Optis, Lasers and Club 420’s. One of my junior sailing highlights was qualifying and competing in the 2008 ISSA Single Handed National Championship in Seattle, Washington. In 2011 I placed 3rd in B Division at the New England Dinghy Champs sailed at ICSA Semis in Long Beach, California, and then the ICSA National Championship in Oregon. I have also had the opportunity to compete on keelboats, such as Rhodes 19, Etchells, J24, J124 and J111.
Outside of sailing, I enjoy going on surfing trips, hiking backcountry ski areas and competing in offshore fishing tournaments. My crew and I are very thankful and excited to be apart of the Boat Grant Program in 2012.
My name is Caroline Hall. I was born and raised in Brick, New Jersey. I grew up sailing on the Barnegat Bay at the Metedeconk River Yacht Club. I started sailing at the age of eight in the Metedeconk River Yacht Club junior program and continued with the program through 420s and the advanced Lightning course with Jim Carson.
I learned most of what I know about Lightnings over the years from sailing with Keith Taboada and Russ Schon. I was part of the Monsignor Donovan High School sailing team from 2004-2008. During my time at MDHS, the team attended the ISSA Fleet Racing National Championship in Long Beach, California.
I am currently a senior at the University of Rhode Island, majoring in Kinesiology, with hopes to become a physical therapist. I am a member of the URI sailing team, competing at both women’s and co-ed events. Last spring I was the A-Division Crew for our women’s team that won the 2011 Sperry Topsider Women’s ICSA National Dinghy Championship. I was also apart of our co-ed team that was able to qualify for nationals for the first time in nearly thirty years. This past fall I was apart of our women’s team that took second at the Women’s Atlantic Coast Championship. When I am not sailing, I love photography and traveling, I am always up for an adventure!
My name is Jeremy Henry, and I am from Groton, Massachusetts, and will be graduating from The University of Rhode Island this spring with a Master of Science in Civil Engineering. I grew up sailing at New Bedford Yacht Club, sailing 420s on Buzzards Bay. During my sophomore year I was part of the winning team at the Kennedy Cup, held at the Naval Academy, the Keel Boat National’s equivalent event. I later competed at the 2009 Student Yachting World Cup held in Marseilles, France, on the URI/USA World Cup Sailing Team. My senior year I finished 3rd in B Division at the New England Dinghy Championships, which helped lead the URI dinghy team to the ICSA Coed National Championships for the first time in 20 years.
In addition to college sailing, I has been constantly active in racing a variety of boats, such as Melges 32, TP 52, Farr 30, in the water with the Lightning Class.
When not sailing, my hobbies include, skiing, surfing, and soccer Swan 42, among others. I have been anxious to start sailing Lightnings and am excited for this summer to get out.