- Building American Leaders Through Sailing -

Jonathan Hammond

2012 Sapling

Jonathan began his involvement in sailing at a very young age, but he didn’t do much more than cruise around in a Sunfish and experiment with trial and error self-instruction. Those early days were on the cool waters off the small town of Alexandria Bay, on the St. Lawrence Seaway.  That all changed January of 2007 when he and his parents moved to the much warmer climate of St. Thomas, USVI.  There, Jonathan was an active participant on the Antilles High School Sailing Team, where he was introduced to fleet and team racing in dinghies.

Shortly thereafter, Jonathan fell in love with offshore ocean sailing during a delivery of the Schooner Alliance from Grand Bahama to Cape Charles, VA. Jonathan continued to develop his love for offshore sailing and was introduced to offshore racing as a cadet on the Coast Guard Academy’s Offshore Sailing Team. Jonathan, now looking to start a career and life path in sailing, has joined Oakcliff as a Sapling. Here he will continue to hone his skills in an effort to achieve his dream of becoming the youngest person to win a solo around the world race: the next Velux 5 Oceans in 2014.