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Sail Salem Holiday Fundraiser ~Children's Sailing~ JB Braun Americas Cup Speaker

Sail Salem is an educational program for children, promoting positive life skills and values through teaching sailing. In the last four years, Sail Salem introduced over 1,000 area children to sailing. Bringing the love of sailing to many children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to be on a boat.  Evening lessons, for all levels, are available throughout the summer and are held in Salem Harbor, off Winter Island. Lessons are also open to adults.

Event Details

Tickets are $25. 

Advance purchase available

Held in Hawthorn Hotel Ballroom

An Evening with JB Braun

An experienced dinghy sailor who has campaigned twice for Olympic selection, JB is one of the world’s leading sail designers, having helped revolutionize the way downwind sails are designed and analyzed.

For ORACLE TEAM USA, JB works on integrating aerodynamic research into design and performance.

“America’s Cup technology interests me because the design-to-real-life-cycle is accelerated and provides immediate feedback for the sailor and designer,” says JB, who’s been involved with Cup teams since the late 1990s.

“Creating new performance-oriented designs and seeing them used to their full and sometimes surprising potential is very rewarding.”

JB skippered a Flying Dutchman campaign throughout the 1980s in the hopes of making the Olympics. He won a Silver medal in the 1986 Goodwill Games and the Bronze at 1987 Pre-Olympic Regatta, but missed out on making the U.S. Sailing Team.

His impact on downwind sail design and research came through groundbreaking techniques.

In 2000 he outlined the process for a computer-based wind tunnel by coupling computer codes with Finite Element Analysis (FEA). His second paper came in 2006 as a member of the ORACLE Racing design team.

“The second paper described the first ever wireless pressure measurement for sails,” says JB. “We created a system that could measure, record and view real-time pressure reading from sails.” 

Career Highlights 

2010: 33rd America’s Cup, ORACLE Racing, winner

2007: Louis Vuitton Cup, ORACLE Racing, semifinalist

2003:Louis Vuitton Cup, Team Dennis Conner, quarterfinalist

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  • Claudia O


    Sorry I was unable to connect with you and the others. I got there a bit late at the beginning of the talks (with the children sharing how much it meant to them :-) )
    It was so packed at that point no way I could find you all in the crowd...standing room only which was great for the proceeds. Still it was a great event, well worth supporting, and his talk and video about the America Cup was amazing! Could not believe the size of these "flying" Kats, the speed and all.....was all so interesting.
    I couldn't stay through the duration but thanks so much for organizing this!


    December 11, 2013

    • Terri

      Sorry to have missed you. We waited in the Libby - I had a sign (yes.... I looked dorky :-). Walked around a pass or two when they started speaking- sorry to not have seen you)

      1 · December 12, 2013

  • Claudia O

    Excellent presentation .,very inspiring and informative!

    December 12, 2013

  • Terri

    AHH.. They posted the items in at the bottom for those interested

    1 · December 11, 2013

  • Terri

    FYI. There is a silent Auction with TONS of good items. Bring your checkbook. I received email with the items. Feel free to respond here if you want me to email you the list of items

    December 10, 2013

  • Terri

    I'll try to wait in the lobby around 6:15 for everyone. This is cross-posted in the Boston Sailing meetup as well, so they'll be a few more people joining. Not sure of the setup, to know whether we can all grab a table or not. We'll play it by ear

    1 · December 10, 2013

  • Terri

    Remember to purchase your tickets! I bought mine online, didn't want to take the chance of waiting till the door and having them sold out.

    1 · December 1, 2013

  • Terri

    This is a great event! And a great organization. I sailed with them this past summer. Hope to see people there!

    November 28, 2013

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