Jeremy Bloxham, Fleet 5 President for the past year, has experience, training and education that are an outstanding fit for this challenging office. Fleet 5 is a huge, competitive, diverse, and feisty assortment of characters that requires a firm, discerning hand at its helm.
His sailing credentials are the best. He began messing around in a nondescript small boat at the age of nine in 1969 at the Norfolk Broads, a series of lagoons formed by flooding of medieval peat diggings near the East Coast of England. From there, he proceeded to crewing for an older brother on an eleven-foot Mirror Class dinghy at the English Channel port of Chichester. This yachting hotbed, with its fifteen clubs, provided a high level of competition and motivation. Jeremy’s club, the Hayling Island Sailing Club, boasts six Olympic medalists from Sydney 2000.
Jeremy and Katie Bloxham and Kathy Wright,
2000 National Champions
Soon, Jeremy was skippering his own Mirror. From there, he advanced to the sixteen foot trapeezed Fireball. He was in constant demand as crew for a variety of boats. He also competed in Lasers and Windsurfers. His personal highlight of this early career was helming a quarter-tonner as it rolled over a similar one sailed by Paul Elvstrom in twenty-five knots of wind.
More laid back experience was provided by cruising at various times in Europe, Australia, the Caribbean and the United States. One interesting passage from the Indian Ocean’s Seychelles to South Africa was done with his mother-in-law. Upon meeting her daughter, Katie, an accomplished sailor, Jeremy knew he had found a keeper and signed her up as Contributing First Mate.
He came to this country in 1985 and continued sailing on a S2, 9.1, a J/35 and most recently the Rhodes 19. His titles over the past decade include three New England PHRF Championships, Marblehead PHRF Boat of the Year, the Rhodes 19 National Championship and the Rhodes 19 East Coast Championship. He was elected Rhodes 19 Association Secretary at Hingham.
Jeremy holds BA and Masters Degrees in Mathematics, and a PhD in Geophysics from Cambridge University. He currently chairs Harvard’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and teaches Geophysics. His goals for the fleet are to increase its membership strengths in numbers and sailing talent. Geophysics, his discipline, among other things, concerns itself with the source, configuration and variations of the earth’s geomagnetic field. It is easy to see why Jeremy knows where he’s at and how he got there.
A dripping Jeremy (2nd from left) and his dry and warm entourage, returning from Jeremy’s involuntary night swimming episode after winning the 2000 Nationals!