JJ Fetter

Friday, 17 January 2014 /
JJ Fetter

Hometown: San Diego, CAJJ Fetter

Education: Yale University, B.A.

Experience and Racing Highlights

  • Two-time Women’s 470 Olympic Medalist – Bronze in 1992 with Pamela Healy; Silver in 2000 with Pease Glaser
  • Women’s 470 World Champion with Pamela Healy in ’91, Won US Sailing’s Rolex Women’s International Keelboat Championship in ’87
  • US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year (’88, ’91, ’97 and ’00)
  • Tactician and Starting Helmsman for America3 Women’s team that competed in the ’95 America’s Cup Defender Series
  • Collegiate All-American in ’85
  • Member of Olympic Sailing Committee, 2012-present
  • Director, US Sailing Board, 2013-2015

Sailing Related Activities

  • Former high school sailing coach
  • Co-author of Sailing for Dummies
  • Board Member, California Int’l Sailing Association – Promoting youth sailing on the west coast
  • Board Member and staff for SEA San Diego – Bringing high-profile sailing events like the RC44s and AC45s to the San Diego waterfront
  • Curated a permanent sailing exhibit at the local San Diego Sports Museum
  • Racing my E-22 locally and occasionally taking kiteboarding lessons.

Married to yacht designer John Reichel; mother of two daughters, the eldest daughter is sailing for Yale.

Words from the Director

Sailing has brought so much to my life – friends, travel and competitive success. The dedicated volunteers and staff at US Sailing have been instrumental by providing fair rules and race management, running top-level championships and training great coaches.

I appreciate how US Sailing supports every facet of our sport from the Olympic team to entry-level community boating programs. US Sailing is providing leadership in environmental concerns and is broadening and growing our sport. I’m honored by this nomination to serve such a great organization and give back to the sport I love.