Meet the Team
An experienced offshore sailor, Jesse Fielding contributes
years of competitive ocean racing expertise to the
State Street Marathon Sailing team.
Jesse is a dedicated athlete who began sailing as a teenager growing up in Wickford, Rhode Island. He was the captain of his high school sailing team, winning the first State Championship for a public school in state history and a collegiate national championship in keel boats.
While enrolled in the University of Rhode Island on a full academic scholarship, Jesse was selected to join the cast of Morning Light, a Walt Disney documentary that followed the youngest crew to compete in the Transpacific Yacht Race in 2007. The opportunity to train on a fully-funded, 52-foot ocean racing program with a group of peers and some of the best coaches in the world further ignited his passion for sailing, eventually moving him from a young local sailor to a professional.
Jesse finished his URI degree in political science with a part-time sailing job and spent a few years working in finance. There he gained valuable, applicable lessons, including the importance of time management and long-term strategy, and how risk management is key to decision-making.
In 2011, Jesse teamed up with several Morning Light alumni to launch another trans-oceanic effort. This four-month mission raced across the North Atlantic Ocean, finishing third overall in the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race, which lasted slightly more than 59 hours. Since then, his sailing career has spanned many oceans and races, and he has been part of record-setting and world championship teams. In addition to representing his country at the Olympics in marathon sailing, Jesse’s long-term professional goal is to sail around the globe.