Jessica Wurzbacher


Position: Executive Director

Certifications: Master’s degree in Tropical Coastal Management from Newcastle University. IYT/MCA Master of Yachts 200 ton, STCW'95 & USCG OUPV (Sailed 40,000 nautical miles). PADI Dive Instructor (+1,000 research and training dives)

When did you first fall in love with sailing? September 2004, the day I stepped on board Ocean Star as the Chief Scientist and Program Manager for Sea|mester. Prior to this I had been working on a variety of marine conservation projects in Fiji, the Bahamas, Tobago, Indonesia & the Seychelles. Life at sea seemed luxurious after living in a beach hut, bure or tent with no refrigeration, running water or electricity and I quickly grew my sea legs.

What's the best part of your job? 

-The support and enthusiasm from the Board of Directors and local community for this project

-Hearing the feedback from trainees (& their parents) after their voyages

-The potential that Oliver Hazard Perry has to create so many adventures

-Living in Rhode Island, it’s almost as good as a life at sea

-The cookies at Empire

Favorite Place you've sailed to? Do I have to pick one? Top 5: Saba, St Helena, Cocos Keeling, Cape of Good Hope, Corsica

What's your definition of a salad? A conversation starter!

More about Jess: 

"I've done over 5,000 splices for my handmade nautical dog leashes"