Jack van Ommen
OCC Jester Award - 2020
Jack van Ommen left his home port Gig Harbor, Wa. in 2005 and completed his circumnavigation at age 80, in 2017, visiting 60 countries, crossing 5 of the seven seas. Fleetwood is a “Naja” 30 ft Mahogany plywood kit boat launched in 1980. Jack van Ommen is a true single-handed small boat (30’) adventurer and his circumnavigation and also his present-day cruises certainly are noteworthy. Moreover, they are also an inspiration for aspiring yachtsmen of all ages to undertake long-distance sailing in small boats. By writing extensively and in a candid way about his cruises he offers a wealth of experience, enthusing readers to visit and connect with distant places under sail.