Ginny Jones

Consultant, VineyardSailing.com

Ginny Jones Ginny Jones owns and operates Foxfire Marine Consulting. After getting a degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, Ginny was secretary and researcher for ten years at the du Pont Preservation Shipyard, Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut. After moving back home to Martha’s Vineyard in 1985 she worked for Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway, Inc. in Vineyard Haven (designers and builders of fine wooden yachts) from 1985 until leaving to go sailing. In 2004 she sailed from the Vineyard to the Azores, Ireland, Scotland and England. On previous passages she has sailed back and forth numerous times as cook on classic wooden boats between New England and the Caribbean, from Hawaii to Port Townsend, Washington and Port Townsend to San Diego, as well as in the North Sea and around the British Isles. Ginny is a member of the Ocean Cruising Club, Old Gaffers Association, the British Classic Yacht Club, and the Association of Yachting Historians.   She has been an affiliate member of the National Association of Marine Surveyors for many years.    Semi retired now she spends time with her grandsons (in the boatyard of course). As well as her interest in boats and sailing Ginny is active in island politics, a life long advocate of the natural world, an avid reader and an accomplished sea cook.   She has recently authored a cookbook FRESH FROM THE VINEYARD to help support local agriculture and shell fishing.

Guide Posts

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Lodestar Books; Don’t Miss Checking It Out!: The definition of lodestar is someone or something that guides, such as a star; Polaris (the north star or pole star) is...
Ginny Jones Reviews THE WHALEBOAT’s Latest Edition: Hot on the heels of the visit by the Whaleship CHARLES W MORGAN to Vineyard waters comes the publication of this fine bo...
173-Year-Old Whaleship Charles W. Morgan Comes to Vineyard Haven: Any time one of Mystic Seaport Museum’s major vessels is moved there is considerable angst in the administration and t...
Good Reads: Recommendations by Ginny Jones: OffCenterHarbor.com asked our guides to share their favorite books that should be in every boater’s library… NOTE: ...
Bob Douglas: Capt. Bob Douglas is an extraordinary man. Not only does he love [old] wooden boats (anything old in fact), he also love...
Learning from Experience; My Biggest Disaster and What it Taught Me.: Back in the late 80’s and early 90’s Gannon and Benjamin (on Martha’s Vineyard) owned a 72’ yawl named ZORRA. Pu...
Help Support the Film “VANISHING SAIL”: I recently came across this worthwhile project and gave a small amount to their fundraising campaign at Kickstarter. It...
Cooking At Sea: A good sea cook is worth a price beyond pearls. Since he or she is responsible for the care and feeding of a crew using...
The Three Boats I Lust After (and Why): The first of my favorite boats is the 11 foot sailing tender just being finished off at Gannon & Benjamin, here in V...

 

Flotsam

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Schooner Martha in the 2015 Transpac Race: Here is a little video of the 1907 (yes, she's 108 years old) schooner MARTHA in the 2015 TransPac Race. She was the old...