A native of Sydney, Australia, Jeremy won many national championship titles as a junior sailor and then moved to the US in 2005 where he attended St Mary’s College earning a degree in Economics. In 2007, Jeremy was selected for Roy Disney’s feature sailing film project – Morning Light and was later was selected by his peers on the team to skipper the TP 52 for the 2007 Transpacific Yacht Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu, HI. Since his major motion picture debut, Jeremy has been invited to race as tactician onboard many one-design boats and was part of the 2009 Melges 32 World Championship winning team Bliksem and the 2011 Melges 24 National winning team New England Ropes.
“Jeremy’s accomplishments are truly astonishing for a sailor still in his twenties,” said Tom Castiglione, sales manager at the Milford, CT and Huntington, NY sail lofts. “His understanding of how the boat, mast and sails work together is remarkable. I’ve known Jeremy and his family for many years and I believe salt water really does run in his veins,” Castiglione continued. “Our clients demand the very best from our sails and our sales and sail care professionals. Jeremy is already living up to this expectation and will be a tremendous asset to the North Sails team going forward.”
“My brother started working for North Sails in Sydney when he was 16 and ever since then, I’ve known that I would like to work for North one day as well,” said Wilmot, who started racing sailboats at age five when he participated in a State Championship onboard a Manly Junior in Sydney. “I have been a North Sails customer for 20 years so I can speak firsthand about how good North products are. It’s this knowledge that I hope to impart to my customers,” Wilmot said.
When asked about his biggest sailing accomplishment, Wilmot talks about his time on Morning Light and the pressures from within that came with the project. “What we accomplished as a team onboard Morning Light was significant. It was the hardest I’ve ever been pushed as a sailor. Roy (Disney) believed in us so much and we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to succeed. Even though we didn’t win, the project was a huge success and I am very proud to have been a part of it.” However, a bit of sibling rivalry was near the top of the sailing accomplishment list as well. “Beating my brother, who is six years older than me, at the Melges 24 Nationals this year by 7 seconds is also an accomplishment that I will cherish,” Wilmot said with a laugh.
“I think many sailors aspire to race in the America’s Cup or in the Volvo Ocean Race or maybe win a Gold Medal. Right now, I just want to keep pushing myself to progress in the sport and reach new limits,” Wilmot said. “I know what it’s like to be a client of North Sails so I can identify with my customers and educate them on how to make their boat go fast. By working for North Sails, I am adding to my knowledge and passion for sails, design, manufacturing and being on the inside of all production to keep my clients in touch with everything that goes in to helping them win on the race course.