Jill Bennett joined the AYC Foundation in 2023. She grew up sailing her Laser and racing keelboats with her dad on Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City. She raced J24’s through high school and college then moved to Annapolis to start a career. She figured if the job didn’t work out the sailing would be great. Over the years Jill has been competitive in J24’s, J22’s, Snipe, Flying Scot, Laser and most recently J105. She raised two college sailors both who benefited from the support of the AYC Foundation during their high school travel sailing years.
She is an active member of Severn Sailing Association where she serves on the junior committee and held the position of chair from 2019-2022. She is the vice president of Deep Creek Sailing School and serves on the executive committee of Deep Creek Yacht Racing Association. She is also a Level 1 certified sailing instructor.
Professionally, Jill is the director of marketing and public relations at Anne Arundel Community College and a certified life and leadership coach. When she’s not working or sailing on soft water, Jill enjoys iceboating, skiing, paddleboarding, pickleball and running.