Local Sailor Diana Jessie Passes Away

Alameda-based sailor Diana Jessie passed away on Dec. 15 in her early 70s due to heart failure, according to several online reports.

Jesse, pictured above with her husband Jim on board the vessel Totem, was a circumnavigator, author and historian for the Oakland Yacht Club in Alameda.

She wrote Cruising Woman’s Advisor, was a sailing-seminar speaker and is “credited for inspiring countless dreamers to head over the horizon aboard their own sailboats,” according to Cruising World magazine. A memorial service is being planned for 2012 by her husband at the Oakland Yacht Club.

Jesse began sailing in ’74 and skippered an all-women sailing team on San Francisco Bay, sailing in the Big Boat Series, TransPac, and many other offshore races, according to Latitude 38, which adds that from ’85 to ’92, she and husband Jim traveled around the world on their 48-foot sloop Nalu IV. The couple sailed more than 120,000 miles aboard and spent the past several years living aboard their 53-foot vessel Nalu in Alameda, the Bay Area-based sailing magazine says.

(Thanks to the Totem blogsite for the use of this photo.)

Janet Levaux

  • Jim Rutherford

    Great women and good friend she will be missed.