Brad Read, the executive director of Sail Newport, started sailing as a kid and went on to win championships in several One designs, as well as three J/24 Worlds.
Anyone who sails around the world solo and nonstop is a hero. Jeanne Socrates took it to another level by doing it for the first time at 71. That’s right, the first time. Socrates recently embarked on a second solo circumnavigation — if she makes it, she’ll be the oldest person to sail around the world nonstop.
Charlie Dana has spent his personal and professional lives in yachting. A former commodore of the New York Yacht Club, Dana was a syndicate member of five America’s Cup campaigns between 1977 and 2003. In 1998, Dana and partners purchased Newport Shipyard, which had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, preventing its development as condominiums. Since then, the Rhode Island yard has improved and expanded to become one of the finest marine facilities in the world.
Annie Laurie had to look her best. Not only was the 87-year-old commuter yacht going to the Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous at Mystic Seaport, but the voyage would be the first for her new owner, Mike Fazio.
Dawn Riley is one of the most successful racing sailors in the world. In 1989-90, Riley was the watch captain/engineer on Maiden, the first all-women team in the Whitbread Round the World Race (now the Volvo Ocean Race). In 1993-94 she returned to the Whitbread as the skipper of Heineken, leading the only all-women team in that race.
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