Newport, R.I., resident Ken Read, skipper and CEO of Puma Ocean Racing, 2nd overall finisher of the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race, was named "Rhode Island Boater of the Year" by the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association at opening day ceremonies of the Providence Boat Show this week.
In presenting the award, Tom Rich, President of New England Boatworks in Portsmouth and President of RIMTA, praised Mr. Read, saying: "Ken is the epitome of the Rhode Island sailor ... the face of our state around the world. His lifelong accomplishments were recently topped by putting together the Puma Ocean Racing team ... the only U.S participant in the Volvo Ocean Race, arguably the highest profile sailing event in the world! His ongoing effort to bring the Volvo Race here to Rhode Island is something we can all be proud of and something that even makes us more proud of Ken. It goes without saying that Ken Read is the perennial Rhode Island Boater of the Year and I'm proud to say that, in 2010, he has been selected by the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association for that official recognition."
In addition to Read's Volvo Ocean Race credentials, he was also helmsman for both the 2000 and 2003 Stars and Stripes America's Cup Challenge as well as strategist for Young America in the 1995 America's Cup Defender Trials. He holds a combined total of 44 national, North American and world sailing championships, including six J/24 worlds, two Corel-45 world championships and the International Etchells Class world championship in 2003.