Don Dwyer isn’t exactly new to sailing, although his path to becoming an avid sailor is somewhat unique, as is his approach. “I grew up in Cheshire, Connecticut, only 20 minutes from the water, but somehow sailing was never something I thought about,” says Don. Having lived in the Midwest for 20 years, he and his family returned to Connecticut a few years ago and settled on the shoreline. “We live in Guilford and keep our J/109 Guardian J at Brewers Bruce & Johnson’s Marina in Branford,” says Don, who is enjoying his fourth boat, three of which were purchased in succession over the past three years!Read more
As the Director of Watercraft Programs at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut, Shannon McKenzie is responsible for the operating vessels at the Museum including schooner Brilliant, the boathouse livery fleet, and the launches. She also manages annual events at Mystic Seaport such as The WoodenBoat Show and the Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous. She is a licensed captain with a 500-ton offshore ticket and many years of experience in the traditional sailing community.
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John Kantor, or ‘JK’ as nearly everyone but his mother refers to him, has sailed as long as he can remember. “I grew up in a beachfront house on Long Island Sound, and we always had boats: sail, power, row, and paddle,” recalls JK, who lives in Westport, CT. “My first sail was on my father’s Snipe. I got to steer at age 4. We then got one of the earliest Sailfish.
I went on to Beetle Cats and Super Sprites in the Cedar Point Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program. I got a Blue Jay at around 12, and started campaigning it around Long Island Sound. I became fascinated by multihulls along the way, before they were fashionable.” JK went on to win a catamaran national championship in his late teens.Read more
As the co-founders of SailAhead, brothers Kilian and Sean Duclay of Huntington Station, New York use sailing as a therapeutic platform to help U.S. Armed Forces veterans heal the scars of war.
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When medals are awarded at the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition in August, we won’t be surprised to see US Sailing Team Sperry athlete Louisa Chafee bringing one home to Warwick, Rhode Island. A three-time Collegiate All-American, Louisa and teammate Bora Gulari are representing the USA in the only Mixed Olympic class, the Nacra 17 catamaran.
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Currently serving as Rear Commodore of the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association (ECSA), Judy Gibbs is an accomplished racer, a race committee veteran, a tireless and exemplary volunteer, and a strong advocate for the advancement of the sport.Read more
As a former Chair and current Treasurer of the Junior Sailing program at Pequot Yacht Club in Southport, CT, Alison Lew is an active volunteer with one of the strongest youth sailing programs in the country.Read more
As the host of US Sailing’s original web series The Beat, Katy Nastro has given us a fresh, inspiring and often very amusing look at our favorite sport.Read more
As master of Mystic Seaport’s schooner Brilliant, Captain Nicholas Alley leads a very successful sail training program aboard one the loveliest boats on the water.Read more
As the youngest Race Chairman in the history of the Newport Bermuda Race, 34-year-old Alton J. Evans has the helm of the 50th “Thrash to the Onion Patch,” which starts Friday, June 17, 2016.Read more