A popular figure on the Newport, Rhode Island sailing scene since the early 1980s, Bill MacGowan’s influence and work is present all around town, both on the water and ashore. But you’re most likely to find Bill and his family on the water, whether racing, harbor touring, surfing or paddleboarding. “Newport is one of the greatest harbors and sailing venues in the world, and it has beautiful beaches with decent waves,” says Bill. “We start in the morning at the beach and end up at the harbor in the afternoon for one thing or another.”
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As Executive Director of Hudson River Community Sailing (HRCS), based at Pier 66 in New York City, Robert Burke has the helm of an innovative and very successful organization.Read more
An enthusiastic member of the Shoreline Sailing Club and Duck Island Yacht Club, Lois Glazer is an avid racer and cruiser who is passionate about giving back to the sport she loves.Read more
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