On Watch

You’ll meet a noteworthy sailor in every issue of WindCheck, particularly those who are giving something back to the sport or working to preserve our marine environment.

On Watch

Kate Masury

By Chris Szepessy

Kate Masury

As Program Director with a non-profit organization in Warren, Rhode Island called Eating with the Ecosystem, Kate Masury loves her work. “I grew up in Kittery Point, Maine and spent a lot of time in the summer on an island off the coast near Damariscotta,” says Kate, who lives in Newport. “I’ve been interested in the ocean my whole life. My favorite food from the time I was a toddler has always been lobster, and I spent…

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Matt Duggan

By Chris Szepessy

Matt Duggan

An abiding love of sailing was Matt Duggan’s inspiration for a career change, and he hasn’t looked back. As the Regatta Manager at Sail Newport, Rhode Island’s Public Sailing Center, he’s a man who loves his work. “I grew up in Sandwich, a town on Cape Cod,” says Matt, who now resides in Newport. “I started sailing Beetlecats when I was 6 or 7 years old, and eventually moved into Optis. My first boat was a red…

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Captain Breezy Grenier, FRGS

By Chris Szepessy

Captain Breezy Grenier, FRGS

Following her credo, “Work like a captain, wear your hair like a mermaid, keep your soul like a gypsy, and live like a pirate,” Breezy Grenier is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran, 100-ton Master captain, snowboarding instructor, scuba instructor, scientific and technical diver, and marine science educator. And probably the only Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society [FRGS] and member of The Explorers Club who’s snorkeled the Northwest Passage and worn a bikini at the North Pole….

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Jan & Jonathan Harley

By Chris Szepessy

Jan & Jonathan Harley

Sailing brought Jan & Jonathan Harley together, and they’re among the nicest folks we know. “I grew up just north of New York City and moved to Rhode Island in 1980,” Jan recalls. “I started at the U.S. Yacht Racing Union (now US Sailing) that year as assistant to the executive director. While I probably got the job because I had strong administrative skills, I’ve always joked that Karen Vinbury hired me because I lived on Windward…

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Teak Ackman

By Chris Szepessy

Teak Ackman

With a family tradition of maritime trades, a passion for small marine business and a dedication to Newport, Rhode Island’s working waterfront, Teak Ackman is the founder and president of Seven Star Marine Engineering. “I had the privilege of growing up in Newport and working in the family business, Oldport Marine Services,” Teak recalls. “When I was 7 or 8, my folks found a little fiberglass Skimmar dinghy that I could keep across the street from our…

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Patricia Young

By Chris Szepessy

Patricia Young

The Transatlantic Race 2019, a 2,960 nautical mile dash from Newport, Rhode Island to Cowes, England, starts Tuesday, June 25. Chairing this quadrennial classic is one of the world’s finest Corinthian navigators, Patricia Young. “When I was 17 my dad bought our first boat, a Bristol 27,” Patti recalls. “Dad had talked about wanting a sailboat my whole life, and when he finally bought one he showed me you really can have what you want if you’re willing to persevere and work…

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On Watch: Andrew Burton

By Chris Szepessy

On Watch: Andrew Burton

Many WindCheck readers will know Andrew Burton’s name from his excellent articles in Cruising World. A longtime contributor to that fine publication, Andy has logged more than 350,000 offshore miles. As the owner of Adventure Sailing (burtonsailing.com), he relishes helping coastal sailors become confident, competent skippers who can keep their crew safe and comfortable – and having fun – at sea. “I grew up in Victoria, British Columbia,” says Andy, who now resides in Middletown, RI. “My…

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On Watch – Jessica Frascotti

By Chris Szepessy

On Watch – Jessica Frascotti

Bringing an abiding love of the sea to a grassroots organization dedicated to eliminating marine debris, improving coastal water quality and preserving shoreline access, Jessica Frascotti is the Program Coordinator at Clean Ocean Access in Middletown, RI. “I have always been drawn to the ocean,” says Jessie, who lives in Newport. “The vastness and beauty of the ocean and underwater world is something that has always left me in awe. I grew up in Needham, MA and…

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On Watch – Bill Simon

By Chris Szepessy

On Watch – Bill Simon

As the Race Program Director at Oakcliff Sailing in Oyster Bay, New York, Bill Simon has an essential role in the non-profit organization’s mission of putting American sailors atop podiums around the world and building American leaders through sailing.     “I grew up in Port Washington and learned to sail from my father and friends,” says Bill, who lives in Port Washington near the house he grew up in. “We sailed off a local beach from…

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On Watch – Sam Crichton

By Chris Szepessy

On Watch – Sam Crichton

An event management consultant who lives in Newport, Rhode Island, Samantha Crichton grew up on her family’s 55,000-acre station (ranch) in the Australian Outback, a long, long way from the City by the Sea and the world of sailing.

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