I first felt the thrum of a hull cutting through waves while under sail as a babe in arms. By 5, I had acquired my first sailboat and my first Whaler by nine. Water has always beckoned me. Sailing is a love I was destined to share. I’ve been teaching sailing since 1984. I grew up at the mouth of the Mystic River in Connecticut and have lived in both Bristol & Newport Rhode Island, St Thomas in the USVI, Tortola in the BVI, and Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico while owning, cruising and racing a wide variety of boats.
My life in the marine industry began volunteering at the Mystic Seaport Museum and progressed by earning a B.A. in Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island. I have been a national sales manager, product trainer, operations director and a yacht broker. I’ve held purchasing management positions for boat builders, product manufacturers and trade organization for the sailing industry. I’ve worked as a manager for national boat shows, sailing schools and charter companies.
All that and I still reserve plenty of time for fun, racing and sailing up and down the Eastern Seaboard throughout the Bahamas and the Caribbean, including earning a few cups in the 40 & 50 foot class category of the Heineken Regatta, St. Marten.
Whenever someone asks why I chose the marine industry, my favorite quote comes to mind:
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
After 30 years of “messing about in boats”, my current waypoint is to help others find the right boat to live out their dreams, just as I am living mine, and helping those ready to pass their dream boats on to others who are just getting ready to cast off
On Deck with Raychel Brown