Twice nominated as Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, Brad is an avid sailor and an afterguard member on a variety of racing yachts including his current position onboard 12mR New Zealand (KZ-3). Additional significant 12mR positions include his role as tactician / helmsman on Legacy (KZ-5) –then Edgar Cato’s Hissar from 2004-2008. A collegiate All-American Sailor from Boston University, Brad was selected as Collegiate Sailor of the Year for 1986. Among his many sailing achievements are eight World or North American championships as helmsman.
As Executive Director of Sail Newport, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to public access to the sport of sailing, Brad also directs local, regional, national and international regattas. Among them have been the highly-acclaimed 2012 America’s Cup World Series and Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopovers in 2015 and 2018. Through fostering education, outreach and community sailing as well as producing world-class events, Brad has been instrumental in continuing Newport’s legacy as the Sailing Capital of the United States.
“Watching the resurgence of the 12mR fleet in Newport has been an extraordinary experience. With folks like Herb Marshall, George Hill, Kevin Hegarty and Jack Curtain leading the way in the charter fleet and the reclamation and restoration of a dozen or more privately-owned 12s, scores of sailors now have the opportunity to sail in one of the most iconic Classes in the history of yacht racing.” –BR
A member of various sailing clubs and boards of directors throughout Newport County, he is often called upon as a guest speaker and interviewee and has been a guest editor of Sailing World magazine since 1994. Brad is also coach to a high school hockey team and resides in Middletown, RI with his wife Cara, son Brendan and daughter, Rebecca.
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