Grantee: Mystic Aquarium
Hometown: St. Thomas USVI
Resides: Newport, RI
Cool Trick: I can foil
Free Time: What’s that?
Bad Ass Moment: Port tacking the fleet at Moth Worlds in Lake Garda in the morning wind
Hidden Talent: I can smell trouble from far out
Guilty Pleasure: Ice cream
The Fridge: Juice, veggies, and leftovers
Best Advice: Sometimes you just gotta make it happen
Fun Fact:A few winters ago, I got to foil on a Moth on Friday in Australia and then foil on a GC 32 in Key West on Saturday
Buying rope, get Marlow. Buying clothes, get Gill. Buying blocks, get Harken.
Stay at the Strand Hotel in NYC if you go. Best rooftop bar and it’s right under the Empire State Building.
Charter from Sunsail. Best locations!
Gill Neoprene Boots with no straps and split-toe inside only.
Maui Jim Sunnies.
Velocetik Pro Start
Patagonia puffball jacket.
GET A TESLA: You will never look back.
National/North American Champion
It’s great to see sailors out there around the world, starting to embrace the sustainable way of life. Before it was a few passionate people within teams, now it’s the whole team. This great new way of looking at our actions and how they affect the ocean is becoming the norm.
I was born in Arkansas but quickly got out of there and cruised to the Virgin Islands while being homeschooled for 3rd and 4th grade. This journey down a few rivers and across a few miles was a wonderful way to learn the coastal way of life. Once in the Virgin Islands, I started to pick up racing and windsurfing. I was given quite a bit of “scoop” as a kid so it was fun and educational to be out there in the world sailing around at my own will.
There was no such thing as too much sailing for me as a teenager and I soon found my way to Newport, RI, and realized this is where I belonged. Of course for the racing but it’s also geographically awesome with the oceanfront and bay combo in addition to tons of rocky coastline and sandy beaches. As a huge fan of the ocean and exploring, you can never get bored here. In addition to bigboat sailing, I’ve always had a side hobby. From kitesurfing to Moth sailing and the current hobby of fishing, I’m usually somehow on my way or coming back from the ocean or bay.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BE AN 11th HOUR RACING AMBASSADOR?
The ocean is just so big and beautiful. You gaze out upon it, and you could study it for hours just watching how it works and what it might throw at you next. Sailing on it provides a fantastic challenge. A clean ocean is similar to a slick ice rink for a skater or perfect powder for a skier. Once you start to respect it and enjoy it for the incredible, intricate, oxygen-producing, life-giving system that it is, you want to protect it.
SUPPORTING THE MISSION
11th Hour Racing was early in the ocean sustainability movement. I thoroughly enjoy the beauty of the marine ecosystem that 11th Hour Racing is trying to restore, so it was enticing for me to help spread its mission through my travels around the world.
- My biggest highlight is being born in Arkansas but getting to grow up in the U.S. Virgin Islands!
- 5x World Champion
- 16x National/North American Champion