“Linking Inspiration to Aspirations - the Volvo Ocean Race 2015” will be a featured presentation by Brad, executive director at Sail Newport and director of the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover.
Brad’s keynote will feature the online educational tools sailing programs may access to get their junior sailors involved in the Race. Brad will also present a highlight of the Race, detail the plans for the Newport Stopover May 5-17, and provide junior programs with the tools to connect STEM and sailing through the Race.
Brad was the leader of the Rhode Island team that created and won the city and state bid for the Volvo Ocean Race to come to Newport. The event marks the global race’s only North American stop. Visitors to the stopover will have many unique opportunities to see the high performance Volvo Ocean Race 65s up close at the Sail Newport docks and to watch the practice, Pro-Am, In-Port Races and Leg Start within yards of the shoreline. In addition, admission to the Race Village will be free for all ages to see up close the working boatyard, sail loft, team pavilions, Volvo exhibits, and the Exploration Zone - a family friendly interactive marine education program.
Brad has been at the helm of Sail Newport since 1998 and has led the community sailing center to its current standing with a nationally recognized sail education program and status as a world class regatta management organization. He has been a sailor since his youth and is a nine-time world champion in several one-design and off-shore classes. He began his sailing career in Barrington and went on to sail for Boston University where he was named an All-American for three years at Boston University. He was the 1986 College Sailor of the Year. Currently Brad sails all over the world as a tactician in many distance race and one-design regattas.
The JSA Midwinter Meeting is free to all who register in advance for the Saturday morning meeting 0830 - 1230. After the meeting, share ideas with neighboring program leaders during optional lunch. You may register the representatives from your club’s junior program at this link.