Skipper of Vestas, 11th Hour Racing, 11th Hour Racing
Charlie is a Bristol, Rhode Island native with two Volvo Ocean Races under his belt and numerous other offshore and inshore racing accolades to his name. From a young age, Charlie knew he would have a passion for sailing as soon as his grandfather – a boatbuilder – introduced him to the sport. While attending Brown University concentrating on Business Economics, he was given the opportunity to participate in entirely youth Trans-Pac crew as part of the Disney movie – Morning Light. There he met, Mark Towill where they started their dream of one day joining the Volvo Ocean Race.
After graduating and before dedicating his full-time efforts to a Volvo Ocean Race campaign, Charlie was working as a sailmaker at North Sails Rhode Island where he managed multiple sailing campaigns for 55 South and other private clients. In 2015-2016, he and Towill completed their first around-the-world race with the youngest team in the race as Team Alvimedica. Then three years later, they partnered with Vestas and 11th Hour Racing to pursue another lap around the planet but this time with a bigger message of sustainability and ocean conservation. Now a father of two young children, Charlie continues to pursue his dream of making a career sailing and hopes to inspire future generations.