Charlie Enright, a Bristol resident and a professional sailor, will be racing around the world for the first time in the Volvo Ocean Race, a Grand Prix competition that runs from Oct. 4, 2014 through June 27, 2015, with the only North American stopover in Newport from May 5-17. Enright’s team, Team Alvimedica, will join Team SCA (with fellow American Sally Barkow onboard), Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Dongfeng Race Team and Team Brunel in the race, which will be contested over 38,739 nautical miles and nine months. The race starts in October in Alicante, Spain and finishes in Gothenburg, Sweden.
PBN: What is your first vivid memory of sailing and how did that influence you to become a sailor?
ENRIGHT: My first memory of sailing by myself would have been in an Optimist dinghy that somebody left behind at a boatyard in Bristol. My folks got me a sail for it and my grandfather was a boat builder. He would let me sail tied to the dock and I would get going but then run out of leash. It was only me and the boat but as I learned I’d run out of real estate. It was pretty funny to figure out how you could actually make it all work within the confines of being tied to the dock. Sailing has always been in my blood, it was kind of the only thing I ever focused on.
PBN: How long have you worked at North Sails Rhode Island and what do you do there?
ENRIGHT: In 2008, Brown University hosted the collegiate national sailing championships. The next day I started working at North Sails in sales. I help customers with their new sails and sail with them domestically. I come as part of the package: make sure the sails fit and help them race and achieve beneficial results.