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The Massachusetts-born Read has twice been at the helm of National Sailing Hall of Famer Dennis Conner’s America’s Cup campaigns in 2000 and 2003. He was named US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman of the Year twice, has won nine World Championships, and has been involved with 46 North American, National and World Championship wins. He is a three-time Collegiate All-American, 1982’s College Sailor of the Year, and as of 2017 he still holds the record for most J/24 World Championship wins as a skipper (six).


Read grew up sailing in Barrington, Rhode Island. He is a graduate of Boston University, where he was a three-time collegiate All-American and 1982 College Sailor of the Year. He is a member of the Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame.

After skippering two Volvo Ocean Races, Ken has returned to his business and sailmaking roots as President of North Sails Group and Executive Vice President of North Technology Group.  While running one of sailing’s most prestigious brands. he is still very active sailing and winning in a variety of classes.  Read has also become an ambassador for the sport of sailing, serving as color commentator for NBC Sports during the 34th and 35th America’s Cups.

Accomplishments and Honors:

Year(s) Place Event
2017 1st 12m North American Championship, tactician
2017 3rd Swan Nations Cup, Tactician
2017 2nd J Class World Championship, Hanuman, skipper
2017 1st Transpac record and 1st Elapsed time; Comanche, skipper
2013-2017 Project Manager/Skipper Comanche 100’
2017 1st Pineapple Cup, Prospector
2017 1st Swan Cup, CUORDILEONE
2017 1st Bucket, Hanuman
2017 2nd BVI Spring Regatta, Nala
2016 Newport Bermuda, Comanche, new race record, First in Class
2016 5th Candy Store Cup, Zenji
2016 7th Swan Cup, CUORDILEONE
2011-2012 3rd overall Volvo Ocean Race, PUMA Ocean Racing CEO and Skipper
2008-2009 2nd overall Volvo Ocean Race, PUMA Ocean Racing CEO and Skipper
2003 Etchells World Champion
2003 America’s Cup, Skipper (Stars & Stripes)
2000 America’s Cup, Skipper (Stars & Stripes)
1999 America’s Cup, Strategist/coach (Young America)
1997 Admiral’s Cup, Skipper of top scoring yacht and member of the overall winning USA team
1995, 1985 US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman of the Year
1982 Collegiate Sailor of the Year
Three time Collegiate All-American, Boston University
Four National Championship teams while at Boston University
Six-time J/24 World Champion


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