Annual Sail America Conference Kicks Off April 19 In Newport

The packed schedule includes keynote address by North Sails President Ken Read.

Sailboat race on Narragansett Bay
The upcoming Sail America Conference offers two days of presentations, and a chance to sail on Narragansett Bay in the J/22 regatta. Courtesy Sail America

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Join Sail America and a crew of sailing industry leaders Wednesday, April 19, in Newport, Rhode Island, at the annual Sail America Industry Conference. The conference opens with afternoon J/22 racing in Newport Harbor followed by a reception Wednesday evening.

Two days of lectures and educational events kick off Thursday morning with a welcome from Sail America President Kevin Carlan and a keynote address by renowned race skipper and North Sails President Ken Read. The schedule includes a preview of the Ocean Race stopover in Newport this May, as well as presentations from a number of well-known sailing industry leaders. 

Come for the sailing—stay for the conversations that will surely follow!

There’s still a few Sail Newport J22s available for Wednesday’s race—gather you mates and sign up soon.

Sail America Industry Conference schedule currently includes:

  • Keynote Speaker Ken Read of North Sails, Building and Leading Great Teams 
  • Chartering a course to sustainable boat building, Beneteau Group US’s Green Initiative
  • Keeping pace with professional certifications and training: The nuts and bolts of managing all of these certifications. Tim Murphy, ABYC, Facilitator; Stanton Murray of Murray Yacht Sales; Holly Ashton from Safe Harbor Marinas
  • Who are the new sailors and how do we connect? Brad Read, Sail Newport; Mary Goff, Narragansett Sailing School; Richard Feeney, The Community Boating Center of New Bedford; Adam Cove, moderator
  • The Ocean Race and How to Build a Competitive Team with an Environmental Focus, Rob MacMillan of 11th Hour Racing 
  • Leading Through Transitions, hosted by Sally Helme: Bill Goggins, Harken; Eric Braitmayer, Imtra; Scot West, Ronstan 

For regatta and conference information, and to register, visit

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