Meet Captain Rick
I started sailing small boats at an early age off Cape Cod. I can still remember my first sailing lesson asking myself if I would ever learn all the sailing lingo. Later in my youth I raced bigger boats and cruised Nantucket Sound to places like Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.
In the mid 70’s I worked as a mate on a schooner out of Annapolis. We took passengers on overnight trips around Chesapeake Bay. That was a great learning experience with many memorable moments. One was taking the boat from Mystic CT to Annapolis. Part of our route took us down the East River in New York City. It was a beautiful spring night with a full moon. Motoring along the river’s iconic Manhattan skyline with the moon overhead was almost magical. Another experience wasn’t so magical. On my first trip, the captain said “Oh by the way, part of your job is to cook steaks on deck for our 25 guests.” Not only was the grill way too small, each of them wanted their food cooked a different way. What a way to hone one’s grilling skills!
For most of my working career I ran a family manufacturing company located in New England. We made a mechanical component that was used in various defense and commercial applications such as machine gun systems on fighter aircraft, remote valve operators on submarines and drives on conveyors for food processing machinery.
While working and raising a family I moved up to boats comparable in size to Fair Winds cruising Long Island Sound and the coast of Maine. Some of my favorite places were Montauk, Shelter Island, Green Port, Rockland and Bar Harbor.
I retired in 2017 and moved to Florida as a full- time resident. Of the boats I’ve owned since being in Florida, Fair Winds is my favorite.