Skipper Ken Read is too superstitious to tell you what he’s superstitious about. But whether he’s knocking on wood or reciting Grateful Dead lyrics under his breath, we hope he keeps it up. Considered to be one of the world’s most accomplished racers, Read was at the helm of PUMA’sil mostro throughout the entire Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009.

“We weren’t perfect in the last race. I’m looking to use that knowledge and experience to do better this time around.”

The U.S.-born Read has twice helmed America’s Cup programs in 2000 and 2003 and was named “United States Rolex Yachtsman of the Year” twice and has 46 World, North American, and National Championships to his credit.

Yet despite his many sailing trophies, Read admits that his greatest accomplishment in life is his daughter, Tory.


Ken’s Vitals

Nationality: Ico-usaUnited States
Date of Birth: June 24, 1961
Hometown: Newport, Rhode Island. USA

Trophy Case

  • Helmed America's Cup programs in 2000 and 2003

  • Twice named "United Sates Rolex Yachtsman of the Year"

  • 46 World, North American and National Championships