Enright up for World Sailing honors after Ocean Race win


Rhode Island skipper Charlie Enright and his 11th Hour Race Team have been nominated for sailor of the year and team of the year by World Sailing, the global governing body for the sport of sailing recognized by the International Olympic Committee.

People can vote for the two nominees, whose careers have been shaped by Narragansett Bay, at www.sailing.org.

Enright, a Bristol native and All-American sailor at Brown University, will discuss the events that led to his nomination at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the University of Rhode Island’s Edwards Hall in Kingston. The lecture, titled “Six Months Across the Ocean,” is free.

Enright has circumnavigated the globe three times and is the first American skipper to lead a U.S. team to victory and hoist the trophy in The Ocean Race’s 50- year history.

As skipper of 11th Hour Racing, Enright’s used the platform of The Ocean Race winners to educate fans about environmental concerns and inspire them to do their part to benefit ocean health. The team centered sustainability at the core of its operations to raise awareness to a worldwide audience about the climate crisis, ocean health and sustainability.

“We’ve been to some of the most remote locations in the world,” he said. “Seeing the evidence of human impact in places where you wouldn’t expect it is disconcerting to say the least.”

Enright’s message also will hit closer to home for Jamestown residents, who are never more than a half-mile away from Narragansett Bay.

“This is a precious asset we have,” he said. “In Rhode Island, the ocean is in our name. We have a responsibility to preserve this resource that is so important to everyday life here, and important to life no matter where you live.”

Enright will be joined by the Graduate School of Oceanography’s Victoria Fulfer and Martha McConnell to discuss their research on microplastics from the Ocean State to Vietnam.