The 40-and-over crowd may not believe it, but based on the media clip numbers coming from the Volvo Ocean Race, Kenny Read is most likely now America’s most famous sailor. It’s a title that big Dennis has held for nearly three decades, but DC’s been all but retired for years while Read has led the most visible (arguably) American racing effort in the sport for the past two Volvos. And he’s a good choice; once a brazen, arrogant, and ridiculously skilled member of yachting’s ‘New England Mafia’, Read has matured into a charismatic and mature leader of men, and an excellent spokesman for sailing.
Mr. Clean caught up with him for a solid 12-minute interview just after PUMA’s third-place finish in the Miami In-Port Race, and we encourage you to check out Kenny’s take on the Miami stopover, his performance this past Saturday, the proposed VOR One-Design concept, and what we can all do to help bring more people into the sport we love.
If you don’t get the title, you live under a rock. Nowhere near South Park, CO.