Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sailing Master Fran Charles made news last week with his open letter denouncing what he says is an illegal agreement between college sailing’s governing body and LaserPerformance (see “College Angst”). We admired the balls he showed in sending it, but even more, we admire the work that he continues to do for both his school and the wider sailing community. Along with Ken Legler and a growing number of coaches and sailing directors, Fran is leading the push to shake things up and modernize collegiate sailing. His agenda at M.I.T. similarly shakes things up; the racing team is just a small part of a program that sees some 2,000 members sailing over 100 boats every year.
So we’re going to put him to the Clean test and give you a Skype Innerview with the college sailing Hall of Famer. We plan to learn more about the Laser imbroglio, to get Fran’s take on the record-setting lack of performance by mostly ex-college sailors in Weymouth, and to get far deeper into the world of college sailing than we’ve ever gotten before. Got questions about these or any other relevant subjects? Post them here before Thursday afternoon.