About Rick Williams

Rick’s passion for sailing grew from being a crew member in the one design US 1 fleet in Marblehead – 38 foot wooden sloops with no engine. CHARIAD is Rick’s 3rd racing sailboat. The boat is hull #1 in the Farr 37 series and was first owned by Bert Jabin, owner of Jabin Yacht Yard in Annapolis. Rick acquired the boat after it was donated to the Naval Academy. In his non-sailing life, Rick is a thought leader and senior business advisor.



Dear Friend of CHARIAD: The Mighty CHARIAD swims. She was launched last week. She is now on the dock at the Beverlyport Marina ready to go sailing – almost. The CHARIAD crew completed spring assembly on the dock this past Saturday. For me, the most fearful unknowns each spring are: will the engine start?; and can we get the halyards down from the top of the mast? Yes, the [...]

CHARIAD Swims2021-05-08T02:06:09+00:00

CHARIAD Wins Again


Dear Friend of CHARIAD: 2020 is behind us and we have made it to Feb of 2021. We are weeks away from warm weather and not a whole winter away. And folks, our most vulnerable first, are now getting the COVID vaccine. All good things to report. CHARIAD Wins Another Award The Boston Yacht Club awarded CHARIAD its Lillie Trophy for the best handicap race performance by a BYC [...]

CHARIAD Wins Again2021-05-08T01:33:13+00:00

Christmas 2020 – Hope & Joy


Dear Friend of CHARIAD: Hope & Joy. This year, 2020, has been difficult for everyone worldwide. This is a year we will remember and talk about for the rest of our lives. My dear friend Regina Flynn captured this image of the light house at Winter Island in Salem, MA. The Christmas wreath, the snow, the beacon of light, and the wonder of the open water bring to me [...]

Christmas 2020 – Hope & Joy2021-01-01T22:04:30+00:00

CHARIAD End of Sailing Season Brunch & Photography Progress


Dear Friend of CHARIAD: (Please start using my new Rick100Williams@gmail.com email) The CHARIAD crew held its annual end of the season crew dinner (brunch this year) at the Boston YC on Sunday. The BYC gave us the entire downstairs dining room for the gathering. The trophies we won were on display plus a slide show of photos from our sailing. I hope to get the sideshow into a format [...]

CHARIAD End of Sailing Season Brunch & Photography Progress2021-01-01T22:51:35+00:00

CHARIAD – On the Hard, Photo Exhibit, & Rick’s New Email


Dear Friend of CHARIAD: While searching for a contact on LinkedIn, I clicked on a profile and to my surprise found this photograph as the guy’s background. I soon remembered that he was a Friend of CHARIAD. Fun pop for my day. CHARIAD is now on the hard for the winter. Sad to see snow in October and CHARIAD out of the water. This is a year we will [...]

CHARIAD – On the Hard, Photo Exhibit, & Rick’s New Email2021-01-01T23:17:39+00:00

CHARIAD’s Fall Migration


Dear Friend of CHARIAD: CHARIAD made her fall migration from Marblehead Harbor to Beverly on Sunday. Chris Hardy went up the mast to get the wind instruments. We took pictures of the rigging in hopes we would remember how to put it back together in the spring. I fundamentally do not trust engines, particularly on boats. Taking the sails off the boat and motoring to Beverly was traumatic for [...]

CHARIAD’s Fall Migration2021-01-01T23:46:34+00:00

CHARIAD Social Sail Saturday


Dear Friend of CHARIAD: Let’s go with Saturday for the Social Sail. The forecast dropped the temperature prediction for Sunday by 10 degrees. Saturday will be sunny, warm, and breezy. Many of you came back to me saying that you probably could join this caper Sat or Sun. Please confirm your availability for Saturday. My expectation is that more folks will be able to sail than we can accommodate. [...]

CHARIAD Social Sail Saturday2021-01-02T00:06:44+00:00

CHARIAD Social Sail Saturday or Sunday


Dear Friend of CHARIAD: The forecast for this weekend is promising for a Social Sail Sat or Sun. Too early to set this in concrete, but let me know if you can join the caper for Sat or Sun. I want to get a rough head count. For obvious reasons, we do not want to have a large outing. If you want to go, let me know sooner than [...]

CHARIAD Social Sail Saturday or Sunday2021-01-02T01:17:58+00:00

CHARIAD Wins Final Race – Saturday Opportunity for Future Crew


Dear Friend of CHARIAD: The CHARIAD Team won its final race – a real race – on Sunday. Super performance. The Marblehead Chowder Cup Challenge was sponsored by the Eastern YC. Almost perfect conditions – 10 knt winds from the NE. Four 1.5 mile legs up and back – windward/leeward. Here we are coming to the finish in the photo above. I probably should not share this, but we [...]

CHARIAD Wins Final Race – Saturday Opportunity for Future Crew2021-01-02T02:00:00+00:00

The CHARIAD Team – Meaning, Admiration, & Thanks


Dear Friend of CHARIAD: I am asked why I am sailboat racing - and racing seriously. I don’t need another trophy. What would I do with it? Being part of the CHARIAD racing team is my reward. Hard work and a commitment to perform well are part of the story. The sense of accomplishment and the friendships developed over years are an important part of my life experience. In [...]

The CHARIAD Team – Meaning, Admiration, & Thanks2020-09-25T03:36:24+00:00