Rick Williams

CHARIAD’s Owner & Skipper

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. Eventually, he bought hull #5, Rogue, and began life as a sailboat owner and skipper. A C&C 34 named Voyager followed. Voyager had a very successful racing record winning most regional regattas and race series.

CHARIAD is the name of Rick’s 3rd and 4th racing sailboats. The CHARIAD racing today is one of 43 J 130s built for performance offshore and comfort on board. Rick extensively renovated the boat with the help of Bristol Marine in Somerset, MA, North Sails, Northeast Rigging, and Blue Frontier Electronics.

Rick’s team raced the original CHARIAD, boat #3, to championships across New England. 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 US Naval Academy.

“For me, sailboat racing is an infinitely complex and constantly changing challenge. Interesting people are drawn to sailing, and they keep me engaged.

The close community of crew members, former crew members, and our wider circle of Friends of CHARIAD bring joy and richness to my life. I enjoy the time on the water, but being with this wonderful community is why I go sailing.”

For an overview of Rick’s non-sailing life as a business thought leader, author, and board of directors member, check out his LinkedIn profile. Leaders from across the globe have endorsed Rick’s new book Create the Future as a leadership guidebook for being more creative and making better decisions for the organization you lead.