Brad grew up in a sailing family at Pequot Yacht Club in Southport, Connecticut, but didn’t actually start sailing (voluntarily) until he was 14-years-old. Since then, he has been fully involved in the sport as a teacher, coach, competitor, race manager, rules advisor, judge and umpire.
After teaching and coaching at the Hotchkiss School for four years, Brad coached the Brown University sailing team from 1980 to 1990, was the Offshore Sailing Director at the U.S. Naval Academy from 1992 to 2005, and the Sailing Director at New York Yacht Club in Newport, RI, from 2005 to 2017. In addition, Brad works as a freelance illustrator, teaches sailing and rules clinics, served as Principal Race Officer (PRO) for many major regattas, and continues to participate as a judge and umpire in many international events, including being a member of the umpire team in the America’s Cup from 2002 to present (chief umpire 2006-2007).
As a competitor, Brad competed extensively from 1981-2005 in classes including the Soling, Etchells, Dragon, J/22, J/24, J/35, Farr 40, Snipe, JY15, Laser, Yngling, and many offshore racing yachts, winning three World championships and numerous continental and national championships including fleet racing, match racing and team racing events. At the Naval Academy, Brad sailed offshore with and trained many Midshipmen each summer where they won the Annapolis to Newport Race, Annapolis to Bermuda Race, and Around Long Island Race amongst other accomplishments.