By the age of five, Raychel Brown had acquired her first sailboat, and by nine her first Boston Whaler. Water has always beckoned her, and sailing is a love she was destined to share. She grew up at the mouth of the Mystic River in Connecticut and has lived in both Bristol & Newport, Rhode Island, St Thomas in the USVI, Tortola in the BVI, and Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico while owning, cruising and racing a wide variety of boats. She’s been teaching been teaching sailing since 1984.
Her life in the marine industry began volunteering at the Mystic Seaport Museum and progressed by earning a B.A. in Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island. She has been a national sales manager, product trainer, operations director and a yacht broker, and has held purchasing management positions for boat builders, product manufacturers and trade organizations for the sailing industry. She’s also worked as a manager for national boat shows, sailing schools and charter companies.
She spends her spare time racing and sailing up and down the Eastern Seaboard throughout the Bahamas and the Caribbean, and has earned a few cups in the 40 & 50 foot class category of the Heineken Regatta, St. Marten.
Whenever someone asks her why she chose the marine industry, her favorite quote comes to mind:
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
After 30 years of “messing about in boats”, her current waypoint is to help others find the right boat to live out their dreams, just as she is living hers, and helping those ready to pass their dream boats on to others who are just getting ready to cast off.