PUMA Ocean Racing Skipper Ken Read and America’s Cup veteran and BMW Oracle Racing executive Tom Ehman will share insights about the Volvo Ocean Race and America’s Cup, respectively, in Newport, R.I.
Their presentations will be delivered at the Sailing Industry Conference June 11-12.
Sail America and Sail Magazine are presenting Read at the conference’s welcome reception from 6-10 p.m. June 11 at the Newport Yachting Center.
“Widely regarded as one of the top American professional sailors, Read has won at every level of the sport. He's a world champion, America's Cup helmsman, and now skipper of PUMA Ocean Racing, a competitor in the Volvo Ocean Race,” said Sail publisher Josh Adams, in a statement.
The Sailing Company, publishers of Cruising World and Sailing World magazines, is presenting Ehman, head of external affairs for BMW Oracle Racing, as the after-dinner speaker at the conference’s gala dinner from 6:30-11 p.m. June 12 at the International Yacht Restoration School.
“Tom Ehman has been on the front lines of the America’s Cup and he will be joining us at a particularly timely moment, since the next court hearing is due June 5 that will impact the future of the Cup,” said Sally Helme, publisher of Cruising World and Sailing World magazines, in a statement. “We also invited Tom because he has been involved in many of the changes and innovations that have transformed top-level sailing into the modern, professional and more media-friendly sport that it is today.”