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Team Member of the Month – August 2009

August 27, 2009

Charlie Festa, Mate aboard Columbia


Charlie set sail with 12 Meter Charters in May 2008 as mate aboard our America’s Cup winner, Columbia. Since joining our team his colleagues and guests have enjoyed his passion for sailing, great service skills and hard working attitude! But his love of sailing, the ocean, and outdoors does not stop with 12 Meter sailing…

After graduating from the University of Rhode Island, Charlie studied and worked for SEA, the Sea Education Association based in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Sailing with SEA aboard schooners in the Caribbean, Tahiti and Hawaii is where his passion for sailing began!

After a stint working on yachts in Hawaii, Charlie returned to the Ocean State to attend graduate school. This year Charlie completed his Masters Degree in Marine Affairs. This graduate program focuses on coastal policy and how people use the ocean in ways like fishing, marine transport and, of course, yacht charter!

When he is not sailing you will not find Charlie cooped up inside. He is an outdoor guy and loves surfing, cycling, and mountain biking!

Charlie and the team of 12 Meter Charters look forward to welcoming you aboard our America’s Cup 12 Meter yachts!

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