Tim Dawson

Tim Dawson grew up sailing in Wickford, RI on his family’s Sabre 34. He learned to sail dinghies in the Wickford Yacht Club youth sailing program, and continued to sail at university, where he was captain of his team at Boston College.

Tim began working for North Sails in 2000, and specializes in big boat IRC classes, most recently working with Rambler, Privateer and Numbers, as well as a number of the local 12 meters.  Tim was a former J-105 class leader and currently races Shields in Newport, RI.

Tim's #1 sailing accomplishment was the recovery from the Rambler 100 capsize during the Fastnet Race in 2011, when the boat lost its keel and rolled without notice about five miles off of Fastnet Rock. All crew members were recovered safely.

In addition to sailing for years in the Rambler program, Tim claimed the Bermuda Race Record in 2012, and won the Pineapple Cup (Jamaica Race) in 2009, 1st in class at Kay West Race Week five times, and the Shields National Championship in 2012.

When not sailing with clients, he can be found on the golf course or watching his daughter race Optis and play basketball and lacrosse.  Tim says competing in the local Shields fleet is a weekly highlight for him, "racing the Shields in Newport has been a great way to get back into small boat one design sailing and racing with friends”.



Charlie Enright
  © Meghan Sepe

Originally from Bristol, RI, Charlie Enright got into sailing because of his grandfather, Clint Pearson; he spent most of his time in his boat building shop, "When I was five years old I had to choose between sailing class or a baby-sitter, kind of a no-brainer."

Charlie sailed at Brown University and in 2008 his team hosted the College Sailing Nationals in Newport, RI. Nationals ended on a Sunday, and he started working at North Sails that Monday, "I started working in One Design under the tutelage of the great Vince Brun, and after a while I transitioned over to yacht sails. Currently, I sail all kinds of boats….Offshore, Inshore, IRC, Class One Design….this summer looks like 12 Meters and Marstrom 32's….whatever it takes".

Charlie was named College All-American (Atlantic Coast and NE Champs) during his years at Brown. He won the J/24 Midwinters in 2010, 1st place in the Newport-Bermuda Open Devision in 2010, and has competed in the Trans-Atlantic Race, Transpac Race, Fastnet Race, and Carribean 600.

Sailing doesn't leave him very much free time, still Charlie keeps busy by "working out, skiing, cooking and eating, reading, and messing around with tools".  He is getting married this spring, that takes up a lot of his time. He also has a dog…who is, "in general very nice but unintelligent".

mobile: 401 524 7347
skype: charlie.enright


Will Welles
  © Meghan Sepe

Will was born in Boston, MA and grew up on the Coast of Maine in Southwest Harbor.  The Maine coast is rich in maritime activities and Will got into sailing at a young age, competing in his first race with his parents when he was merely one year old!

Will first started working for North Sails in 1997 out of the Salem, Massachusetts loft. He currently works out of Portsmouth, RI and specializes in the J24, J70, J80, and Shields classes. He is also involved in the J111 and Club Swan 42.  

Will has proven himself in the world of One Design racing, winning the J24 Nationals in 2010, the Sheilds Nationals in 2007, Bullseye Nationals in 2001 and also completed the Newport to Bermuda Race in only 42 hours on Tiburon.

According to Will there is nothing better than tinkering with boats - whether in the boat shop or on the water.  He looks forward to an annual summer trip through the islands off the coast of Maine with his wife.  He also enjoys Nordic and Alpine skiing during wintertime.   

mobile: 401 366 6032