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Charles “Chuck” Hawley

Chuck Hawley

Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA

Education: University of California, Santa Barbara. BA, Economics


Until 2013, Chuck worked at West Marine in a variety of positions, including vice president roles in retail stores, product development, and product information. Chuck enjoyed his career at West Marine, especially in the area of product testing and development. Chuck was also able to do extensive offshore sailing, which allowed him to use and test sailing gear in actual use. He has been fortunate to have sailed in gorgeous places and with some of the world’s best sailors. Voyages of note include:

  • Two single-handed Transpacs on ultralight sailboats
  • Two Transpacs, including a first to finish place on Charley in 1983
  • Several record attempts on the maxi catamaran Playstation, including a non-record-setting seven-day trans-Atlantic trip
  • Sailing and canal boat charters in the British Virgin Islands, Mexico, France, and Italy

For the last three years, Chuck has served as the US Sailing Safety at Sea Chairman. He has been a Safety at Sea Moderator for the last 24 years.

Words from Chuck Hawley

“My primary involvement with US Sailing has been with the offshore division, which I believe is a vital resource sailors who race under the various rating rules. The move towards a Universal Measurement System is extremely positive for these sailors by allowing them to “measure once and rate many” under any current or future rule. I am proud of the offshore division’s leadership in this area. I am also a US Powerboating instructor, and I believe that there are many opportunities for expansion of our role to be the dominant provider of on-water powerboat instruction.”