Hometown: Marblehead, MA
Education: The Taft School, ‘74; Tufts University, BA American History ‘79; MIT MS RED, ‘87
1. Why do you want to be a member of US Sailing’s Board of Directors?
It is a great honor to be asked to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of US Sailing, the National Governing Body for our sport. I look forward to continuing to support and give back to our sport at the highest level and to try and improve the experience for all sailors in the United States. Serving on the US Sailing Board is an opportunity to be exposed to all facets of our sport and to help improve and grow the sport on a national basis.
2. How can community sailing centers, yacht clubs, and other sailing organizations collaborate with each other more on key initiatives to grow sailing?
The myriad organizations that serve our sport at the local level have a unique opportunity to collaborate to introduce our support to a diverse community. Creating a comfortable and safe pathway for kids and adults to learn to sail and to make sailing a life endeavor will serve our sport well.
3. How can these organizations and other sailing industries integrate with their local communities to provide more awareness for prospective new sailors?
Creating partnerships with local youth organizations such as the YMCA or Boys & Girls Clubs will bring sailing to kids who might not otherwise have an opportunity to have the experience and life benefits that ensue from our sport. Sailing is a lifetime activity. It teaches kids to be independent, solve problems, and most importantly how to cooperate and collaborate with their other team members.
Sailing provides multiple avenues for youth and adults to enjoy the outdoors whether it be cruising, daysailing, or deciding to pursue racing on a local, national, or international and Olympic level.
4. What can US Sailing do to help facilitate these partnerships?
US Sailing needs to continue to lead the way in educational products for learn to sail for youth and adults. The continued pursuit of excellence in training the best sailing instructors and coaches is an important service that has helped to deliver a superior product and a more rewarding experience to all sailors.
5. How have US Sailing programs and services impacted your overall sailing experience?
I have had the good fortune to be an active and avid competitive sailor for over 50 years. During this time, the quality of race administration has dramatically improved. US Sailing has had a direct impact on this aspect of the sport through its various race administration programs.
6. Is it important for sailors to be members of US Sailing?
All sailors should become members of US Sailing to support our pastime and passion. The services and programs that US Sailing generates touch every sailor and improve their experience. This includes the youth and adults learning to sail, club racers, cruisers, and most importantly those of us that pursue racing at the highest level whether it be one-design, handi-cap, or offshore events.
- Private Equity Real Estate Investment Partnerships
- Co-Founder and Principal, Colony Realty Partners, Managed Asset Management function, served on Executive Committee, Investment Committee, Marketing
- Commodore, Eastern Yacht Club, Marblehead, MA
- Race Committee Chair, Northeast Harbor Fleet, Northeast Harbor, ME
- Former President, J/70 International Class Association
- Former President, US J/70 Class Association
- Board of Directors, The Taft School, Watertown, CT
- Board of Advisors, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
- Development Committee, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
- Former Commodore, Northeast Harbor Fleet, Northeast Harbor, ME
- Former President, International Sonar Class Association
- Former member of US Sailing, Training Committee (1982-1987)
- Former President, Pleon Yacht Club, Board of Directors
- Co-Founded Colony Realty Partners and helped built assets under management to over $4.5 billion.
- Chairman Taft School Campus Planning Committee, responsible for oversight of $100 million in projects including a new dining hall, survey, and kitchen. Renovation of all dormitories over a 10 year period.
- Founding member of US J/70 Class Association and International J/70 Class Association, now the fastest-growing keel one-design sport boat in the World.
- 2020 – 1st Place, Carol Haaland Season Championship, Northeast Harbor Fleet (Club Swan 42)
- 2020 – 1st Place, Hospice Regatta of Maine (Club Swan 42)
- 2019 – 6th Place, J/70 World Championship, Torguay, UK
- 2019 – 4th Place, J/70’s Charleston Race Week
- 2015 – 1st Place, J/70 Corinthian Div., Davis Is II
- 2014 – 2nd Place, E22 Pre-Worlds, Newport, RI
- 2013 – 1st Place Verve Cup, Chicago Yacht Club 9 J/111)
- 2013 – 4th Place Division, 11th Overall Chicago Mac Race (J/111)
- 2012 – 1st Place, E22 East Coast Championship, Newport, RI
- 2011 – 1st Place, J/105 North American Championship
- 2011 – 2nd Place, J/80, Charleston RW
I enjoy collaborating with partners in creating successful endeavors whether it be in business, volunteering as a contributing board member for charitable and not-for-profit organizations, or creating and implementing numerous championship sailing programs in one-design and offshore boats.
Sailing is my passion and I have enjoyed giving back to the sport for the past 38 years in various leadership positions. I have had the pleasure and good fortune to have served with many incredible volunteers and have learned many lessons and best practices in how to be an effective committee and board member. This experience should help me serve our sport as a member of the US Sailing Board of Directors.
Contact Henry Brauer