Charlie Enright

Born and raised in the maritime hub of Bristol, Rhode Island, Enright was destined to sail from a young age after his grandfather – a boatbuilder – introduced him to the sport. Enright attended Brown University, where as a member of the sailing team, he met his future teammate, sailing partner and 1 Degree co-founder Mark Towill. Enright’s story has been profiled by national media such as The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Forbes and Bloomberg while his team’s sportsmanship at sea has been lauded in features from the likes of The Wall Street Journal.

Following Enright’s college graduation in 2008, he joined the crew of the TP52 class sailing yacht Morning Light to take part in the 44th Transpac Yacht Race. The team’s participation was filmed and chronicled in the documentary released by Walt Disney Pictures “Morning Light” later that year, providing Enright his first moment in the sailing spotlight.
After some time working as a sailmaker at North Sails in Newport, RI, Enright set his sights on participation in the Volvo Ocean Race, setting up his team All-American Ocean Racing together with Towill. He participated in numerous off-shore races and attended the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 start in Alicante, Spain determined to be on the start line for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15.
Together with Towill, Enright entered the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 with Team Alvimedica, leading the campaign as skipper while featuring the youngest overall crew in the race. The team won the final leg into Gothenburg, Sweden to tie Spanish-entry MAPFRE for fourth place in the overall standings. Two years later, Enright and Towill would enter the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 again as co-founders of the team, this time with Vestas 11th Hour Racing. The team won the race’s opening leg into Lisbon before missing some legs due to a broken mast in the Southern Ocean, resulting in a fifth-place finish overall.
Towill and Enright are now back again hoping for a third shot at the elusive Ocean Race Trophy. This time, at the age of 34, Enright has two around-the-world campaigns under his belt and over a decade-worth of experience in offshore racing. His goal of winning the next Ocean Race comes with a mission to educate fans and followers along the way and challenge them to do their part in regards to ocean health and environmental issues. It’s this 'One Degree' of change that Charlie Enright believes can make a difference.