Meet the Crew
George Hill, Captain
America's Cup Charters co-owner and founder, George Hill, purchased the Cup Defender, Weatherly in 1986. After sailing her from Seattle, WA to Newport, RI, via the Panama Canal he commenced an ongoing restoration of the renowned 1958 mahogany 12 Meter. Placing Weatherly in the day charter trade, he began to work closely with future partner, Herb Marshall.
For six years prior to becoming the owner/skipper of Weatherly, Hill captained the Alden designed, Hinckley built wooden yawl Nirvana, one of New England's legendary sailing yachts. Hill also spent five years as captain or crew aboard a variety of vessels in year-round operation between New England, the Caribbean, and Europe. It was during this period that Hill, an avid lifelong sailor refined the skills of navigation and seamanship that were first acquired while growing up in Marblehead, MA.
In addition to his Seattle-Panama-Newport voyage aboard Weatherly, Hill's offshore experience includes over twenty trips between New England and West Indian or Florida ports, two transatlantic passages, winter fishing at the edge of the continental shelf and numerous ocean races including the Newport-Bermuda and Marblehead-Halifax races. Hill has extensive coastwise experience, marine woodworking skills and worked as a sail maker for four years. He holds a U.S. Merchant Marine Masters License for motor or auxiliary sailing vessels of up to 100 tons, which he first acquired in 1978.
Mike Patterson, Captain
Since 1998 Intrepid has been under the careful watch of Captain Mike Patterson. The intervening years have been active ones for Intrepid as well as for Patterson, overseeing numerous restoration projects and a intensive racing schedule including taking Intrepid to The America's Cup Jubilee in Cowes, IOW, England in 2001.
Patterson grew up in Colorado Springs, CO where he began sailing at a early age, his first boat at the age of eight was a Laser. A lot of boat for an eight year old, but in 1983 at the age of 13 he won the Rocky Mountain Laser Championships. At 15 he spent a year and a half sailing the coast of Mexico with his family aboard their Island 32'.
While at Maine Maritime Academy he captained the offshore racing team and sailed various boats including 420's, Shields and their 38' IMS yacht Madcap. He graduated in 1996 with a degree in Yacht and Small Vessel Management. The following season he crewed for Ed Baird on his two boat testing program for PACT 2000. Patterson holds a U.S. Merchant Marine 200 Ton Masters License and a 500 ton International Tonnage Certificate.
Barbara Krasinski, Captain
Having grown up on the Boston waterfront, Krasinski spent much of her youth rowing a Lowell skiff in Boston Harbor. Upon completion of an Ocean Classroom Program while still a teenager, she decided to pursue a Maritime career. This led her to an education at Maine Maritime Academy. Majoring in Small Vessel Operations she honed her sailing skills as a member of the varsity sailing team.
Following graduation, she taught sailing at the Courageous Sailing Center then moved through the ranks from deckhand aboard the Schooner Pride of Baltimore ll to chief mate and also worked on shore as a rigger. Krasinski was 2nd mate, medical officer and teacher while aboard the training vessel Geronimo, she did other yacht deliveries, worked with customers at Hunt yachts, and captained a Hinckley B40. Since 2016 she has been mate aboard the classic S&S 72’ yawl Bolero making numerous trips between Newport, RI and The Caribbean. For the past two summers she has utilized the experience gained as Captain aboard Onawa.
Krasinski holds a U.S. Merchant Marine 200 Ton Masters License with an auxiliary sail endorsement.
Shivani Sood, Captain
Growing up in southern California, Sood found peace in the greater outdoors. Upon earning a degree in Marketing from California State University Northridge, she ventured to the East Coast and found herself drawn to the Atlantic Ocean. After sailing recreationally and in regattas she decided to pursue her dream of sailing professionally.
Shivani started her sailing career as crew on the Schooner Tabor Boy, Tabor Academy’s sail training vessel for deliveries from New England to US Virgin Islands and back.
She then went on to serve as Mate/Chef onboard a 70’ cutter, and now spends her winters in the Virgin Islands running charters aboard a performance catamaran.
Being part of a 20 person race crew in the Gloucester Schooner Race aboard the 130’ replica fishing Schooner Columbia piqued her interest in racing, which in turn led her toward the 12 Meters and competing under sail.
Sood holds a U.S. Merchant Marine 100 Ton Master License and is the Owner and Captain of the bright hulled Heritage.
Julie Lassy, Sails Manager
Since joining America’s Cup Charters in 2002 as our Sails Manager, Julie as has works with clients to specifically tailor their needs to a unique sailing event. She runs the office and coordinates all details of our charters to be sure it’s all smooth sailing.
Be it an America's Cup 12 Meter Regatta, a corporate teambuilding exercise, or a family reunion - no two charters are exactly alike. Julie's enthusiasm and attention to detail inevitably produce a successful event.
Bruce S. Aldrich, Ticketed Sails Coordinator
Bruce joined America's Cup Charters for the 2007 season as our sales director for our 2 hour afternoon and evening ticketed sails. A lifelong Newport resident, Bruce brings his energy and love of sailing on Narragansett Bay to his job of selling classic 12 Meter ticketed sails. For over 20 years he has taught Physical Education in Newport Schools, dovetailing perfectly with our sailing season.
His teaching skill set - communication, motivation and organization - all work well in managing the calendar for our 12 Meter ticketed sails. Bruce's sailing experience and his lifelong familiarity with Newport are great assets for answering any questions regarding our town and what to expect during their sailing experience.