Meet our Team
Zane Randall, Captain
Captain Randall recently joined America's Cup Charters as a part owner of Heritage and has now taken the helm of Weatherly US 17.
Zane's passion for the outdoors came from growing up in Colorado. A coastal bike trip from Vancouver, BC to San Francisco inspired his
dream of sailing professionally.
From beer can racing, yacht deliveries and ocean crossings, Zane took every opportunity that led him to the water, sailing both coasts of the US, along with the coasts of Alaska, the Caribbean, Latin America, Western Africa & Europe. He's earned his USCG masters license and taught nautical science to high school students in New England. That's how Zane became acquainted with Newport, Narragansett Bay & the 12 Meter Class.
Zane & his partner Shivani purchased Heritage US 23 in 2020. They look forward to preserving the great tradition of sailing the mighty
12's; working on refitting them & chasing each other around the Bay when racing them When Zane is not sailing, he continues to enjoy the
outdoors spending time camping, fly fishing & surfing.
Mike Patterson, Captain
Mike Patterson is the managing partner of America's Cup Charters. Mike has been sailing, managing and racing 12 meter yachts for more than 2 decades. First as captain & manger of Intrepid US 22 and for the past 8 years concurrently managing operations for New Zealand KZ 3 & several other private yachts. Mike's knowledge, connections, & experience have led him to be well known & respected in Newport RI's 12 Meter Fleet and the perfect person to take the helm of America's Cup Charters. Patterson holds a U.S. Merchant Marine 200 Ton Masters License and a 500 ton International Tonnage Certificate.
The years have been active ones for Mike, overseeing numerous restoration projects on Intrepid and other 12 Meters, managing several private racing teams along with an intensive racing schedule for Intrepid including a trip to The America's Cup Jubilee in Cowes, IOW, England in 2001 when they brought back the winning trophy.
Patterson grew up in Colorado where he began sailing his first boat, a Laser, at the age of eight; a lot of boat for an boy. In 1983 at the age of 13 he won the Rocky Mountain Laser Championships and when he was 15, he spent 1-1/2 year sailing the coast of Mexico with his family aboard their Island 32'. Mike was educated at Maine Maritime Academy where he captained the offshore racing team & 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. A resident of Middletown, RI, when not messing about on 12 Meters, he can be found providing support boat services for his 3 daughters' Opti & Laser campaigns.
Shivani Sood, Captain
Captain Sood holds a U.S. Merchant Marine 100 Ton Master License and is the co-owner and captain of the bright hulled Heritage. Her interest for competing under sail was piqued when she was a part of a 20 person race crew aboard the 130' replica fishing schooner Columbia.
Growing up in southern California, Shivani 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, where she pursued her dream of sailing professionally.
Shivani started her sailing career as crew on Tabor Academy’s schooner Tabor Boy, a 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.
Julie Lassy, Sails Manager
America's Cup Charters partner, Julie Lassy, joined ACC in 2002, working her way up to a managing partner. As Sails Manager, Julie works with our clients to specifically tailor their needs to a unique sailing event. She manages all aspects of our office and coordinates all details of our charters to be sure it’s all smooth sailing.
Julie's enthusiasm and attention to detail surely produce a successful event. Whether an America's Cup 12 Meter Regatta, a corporate team building exercise, a family reunion or a private sail for friends - no two charters are exactly alike.
Julie grew up in land locked CT on her family's farm in Litchfield County. Her love of boating came from cruising & fishing the lakes of northwestern CT with her dad. She loves messing about with boats, she built a Chesapeake Light Craft kayak and participated in a Cat boat building class at the Museum of Yachting when she first moved to RI where she is now a resident of Jamestown and never far from the water.
Bruce S. Aldrich, Ticketed Sails Coordinator
Bruce joined America's Cup Charters for the 2007 season as the Sales Coordinator for our Ticketed Sail. A lifelong Newport resident, Bruce brings his energy and love of sailing on Narragansett Bay to his job of coordinating individuals sails aboard our classic 12 Meter yachts. For over 20 years he has taught Physical Education in Newport Schools, dovetailing perfectly with our sailing season.
His communication skills, motivation and organization all work well in managing the calendar for our 12 Meter ticketed sails. Bruce's sailing experience is a great asset for answering any questions regarding what to expect during one of our trips and his lifelong familiarity with Newport, RI and surrounding Aquidneck Island is a great asset for helping our guests plan a fun-filled trip to our area.
When he isn't on our dock at the Newport Harbor Hotel Marina boarding guests, you can find him at the beach working from his waterside beach chair office.