Chuck Allen is an accomplished racing sailor from Wickford, Rhode Island. Allen graduated from the University of Rhode Island with All-American honors in 1990 and has since distinguished himself with top-10 finishes at world championships in the J/24, Melges 24, Shields, and Mumm 30 classes. Allen, 33, is fleet captain of Shields Fleet 9 in Newport and manages North Sails Cruising Direct subsidiary. Before joining North Sails two years ago, Allen spent seven years managing West Marine stores in Rhode Island and California. When hes not racing, Allen and his wife, Becky, take to Narragansett Bays West Passage to cruise their Marshall 18.