Eric Charsky, Skipper:
Eric learned to sail on small lakes in Western MA at age 8, and at age 14 assisted in building sail boards at a boutique board maker while continuing to further develop his water skills in white water canoeing, wind surfing and sailing Hobi 16’s.
Eric transitioned into the Navy and discovered large keel boat offshore sailing in the South Pacific and Philippians Sea. After his naval service, he became a partner in a scuba diving shop, developing offshore sailing/diving programs while traveling the world. Returning to the U.S., Eric was selected into the elite U.S. Army Special Forces after re-entering military service. This extensive team building, program management and “can do” attitude has paved the way for many successful teams after Eric retired from Military Service.
Eric has since pushed recovery limits to become a nationally recognized cyclist, triathlete and crew member aboard many large boats for regional and national offshore titles. Developing the foundation Volontie1, he focused on disabled veteran and cancer patient rehabilitation aboard large yachts. Eric now races at the highest competitive levels, showcasing what can be accomplished after devastating injuries. Eric’s hope is that in competing at the World Championship after having to re-learn many functions from breaking 5 vertebra and recovering from 10 cancer related surgeries, that others are able to achieve greater goals and help others regain balance while “paying it forward”. Proteus Racing was developed as a team that can transition to different boats, different events with the focus of motivating others to help regain balance and strength.
Buddy Byington, Tactician:
Buddy is a native of Corpus Christi, TX where his extensive yacht racing
career started over 30 years ago, extending across many winning
campaigns. Now residing in San Antonio, TX Buddy mainly races keel boats
at various locations around the country.
Since his teen days sailing dinghies and small keel boats, he has maintained an intense focus on competitive racing and winning programs. He competent in all crew positions from stem to stern, currently focusing on a helmsman and tactician positions aboard numerous national and world programs, with an eye on his roots; the J24 Worlds.
Buddy is an accomplished competitor with a long list of National and World podium wins and finishes on his resume. Currently, he is helmsman on a Texas-based Olson 30, as well as a Chicago-based Sydney 41, and tactician aboard a J24 in Chicago for Proteus Racing. Buddy guest helms and crews for a number of programs nationally, adding depth, confidence and strategic experience.
Geoff Pedrick, Foredeck:
Geoff grew up sailing in Newport, RI beginning at age 7 and competed in Optis and 420's during summers. He sailed at St. George's School, winning the Baker Trophy for team race nationals his senior year. During high school, Geoff also competed in the Sears Cup for junior triplehanded nationals and raced extensively in various Newport summer series on J/22's, J/24's, and Shields. For two summers, 2007-08, he trimmed spinnaker on the 12-meter American Eagle, winning the NYYC annual regatta, Race Week, and the 12-meter North American championship. Recent summers have also seen him compete in the 6-meter world championship and place 5th at Lightning Atlantic Coast and North American Championships.
In college, Geoff has competed in the MCSA while studying at Northwestern University. He consistently placed in the top three at the district championships including winning his division junior and senior year. These finishes have helped the team qualify for college fleet race semifinals, which he sailed all four years, and two team race national championships.
Off the water, he served as captain of the Northwestern team, helping organize and run practices, planning the regatta schedule, and helping with new-member tryouts. Later, he served as undergraduate president of the MCSA, moving it toward a higher level of competition and professionalism. He has also been a sailing instructor and team race umpire for junior events such as the CJ Buckley regatta. Currently Geoff is foredeck and tactician II aboard the J24 Giddy Up, racing for Team Proteus helping structure and prepare the program for the World Championship.
Spencer Powell, Trim:
Spencer Powell, is from Traverse City, Michigan. He started sailing with his family at the age of 6 on Opti’s, progressing to racing soon after in Butterfly’s, MC Scows, and beyond. At 6 Spencer competed in his first E-Scow regatta, at 9 first Butterfly Nationals, and in 1999 he raced in the Melges 24 National Championship on the Mad Cap boat.
Spencer spent his youth years traveling the Midwest for regattas, while participating in his local fleet on Torch Lake in Michigan. He then progressed to high school club racing, and currently he is the Commodore of the Northwestern University Sailing Team. Spencer has raced at the National level on 420’s, Laser’s, Melges 24’s and now trims for Proteus Racing on a J24, intently focused on the Worlds.
Patrick Doran, Mast, tactics II:
Patrick has over 15 years of competitive One Design racing experience. Primarily on Geneva Lake, Wisconsin and the waters of Lake Michigan. He began sailing at the age of 7 in the Optimist dinghy and racing at the age of 9 in the Inland Lake Yachting Association. Moving on to the Melges X boat as crew and eventually skipper, Patrick found success in both the Optimist and X boat as a youth sailor. Patrick joined the Geneva Lake Sailing School were through the years he rose from sailing instructor to racing instructor and finally racing coach. Well at the GLSS Patrick successfully coached multiple ILYA Champions.
Through his teen years Patrick picked up A, E, and C scow racing. At 19 Patrick found keel boat racing. Gaining keel boat experience Patrick began racing composite and carbon built racing keelboats. Patrick currently maintains and races aboard a Transpac 52 in Chicago and races A scows for T. Freytag’s Team MadCap, as well as J24’s for Proteus Racing.