|Year Graduated: 1983|
|Year Inducted: 1990|
Winner of the 1981-82 Morris Trophy as the nation's Outstanding Collegiate Sailor, three-time All-America Ken Read was the finest male sailor ever to compete for Boston University.
He was an complete sailor who excelled in all types of competition,
including sloops (large boats), dinghies (small boats), single-handeds,
and team racing (three-on-three).
During his four-year career, he guided Boston University to two national titles, a pair of second-place finishes, and six New England Championships.
As a freshman during the 1979-80 season, he led the Terriers to victories in five freshmen regattas, a first-place finish in the Priddy Trophy as the New England Freshman Fall Champions, and second place in the Nickerson Trophy--the New England Freshman Spring Championships.
The following year, as a sophomore, he won six races (the Anderson Regatta, the Yale Invitational, the Lane Trophy, the Oberg Trophy, the Danmark Trophy, and the Truxt Umsted Regatta), and finished second in the Boston Dighy Cup. His accomplishments earned him his first All-America honors.
During the 1981-82 season, Read owned the collegiate sailing scene, winning a pair of national titles, and helping the team to a second-place finish in a third event. After capturing the New England honors in the Sloop and Team Championships, Read sailed to victory in the National Sloop and Dinghy Championships, and finished second in the National Team Championships. In addition, he was named the National Collegiate Outstanding Sailor, and garnered All-America status for the second consecutive season.
As a senior, he capped his brilliant career with six first-place finishes, including the New England Sloops and Dinghy Championships, a second-place performance at the National Team Championships, and was again named All-America.
Following graduation, he won a pair of J-24 World Championships (1985 and 1986) and was named the Rolex Yachtsman of the Year.