Peter Rieck – A Sailing Hero

April 8, 2016 § 1 Comment

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Peter Rieck

He’s too humble to admit it, but Peter Rieck may be among the most important and influential sailors in the world in the last thirty years. Quiet, unassuming, accommodating, always present, and usually working, Peter has helped many generations learn to sail and learn to love sailing.

His impact is staggering. As the longtime Executive Director of Milwaukee’s Internationally-acclaimed Community Sailing Center, Peter has been the key figure in:

… raising tens of millions of dollars and enlisting tens of thousands of volunteer hours in order to acquire and maintain an unmatched fleet of shared sailboats, to build an award-winning campus, and to create the reference curriculum for sailing centers around the country …

… teaching thousands of kids and adults that wind, water, waves, and working together on a sailboat are priceless joys …

… nurturing hundreds of teens to become counselors, teachers and mentors to their younger peers, and, along the way, to become leaders themselves …

… deftly navigating a minefield of local politics, yachties-gone-altruistic, and scattershot volunteer committees, yet remaining firm and focused on a mission of teaching and sharing, safely, fairly and in good fun …

… showing an otherwise skeptical community that investments in outdoor education, open access to public parks and waterfront, and youth scholarships and part-time work always improve lives, especially when kids face stiff headwinds …

… inspiring a multi-generational team of volunteers to create a sailing community.

If you’ve ever been to MCSC, you know that it feels like a village. Friendly, helpful, accessible, fun. Just like Peter.

Peter announced his retirement a few weeks ago and will be leaving Milwaukee to invent a new life with his long-time partner Kathy, in Chicago.

If he has a fraction of the impact in Chicago that he has had in Milwaukee, the city will be transformed.

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§ One Response to Peter Rieck – A Sailing Hero

  • Brian Jones says:

    Hello Nick,

    Thanks for the email and I was interested in the account of the work of Peter Reick.

    I am not sure that I agree with the views expressed in the article about finding the right yacht for involving in sailing.

    I think that it has been invented, in Australia by Chris Mitchell.

    We use one of his designs at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron.

    Its virtues are described in the attached material.

    In addition our 303 Hansa class yachts can be viewed on you tube Search Access Sailing Blairgowrie.

    Regards,

    Brian Jones Coordinator Sailability 303 Sailing Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron

    On Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 11:06 PM, Saving Sailing wrote:

    > Nick Hayes posted: ” He’s too humble to admit it, but Peter Rieck may be > among the most important and influential sailors in the world in the last > thirty years. Quiet, unassuming, accommodating, always present, and usually > working, Peter has helped many generations learn to” >

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