CLEARWATER, Fla. – Charlie Cary, who founded yacht-charter company The Moorings, died June 14 in Vero Beach, Fla., the company reported in a release earlier this week. He was 89 years old.
“Words alone cannot do justice to the impact that Charlie has had on so many lives all over the sailing world and particularly for us at The Moorings, his genuine love and caring for people from Tonga to St Lucia and particularly the British Virgin Islands is unmatched,” said Lex Raas, The Moorings CEO. “His love of the ocean, his incredible wit, but above all his easy demeanor is what we will always remember. He has left an indelible mark on the sailing world and a legacy that we at The Moorings intend to carry forth and know will be enjoyed for perpetuity among sailors all over the world.”
Charlie and his wife Ginny (also deceased) founded The Moorings on July 4, 1969 in the British Virgin Islands with six 35-foot Pearson yachts. The Cary’s vision and passion for sailing successfully provided the opportunity for hundreds of thousands of people to realize their dreams of cruising in exotic locations. With his leadership, the company grew to over 850 yachts in more than 30 locations and operating in over 20 countries worldwide.
“We are deeply indebted to his vision and leadership and he will be greatly missed,” Raas said.
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