Fran Charles joined the Institute in 1992 as varsity sailing coach and assistant to former sailing master, Hatch Brown. Now, as the fourth Sailing Master since 1935, Fran is responsible for the entire recreational sailing program with over 2,000 members annually developing sailing skills and using the fleet of over 100 boats.
Before joining MIT, Fran served as co-director of the Courageous Sailing Center in Boston which teaches sailing to city children. In 1996 and 1997, Fran managed the sailing competition for the Massachusetts Special Olympics as well as sponsored multiple clinics, seminars and competitions for local junior sailors.
In 1999, Fran was honored by Mass Bay Sailing with its "Distinguished Service to Yachting" Award.