Dirk Johnson of Churchill Yacht Partners is a familiar fixture at Newport Shipyard. Highly respected in the yachting world, he recently navigated his way to Bermuda Race line honors on Hap Fauth's, Bella Mente. He has been brilliant in figuring out how to best get to Bermuda several times, previously helping score a win for Zaraffa. He is as unflappable on the race course as he is in the office or dining at Belle's.
While his fellow crewmembers on Bella Mente went stir crazy in the windless calm getting to Bermuda, Dirk reminded them that the slop and slatting sails were their best friends because it meant they were still in the Stream heading in the right direction! He told them to worry if it got pleasantly quiet.