Newport Shipyard Personality: Paul Callahan

Located in the depths of The Shipyard on the most traveled corridors of the property, next to the "Men's Room," there is an office that seems to be vibrating with energy. No, it is not the old steam room! It's just Paul Callahan - our own Harvard educated, Paralympic skipper, former Goldman Sachs investment banker, and CEO of the world renown Shake A Leg Adaptive Sailing Program (

The wheels in his head seem to run contiguously with the wheels on his wheelchair, as he paces around The Shipyard - does he ever get off that phone?

Paul's latest orchestration has the America's Cup yacht, Easterner, in the hands of Shake A Leg's disabled sailors. Wow! Paul and friends plan to reengineer Easterner so disabled people and children with cancer can traverse Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay, previously reserved for only the very fortunate. All of this will further culminate next September at the World 12 Metre Championship in Newport when Paul leaves his wheelchair at the dock and skippers Easterner with his (disabled) friends competing alongside and against professional crew.

Come see the progress of Easterner at The Shipyard.


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Newport Shipyard Personality: PUMA Ocean Racing

Congratulations to Kenny Read and the entire PUMA Ocean Racing team for finishing second on Leg #1 of the Volvo Ocean Race! After 22 days and 6,500 miles, PUMA's entry, il mostro, finished just 12 hours after 1st place finisher, Ericsson 4. "In good time we will be ready to push the boat and then, I believe, we will be able to match speed with anyone in any condition," said Read after arriving in Cape Town, South Africa on Sunday, November 2. "If we can’t learn how to improve then shame on us, but I have so much faith in these guys, I know we’ll learn quickly how to use this boat to its max and then we’ll be there. We do not intend to finish second all the way round. We have more to come."

The entire team at Newport Shipyard would like to congratulate PUMA Ocean Racing on a great finish after a very exciting leg. We're rooting for you from your 'home away from home' here at the Shipyard.

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Newport Shipyard Personality: Buckley, The Shipyard Dog

The Sequel.... Buckley, The Shipyard Dog

"Buck" spent the summer at Newport Shipyard having left his steamy hometown of Charleston for the refreshingly cool weather of Newport. Just loves the thermally induced sea breeze. A versatile being.... he favors boats, cars, golf carts, sleeping, or basically anything that doesn't require him moving himself. His amazingly aerodynamic body is enhanced by the lift that his generous ears give him, though he rarely gets airborne. Parties around the yard were his favorite as he moved amongst pizza, hamburgers, and the ice luge. As summer ended, his Lord and Master, Nick headed for Spain with PUMA while Buck returned to Charleston with a trusted friend to prepare for the upcoming Basset Hound Parade.

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Newport Shipyard Personality: Nick Dana

Nick Dana is long overdue as a Shipyard 'personality'. All you had to do is look at his bicycle at the top of PUMA's mast when he "couldn't find it", or his shrink-wrapped truck to know he was a ripe candidate. He's left for Spain, so we can write about him. He's on the shore team as the nipper (Kenny term) and loves it.

It's the "loves it" part that makes him good at what he does, and also why I'm so proud of him for how much of himself he's putting into it. Nick's tough; Nick's capable; he's the one in our family who always keeps things interesting. Yet.... he's going to miss us as much as we're going to miss him. I could tell that right before he left when he started getting nice.... hanging out in our kitchen more. He'll deny it, but... we know!

We wish Nick and all the PUMA team Godspeed as they circle the globe. We'll definitely pop in when you least expect it.

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Newport Shipyard Personality: Andrew Fitzgerald

In Newport Shipyard's print newsletter, Belle's Bulletin, dated August 1, 2003 (exactly five years ago), we featured Andrew Fitzgerald as our Shipyard 'personality.' We are deeply saddened by his sudden and untimely death. The guys here are taking it hard. He was without a doubt the quickest mind around and the most loved (and feared!)

The church was overflowing during his funeral and our hearts go out to Mary.


BELLE'S BULLETIN, August 1, 2003


Ask a friend to name a painter and they might say Monet or Van Gogh, but here at Newport Shipyard you're more likely to hear 'Fitzy.' With 30 years experience and a firecracker attitude, if you've met Andrew Fitzgerald you won't easily forget him.

Fitzy continues to grace us with his presence everyday because he loves the people here. An old friend to many here at the Yard, he met Patti the day she started many years ago, and he has known Mark since he "could wear a size 34. And Mark, the Miller Lite isn't working."

It's no secret that Fitzy loves to feed the blazing rivalry between Mark and himself, but ask him to tell stories and out of his sly smirk he'll tell you "loose lips sink ships." Fortunately, his friends feel differently, happily revealing that his longest absence from work was caused by falling off his roof while hanging Christmas decorations.

Without a doubt, the spirit of the Yard is touched by Andrew Fitzgerald.

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Newport Shipyard Personality: Kenny Read

On October 11, Newport's Kenny Read (left with wife Kathy and daughter Tory) will depart Alicante, Spain with one mission: Sail around the world. FAST. Well, faster than the other Volvo 70s participating in the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race that is. Supported by his crew aboard PUMA Ocean Racing's new boat Il Mostro, Read will skipper the boat on a 37,000 NM journey around the world starting in Alicante and ending in St Petersburg, Russia one year from now.

To say Kenny is one of the most experienced and talented sailors on the planet is true for sure, but this will be his first round-the-world race and he remains optimistic and confident yet humbled by what the strength of the open ocean can bring. While he and his team have been eating their "three-square's-a-day" at Belle's Cafe for the past three months, PUMA's corporate marketing and public relations teams have also descended on the Shipyard to get a taste of what sailing is all about.

On a typical day, you will see Il Mostrohauled and launched; the PUMA crew carrying sails down extra-wide 'Charlie' Dock; PUMA's sailmakers repairing and recutting sails in the sail loft of their Newport Shipyard compound; Kenny and PUMA execs dining at Belle's Cafe strategizing for their trip around the world and trying to figure out how to keep a eye on Jerry Kirby for that many miles. We wish them safety above all else, and will be here with open arms to greet them on their return.

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Newport Shipyard Personality: Paul Fitzgerald

Captain Kevan Paul Fitzgerald

On the evening of Wednesday 25th February 2008, Our wonderful brother, Captain Paul Fitzgerald of S/Y Hetairos departed this world. Paul was a charismatic character with immense energy and inner strength, a fighter with great compassion, understanding, love and warmth. He was also a very loyal, honest and mischievous friend who would joke and tease anyone to raise a smile. A shining light has now moved on.

Paul’s surviving siblings, Tony, Kim, Samantha and Vicky would like to thank all Paul’s friends for their warmth, sincere wishes and compassion at this time. We also understand the need of some, to have their own private memorial service to commemorate Paul.

We will have a cremation service for Paul next week in England. It will be held at St. Peter's Church in Heysham, Lancashire, on Monday, March 17th at 1:45, where friends are welcome. Once matters have been settled on this side of the Atlantic, the family will be travelling with Paul’s ashes, to hold a celebration in Newport of his life and invite all of his friends and colleagues to join them at the Newport Shipyard on May 17th at 4;00 in the afternoon. Those wishing to contact the family please email:


February 26, 2008

Paul Fitzgerald died suddenly doing what he loved best.......

Newport Shipyard was devastated to hear that Paul never woke up this morning. We had just made him the "Personality" and posted him on our web site, as he lay in his bunk near the Seychelles. To say that's eerie is an understatement. Paul was like a member of the family. He spent his darkest hours with us as he battled and beat cancer. We laughed more than we cried!

We pulled his picture immediately, but then I got worried......

Paul would have thought I was nuts to pull it. Below is a "pure Paul" e-mail from a few days ago with the picture of "Father Neptune" crossing the International Date Line. Paul had even called Jon Barrett to make sure he had the "garb" just right.

We love you, Paul, and will never forget the fun you brought to all of us. Fair winds, my friend.


Greeting Rosie and charliE:

It’s the land of the never, never world out here. Wonderful coservation ethics (besides the UK and USA having a huge base at Diego Garcia (it glows in the dark)

Who are you voting for in this coming carnival:

1. Me

2. BJ Bills Misses.

3. Obammmma.

4. Six years in solitary. Mr. McCain.

5. Me

Anyway i miss your wife more than you cos she smiles more and she's the boss.

You won't see me for a while till my house becomes vacant? (that could take years with this market).

Working pays great in Euros (it's gone up by .4 to the $ since I started)

The new boat being built in the Baltic yard should be ready 2010. 212 foot Panamax Ketch, like Mari Chi or Visiony. Not sure its for me, but why not...go frighten myself to death at 35 + knots.

Besides all that, I,m well and having a great time seeing these wonderful places.

Keep causing trouble...

Regards Paul Fitzgerald.

If my spelling is bad, it’s because I can't spell?

Only a couple of tiny edits!!! If anybody has anything Paul would want to hear, send us an e-mail and we'll put it on.


Submitted Friday, March 14:

We will be holding a church service for Paul on Monday 17 March in a very beautiful 6th century church, St Peter’s, Heycham, Lancashire, which overlooks the ocean, followed by a cremation. It will be attended by members of his family and a few close friends. Kim and I will be bringing Paul’s ashes to Newport in May and intend holding some sort of service/gathering on 17 May 2008 followed by a scattering of his ashes at sea if it can be arranged.

Paul died of heart failure (natural causes), which was not connected with his previous illness.


Tony Fitzgerald



Meet Cosworth, a bulldog which at first glance looks fighting fit. Actually he's glassfibre (you can buy them on the internet from a lady in the USA - any breed) and this picture shows him sitting on the aft deck of the J Class yacht Endeavour, currently in Auckland.

Cosworth, for want of a better description, is a war prize, pinched from the crew of the big ketch Rebecca in retaliation for Endeavour's magnificent steering wheel being 'stolen' and then put up for sale on EBay. We understand the wheel was never sold but when it went missing it was replaced by one of those tiny little, tugboat-syle, spoked numbers…not quite J Class style.

Cosworth has been with Endeavour ever since and has crossed the Pacific, been to Japan and was due to stay with Endeavour in Auckland.

But there's a poignant end to this story and Cosworth's black arm band is the sad giveaway. His original master, Kevan Paul 'Fitz' Fitzgerald, Rebecca's one time skipper and more recently in charge of Hetairos, died recently. His premature death came as a mighty shock to the yachting community as he was a highly respected and much loved man.

Cosworth was so christened due to Fitz's love of motor racing, derived from an earlier career in motor sport.

When we met Cosworth he was about to be boxed up and posted home to pay his respects to his one time owner. We wish him well and send our condolences along with him…

David Glenn/Yachting World, 5 March 2008


Submitted Monday, March 2nd:

My name is Alan, I and my wife Zara worked with Paul for a few years on the yachts Saudade and Rebecca. Terribly sad to hear of his passing he was a huge amount of fun to be at sea with and on land ..... A great character gone.

Alan Goldman


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Newport Shipyard Personality: Controller Donna Soares

When Donna Soares, Newport Shipyard's controller (left), isn't busy with payables and negotiating better rates with cell phone companies, she is an avid cruising sailor who has spent many years working in the marine industry. Donna loves sailing on Narragansett Bay. Due to her competitive nature, she was once invited to race at night under the beautiful Mount Hope Bridge at the Bristol Yacht Club. She held the ever important position of ballast; however, while tacking up the river she didn’t quite understand the importance of staying in the boat and many times attempted to leave the boat via the rail. She was soon dismissed from this volunteer position immediately following evening drinks.

For many years Donna has been active in various community outreach programs. Currently, she volunteers at the Newport Soup Kitchen serving and cooking for the under-privileged. She is active in her church parish serving as a member of the Finance Committee and has volunteered at her local library, but was again dismissed due to the fact that she was caught reading every book jacket before she returned it to the shelf.

Donna has traveled extensively through out the US and Europe, recently visiting Turkey and Egypt. While employed at Hall Spars, Donna accompanied Nan Hall on the delivery of a Carbon Fiber Mast to a state-of-the-art racing sloop in southern France. Their mission was the timely delivery of this mast to meet a crucial race schedule, but always the accountant; she refused to release the mast until she had a cashier check in hand.

We checked in with Donna's sister Renee and here is what she had to say... "Donna is an excellent cook, and has a five-star rating when it comes to her Apple Pie. We all love Donna because she is kind and generous to all who know her. Her sailing skills are available to any cruiser, who maintains a stocked rum bar, a valid passport, a villa in the Mediterranean Sea (deep mooring of course) and is six foot 2 with eyes of blue. Please keep her tied to her desk."

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