Born and raised in the maritime hub of Bristol, Rhode Island, Enright was destined to sail from a young age after his grandfather – a boatbuilder – introduced him to the sport.
After some time working as a sailmaker at North Sails in Newport, RI, Enright set his sights on participation in the Volvo Ocean Race. Together with sailing and business partner Mark Towill, Enright entered the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 with Team Alvimedica, leading the campaign as skipper while featuring the youngest overall crew in the race. The team won the final leg into Gothenburg, Sweden to tie Spanish-entry MAPFRE for fourth place in the overall standings. Two years later, Enright and Towill would enter the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 again as co-founders of Vestas 11th Hour Racing. The team won the race’s opening leg into Lisbon before missing some legs due to a broken mast in the Southern Ocean, resulting in a fifth-place finish overall.
Towill and Enright are now back again hoping for a third shot at The Ocean Race Trophy with 11th Hour Racing. The team’s goal of winning the next Ocean Race comes with its #oceanhour message to educate fans and followers along the way about pressing issues facing our ocean, while inspiring and challenging the sailing community and maritime industry to make changes for the betterment of ocean and planet health. Enright’s connection to the sea goes back to his childhood and he recognizing this is the 11th Hour — we must act now.
Enright’s story has been profiled by national media such as The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Forbes and Bloomberg, while his team’s sportsmanship at sea has been lauded in features from the likes of The Wall Street Journal.