Charlie Weiner first sailed into West Neck Harbor in 1969 and has been a Shelter Islander on land as well as sea since 1972. Born in Lawrence and lived in Methuen, Massachusetts, he spent childhood summers on the Maine coast, where his life-long love of sailing began. He has raced to Bermuda seven times, competed in Transatlantic and Transpacific races – twice and once, respectively (as captain and/or navigator) — and logged many years on the Shelter Island Yacht Club (SIYC) Race Committee. His maritime experiences also include the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves, shipyard management and commercial fishing off the coast of Maine and work in ports as diverse as in Southwest Africa and Lower Wedgeport, Nova Scotia. In addition to the SIYC, he is a member of the New York Yacht Club, the Cruising Club of America and the Ocean Cruising Club (UK), Storm Trysail and The Corinthians, where he was 1980-81 Master. He is also a licensed pilot and proficient in celestial navigation.
A graduate of Phillips Academy and Amherst College, Charlie’s professional life is defined by the success of the company with his name on the door: The Charles Weiner Corp. of NYC and Stamford, Connecticut, which he founded in 1960 and which remains active in international marketing and representation for plastics, fibers, and machinery. His entrepreneurial bent is marked by his ownership of three related companies he formed and sold over these years, and the Paris office he maintained with a French partner for ten years.
While it is axiomatic that sailing leaves time for little else, he and his wife, Lynn, who is a member of the Mashomack Board of Directors, are active in the Shelter Island community. They share their love of the Island with their children – Tony and Nora Weiner and daughter Molly of Mamaroneck, NY.; John Weiner of Martha’s Vineyard and son Lochlund; and Matthew and Cynthia Weiner of Brooklyn, all of whom visit frequently. His enthusiasm for the Shelter Island Public Library is deeply rooted, as he says, having “learned the Dewey Decimal System in 1945.”