the afterguard on the J-boat "Yankee." In 1963, he sailed his own design, "Chaje II," to victory in the 5.5 World Championship. His apparent, uncanny knowledge of how to move a boat through the water forms a skill no tank test or formula can replicate.
These intuitive skills enabled Ray to become one of the most innovative designers of his era. Although he had no formal education beyond prep school, he developed radically new designs which were breakthroughs then and continue today to influence not just yacht design but vessel design as well.
A list of his designs includes so many icons of the business: the Concordia yawl (Ray sailed his Harrier to Cowes Week victory; other Corcordias are coveted even today); the Boston Whaler (still remembered by its chainsawed promotion for unsinkability); the succession of Miami-Nassau winning "Moppie's" (which built the fame and success of Dick Bertram and the company he forged from their success); the 110 and larger 210 (which brought simple, planing keelboats to junior and club sailboat racing), the 12 Meter "Easterner" and Olympic Gold Medal winning 5.5 Meter "Minotaur" - and so many others.