Richard Olson


Richard is one of our founding board members and our legal counselor. Richard was born in Biddeford and grew up in Portland. After graduating from New York University, he joined the United States Navy and spent four years at sea as both a deck and engineering officer. Richard continued his service as a Naval reservist while he attended Harvard Law School. Richard returned to his home town after practicing law in Boston.

Richard’s sailing experience began after returning to Maine about a decade after he finally realized that he no longer had a legal duty to stand mid-watches as part of his job. Since then, Richard has owed an O’Day Daysailor and is currently co-owner of an Irwin 28.

Richard believes that one of the best places to learn about math, science, geography—and people, is at sea.