Randy Borges, owner and president of Waterline Systems, grew up sailing at the Youngstown Yacht Club on Lake Ontario. There he also spent summers working in the boatyard of RCR Yachts.
In 1982, Randy moved to Newport, RI and began working for Newport Offshore, which at the time, hosted many of the America’s Cup syndicates and built numerous 12-meter yachts, including the Cup-Defender Liberty. After loss of the Cup to the Royal Perth Yacht Club in 1983, Randy went to work for Williams & Manchester Shipyard where he assisted in the construction of three 12-meters for the America II syndicate. He then went on to work and sail for the New York Yacht Club overseeing maintenance and modifications to its boats for the 1987 Cup series in Australia.
After returning to the USA, Randy went to work for Merrifield & Roberts supervising construction of a Claes Oldenburg designed 52-foot spoon sculpture, which is now on display in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden near the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN. After that he spent time working for Don Watson at Concordia Custom Boats and again at Williams & Manchester Shipyard assisting in several new boat construction projects.
It was during this time that Randy, along with two partners (Tim Murray and Kevin Hudner), formed Waterline Systems as a hobby shop. Several years later Tim and Kevin moved on, and Randy was faced with the decision that ultimately resulted in making Waterline Systems his fulltime occupation. From its inception, the company focused on one-design optimization.
The success of the J/22 and J/24 classes provided many opportunities for Waterline Systems to showcase its work. With successes in those classes, WLS was well positioned to expand its services to the J/105, Farr 30, and Farr 40 classes. Today it provides world-class service to grand-prix and one-design customers from around the world. In addition, Randy has established Waterline Systems as the licensed builder of the J/22, J/24, J/80, J/105, Farr 30, and Farr 40 one-designs.