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Explorers Club: Sailing Stories 2017
Sun, April 23, 2017, 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM EDT
Sailing Stories is day focused on sailing-based exploration and conservation. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door.
9:00 AM Registration – coffee & continental breakfast
10:00 AM Presentations commence
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Presentations continue
5:00 PM Cocktail Party
7:00 PM Conclusion
George and Wendy David - “Survival at Sea.”
Mr. and Mrs. David have campaigned three boats – all Rambler or variations like Rambler 100 and Rambler 88 – internationally since 2007. The three boats have competed in most of the world’s blue water races including transatlantics (three eastbound and two westbound), Rolex Fastnet, Buenos Aires to Rio, Newport to Bermuda, Rolex Middle Sea, RORC Caribbean 600, Around Ireland, and Rolex Sydney Hobart.
Collectively, the boats have set records in the Transatlantic Race 2011 (Newport to England in six days and twenty-two hours), Buenos Aires to Rio, RORC Caribbean 600, Rolex Middle Sea, Newport to Bermuda, and Around Ireland. The boats have competed in – and won – traditional regattas such as the Voiles in both St. Tropez and St. Barth’s and the Maxi Worlds in Sardinia.
The first Rambler was a 90’ Reichel Pugh water ballast design, and the second a Juan K 100’ canting keel design. The current Rambler 88 is also Juan K, this time at 88’ but half the displacement. Mr. David previously campaigned four boats from an IOR ¾ tonner to an IMS 50 – all named Idler.
The most publicized events of Mr. and Mrs. David’s racing is the capsize of Rambler 100 in the 2011 Rolex Fastnet. Twenty-one crew were racing and all survived after the yacht’s canting keel fractured just below the hull and the boat was upside down in less than sixty seconds. Five of the crew – including Mr. and Mrs. David – spent just over three hours in the waters of the Irish Sea while the remaining sixteen managed to climb the overturned hull. Mrs. David was severely hypothermic and required a helicopter lift from a rescue boat.
Mr. David holds degrees from Harvard and the University of Virginia and Mrs. David has a degree from New York University. She is a member of the board of the Metropolitan Opera Club and of the Advisory Board of Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. He has been Vice Chairman of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and Chairman of the Darden Foundation at the University of Virginia.
Sharon Green – “Ultimate Sailing.”
Ms. Green has been capturing electrifying images of performance sailing for more than three decades. Her annual calendar, featuring the highlights of competitive yacht racing around the globe, is eagerly anticipated by thousands of boating, sports and photography enthusiasts worldwide.
She has been extensively published in the world’s foremost boating periodicals and published two books since first taking up a camera in high school. Ms. Green worked on eight America’s Cups, and countless other high profile campaigns and regattas. In recognition of her extraordinary accomplishments in photography, Ms. Green was awarded an honorary Master’s Degree from the prestigious Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California.
She is happiest when photographing on the water or from a helicopter the elusive images of high-powered yachts sailed by stellar crews in epic conditions that combine to create a thrilling photograph.
Joe Harris – “Solo Circumnavigation.”
In 2016, blue-water sailor Mr. Harris completed a 152 day solo, unassisted sailing circumnavigation of the world by way of the three Great Capes, including the famed Cape Horn, joining a select group of only 140 sailors that achieved this goal.
Mr. Harris grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut and attended Brown University, graduating with a degree in Political Science (and lacrosse). While working as a boat-builder in New England and as a commercial fisherman in Bristol Bay, Alaska, his dream of sailing round the world was born.
With a solo circumnavigation, 6 trans-Atlantic crossings, 12 Newport-Bermuda races, 5 Marblehead to Halifax races, 5 Bermuda 1-2 races and numerous international miles sailed, Mr. Harris logged over 100,000 offshore ocean miles, mainly single or double-handed, while owning 5 boats over a span of 30 years. He holds an MBA from Babson College and Mr. Harris manages BroadReach Development Group, a real estate investment, development and project management firm.
Peter Nichols - “Sailing With Darwin and FitzRoy.”
Sailor and bestselling author, Mr. Nichols will discuss and show images from two sailing adventures—across the Atlantic, and around Cape Horn—with the great-great grandsons of Charles Darwin and Captain Robert FitzRoy, of HMS Beagle.
Mr. Nichols is the author of the bestselling novel The Rocks, the nonfiction bestsellers A Voyage for Madmen, Evolution's Captain, and three other books of fiction, memoir, and non-fiction. His novel Voyage to the North Star was nominated for the Dublin IMPAC literary award. His journalism has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Before turning to writing full time, Mr. Nichols held a 100 ton USCG Ocean Operator’s license and was a professional yacht delivery skipper for 10 years. He has also worked in advertising in London, as a screenwriter in Los Angeles, been a shepherd in Wales, and sailed alone in a small boat across the Atlantic.
Matt Rutherford - “Non-Stop Circumnavigation of the Americas.”
Mr. Rutherford is the first person in history to complete a non-stop, single-handed, voyage around North and South America. He left Annapolis, Maryland and traversed some of the most dangerous seas on Earth. During the first leg of his trek, Mr. Rutherford broke a record by solo sailing the smallest boat in history through the Northwest Passage.
Once through this northern passage, Mr. Rutherford sailed around the entire state of Alaska then south through the Pacific Ocean from North to South America to make his left-hand turn at storm-tossed Cape Horn and completing his record breaking journey in 309 days after sailing 27,077 miles at sea.