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Explorers Club: Sailing Stories 2019

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The Explorers Club

46 East 70th Street

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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

Speakers:

Frank Blair, MN’18 – “The Schooner Maggie B. – a Southern Ocean Circumvention.”

A true Southern Ocean circumnavigation, around the great capes, Mr. Blair built a 63-foot wooden schooner in Nova Scotia and with an all-volunteer crew, set off on a two-year maiden voyage around the world. Mr. Blair will share his dream voyage aboard the schooner Maggie B; from breakdowns to recoveries, great ports, gales and the apprehension and joys of 4,000-mile blue water passage.

Mr. Blair served in the U.S. Navy for five years as a fighter pilot and received five Air Medals for low-level reconnaissance over North Vietnam. His love of sailing began in childhood and Mr. Blair worked Hurricane Island Outward Bound School for 20 years teaching seamanship. He lives in Maine and on his new schooner, Farfarer.

Tami Oldham Ashcraft – “ADRIFT, the Story of Love, Loss and Survival at Sea.

Ms. Oldham Ashcraft is an American blue water sailor, author and speaker. She has decades of sailing experience, having accumulated 50,000 offshore miles and is a one-hundred-ton licensed Captain. In 1983, she survived a category four hurricane and spent 41 days alone in the Pacific Ocean. Her book, New York bestseller Adrift (formally Red Sky in Mourning), tells of her terrifying ordeal which was the inspiration for the 2018 film “ADRIFT”. Ms. Oldham Ashcraft uses her story of survival as a foundation for her motivational speaking engagements. She continues to be an avid sailor and lives with her family in the beautiful San Juan Islands, Washington.

Captain Donna Lange – “Sail Twice Around: Inspired Insanity to Sanity: Sailing Stories of Two-time Solo Circumnavigator via the Roaring Forties.”

Captain Lange, along with her partner and Sail Twice Around team leader, Bob Philburn, will present about Captain Lange’s two-time solo circumnavigation. As a 55-year old, musician and registered nurse from the mountains of New York, a mother of four, grandmother of 11; Captain Lange heard destiny's call to offshore sail solo where she would find her inward healing path to overcoming challenges in her life by sailing around the world in her Southern Cross 28' double-ender.

She will share the spiritual growth she experienced alone with the sea, eight months non-stop offshore finally discovering that she has Asperger’s. An author of children’s stories, publishing her first book of her journey soon; Captain Lange produced several music CDs. She is a founder and past Chair of the Board of OceansWatch North America, an organization linking the yachting community with sustainable practice projects in developing island communities in Haiti and the Caribbean.

Dave Rearick – “The Solo Circumnavigation, Was It Worth It?

Mr. Rearick took his first sail on a Sunfish Sailboat on the southern shores of Lake Michigan at age 12 and dreamed of one day competing in a singlehanded race around the world. 40 years later, that day arrived. Onboard Bodacious Dream, a Class 40 commissioned in Wellington, New Zealand to compete in the Global Oceans Race, Mr. Rearick set from Jamestown, Rhode Island on an eight and a half month solo circumnavigation. Mr. Rearick competed in sailing events in the Great Lakes and raced on the Atlantic and Pacific including a series of Class 40 events in North America and Europe.

A recipient of Mike Silverthorne Award from the Great Lakes Singlehanded Society for exemplifying the spirit of singlehanded sailing, Mr. Rearick was inducted into the Great Lakes Sail Racing Hall of Fame in 2018. Off the water, Mr. Rearick coordinates The Atlantic Cup Kids Educational Outreach Program and is an Ambassador for 11th Hour Racing. He wrote for many sailing magazines and published his first book, Spirit of a Dream --A Sailors Ultimate Journey Around the World in October 2018.

John Rousmaniere – “The Golden Pastime: Sailing In Storms and In Glory.”

Author-sailor-lecturer Mr. Rousmaniere left more than 40,000 miles of blue water in his wake, including ocean passages and yacht races. His books about sailing history, the America’s Cup, maritime photography, yacht design, and storms have been widely praised as classics. His Fastnet, Force 10 (about a brutal killer storm in which he sailed) was hailed by the New York Times Book Review as “A gripping book of hair-raising, sometimes heartbreaking anecdote and cool analysis.” His Annapolis Book of Seamanship is a standard instructional manual.

Mr. Rousmaniere has written histories of the New York Yacht Club and other sailing organizations, and of the America’s Cup and Bermuda Race. Mystic Seaport presented him its W.P. Stephens Award “in recognition of a significant and enduring contribution to the history, preservation, progress, understanding, or appreciation of American yachting and boating.” Mr. Rousmaniere (whose last name is pronounced “Room-an-ear”) is an alumnus of Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary. He lives in New York City with his wife, Leah Ruth Robinson.

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