28th Annual Sailors’ Series 2018

Supported by Ruth and Hope Atkinson

Elemental Exposures: Remarkable maritime photography |  The lectures in 2018 celebrated a collection of notable maritime photography. Sailors’ Series lectures present a wide variety of experiences and adventures by individuals with lifelong commitments to sailing, boats, and the sea. 

Thursdays: March 22, April 5 & 19, May 10, 2018 

March 22, 2018 Wind and Water

Onne van der Wal photo portrait

By Onne van der Wal
Onne van der Wal is one of the most prolific and talented marine photographers in the world of sailing. As the bowman and engineer aboard the Dutch maxi-boat Flyer II, van der Wal won all four legs of the 1981-1982 Whitbread Round the World Race. Enjoy a series of images from Onne’s recent travel and editorial work through stills and videography in the marine industry.


April 5, 2018 The International One-Design – 80 Years Young


By John Burnham
The iconic International One-Design sailboat has been the subject of thousands of remarkable photos in its eight decades of competitive history. Join John Burnham, a past champion and former editor of Sailing World and Cruising World, on a photo tour that traces the history of the class, including John’s personal experience of the last 30 years and the array of extraordinary venues where the boats are sailed.


April 19, 2018 45 Years of Yachting Photography on the High Seas

photo of Daniel Forster

By Daniel Forster
Daniel Forster of Jamestown, R.I., is one of the finest yachting photographers of our time. He has covered every America’s Cup from 1977 to 2017, and a dozen Olympic Games from 1977 to 2016. Forster’s presentation will be nothing short of spectacular, showing images of sailing and the beauty of the sea. It will be every bit evocative of the last glorious half-century in sailing as were the great Morris Rosenfeld’s photos from the 50 years before.


May 10, 2018 Recalling Norman Fortier: Images and memories of Padanaram’s beloved marine painter and photographer

Norman Fortier photograph of sailboat

By Louie, Charlie, Kin and Ed Howland
Norman Fortier (1919-2010), an avid photographer, returned to the New Bedford region after World War II and set up his own commercial photo studio. His work testified to both his brilliance as a technician and his uncanny sense of composition. Louie, Charlie, Kin and Ed Howland were neighbors, friends, customers, occasional shipmates, and ultimately landlords of Norman Fortier over a span of some sixty years. Each has special memories of Norm. Each has particular favorites among the nearly 60,000 maritime photographs Norm took during his wonderfully productive career. This presentation will feature plenty of surprises—and the Howlands very much hope that members of the audience will participate.

Individual Tickets: Members $15  |  Non-members $20 
Series Tickets: Members $54  |  Non-members $72


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