Sailors’ Series 2012

Thank you to all presenters, participants and sponsors for another successful lecture series! Information from this past season is listed below. Hope to see you again in 2013.

Each program will begin with a reception in the Jacobs Family Gallery at 6:30pm, followed by a lecture in the Cook Memorial Theater at 7:30pm.

Presented by

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 Sponsored by

C.E. Beckman Co. & Hampton Inn New Bedford Fairhaven

Thursday, February 2
Author Gary Jobson presents Sailing: Speed and Passion. Jobson is a world class sailor, television commentator and author. He is President of US SAILING, the National Governing Body of Sailing. He has authored 17 sailing books and is Editor at Large of Sailing World and Cruising World magazines, and has been ESPN's sailing commentator since 1985. In 1999, Jobson won the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy, US SAILING's most prestigious award. In October 2003, he was inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame by the Herreshoff Marine Museum. He currently races a Swan 42, Mussang, and an Etchells, Whirlwind.
Thursday, February 16

Writer John Rousmaniere presents The Golden Pastime, an illustrated history of American yachting. Rousmaniere (Room-an-ear) has sailed more than 40,000 miles in the ocean and near shore. A descendant of a French soldier who fought in the American Revolution, he is the author of 28 books, including 15 about sailing. His books on yachting history include The Golden Pastime: A New History of Yachting, a book on yachting photography, and biographies of the New York Yacht Club, the America's Cup, The Shelter Island Yacht Club, and the classic yawl Bolero. He is the yachting editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History.
Thursday, March 22
Author Douglas Adkins' book Dorade, the History of an Ocean Racing Yacht was released on the 80th anniversary of the launching of the Dorade, which became the most famous ocean racing yacht in the world, dominating competitors on both sides of the Atlantic as well as the Pacific. Adkins tells the tale of her triumphs, travails and travels through a long and colorful history and describes the background and research for the making of the book and his rationale for its writing while sharing rarely seen photos and new stories about one of America's most famous and historic yachts. Her success changed the way people perceived design, safety, rating rules and speed in ocean racing.
Thursday, April 12

Captain Sean S. Bercaw of the Amistad presents  Full Sail into Cuba on the Amistad. Captain Bercaw is a former Naval Officer and Master Mariner who has sailed over 160,000 nautical miles. He shares the fascinating narrative of sailing the Amistad reproduction, in 2010, into the Cuban waters where the 1839 story (which was the subject of the 1997 Steven Spielberg movie, Amistad) began. The revolt of the Amistad's African captives, their takeover of the ship and the ensuing court battle is an inspiring human story that, in a case successfully argued by former President John Quincy Adams, culminated in the U.S. Supreme Court granting freedom to the African captives.
(view lecture on YouTube)
Thursday, April 19
Rich Wilson
presents Race France to France, Leave Antarctica Starboard. Wilson finished 9th in the Vendee Globe 2008-9, the solo, non-stop sailing race around the world. He endured broken ribs, a facial gash, compressed vertebrae hurricane force gales, and ascent up the 90' mast, crushing fatigue, fear, and gear breakage in braving the course via the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans, Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn, in his 60' mono hull Great American III. Founder of  sitesALIVE!, Wilson connected his voyage to 250,000 students and 7 million readers by publication of a 15-part weekly series (written aboard ship) in 50 US newspapers in 12 states. Schools in 15 foreign countries participated online.
(view lecture on YouTube)


This winter and spring, the Whaling Museum will present twelve unique programs revolving around our signature lectures series:

Old Dartmouth Lyceum, Man and Whales, and the Sailors' Series.

Lecture rate

Members: $15
Non-members: $20

Combined Lecture Series Rate

Members: $165
Non-members: $225

Select any number of programs

Call (508) 997-0046 x100 to order your tickets today or order online.




Last modified: January 4, 2012