Sailors’ Series

The Sailors’ Series illustrated lectures presents a wide variety of experiences and adventures by individuals with lifelong commitments to sailing, boats, and the sea. Each lecture starts at 7 pm in the Cook Memorial Theater with a pre-lecture reception at 6 pm in the Jacobs Family Gallery. Below is the past 2017 schedule.

Top banner caption and credit: Flying the keel on SpeedDream for minimal drag and maximum speed. Photo courtesy of Brian Hancock.

Adventures at Sea: Local Mariners Take to the Water


February 2  Searching for Speed

photo of Brian

Brian Hancock
Sailor, sailmaker and author, Brian Hancock is in the rare club of sailors who have logged over a quarter million offshore miles, most of them competing in major offshore races and delivering boats between races. Join Brian as he describes his love of sailboat racing and the many adventures afforded to him through this passion. View event below or on YouTube here.


March 2  Labrador and Beyond

John Garfield

John Garfield
When others were sweltering in August’s heat, John Garfield sailed north as part of a crew to witness the rugged mountain coastline of Labrador with deep fiords, hanging glaciers and the steady stream of ice drifting south in Iceberg Alley. Inspired by an earlier trip in 2007 that left him longing for more, John explored as far north as Ungava Bay. View event below or on YouTube here.


March 23  Once around the North Atlantic

Vicotr Pinheiro

Victor Pinheiro
Sail with Victor aboard Maravilha from Padanaram Harbor on a 9000-mile loop around the North Atlantic Ocean, making stops on the islands of Madeira, Gran Canaria, St Lucia and Horta-Faial-Azores. This story is about fulfilling a life-long dream to cross the Atlantic Ocean and return home again; the emotion of making landfall on the very island from which Victor’s family emigrated; and the stunning beauty of our planet as experienced from a small boat in the middle of a large ocean. View the event below or on YouTube here.

Sailors' Series Victor Pinheiro: Once around the North Atlantic


April 6  The Great American Loop

Sham and Josh

Brothers 2: Sham and Josh Hunt
In six weeks, Sham and Josh Hunt journeyed 3,370 miles on their Ray Hunt-designed, 26′ Black Watch, Whale & The Bird: 2860 miles by boat, 510 miles via portage, encountering  117 locks along the way. Sailing out of Westport, Massachusetts, they traveled on the Hudson River to the Erie Canal, the Trent Severn Waterway in Ontario to Chicago, along the Illinois, Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee Rivers, across Florida and South to Charlotte Harbor.



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