Supported by Ruth and Hope Atkinson


Supported in part by The Samuel D. Rusitzky Lecture Fund

The Sailors’ Series is an annual, legacy lecture series of the New Bedford Whaling Museum that presents a wide variety of experiences and adventures by individuals with lifelong commitments to sailing, boats, and the sea.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum dedicated this year’s Sailors’ Series to Llewellyn Howland III. This year’s series was presented in partnership with the Cruising Club of America, New Bedford Yacht Club, Beverly Yacht Club, and Tabor Academy.

Top Banner Photo Credits: (first) Onne van der Wal, (second) Onne van der Wal, (third) Tabor Academy.

 


PAST LECTURES

sailboat with iceberg in background

October 20, 2020
Yachting in Greenland

A Virtual Sailors’ Series talk with Onne van der Wal
View the Virtual presentation on YouTube.
Award-winning photographer, Onne van der Wal, took us on an exploration as he shared his Nautical photography from his expeditions and journeys to Greenland. This presentation featured images and stories of Greenland’s local customs, local folks, and personal tales. For the better part of four decades, Onne van der Wal has been capturing iconic images of the sport of sailing and honing his craft in the art of nautical photography. His career was launched on board Flyer, the winner of the 1981-’82 Whitbread Race. His photography has taken him across and beyond America and he is known as a Canon Explorer of Light.
Yachting in Greenland Flyer (downloadable PDF)


photograph by Onne van der Wal

May 12, 2020
Sailing America

With Onne van der Wal
View the Virtual presentation on YouTube.
Nautical photographer Onne van der Wal took us on an adventure across America as he shared his award-winning photography from around the globe. This presentation was based on his recently released book Sailing America. For the better part of four decades, Onne van der Wal has been capturing iconic images of the sport of sailing. His career was launched on board Flyer, the winner of the 1981-’82 Whitbread Race. He crossed the starting line as a professional sailor, but he finished the race as a photographer, and he’s never looked back.
Buy your copy of Sailing America HERE.


Tabor student with Celestial Chip

February 27, 2020
The Adventures and History of the Tabor Boy

With Captain James Geil
View the lecture on YouTube.
The first Sailors’ Series lecture of the season welcomed the captain and crew of the Tabor Boy. Captain James Geil and his Tabor Academy high school student crew aboard the 100-year-old schooner Tabor Boy headed south as part of the 645-mile Marion to Bermuda race…. and they won their class!  “Cap” and his student crew shared their training, the thrill of racing, and how they found Bermuda using only the celestial navigation learned at Tabor.