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Public Lecture Series feat. Russell Heath


An Errant Circumnavigation

This event will be streamed live. Please visit our Live Stream page at 7pm on the evening of the event to view the lecture for free.

This is the story, in part, of a four year, 37,000 mile circumnavigation. Except for two passages, Russell Heath sailed alone on a 25 foot wooden Vertue—a classic design from the 1930s—named Kainui. He sailed without electronics, an inboard engine, and with never more than a few thousand dollars at hand. When he left, his only experience on a sailboat was keeping out of the way. He did not know how to reef a sail, set an anchor, or navigate.

There were adventures, near misses, lonely times under the night sky and, also, times of wonder, of exultation, of being touched by the beauty of the sea, the sky, and the kindness of strangers. The five or six stories that Heath will share are the stories that, in the round of a journey, define that journey and shape who he, the traveler, became.

There is the story of the first day, being tossed by a gale and retching over the rail, yet continuing on; of traversing the intertropical convergence zone that was this sailor’s rite of passage; of the run from the Galapagos down to Pitcairn Island with still shaky celestial navigation skills and learning the joy given by the daily tasks of living; of desolate months in Fiji and New Zealand empty of purpose and ready to quit; of being knocked down crossing the Tasman Sea; of beating off the night coast of Spain exhausted and frightened because his judgment was so shot that he could not keep safe; of the day he came home, late on a summer evening, Venus brilliant in a burgundy sky; and of setting, with the traveler’s ambivalence of one journey finished and the next one yet unknown, Kainui’s anchor in good American mud.

Russell Heath has been in the thick of the action since he was a kid—in his teens he hitchhiked to Alaska and lived in a cabin on the banks of the Tanana River; in his twenties, he lived in Italy, crossed the Sahara and the jungles and savannas of Africa and then traveled south and east through Asia; in his thirties, he sailed around the world (alone); in his forties, he wrote novels no one would publish; and in his fifties he bicycled the spine of the Rockies from Alaska to Mexico. He worked on the Alaska Pipeline, as an environmental lobbyist in the Alaska Legislature, and ran a storied environmental organization fighting (successfully) to protect Alaska’s rainforests. Several years ago, he moved to New York City to dig deep into leadership development and coaching. He now coaches business and non-profit leaders as well as people who want to live rich, zesty, hand-crafted lives.

Date: October 5th, 2015

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Presentation

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

Student Ticket Price:

Free for EC Student Members, $5 w/ a valid Student ID

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