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Public Lecture Series with Ralph Naranjo

Exploration Under Sail


This lecture focuses on vessels, voyagers and the very essence of seaworthy small craft. The program opens with a look at two expeditionary cultures, the Vikings and the canoe builders of Polynesia. Each devised sailing craft that answered the challenge of local sea conditions and climate.

From the Fjords of Norway, attention turns to tropical trade wind voyaging. Ralph Naranjo will recount the challenges and rewards involved in mounting his own five year cruise around the world—a family voyage with a well-focused interest in boat building tradition and the natural history aspects of remote landfalls. He will delve into the challenges involved in matching the seaworthiness of small craft with the skills of the crew. “Exploring Under Sail” is a visual experience that depicts the outposts of Oceania—and as action fills the screen, the author reveals “how and why” setting sail remains a viable approach to exploration.

Ralph Naranjo, a member of the Washington DC chapter, has been an authoritative voice in the marine community for more than 30 years. He continues his sailor advocacy as the technical editor of Practical Sailor and is a regular contributor to Cruising World magazine. His new book The Art of Seamanship, published by McGraw Hill, covers key aspects of offshore voyaging. During Naranjo’s 10 years as the Vanderstar Chair at the U.S. Naval Academy he helped guide safety and seamanship training and played a key role in the development of the navy's new 44-foot sail-training sloops. His sailing background includes a five-year family voyage around the world, which was documented in his first book Wind Shadow West.

Date: Monday, December 12th

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

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

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price:

$5 with a valid Student ID

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