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Sailing Stories 2018

Sailing Stories is day focused on sailing-based exploration and conservation. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door.

9:00 AM Registration – coffee & continental breakfast
10:00 AM Presentations commence
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Presentations continue
5:00 PM Cocktail Party
7:00 PM Conclusion

Speakers to include:

Richard Wilson, MN’92 – “Vendée Globe 2016-17: For Schools, Asthma, Seniors.”

Mr. Wilson won the Newport- Bermuda Race in 1980. In 1990, he decided to use sailing as an educational tool teaching and conveying positive values to children. When he attempted to smash the San Francisco-Boston record sailing double-handed aboard Great American, a 60-foot trimaran, Mr. Wilson capsized off Cape Horn before being rescued by a cargo vessel. Three years later, his second attempt was successful as Mr. Wilson was followed by 300,000 children in the United States. Aboard Great American II, he set two new records between New York and Melbourne, and Hong Kong-New York, and finished second in the Transatlantic Race in 2004.

At the age of 58, Mr. Wilson was the oldest competitor in the 2008-2009 Vendée Globe. Aboard an older boat, launched ten years before the race, he fought hard to overcome gales and some serious damage. Mr. Wilson reached les Sables d’Olonne after 121 days of sailing, once again having shared his race experience with as many people as he could. He was again the oldest competitor in the recent Vendée Globe.

Carson Crain - "Next Generation USA: Conquering the Demands, the Egos, and the Chaos of the Red Bull Youth America's Cup."

Mr. Crain was the skipper and team leader for the United States in the 2017 Red Bull Youth America's Cup. His team, Next Generation USA, competed against 11 other countries on cutting edge, foiling 45’ catamarans capable of reaching speeds over 40 mph. His all-American team competed in this extreme international sailing competition for under 25 year old sailors, positioning Mr. Crain as one of the young leaders of high-performance sailing in the United States.

Mr. Crain competed nationally and internationally as a sailor and windsurfer and was a member of the U.S. Sailing Team for 5 years. He represented the US in Men's windsurfing at the 2015 Pan American Games.

Mr. Crain is currently campaigning to represent the United States at the 2020 Olympic Games in Men's windsurfing, as well as aspiring to be involved in the 2021 America's Cup. He holds a degree in Sports Management & Sports Medicine from Rice University.

Pen Hadow – “Exploring Arctic Ocean Life by Yacht to Secure Its Protection.”

Mr. Hadow, advocate and visionary, is one of the world’s leading explorers of the Arctic Ocean and is dedicated to the United Nations process to protect the wildlife and ecosystem of the international waters around the North Pole.

Mr. Hadow leads the 90°North Unit (not-for-profit) advocating protection for the North Pole region; and he is director of Arctic Mission, scientific research and public engagement programme, supporting the Unit’s work.

In 2017 Arctic Mission sailed two 50’ yachts into the North Pole’s international waters, the first non-icebreaking vessels in history to do so, to demonstrate the increasing accessibility and emerging human threat to wildlife by the reduced sea-ice cover of these waters from surface commercial shipping, fishing, tourism and mineral extraction.

Previously, Mr. Hadow led the multi-award-winning international scientific research programme, Catlin Arctic Survey investigating the Arctic’s rapidly melting sea ice. Mr. Hadow is the first person to trek solo, and without resupply, across the sea ice from Canada to the North Geographic Pole – a feat unrepeated to date. He is also the first Briton, without resupply, to both the North and South Geographic Poles.

He has written books, including the best-seller, Solo, self-filmed a documentary for National Geographic, presented a series on BBC and contributed to numerous TV documentaries and books. He is also a patron of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, the British Exploring Society, the Scientific Exploration Society, and is president of the OH Adventurers.

Sara Hastreiter - “The Unforgiving Ocean: Tales of an Unconventional Life in Extreme Sailing.”

Part of Team SCA in the Volvo Ocean Race, the first all-female team in 12 years; Ms. Hastreiter was a member of the only all-female team to win a leg in this relentless 40,000 mile, 9 month race around the planet known as the Mt. Everest of sailing.

Ms. Hastreiter raced across every ocean including five Trans-Atlantic’s, a true rounding of Cape Horn after 5,000 miles in the Southern Ocean, setting a world speed record in the Round Britain and Ireland race and Royal Ocean Racing Club’s Multihull of the year in 2015.

Having sailed all seven seas and climbed three of the seven highest mountains of the world's seven continents, Ms. Hastreiter seeks to become the only female and only other human in history to complete the monumental task of sailing all seven seas and climbing the “Seven Summits.”

She graduated from the University of Wyoming with a regional focus in Africa and the social side of HIV/AIDS. She has worked with countless humanitarian and volunteer projects in Africa and the Caribbean. She is a certified wellness coach and is currently sailing and training to climb Mt. Everest in the spring of 2019.

Lincoln Paine - "Armchair Adventures in Maritime Exploration: An Historian All at Sea."

Mr. Paine is a maritime historian, author, editor, and curator whose books include the award-winning The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World, Down East: A Maritime History of Maine, and Ships of the World: An Historical Encyclopedia. He is also an editor of Itinerario: International Journal on the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction and was editor of Sea History magazine.

He has lectured in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia on a wide range of maritime topics. Mr. Paine is a trustee of the Maine Maritime Museum and formerly served on the boards of the American Sail Training Association, OpSail Maine 2000, the Portland Stage Company, and The Telling Room, a nonprofit writing center for students aged six to eighteen. He and his wife, Allison, live in Portland, Maine and have two grown daughters.

Date: Saturday, April 14

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

Reservation Notes:

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Tickets for Members and guests are $75. After April 9, tickets are $80.

Student tickets are available for $35, with a valid academic ID required at the door.

Reservations are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To secure a reservation, please email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call us at 212.628.8383. As this is a catered event, there are no cancellations after Wednesday, April 11.

Attire is smart casual.

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