Seafaring series continues in Rockport
Rockport — The Seafaring Series, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Rockport Public Library continues with a Thursday night lineup. All events are held at the Rockport Opera House.
Oct. 17: Shorthanded Super Heroes, 7 p.m.
Two of the most challenging shorthanded races on the Atlantic are the OSTAR, single handed transatlantic race from England to Newport and the Bermuda 1-2, which races singlehanded from Newport to Bermuda and double-handed back. In 2013, Jonathan Green of Boston won the OSTAR overall after a surviving a harrowing delivery voyage to the start and Scott Miller, of Blue Hill, won the Bermuda 1-2 combined overall. Two impressive victories for these accomplished New England sailors. Listen as Green and Miller tell of the thrills and challenges of their respective races and how they pulled it off.
Oct. 24: Cruising with Kids/Crucero con Niños, 7 p.m.
Aaron Henderson and Colleen Duggan, both of Camden, recently returned from an eight-month cruise in the Caribbean and back with their two children, Ian, 11, and Julian, 8, on their Formosa 46 Redwings. Aaron and a crew took the boat down to the Virgin Islands in early November. Colleen and the boys rendezvoused with Aaron and the boat in St. Thomas and the family cruised the Virgin Islands for a month, then spent two months in Culebra, where the boys attended local schools where all the classes (except English) were in Spanish. Then a month cruising the southern coast of Puerto Rico and six weeks in the Dominican Republic, immersing themselves in the Spanish language for almost six months. After cruising the Bahamas and up the coast of the U.S., they arrived back in Camden in July.
Nov. 7: The Cruising Life, 7 p.m.
Doug and Dale Bruce: Lifelong sailors, Doug and Dale began their long distance sailing in 1995 shortly after Doug’s retirement from a career in advertising in New York City. For five years they lived aboard their Tayana 55, Bluewater, and cruised from Maine to the West Indies visiting almost every island in the eastern and western Caribbean. In 2000 they settled in Camden and began exploring the Canadian Maritimes. They have now made six round trips to Newfoundland, an area they know well enough to have become editors of The Cruising Guide to Newfoundland for a brief period.
Nov. 14: Alaska Fisherman Turns Polar Sailing Cruiser Turns Maritime Historian, 7 p.m.
Townsend, Wash., voyagers Mark Roye and Nancy Krill. During a long career skippering fishing vessels from the Gulf of Alaska to the Bering Sea, Roye's dreams were of the aurora borealis, massive icebergs, and majestic fjords, dreams that Krill shared. Trained as a geologist, and having widely traveled the world, she too was eager to sail to more challenging destinations. Their slide show and lecture combines Krill’s fine photography with Roye's passion for story-telling and maritime history. The presentation chronicles voyages aboard their ketch Tamara from Hudson Strait to Alaska, by way of Newfoundland, the Azores, Cape Verde, Brazil, Argentina, the Falklands, Cape Horn, Antarctica, Chile and the Galapagos.
Many thanks to the Friends of Rockport Public Library for their support and to Tom Babbitt for his connection to a wonderful and diverse population of sailors, captains, authors, electronics and survival experts, doctors, photographers, yacht designers, fishermen, a harbormaster, meteorologist, and others with tales to tell.
All listed events will take place at the Rockport Opera House. Contact the Rockport Public Library for additional information on the Seafaring Series at 236-3642.