Meet author, sailor Rich Wilson at Pequot Library

Rich Wilson

Rich Wilson

Meet the Author (and sailor) Rich Wilson on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., at Pequot Library. He will discuss his book, Race France to France: Leave Antarctica to Starboard: An American in the Vendée Globe, Racing Solo, Non-Stop, Around the World. Wilson will give a 30-40 minute author talk, followed by Q & A, plus book sales, signing and refreshments.

Senator John Kerry said, “The Vendée Globe is even a greater challenge than climbing Mt. Everest.” The book is both intense and engaging and a review reported, “Wilson’s book brings you onto his boat in the heat and doldrums of the tropics, in the gales and cold of the south, to see the beauty of the flying fish, albatross and southern stars, and to feel his fear, fatigue and emotions in the unending stress of a global ocean race.”

race_france_to_franceRich Wilson grew up in Boston and learned how to sail as a young boy. He earned an AB degree from Harvard, an SM degree from MIT, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He recently received an Honorary Doctorate in Public Administration from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, with the citation: “For his distinguished sailing career and his dedication to educating schoolchildren worldwide.”

He has been a math teacher in the Boston Public Schools, a defense analyst in Washington, DC working on B-52s and cruise missiles, and he worked at Wind Ship Development. He also has served as Trustee of two, college-level, in the field, accredited science semesters: Sea Education Association in Woods Hole; and The School for Field Studies in Beverly, Massachusetts. Along the way, he continued sailing, becoming the youngest winning skipper of the Newport-Bermuda Race in 1980 aboard the 42′ ketch Holger Danske.

In the early 1990s, Wilson founded sitesALIVE!, which became his true passion. sitesALIVE! creates school programs that connect K12 classrooms to adventures and expeditions worldwide. Says Wilson, “Excite a kid with bats, bugs, and snakes in the rainforest, or with gales, flying fish, and dolphins at sea, and they will pay attention, not knowing what will happen next. Then the science, geography, and math flow freely.” By his program voyages (3 world records on clipper ship routes, San Francisco – Boston, New York – Melbourne, and Hong Kong – New York), as well as 70 content-providing partnerships with accredited field schools worldwide, sitesALIVE! has produced 75 full semester, live, interactive programs for K12.

Following this mission, a primary objective of sailing the Vendée Globe was to create a global school program off that uniquely global ocean event. Wilson has won: – the 2001 Innovators in Education Award from the Newspaper Association of America Foundation – the SuperAchievers’ Award from the American Lung Association – the Blue Water Medal from the Cruising Club of America – and the Lowell Thomas Award from The Explorers Club. The location of this Meet the Author event will be in the Auditorium and Reading Room of Pequot Library. Free and open to the public.

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