Solo Sailor Rich Wilson to Speak in Westport, CT

Rich Wilson

Brewer Pilots Point Marina of Westbrook, Connecticut, is sponsoring an exciting evening on Saturday (March, 30) with Rich Wilson, author of “Race France to France, Leave Antarctica to Starboard” Great American III. Wilson finished 9th of 11 finishers and 30 participants in the Vendee Globe 2008-9, the solo, non-stop, sailing race around the world. He was the only American, the only asthmatic, and the oldest skipper (58) in the fleet.

The Vendée Globe is considered the most challenging sailboat race on earth: 28,000 miles around the world, nonstop, single-handed in 60’, overpowered seagoing survival capsules, crossing 3 oceans, north to south and east to west, slashing past icebergs at high speed.

Sailing 28,790 miles in 121 days, Wilson endured broken ribs, a facial gash, compressed vertebrae, hurricane-force gales, an ascent up the 90′ mast, crushing fatigue, fear, and gear breakage in his 60′ monohull Great American III.

A lifelong educator, Wilson achieved a primary goal: to excite and engage K12 students about science, geography, and math in the real world, via his sitesALIVE! program. Published online, and for 15 weeks by Newspaper in Education programs in 50 US Newspapers, including 25 in Missouri, a thousand miles from an ocean, he reached 7 million readers weekly, and 200,000 students. Wilson and a Team of Experts (doctors, professors, authors, ship captains) wrote essays for students and answered their questions.


  • Wilson’s presentation will be held at the Water’s Edge Resort, 1525 Boston Post Road, Westbrook.
  • Date/Time: Saturday, March 30, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Tickets $12 in advance; $15 at the door
  • Purchase tickets at Brewer Pilots Point Marina at 63 Pilots Point Dr. Westbrook, or use a credit card by calling Amy at (860-575-7460).

To learn more about Pilot’s Point Marina, watch the video by CLICKING HERE.

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