September 1, 2022

A Legend Returns to Newport!

Join us from 2-4pm Oct. 29!

Join us Saturday, October 29th for a FREE family-friendly event with a special guest and sailing legend at The Sailing Museum in Newport, RI!

Meet 2021 National Sailing Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Captain Bill Pinkney for a reading and signing of his new book for young readers. “Sailing Commitment Around the World with Captain Bill Pinkney” is a true-life tale of bravery and adventure that all started with a kid and a dream.

Hear Captain Pinkney read from his book, share epic moments from his adventures at sea and answer questions about lessons learned. Capt. Pinkney’s book will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Light refreshments will be served. Children 10 and under are free– so bring the whole family!

When: Saturday, October 29th from 2-4 pm

Where: 365 Thames Street in Newport, RI.

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If you can’t join us in person, join us online!

We’ll be streaming the book signing and story session LIVE on Zoom. Purchase your online viewing tickets at the link above and you’ll receive an email invitation with your link to join by Oct. 28th.

Captain Bill Pinkney is an American sailor and the first African American man from any nation to sail alone around the world via the Southern Ocean under Cape Horn at the tip of South America. He was born and raised on the south side of Chicago and served in the United States Navy as a hospital corpsman. After leaving the Navy, Pinkney moved to Puerto Rico where he learned to sail.

His voyage around the world aboard Commitment lasted 22 months and comprised some 27,000 miles. Throughout the trip he sent footage back to Globe TV and communicated with some 30,000 school children. The finished production titled, “The Incredible Voyage of Bill Pinkney” won the George Foster Peabody Award for excellence in children’s television programming. His journey has served as inspiration for sailors of all ages. Pinkney lives in Puerto Rico with his wife Migdalia.

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The Sailing Museum

365 Thames Street

Newport, RI 02840