MOUNT DESERT — On Wednesday, August 7 at 6 p.m., famed sailor Rich Wilson, Vendee Globe Competitor and author of “Race to Race – Leave Antarctica to Starboard,” will appear at the Northeast Harbor Library on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 6 p.m. His appearance is thanks to collaboration between The Northeast Harbor Library, Northeast Harbor Fleet and The MDI Sailing School.
Wilson was one of 30 competitors who entered the 2008-2009 Vendee Globe, a solo, non-stop, around the world sailboat race. At age 58 he was not only the oldest skipper but the only American and asthmatic. Along the way he endured broken ribs, a facial gash and compressed vertebrae. At one point he had to climb the 90 foot mast on his 60-foot monohull Great American III to keep going.
The talk is free and open to the public but space is limited to the first first 80 people.