Rich Wilson SM '76 aboard his 60-foot racing yacht, Great American III, as he competes in the Vendée Globe solo sailboat race.
Photo: Oliver Blanchet, Vendée Globe
Solo sailor, alumnus Rich Wilson at the MIT Museum
March 12, 2010
Sailor and educator Rich Wilson SM '76, skipper of the Great American III and founder of the educational foundation Sites Alive, will be the featured speaker at the MIT Museum's Second Friday event tonight.
Wilson's sailing accomplishments are legendary — most recently he was the oldest sailor to complete the grueling round-the-world solo race, the Vendee Challenge in 2008-9. Wilson will talk about his sailing adventures, and discuss the educational mission that has been a driving force in his racing career.
Other activities during the evening will include a robotic presentation by the MIT Sea Grant program and Blue Fin Robotics, a demonstration about innovative adaptive technologies for physically disabled sailors by the Piers Park Sailing Center, and chantey singing by "The Lazy Jacks." Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.
For more information, visit the MIT Museum web site.