David Rockefeller Jr. at the helm. Rockefeller will speak at the Jesup Memorial Library on Aug. 9. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JESUP

Rockefeller to speak about sailing

BAR HARBOR — Veteran sailor David Rockefeller Jr. will speak about sailing on Mount Desert Island when he visits the Jesup Memorial Library on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m.

Rockefeller also will touch on his longtime membership in the Northeast Harbor Fleet, changes he has seen over the years and how it has brought summer and local residents together.

Rockefeller is active in the nonprofit arena, especially in the areas of environment, the arts, public education and philanthropy. He served as a member of the Pew Oceans Commission, which issued a comprehensive report on the health of U.S. marine waters in June 2003. Rockefeller’s passion for the sea and sailing is reflected in his service to conservation and environmental efforts. In 2004, he founded Sailors for the Sea to educate the recreational boating community about significant challenges to ocean health and to motivate boaters to become ocean stewards.

He has raced and cruised the ocean waters for over 40 years, from Labrador to Miami, San Diego to Alaska, Scotland and Sweden to Turkey and Italy. He co-owns and races, with his sailing partner Rick Burnes, the Danish IMX 45 Cybele, on which he made his seventh Newport to Bermuda Race passage in June 2004. He also skippers an International One Design sloop out of Northeast Harbor and regularly participates in IOD Worlds Competitions.

This talk is part of the Cadillac Mountain Sports Speaker Series. The next talk in the series is on Friday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. with author Carey Kish, who will talk about his two treks along the Appalachian Trial and how it changed in almost 40 years.

Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or [email protected].

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