FROM PRISON CELL TO THE SEA: Greg White and Jeff Bolster

Boats have changed many a life, maybe yours, certainly mine. Charles Doane tells an inspiring tale of two lives changed by a dream of the sea.

You remember Jeff Bolster, right? He lives down the street from me here in Portsmouth, and I’ve crewed on his boat, and he’s crewed on my boat, and he doesn’t mind eating fish raw for breakfast. He teaches history at the University of New Hampshire and in a past life was a pro schooner jockey. I’ve heard from him the story of how his first scholarly tome, Black Jacks: African American Seamen in the Age of Sail (Harvard University Press, 1997), proved to be a major inspiration to a black prison inmate, Greg White, who consequently went on to forge a career as a merchant mariner after serving out a 22-year sentence for armed robbery. As a result, Jeff and Greg formed a bond that continues to this day.

Now their relationship has been featured in a recent mini-movie produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities, [see above].

story continues here

By |2014-03-13T19:16:16-07:00March 13th, 2014|On the Water|0 Comments

Anyone Got a Spare Set of Foils?

2013 Highlight Reel from Penalty Box Productions, new footage includes Moth Worlds, Little AC, E and A scow Nationals, CMRC, Nacra 17, Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, Melges 20, 24 and 32, Charleston Race Week and more.
Tracks: Dogfight – The Bloody Hollies
Weapon of Choice (instrumental) – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Annoying music and other sailors having too much fun in warm weather. Yee haw, what more could you want?

By |2014-02-25T13:24:43-08:00February 25th, 2014|Racing out of the Bay|0 Comments