Tales of high-sea adventure during the 1997-1998 Whitbread Round the World Race will be the subject of a lecture at noon on Wednesday, March 13, in Shriver Hall on The Johns Hopkins University s Homewood campus.
Kathy Alexander, former press officer for the yacht Chessie Racing, will recall the excitement of racing from port-to-port during the nine-leg, 31,600-mile race. Her lecture will be based on the Johns Hopkins University Press book Chessie Racing: The Story of Maryland s Entry in the 1997-1998 Whitbread Round the World Race, written by the craft s skipper, Baltimore businessman George J. Collins and Alexander, now regional publicist for The Johns Hopkins University Press.
Alexander will review the history of the Chessie Racing, the first-ever Chesapeake entry into the Whitbread Round the World Race, and how it became the focus of local and national pride. Baltimore and Annapolis were included as a combined stopover in the race, which started and ended in Southampton, England. Of all the ports visited during the race, the local stops garnered the highest attendance, with more than 500,000 visitors at the Whitbread Race Village in Baltimore and an additional 60,000 people touring the Race Village in Annapolis.
This lecture is part of the Wednesday Noon Series presented by The Johns Hopkins University Office of Special Events, now in its 36th season of cultural programming on the Homewood campus, and is co-sponsored by The Johns Hopkins University Press. Wednesday Noon Series events are open to the public and admission is free. For information, call the Office of Special Events at 410-516-7157.
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