Mr Kretschmer tells of his many adventures at sea, including the record-breaking voyage from New York to San Francisco, sailing a 32' sloop against the wind. Overall, he has logged 300,000 offshore miles and completed 26 transatlantic crossings and numerous long passages in all the world’s oceans. His sailing miles translate into about 10 trips around the world or sailing to the moon and a 1/3 of the way back. He has written seven books and hundreds of articles.
Mr Kretschmer also speaks on his latest book, Sailing to the Edge of Time, a memoir that mixes sea stories and sailing insights. He argues that being at sea is what taught him the importance of time. For Mr Kretschmer, time spent sailing, especially deep ocean sailing, is time well spent. He urges his audience to live adventurously and thus to live more fully.
John Kretschmer hails from the US and attended Michigan State University and the University of Florida on an athletic scholarship. He was introduced to sailing by his older brothers at the age of 12 and has been sailing professionally since he was 21. At age 24, he captained a record-breaking voyage that retraced the route of America's clipper ships, sailing from New York to San Francisco by way of Cape Horn. Mr Kretschmer continues to take people to sea every year by captaining challenging offshore sailing passages all over the world. His book, Sailing a Serious Ocean, was an international sailing best seller, and At the Mercy of Sea, was chosen as one the best nonfiction books of 2007. His latest book entitled Sailing to the Edge of Time, was released in 2018.
Members, guests and others are most welcome to attend this talk, which is HK$150 for Members and HK$200 for guests and others including a glass of red or white wine. This event is free of charge for Student Members.
The Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong wishes to express its thanks to Jacada Travel for its generous assistance with this talk.