Herreshoff Marine Museum and Ameerica's Cup Hall of Fame
Herreshoff Marine Museum America's Cup Hall of Fame
Herreshoff Marine Museum
America's Cup Hall of Fame


2016 Lecture Series

The Herreshoff Marine Museum’s Annual Lecture Series brings the knowledge of established authors, sailors, and experts directly to the public. Learn from some of the best sailors, writers, historians, and accomplished individuals amongst historic Herreshoff Boats and the America’s Cup Hall of Fame. Tickets are availble online at herreshoff.org/store or at the door the day of the event.

The 2014-2015 Herreshoff Lecture Series is Proudly Sponsored by: Points East Magazine, Cisco Brewers, Triple Eight Distillery, Nantucket Vineyard, The Bay Magazine, and Pure Insurance

Reception Begins at 6:00pm
Lecture Begins at 7:00pm

Tickets are $10 for Members and $18 for Non-Members
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Thursday, June 23rd: Sail Twice Around  

Presented by Donna Lange

Having completed her second solo circumnavigation of the world, Donna Lange, will present a photo and music presentation encompassing the preparation and execution of her sailing feat. She will share the most dynamic stories and the incredible effect of being offshore sailing the world’s powerful ocean environments on her 28foot sailboat: both how she managed the challenges on board, as well as how this incredible opportunity changed her in the deepest way possible, opening her life to be empowered by the infinite source of life energy.

Donna Lange began sailing in 1999, as crew on a traditional tall ship in Baltimore MD. The captain, Virginia Wagner, offered Donna a position on her next commission for the Millenium 2000 Tall Ship Regatta around the world. At that moment, Donna knew it was the perfect opportunity to move forward in her life. Two weeks later Captain Wagner had to inform Donna that the ship went aground during the delivery of the vessel to Florida...the trip was canceled. But at that point, the vision to sail the world took hold. Donna accepted an opportunity to work in the charter business in the Virgin Islands for one year where her vision gained energy and she found SV_Inspired Insanity, a Southern Cross 28', then named Tryst. The refits began. 2002-2004 Donna sailed a solo circumnavigation of the North Atlantic during which she determined she wanted a longer offshore experience. She returned and became a USCG 100ton master's captain, and in 2005-2007 she did a solo circumnavigation of the world via Cape Hope and Cape Horn with only two stops before crossing her outbound track becoming the fastest US woman to solo sail the world. In 2015, Donna took off, again from Bristol RI, to do a nonstop solo circumnavigation. Having had difficulty with her self-steering and enduring a harsh storm season in the Southern Ocean, she capsized two times, losing her communication systems as well as power sources, on her approach to Cape Horn. Donna chose to head north to the Panama Canal to complete her circumnavigation on May 27th, landing on the dock at the Herreshoff Museum, where she departed from in July 2015. 

Donna is a USCG 100ton master captain, a professional nurse BSN, MHA/ED, the mother of four children and eleven grandchildren. She plays music professionally, has published two children’s books illustrated by Bonnie Blue, as well as has produced four CDs of her songs. She is presently penning her first book about her healing journey solo sailing the world. 


The 2016 Lecture Series is Sponsored by: 

 Gowrie Group The Bay Magazine

Cisco Brewers, Triple Eight Distillery, Nantucket VinyardPoints East Magazine

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