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2018-19 Lecture Series: Kaci Cronkhite

Finding PAX: Solving mysteries, restoring history, for the love of a wooden boat

Kaci will talk about finding Pax, a story of discovery and reconnection like no other. Having fallen hopelessly in love with a 1930s Danish spidsgatter, a beautifully constructed 28 ft wooden double-ender, circumnavigator Kaci Cronkhite embarked on an international search to unravel the mystery of the boat’s past, and discovered the many lives Pax touched since she first hit the water in 1936. The search took her to remote harbors of British Columbia, to a 3-generation marina in the Port of Los Angeles’, and to the harbors, boatshops, archives, and homes of generations in Denmark. What she found changed some families’ history. "The boat appeared when I didn't expect or, frankly, need her. My bucket list was empty. Life was full…But sailing towards me was a boat that would stir the waters, waking decades of loss, revealing history untold, and restoring a legacy that was lost in the wind. For her and for me, I had to wade into that water. I had to go, to search, to find."

This lecture is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $10.

Kaci grew up on a four-generation cattle ranch in Oklahoma and didn’t see the ocean until she was 21. By 40, she had sailed around the world, double-handed, with Nancy Erley while they taught women offshore sailing skills. From 2002-2011, she was director of North America’s largest wooden boat event, the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. Finding Pax is her first book, published by Adlard Coles, Bloomsbury who will also publish her next book, When a Cowgirl Goes to Sea

Photo Credit: Steve Stone

Earlier Event: June 7
Block Party
Later Event: July 8
Summer Sailing Team