Aquarium Happenings


Solo Circumnavigating Sailor Jerome Rand

Presented by: Bitter End Yacht Club

Re-live an incredible non-stop solo voyage around the world – completed in one of the smallest boats ever to make the journey – in a special presentation by sailor Jerome Rand on Thurs., Jan. 24 at The Maritime Aquarium!

Rand circumnavigated the planet aboard a 32-foot, 43-year-old sailboat in an adventure that took nine months, from October 2017 to June 2018. His was the first unsponsored nonstop sail around the world that started from the U.S.

His multimedia recounting of the trip will begin at 7 p.m. in the Aquarium’s Newman’s Own Hall. 

Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15. (Note that regular adult admission is $24.95. So, with doors opening at 6 p.m., you can tour the Aquarium for an hour and then enjoy this special presentation for less than normal admission.)

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Rand worked for nearly a decade at the Bitter End Yacht Club in the British Virgin Islands and it was there that his dream of a solo non-stop voyage took shape. On a small budget, he purchased a Westsail 32 – named the Mighty Sparrow – and began preparing the boat to endure the long trip ahead.

Rand set sail on Oct. 3, 2017, from Gloucester, Mass. His route would take him around the Five Great Capes on a journey of 29,805 miles.

In the 271 days at sea, supplies and food fell short, equipment broke, and the harsh environment took its toll. Being farther from land than rescue crews can reach, it was up to Rand to deal with the problems, all the while living in isolation aboard the tiny boat. (He lost 45 pounds during the trip.)

His Aquarium presentation is a story of perseverance and just trying to hold mind, body and boat together while sailing the most dangerous oceans on the planet.

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Date & Time

January 24, 2019 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


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