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Free lecture on local sailing history

  • Maxine Esdaille and Shirley Pearman showing off their Bermuda Native Yacht Club T-shirts (Photograph by Jessie Moniz Hardy)

A popular lecture on black Bermudian sailing history is to return this Thursday at the Blue Water Angler’s Club.

The free talk on African Bermudian maritime life will be delivered by speakers Maxine Esdaille and Shirley Pearman.

It came in the wake of an “oversubscribed” presentation given in June on the Bermuda Native Yacht Club — all-black club begun in 1844.

As well as discussing the clubs that took part in the traditional annual Edward Cross Long-Distance Race, the talk will cover other maritime traditions such as fishing and piloting.

The lecture in June elicited shared stories of family contributions to Bermuda maritime life from the audience at the Bermuda National Library.

Guests at Thursday’s talk will again be invited to share their memories and family stories.

Cedar craftsman Milton Hill will also speak, as well as Mandy Ingham, the mother of local sailor Mustafa Ingham, and Rajae Woods of the Visionary Sailing Academy junior programme at the West End Sailboat Club. Food will be served from the club’s kitchen.

Mrs Esdaille said she was keen to hear from descendants of the founding members of the Bermuda Native Yacht Club: Richard Wood, Esau Simmons, Richard H. Dashield, Richard Beene, Joseph Swan, George M. Dashield, and John Virgin.

For further information, contact Mrs Esdaille at 504-7749, or blessedbabe77@hotmail.com.