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Deer Isle’s Undefeated America’s Cup Crews

Posted July 30, 2013, at 2:02 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 28, 2013, at 1:53 p.m.
Book signing at Wilson Museum on August 13th
Book signing at Wilson Museum on August 13th

On Tuesday, August 13th at 3 p.m., Mark Gabrielson will give a presentation and sign copies of his new book Deer Isle’s Undefeated America’s Cup Crews: Humble Heroes From a Downeast Island. Mark Gabrielson tells the story, well-known on Deer Isle, of the crews who were recruited by the New York Yacht Club to sail the big America’s Cup cutters in the late 1800s. Affectionately known as the “Deer Isle Boys”, these men are heroes to all Deer Islers, many of whom are direct descendants. Despite their local fame, Mark found that there was no well-researched, book-length version of their story. Deer Isles’s Undefeated American’s Cup Crews rectifies this omission magnificently.

Mark J. Gabrielson was educated at Princeton. After a 33-year business career, he is now a graduate student at Harvard University, in Extension, concentrating in history. Mark is also a research intern at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island; a Trustee of the Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race; and a US Coast Guard licensed Master in the Merchant Marine. He and his wife Betsy base their Hinckley Sou’wester 50 yawl ‘Lyra’ in Deer Isle and sail New England and Bermuda waters.

For more information on this program and book signing contact the Wilson Museum 207-326-9247 or www.wilsonmuseum.org.

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