September 17, 2014

Sailing Across the Atlantic – Essex Couple Tell Story at Essex Library – Jan. 22

Bob and Valerie Van Houten (center and right) on the boat they sailed across the Atlantic from Essex, CT to England in 1976. They’ll share the harrowing story of their adventures along with their photos at the Essex Library Tuesday January 22 at 7 p.m.. The program is free and open to all.

Bob and Valerie Van Houten (center and right) on the boat they sailed across the Atlantic from Essex, CT to England in 1976.

Ever dream of sailing a small boat across the ocean? Enjoy an illustrated armchair cruise with a husband and wife team who did exactly that at the Essex Library, Tuesday January 22 at 7 p.m. when Bob and Valerie Van Houten will share their harrowing account of delivering a 38 foot sailboat 3,000 miles from Essex to England in 1976.

The boat was built for one person to race, and was very, very basic, and the crew of five included a teenaged brother and sister. The Van Houtens agree their adventure was “a pretty rough voyage”, but the experience of a lifetime.

The program is free and open to all; the Essex Library is at 33 West Avenue. Please call for more information or to register for this program.