Among the Notables
Most sailors would be hard-pressed to name one African American sailor, but there are a few black mariners whose successful exploits on the water have made them high-profile practitioners in the sport. Among them are the following:
Captain Bill Pinkney After becoming the first African American to circumnavigate the globe, which he did in 1991 aboard a 40-foot sloop, this former cosmetics industry executive hit the lecture circuit, taking his message of determination and perseverance to would-be adventurers and sailors around the US. Not long after he was selected to captain the replica of the 19th century slave ship Amistad, publicized in Steven Spielbergs movie by the same name. Pinkney now guides the Amistad through a demanding schedule visiting ports around the US to teach the lessons of history, cooperation, and leadership inherent in the Amistad incident and its legacy through the ownership, educational programming, and operation of the vessel.
Frank Savage Based in Stamford, CT, Frank Savage has made a name for himself on the racecourses around Long Island Sound by racing his Swan 56 Lolita to some impressive finishes over the past several years. In this summers Swan American Regatta in Newport, RI, Savage and his team trounced the competition to win the overall honors in this prestigious event.
Art Price Formerly a pro football player with the Atlanta Falcons, Price was a one-time grinder aboard America3 in the 1995 Americas Cup. Price, who is now a fireman in Wisconsin, got into the sport after college. His Americas Cup experience has led to a steady role racing internationally aboard Irving Laidlaws string of boats named Highland Fling.
Marty Stephan Another former member of the America3 team, Stephan is a lifelong sailor who now coaches high school sailing in Massachussets and teaches business.