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2023 Lecture: Six Months Across the Ocean

featuring Charlie Enright, skipper of The Ocean Race-winning 11th Hour Racing Team in 2022-2023

November 2, 5:30 p.m. ET
Edwards Auditorium, University of Rhode Island Kingston campus


The first American skipper to lead a U.S. team to victory and hoist the iconic trophy in The Ocean Race’s 50-year history, Charlie Enright and the 11th Hour Racing Team overcame many challenges over six months as they sailed seven legs, visited four continents, and covered 32,000 nautical miles racing around the world. The team not only built a high-performance ocean racing team with sustainability at the core of all operations, it engaged a broad audience and sailing fans worldwide on the climate crisis, ocean health and sustainability.

Join us for a fascinating look into Enright’s racing experience and first-hand observations on the health of our ocean planet. Graduate School of Oceanography scientists will also share their innovative global microplastics research conducted in collaboration with The Ocean Race.

Also featuring Victoria Fulfer, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) and Martha McConnell, Ph.D., associate teaching professor at GSO.

About Charlie Enright

Charlie Enright (USA) is 38 years old and currently lives in Rhode Island in the United States with his wife Meris and two young children, Thomas and Maggie. Charlie is Skipper of 11th Hour Racing Team, the first American team to ever win The Ocean Race.

GSO’s Victoria Fulfer

More information on Charlie at the above registration link. 

About Victoria Fulfer

Victoria Fulfer is a Ph.D. candidate working with J.P. Walsh at URI GSO. Her research focuses on marine microplastic pollution worldwide, from here in Narragansett Bay to the shores of Vietnam. This spring, Victoria worked in collaboration with The Ocean Race and the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, U.K.

More information on Victoria at the above registration link.

About Martha McConnell

GSO’s Martha McConnell

Martha McConnell is an associate teaching professor at URI GSO. Martha led the first legislative process to advance ocean acidification research and monitoring, has participated in four expeditions to Antarctica, served as delegate to the Arctic Council, has spent time teaching on sailing school vessels, and as Visiting Professor at the United States Coast Guard Academy.

More information on Martha at the above registration link.

About the series

The Charles and Marie Fish Lecture is an annual public lecture endowed by the family of Drs. Charles and Marie Fish. The Fishes established a marine biological program at the University of Rhode Island in 1935 and eventually a graduate program in oceanography at the Narragansett Marine Laboratory which later became URI Graduate School of Oceanography.

Past Lectures


Dr. Jennifer Francis, Woodwell Climate Research Center “Arctic Meltdown: Why It Matters to All of Us”


Dr. Robert Ballard, Professor of Oceanography Adventures In Deep Sea Exploration: Living The Dream


Ian Urbina, investigative reporter The Outlaw Ocean


Dr. George V. Lauder, Harvard University “Fish Robotics: How Fish Locomotion Will Inspire the Next Generation of Underwater Vehicles”


Dr. Beth Orcutt, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences “Buried Alive: Life Beneath the Seafloor”


Dr. Christopher Landsea, Science and Operations Officer, National Hurricane Center “Inside the Eye: Improving Hurricane Forecasts”


Dr. Barbara A.Block, Stanford University “Saving Our Blue Serengeti”


Paul Greenberg, author “American Catch: The Fight for our Local Seafood”


Dr. Bess B. Ward, Princeton University “Solving a Nitrogen Cycle Puzzle:The Pathways of Fixed Nitrogen on Oxygen Depleted Zones of the Ocean”


Dr. Robert Hazen, Carnegie Institution of Washington “Mineral Evolution: The Co-evolution of Rocks and Life”


Dr. Enric Sala, National Geographic Society “The Search for the Last Virgin Coral Reefs”


Dr. Margaret Leinen, Climos, Inc. “Climate Change Today and Tomorrow: Where Do We Go from Here?”


Dr. Larry Mayer, University of New Hampshire “Mapping the Unseen Ocean:New Approaches to Mapping and Visualizing the Seafloor”


Dr. Kerry Emanuel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology “Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes”


Dr. Rod Salm, The Nature Conservancy “The Heat Is On: Conserving Coral Reefs to Survive in a Changing Climate”


Dr. Michael Vecchione, NOAA Fisheries/Smithsonian Institution “Weird Deep Sea Squids and the Nature of Natural History”


Dr. Robert Ballard, University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography “Ocean Exploration in the 21st Century”


Cindy Lee Van Dover, College of Willam and Mary “Where the Wild Things Are: Explorations at Deep-Sea Hot Springs”


Blaine Harden, The New York Times “Using the Columbia River to Explain the American West”


Sandy Tolan, Homelands Productions “From Gloucester to Gaza: Social Tensions Over Scarce Resources”


Dr. Carl Safina, National Audubon Society, Living Oceans program “Status and Trends in World’s Fisheries”


Dr. John Morrissey, Department of Biology, Hofstra University “Sharks are People, Too”


Dr. Orrin Pilkey, Geology Department, Duke University “Rising Seas, Shifting Shores: The Future of America’s Beaches”


Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, NOAA Chief Scientist and former Astronaut “21st Century Challenges for the Ocean Science Community”


Richard Wheeler, Educator, naturalist and kayaker “Survival of Northwest Atlantic Fisheries: Lessons from the Great Auk”


Dr. Bruce Robison, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute “Deep Sea Exploration, 19th Century Science with 21st Century Tools”


Dr. Sylvia Earle, NOAA Advisor and Deep Ocean Engineering, Inc. “Ocean Exploration and the Environmental Aftermath of the Gulf War”


Charles Alexander, Senior Editor, Time Magazine “What Role for the Press in Global Environmental Change?”


Sir Crispin Tickell, British representative to the United Nations and the Security Council “The Human Implications of Global Climate Change”