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A Journey Around the World: ‘Sailing into Oblivion’ With Jerome Rand

Contact Information: Shauna Breneman, Communications Director
Office: (608) 262-8862

MADISON – For Jerome Rand, what began as daydreams and seemingly fanciful imaginings became a real life adventure sailing solo unassisted and nonstop around the world. The Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD) Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS) Committee and the Hoofer Sailing Club invite the community and visitors to learn about Rand’s adventure from Rand, himself, and to take with them inspiration to achieve their dreams.

Rand will speak Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Play Circle Theater at Memorial Union for a lecture called, “Sailing into Oblivion.” He will take guests along his journey as he forewent modern-day conveniences on his 29,805-mile nine-month journey and through lessons learned about endurance, challenging the mind and body, and self-reliance.

“Jerome Rand challenged what people said was impossible to go on the adventure of a lifetime,” said WUD DLS Associate Director of Marketing and Outreach Evanka Annyapu. “Guests will leave Jerome’s lecture inspired to pursue the dreams they’ve convinced themselves are impossible.”

Additional WUD DLS free lecture opportunities include science writer Rebecca Skloot on March 4, civic engagement activist Tiana Epps Johnson on April 23, as well as a presidential candidates forum March 30 and 31.

The WUD DLS Committee brings engaging and influential people to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus to encourage thought-provoking conversations. WUD includes 10 committees and six Wisconsin Hoofers clubs that program thousands of events each year.

The DLS Committee’s event partner the Hoofer Sailing Club provides affordable, accessible sailing equipment and instruction to more than 1,000 members. The Club offers lessons in everything from wind surfing to dinghy and keelboat sailing.

More information about upcoming DLS events is available at


About the Wisconsin Union Directorate Distinguished Lecture Series Committee

The Wisconsin Union Directorate Distinguished Lecture Series Committee contributes to the educational experience of University of Wisconsin–Madison students, Wisconsin Union members and community members by bringing engaging and influential people to campus. Founded in 1987, the series aims to expose the campus community to a diverse and vibrant array of people, backgrounds, and ideas. Learn more:

About the Hoofer Sailing Club

The Hoofer Sailing Club promotes sailing at UW-Madison by providing recreational and competitive sailing instruction and equipment. Since 1939, the Club has operated under the Wisconsin Union to provide affordable, accessible sailing programs to the campus and community. Learn more about the Club:

[Note to the editor: Click here to download a photo of Jerome Rand. Photo by Andy Noël.]

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