The Alliance Française of Newport has announced they will present “Solo Ocean Racing: A Special French Sport” on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Antone Academic Center in the DiStefano Lecture Hall at 56 Lawrence Ave at Salve Regina University in Newport.

Emmanuel Dary, French Naval Commandant, will tell the tales of famous solo races and racers, including Vendée Globe, route du Rhum  and the legendary racer, Eric Tabarly.

Commandant Dary was born in Brittany and joined the French Navy 16 years ago. He enjoys sailing in his free time. He is currently assigned to The Naval War College in Newport.

The presentation will be in French. Questions and Answers will be in English.

This event is free and open to the public.

Reservations are required. Email by April 1, 2019  to reserve a space.

The Alliance Française of Newport has been part of an international organization for 65 years dedicated to the study of the French language and to promoting cultural exchange.  Members of the AFN participate in conversation groups, art gallery and museum events and lectures about French culture and history. Guests are welcome.

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Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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