Coming in the spring of 2022

'Sailing Commitment

Around the World with Captain Bill Pinkney'


Written by Captain Bill Pinkney

Illustrated by Pamela C. Rice

A real story of a great adventure!

"Sailing Commitment'

is a follow up to his first grade Basal Reader."

The story is expanded for young readers and a more detailed version of the story of a dream.

Inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame - October 2021

©2021Captain Bill Pinkney


In the seventh grade I read a book by an author named Armstrong Sperry: 'Call It Courage', it was a story that touched my heart because I felt very much like the hero of the story.  He, like me had been an outcast.  He was an outcast because he was afraid of the water.  I had been an outcast because in school I was one of a few black children and the other kids were not kind to us.  I grew up without a father, (my parents divorced when I was six, so my mom, sister and I were on public aid for a while.  Always on the outside never being a part of the crowd I felt alone.  When I read the story about this young boy who was on the outside like me, and how he took his destiny into his own hands and had a great adventure, I knew that was what I wanted too.       

                                                                 Bill Pinkney      


Captain Bill Pinkney

Photo credit: Carter Berg