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Rolf Skorge to speak Sept. 19 in Kennewick

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Rolf Skorge will give a talk about his sailing trip around the world at the Sons of Norway meeting Sept. 19 in the Fellowship Hall of Kennewick First Lutheran Church at Highway 395 and Yelm Street.

The program is open to everyone and starts at 7:30 p.m.

Skorge, who grew up in Bergen, Norway, learned the art of sailing from his fisherman grandfather.

Skorge left his homeland after high school and came to America to attend college. He earned a degree in nautical engineering at the Northrup Institute of Technology in California. After college, he worked in the aerospace industry in Los Angeles and Bellingham before becoming a manager for Engineering Services at Hanford in 1981. The divorced father of two retired in 1997 and started planning his voyage.

His journey began a year later in April 1998, when he set sail in his 41-foot sailboat, The Viking Spirit, from the Tri-Cities on a 28,000-nautical-mile trek that would take him sailing around continents, navigating through treacherous straits, and battling Mother Nature on the open seas.

The voyage gave the veteran sea captain plenty of time to think, and there's no better place to clear your head than the open sea, he told the Herald in a 2002 story about his trip.

Skorge lives in Richland and is a past president of the local Sons of Norway lodge.

For more information, call 582-0168.