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Mar 13, 2012, 5:59 PM

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African Diaspora Maritime Website to Reveal the History of Black Mariners

(Raleigh, NC- 03/15/12) On April 1st, a new website: will officially come on line to showcase the extraordinary but unheralded history of Black mariners and one man's vision to field a new crew in the upcoming America's Cup AC-34.

Charles M. Kithcart, Executive Director of African Diaspora Maritime (ADM), a North Carolina based non-profit organization, says the website is intended not only to close the gap for those unaware of the many African and African American descendents who served on the high seas, but also to reveal how today's racing industry can create educational and work opportunities for African-Americans.

The site will track ADM's progress in getting an actual competition racing boat designed, constructed and crew assembled for a Defender Selection Series in 2013. A number of inquiries have already come from professional racers, yacht clubs, Olympic sailors as well as individuals and organizations who've expressed a strong interest in supporting this venture.

"We're in court now to challenge the denial by The Golden Gate Yacht Club to allow us to sail a predominantly African-American team," says Kithcart, who has crewed on several racing and non-racing vessels throughout his 24-year career.

"But just as important, the races themselves are connected to an incredible industry of professional designers, engineers, craftsmen and technicians who are constantly creating products and services. That door opens to jobs and careers we haven't tapped."

While the site will include links to books about Black maritmers, basic sailing information and images of vessels that have raced and sailed throughout American history, it will link to the America's Cup site for updates and current races showcasing the much touted AC-45s used in the America's Cup World Series.

Kithcart envisions a "Boat Park" in downtown Raleigh, adjacent to the city's museums and historic touring area. His plans call for the park to highlight the math and science of high-tech sailing, the model adventure of seafaring and will include former and current America's Cup Racers on display.

"A scale model pool will be one of the many hands-on learning opportunities where young and old enthusiasts get a place to engage and race prototype models with others," continues Kithcart. "It's a very popular hobby that brings with it several levels of educational experiences, too. Engineering, math and physics are all incorporated in how sails catch wind, for example. The thrill and excitement comes when a community of voyagers can gather to sail their boats, make adjustments in hopes of winning contests and participate in a great learning experience that links our sailing history and culture."

Kithcart reiterates that this is an exciting moment for ADM, beginning with the website which will give viewers the real time perspective on the company's goals, objectives and mission for 2012 and beyond.

Ed.note: Photo images of Captain Kithcart, the ADM logo are available by email & scheduled interviews can be set up by contact below.


Tom Jones, PR
Faucon Blu Marketing
Raleigh, NC

Charles M. Kithcart, Executive Director
African Diaspora Maritime
16 West Martin Street, Suite 810
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
919-835-1275 ph. 919-835-1276 ph

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