Bill Pinkney is on a mission

Published on January 2nd, 2023

Bill Pinkney, inducted to the National Sailing Hall of Fame, is on a mission:


In 1989, through the help of my sponsors, we bought the 47-foot Bob Perry designed Valiant built by Valiant Yachts in Gordonville, Texas. The boat had been modified from start to finish for Mark Schrader to sail in the 1986 BOC Challenge.

In 1990-1992, I sailed this boat, renamed The Commitment, solo around the world via Cape Horn and became to first Black man of any nation to do so.

After the voyage, the boat was sold by my sponsors to a gentleman in Ft Lauderdale, FL. During the following years, I had spotted it along the canals without the BOC livery, and now to my understanding the boat’s name had been changed back to when Schrader sailed it as Lone Star.

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I am looking for the boat, identified as HIN#115, but have not had much success, having checked the document registry and the Valiant Owners group. I would really like to find it for a number of reasons; it has been 30 years since my return and I long to reunite with her.

Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated. I’d like to see her again in what ever condition, as at 87 years of age, this might be my last hurrah. Email me at master@captainbillpinkney.

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