Tides: The Science and Spirit of the OceanWriter, sailor, surfer and conservationist Jonathan White’s love for the sea is lifelong. He grew up on the beaches of southern California, built and sailed many boats, logged more than a hundred thousand miles on the Pacific and Atlantic, and surfed all over the world. After nearly losing his 65’ wooden schooner in a gale on a large tide in Southeast Alaska, White wanted to learn just exactly how the tide works. Ten years of exploration took him to five continents where he saw the largest, fastest, scariest, most amazing tides in the world.
With Lukasi Nappaaluk, an Inuit elder, he slithered through a hole in the arctic ice and gathered mussels in the dark cavities left behind by a dropping tide. In France, he met the monks who live in the tide-wrapped monastery of Mont Saint-Michel; in Chile and Scotland, he observed cutting edge contemporary tidal power generation; in China, he witnessed the world’s largest tidal bore, a 25-foot wave that charges eighty miles upriver at twenty miles an hour. On the San Blas Islands off Panama, White visited the indigenous people whose archipelago is disappearing under the sea; in Venice, Italy, he studied the extraordinary modern technology preserving that romantic old city of art, bridges, and canals. And at the Royal Society of London, he learned that Plato and Aristotle, Leonardo da Vinci, Newton, Descartes, and many other noted thinkers had been captivated — and befuddled — by the tide’s mystery.
Combining photographs and stories, Jonathan shares his discoveries and explorations of the deepest workings of the tide around the globe, including the Bay of Fundy in Canada, the Mavericks Surf Competition in Halfmoon Bay, California, and the dangerously thrilling narrows of Skookumchuck in British Columbia.
Date: Monday, April 3rd
Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Presentation
Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, NY, NY, 10021
Member Ticket Price: $10
Guest Ticket Price: $25
Student Ticket Price:
$5 with a valid academic ID
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