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Sailing Stories 2016

Continuing the tradition of our 'Stories' event series, Sailing Stories is day focused on sailing-based exploration and conservation.

9:00 AM Registration – coffee & continental breakfast
10:00 AM Presentations commence
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Presentations continue
5:00 PM Cocktail Party
7:00 PM Conclusion

Speakers to include:

Laurence Bergreen FR ’03 – “Over the Edge of the World: How Magellan (Almost) Did It."

Explorer and author of Over the Edge of the World: Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe, Mr. Bergreen will discuss Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan’s obsessive 16th-century quest and the first circumnavigation of the Earth. This novel is a New York Times “Notable Book” and is now in its 31st printing.

Mr. Bergreen is an award-winning biographer, historian, and chronicler of exploration. His books have been translated into 25 languages worldwide.

Mr. Bergreen has written for many national publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Esquire, Newsweek, Details, Prologue, The Chicago Tribune, and Military History Quarterly. He taught at the New School for Social Research and served as Assistant to the President of the Museum of Television and Radio in New York. He served as a Featured Historian for the History Channel.

Dr. Marcus Eriksen – “Exploring the Distribution of Microplastics in the Surface Waters of the Arctic Near Greenland and the Northwest Passage.”

Dr. Eriksen is the Director of Research and co-founder of the 5 Gyres Institute. He recently returned from a two week expedition researching how plastics permeated the global ocean as well as the ecological and social impact of waste to understand the ultimate fate of ocean waste affecting everyone and the entire biosphere.

His research has taken him 50,000 miles sailing the globe, including a couple of homemade rafting voyages down the Mississippi and across the North Pacific Dr. Eriksen’s work on microplastics, including finding microbeads in the Great Lakes and providing estimates of microplastic loads in our oceans conveys the ubiquity of degraded plastic.

Daniel Forster – “From a Swiss Lake to the High Seas - A Year in the Life of a Yachting Photographer.”

Swiss born photographer Daniel Forster started his photography career at the Olympic Games after an apprenticeship in a photography studio in Berne, Switzerland.

He photographed 12 America's Cups and 12 Olympic Games. He is a correspondent for Yachting magazine in the U.S., Australia, Germany and his photograph of Dennis Conner winning the America’s Cup in Perth, Australia appeared on TIME’s cover.

Mr. Forster observes and captures yachts in their element, showing the crew-work and displaying the water flow in all its diverse forms like rain, fog and ice in sailing missions ranging from the Volvo Ocean Race to New York Yacht Club events.

Maxi yacht owners like Bill Koch - Matador, Larry Ellison – Sayonara, and Jim Dolan - Sagamore, have commissioned Mr. Forster to document in book format their yacht's participation at major sailing events.

John Kretschmer – “Force 10 - Storm Sailing Strategies.”

Mr. Kretschmer examines different techniques for handling severe weather in sailboats including his three voyages in Force 10 storms. In addition to the physical and meteorological aspects of storm management, his experiences emphasize the need to stay mentally engaged in the moment.

Mr. Kretschmer logged more than 325,000 offshore sailing miles, made 21 Atlantic crossings, sailed from New York to San Francisco around Cape Horn against the wind in a 32 foot sloop and crossed the Pacific from Panama to Japan.

Mr. Kretschmer is the author of: Sailing a Serious Ocean, At the Mercy of the Sea, Flirting with Mermaids and Cape Horn to Starboard. He won two Boating Writing International awards.

Mr. Kretschmer was a travel/boating columnist for the Miami Herald for 10 years and has been a contributing editor for Sailing Magazine for 26 years. He published hundreds of articles in magazines including cover stories in Islands, Sky (Delta’s inflight), European Travel, Life, and the LA Times magazine. His sail-training business on his beloved Quetzal provides the opportunity for sailors to cast off, sailing beyond their limited views of themselves and their capacities.

Dr. Sanford Low – “Sailing Polynesian Starpaths - Ancient Pacific Voyaging and Navigation.”

Writer, anthropologist and filmmaker Dr. Low sailed aboard Hokule’a - a replica of an ancient vessel used by Polynesians to explore one-third of earth’s surface. He will reveal how ancient canoe navigators found their way by natural signs – the flight of birds, the winds, waves and stars – to navigate vast ocean distances without instruments or charts and settled the islands of Polynesia long before the arrival of the first Europeans.

Dr. Low served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific and earned a Ph.D. degree from Harvard (in anthropology).

Dr. Low produced his award winning film, The Navigators – Pathfinders of the Pacific, which told the story of the Polynesian settlement of the Pacific on PBS and on television venues throughout the world. He has sailed aboard Hokule’a on three voyages.

He is the author of Hawaiki Rising, Hokule’a, Nainoa Thompson and the Hawaiian Renaissance and many articles on Hokule’a and her meaning to Polynesians.

Dawn Riley – “Stories from Cape Horn to Oyster Bay.”

Ms. Riley is one of the best-known sailors in the world. She was the first woman ever to manage an entire America's Cup syndicate, the first American, man or woman, to sail in three America's Cups and two Whitbread Round the World races and is one of the forerunners in providing community access into the sport of sailing.

She is the former president of the Woman’s Sports Foundation, serves on the board of US Sailing, and is an adviser to several public service organizations. Since the inception in 2010, Ms. Riley has been in Oyster Bay, New York at Oakcliff Sailing. A nonprofit open to all, Oakcliff is creating leaders inside and outside of the marine industry with graduates racing in the Volvo, the Red Bull Youth and America's Cup.

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2016

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Reservation Notes:

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Ticket Price: $75, Tickets purchased after October 17: $80
Student Member Ticket Price: $35

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• If a reservation is canceled after October 14th, there will be No Refund of the ticket price.
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