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Sea Stories 2016

Sea Stories is a day focused on exploration, conservation, scuba diving, shipwrecks, nautical history and marine life. This will be a great opportunity for those who are interested in the ocean to interact.

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:


Chris Fischer MN’ 10 - “OCEARCH.”

As the Founding Chairman, Mr. Fischer led 26 global research expeditions to advance science and education while unlocking the many mysteries surrounding the life history of white sharks and other giants of the ocean.

His resource driven approach includes students and enthusiasts around the world through the OCEARCH Global Shark Tracker – a dynamic tool allowing students and the public to track and learn about sharks side by side with the brightest PhDs in the world.

The National Geographic Channel, HISTORY, The New York Times, CNN, BBC and virtually every major news media organization in the world have chronicled Mr. Fischer and OCEARCH in over 180 countries in more than 8,000 stories. Mr. Fischer hosted the Emmy Award winning "Offshore Adventures”, a television series on ESPN chronicling a life at sea: fishing, free diving and conservation.


Jim Kennard FN’13 - “Discovering Lake Ontario’s Historic Shipwrecks.”

Mr. Kennard will discuss three historically significant shipwreck discoveries in Lake Ontario by him and his team: the British Warship HMS Ontario which sank in 1780 and is the oldest shipwreck discovered in the Great Lakes; the recently discovered sloop Washington built in 1798 and the second oldest Great Lakes shipwreck discovered and the Three Brothers, a very rare dagger-board schooner sunk in 1833.

Mr. Kennard has been diving and exploring the lakes in the northeast since 1970 and has found over 200 shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain, NY Finger Lakes and in the Hudson, Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. In 1983 he discovered a unique horse powered ferryboat in Lake Champlain that National Geographic later featured.


Joe Mazraani and Anthony Tedeschi – “From Ordinary to Extraordinary: The Merchant Mariner’s Heroic Role in WWII’s Battle for the Atlantic.”

Messrs. Mazraani and Tedeschi will present the story of the WWII Battle for the Atlantic from merchant mariners who made their living on the high seas. Through firsthand accounts, historical documents, and information gathered from the sunken ships, they will discuss the attack of Pan Pennsylvania by U-550 and how 56 of its 81 crewmembers survived one of WWII’s most fascinating ocean battles.

Mr. Mazraani owns and operates the dive vessel Tenacious, used in locating and exploring U-550 and other deep, uncharted wrecks in the North Atlantic. A criminal defense attorney by trade, Joe holds an open circuit Trimix certification and is certified as a closed circuit diver. He is also a U.S.C.G. licensed captain.

Mr. Tedeschi completed his Master’s Degree in Ocean Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology before attending the Commercial Dive School. He is a Project Engineer and Dive Supervisor for an engineering consulting company on the East Coast.


Dr. Ian Walker – “Hooked: The Tragedy of By-Catch and One Sea Turtle’s Story of Rescue and Rehabilitation at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo.”

Dr. Walker will focus on a veterinary case resulting from “by-catch” (animals caught accidentally and returned to the ocean to struggle for survival) and the continuing success of sea turtle conservation on Bermuda. He is the Principal Curator and exotic animal veterinarian at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo (“BAMZ”).

After receiving his veterinary degree at the University of Edinburgh, Dr. Walker became the Associate Veterinarian at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland where he was actively involved in the veterinary care of over 12,000 collection animals as well as injured wildlife.

At BAMZ, Dr. Walker practices veterinary medicine and rehabilitates wildlife that turn up on Bermuda’s shores. The BAMZ education program involves over 7,000 students a year through its two charities, the Bermuda Zoological Society and Atlantic Conservation Partnership.


Susan Casey – “Voices in the Ocean.”

While swimming off the coast of Maui, Ms. Casey was surrounded by a pod of spinner dolphins. It was a profoundly transporting experience, and inspired her to embark on a five-year global adventure to explore the nature of these remarkable beings and their complex relationship to humanity. In this lecture, Ms. Casey retraces her journey into the mysterious world of dolphins and explains why these highly evolved, intelligent creatures have a lot to teach us about life’s greater purpose, and about ourselves.

Ms. Casey, author of New York Times bestsellers The Wave and The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks, is the former editor in chief of O, The Oprah Magazine. She is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist whose work has been featured in the Best American Science and Nature Writing, Best American Sports Writing, and Best American Magazine Writing anthologies; and has appeared in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Outside, and National Geographic.

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

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

Reservation Notes:

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Tickets: $65 / If purchased after November 4: $70
Student Tickets: $30 / If purchased after November 4: $35

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• If a reservation is canceled after November 4th, there will be No Refund of the ticket price.
• There are no refunds for a “No Show” to a catered event.

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