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Sea Stories 2018

Sea Stories is day focused on exploration, conservation, scuba diving, shipwrecks and marine life. This will be a great opportunity for those who are interested in the ocean to interact. Tickets will NOT be sold at door. Speakers and topics coming soon, save the date!

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:


Richard Lundgren FI’12 – “Exploring Mars the Magnificent.”

Recognized as one of Europe's most experienced divers and underwater videographers, Mr. Lundgren dived professionally for more than 20 years. Having discovered and explored more than 120 shipwrecks; Mr. Lundgren’s explorations include HMHS Britannic, sister ship to the Titanic and Mars the Magnificent, a Swedish warship sunk in 1564.

He served as the deep cameraman inside a cave in Mexico’s Yucatán on First Face of America - a production by National Geographic, PBS and NOVA. Mr. Lundgren is a founder and board director at GUE, Global Underwater Explorers. He is a Fellow of The Explorers Club, member of Board of Scientific Divers and Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Discovery.

Mr. Lundgren works professionally with sea bottom surveys and environmental ocean studies specializing in advanced sonar systems and remotely operated vehicles.


Mehgan Heaney-Grier – “A Freediving Evolution - My Journey of Adventure, Breaking the Mold and Ocean Stewardship.”

Ms. Heaney-Grier worked professionally underwater for more than 20 years as an accomplished athlete, model, stunt diver, television personality, expedition leader and marine educator.

She performed underwater stunts for films including Pirates of the Caribbean and Into the Blue and worked as divemaster on treasure hunting expeditions for Discovery Channel. Numerous television shows and publications featured Ms. Heaney-Grier including Life, People, and Outside. Instagram featured her in its gallery of “Top Game-Changing & Inspiring Women.”

As an avid conservationist, Ms. Heaney-Grier is dedicated to raising awareness and working to inspire and empower the next generation of ocean stewards to help tackle the critical issues facing our oceans.

She established the first U.S. freedive record for both men and women in the constant weight category in 1996. Ms. Heaney-Grier is one of the original inductees into the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame and holds degrees in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Anthropology.


Jeff Goodreau and Ryan King – “SS William H. Machen.”

After years of searching, a team of New England divers located and explored the wreck of the SS William H. Machen in 300 feet of water, 75 years after she sank east of New Hampshire and Maine. On July 7, 1942, the 360' Machen collided with the 218' general cargo freighter, the Maid of Stirling. The Sterling was not seriously damaged and continued on to port. Unfortunately, the mortally wounded Machen foundered and few details ever emerged about the collision itself or her final location and was largely forgotten.

Mr. Goodreau, has been hunting and diving shipwrecks for over 20 years is also a certified rebreather and mixed gas diver. For over 25 years, Mr. King has been diving, teaching, and photographing marine life, caves and wrecks from Canada to the Caribbean. He has a passion for exploration and helping others develop an appreciation for the underwater world.


Dr. Mauricio Hoyos Padilla – “The White Shark in Mexico.”

Beginning his career as a shark nursery and reproductive biology expert, Dr. Hoyos is researching the behavior of ten species of sharks across Mexico, including Guadalupe Island, Revillagigedo Archipelago, Clipperton Atoll and the Mexican Caribbean.

Dr. Hoyos’s goal is to change the misconception of sharks in the human mind. He helped organize a group of biologists dedicated to the conservation of sharks and rays in Mexican waters. Dr. Hoyos is also a collaborating scientist on the board of many different shark conservation foundations.

Mexican Leaders cited Dr. Hoyos as one of the most outstanding young scientists in Mexico. He holds 2017’s Golden Diver award for conservation and awareness of the oceans and the Rob Stewart - shark researcher of year award - 2017 from FINS ATTACHED.


Andrew Stevenson – “North Atlantic Humpbacks.

Mr. Stevenson’s research captures the visual and acoustics data on the pelagic social behavior of humpbacks as they migrate past Bermuda, a mid-ocean platform providing a unique window on the whales’ mid-ocean, migratory lives.

His efforts promote an understanding of humpback whales to protect cetaceans' rights as a step towards conserving our marine environment though exploration of Bermuda’s waters, research and data analysis.

Born in Canada, Mr. Stevenson studied postgraduate international economics in France, Canada and Norway and worked as an international economist before joining the United Nations Development Programme, assigned to Tanzania, He has subsequently worked as a consultant in international development for the Canadian, Norwegian and Swedish governments.

Date: Saturday, November 10

Time: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

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

Reservation Notes:

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Reservations are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To secure a reservation, you may also call us at 212.628.8383 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Ticket Price: $65 / $75 per person after Friday, November 2

Student Ticket Price: $35 for students up to the age of 16

Header Photo: Whale’s Eye © Andrew Stevenson
Footer Photo: Richard Lundgren diving the wreck of the Mars with Flag #215

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