Mystic Seaport to Host 2010-2011 Adventure Series

Anna Tunnicliffe
Anna Tunnicliffe

Winning Olympic gold in sailing, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and surfing gigantic waves are just some of the journeys visitors will experience in the 2010-2011 Adventure Series at Mystic Seaport.

The Adventure Series has been hosted by the Museum for more than 60 years and provides a unique opportunity for attendees to meet adventurers firsthand and experience a wide array of challenges –on the sea, in the air and on land all over the world.

The series runs once a month from October through April. Each presenter will speak at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.in the River Room at Latitude 41°. Tickets for the entire afternoon series are $85 ($70 for members) and $95 for the evening series ($80 for members). Visitors who purchase tickets for the complete series will receive a free single ticket for a guest valid for any presentation.

Individual tickets can be purchased after October 15 and are based on availability. Early registration is recommended. Tickets can be purchased online at www.mysticseaport.org/tickets or by calling 860.572.5322.

Featured speakers and presentations are:

Thursday, October 21 – Justin Shorb, the visionary who founded Flock University, will present “Wingsuit Flying: The Most Dangerous Sport in the World,” and will share the thrill of leaping out of an aircraft and soaring through the air. As an organizer, team captain and plane captain at every major skydiving event in the USA and in Marl, Germany, Shorb is revered as a leader and coach in this extreme sport.

Thursday, November 18 – Jeremy Cage, the chief marketing officer of PepsiCo’s International Foods business, will present “Reflections on Making Dreams Come True,” his firsthand account of taking a 16-month sabbatical to sail the world with his family – including travels through the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the Galapagos, Australia and the islands of the South Pacific – and will discuss key steps in overcoming obstacles to achieve one’s dream.

Thursday, December 16 – National Geographic photographer and Newport, R.I., native, Alexander “Sandy” Nesbitt will present “From Orphanage to Mountaintop,” a visual documentation of his travels through Kenya and up Mount Kilimanjaro in support of Nairobi’s orphanages.

Thursday, January 20 – Seattle pilots Mark Schoening and Doug DeVries will present “The Great Arctic Air Adventure,” a detailed account of their attempt to circumnavigate Canada via the famed Northwest Passage. The pilots will share observations from the sky – including mosaics of lakes and rolling tundra – and from the land where they set up camp.

Thursday, February 17 – Anna Tunnicliffe, the gold-medal winner in the women’s Laser Radial dinghy races at the 2008 Olympic Games in China, will present “Racing for Top Honors,” and will share her experience in becoming the first woman in 20 years to bring home sailing gold.

Thursday, March 17 – Underwater photographer Tim Calver will present “Photography Deep Down,” showing some of his stunning images and discussing how he gets his camera as close as possible to his subjects—whether they are sharks or humans.

Thursday, April 21 –Award-winning photographer Frank Quirarte will present “Big Wave Surfing,” detailing his adventures in surfing and photographing the giant waves in California’s Half Moon Bay. Quirarte will also share how in an emergency he drops his camera, goes into the impact zone on his personal watercraft and helps pull surfers to safety.

For more information, visit www.mysticseaport.org/adventure.