The Maritime Museum of BC, (MMBC) located in Victoria, is holding a once-in-a-lifetime event on March 10, 2016, with three renowned adventurers – two are BCA honourary members: John Guzzwell [now 86 years old!] and Tony Gooch; and third is an Ocean Cruising Adventure speaker, Colin Angus.
- John Guzzwell – In 1955, John launched 19’ Trekka, and then departed Victoria in the smallest boat to sail around the world. Four years later, after many trials, including pitch poling off Cape Horn with the Smeeton’s in a sidebar voyage, John returned to Victoria to a hero’s welcome.
- Tony Gooch – At the other end of the spectrum is Victoria retiree, Tony Gooch’s scheme for a non-stop solo circumnavigation. Departing in September 2002, he endured breakdowns, a knockdown, and dodged icebergs. In the end, Tony had beat his own best estimate, and clocked 24,362 miles in 177 days! A great feat, with an incredible average speed of 5.708 knots.
- Colin Angus – With his wife Julie, cycled; skied; canoed, hiked and rowed a route that took them to Alaska, across the Bering Sea and through the Siberian winter, across Europe from Moscow to Portugal, then across the Atlantic to Costa Rica, in a 156-day rowing odyssey. Lastly, a “quick” 8,300 km bike ride, and they were back in Vancouver! Two small children later and they are still adventuring!
After the presentation, CBC personality, Gregor Craigie, will host an interactive panel discussion, following which there will be an opportunity to meet the presenters, enjoy drinks and nibblies, and participate in an auction. Attendees will be able to bid on nautically-themed adventures, ranging from the “easy to the queasy”.
Three Ways Around the World is a fundraising event for MMBC, tickets are $50, available from the Museum.