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OCA 2018 - Slow Boat to Greece

Slow Boat to Greece

When: Friday January 26, 2018
7:30 PM to 10:00 PM Doors open 6:45pm
Where: Scottish Cultural Centre
8886 Hudson Street
Vancouver, British Columbia  V6P 4N2
Contact: Anne Trudel

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Bill Eisenhauer and Gabriela Hirt





About the Adventure Talk

After three years of planning, Bill Eisenhauer and Gabriela Hirt took their two kids out of school, rented the house in Victoria and set off on a 15-month journey from Sardinia to Greece. On their 12-metre ketch they rediscovered living in the moment while setting course for ancient sites, buzzing harbours and dramatic nature.

This presentation will take you to Sardinia, Corsica and Elba before sailing in the wake of Odysseus from Sicily to Ithaca. Along the way, explore lost civilizations, hike old footpaths, and be stunned by the natural fireworks of one of Europe’s most active volcanoes. You will even learn how to make olive oil. These are just a few of the surprises that await modern-day seafarers propelled by the winds of antiquity.

About The Speakers

Bill and Gabriela both grew up by the water - Bill on the Atlantic Ocean in Nova Scotia, Gabriela on the shores of Lake Starnberg in Southern Germany. They met by the Pacific, in Vancouver, and started a family on Vancouver Island - staying close to the water was the natural choice. Gabriela had been sailing Opti and Laser on the lake throughout her childhood and joined her father cruising on and off on his 12 metre ketch “Hippodackl”, as a young adult. As a youngster, Bill took every opportunity to get out on the water, and later crewing with friends out here on the West Coast, but never took a sailing course until the idea of a year-long-family-cruising adventure emerged. It happened in 2010 on a family sailing vacation with grandpa. Being together in close quarters, traveling to new places in a floating house and only worrying about immediate needs and safety proved to be a great experience for everybody. And, there was the perfect family boat waiting for them in the Med - good old “Hippodackl”. But first they needed to get some serious skills. So began three years of learning, taking BCA courses in motor maintenance, sail repair, weather and so on, plus Bill joined RCM-SAR in Oak Bay. Things also fell into place on the business front, the house got rented and in June 2013 Bill and Gabriela, with their 13 year old son, Sol, and their 9 year old daughter, Leonie, left Sardinia to embark on their Slow Boat To Greece family sailing adventure. 


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