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When: Friday February 9, 2018
7:30pm to 10:00pm Doors open at 6:45pm
Where: Scottish Cultural Centre
8886 Hudson Street
Vancouver, British Columbia  V6P 4N2
Contact: Anne Trudel

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The “Accidental Circumnavigation”


Cresswell Walker






About the Adventure Talk

Life is a daring adventure or nothing.” So said Hellen Keller.

Historically, sailing around the world has been the prerogative of only kings and queens and their privileged vassals. In early times, it took hundreds of men and many ships in an expedition to bear one commander around the globe.

Today, it is different. Today, anybody can, for the cost of a car, buy a boat, load it up with groceries and a GPS and set out to see the world under sail. Or so it would seem. For today, the world is still a vast and mysterious place, where almost anything can happen, and where calamity can exact a high price. And, it is also a magical kingdom, brimming with the power and glory of nature and limitless places to explore, places of new experiences where we can discover ourselves anew, find meaning, and dare I say, be happy.

So off into this magic kingdom we go. We point the bow of our wee boat out to sea for an unseen tropical destination 3000 miles away, and enter the world where we are in command of our own lives, where we experience the rush of our own daring and the joy of a successful passage and a distant landfall.

Please join Cresswell for an evening of adventure tales and insights from sailing 10 years and 50,000 miles in a circumnavigation of our magic kingdom:

  • What’s it like to be at sea for many weeks, sometimes months, out of sight of land, alone?
  • Then, to make landfall on a tropical island paradise?
  • What do we need in a small boat to sail comfortably around the world on your own, with partners, family and new friends?
  • What trials might one expect along the way, besides pirates, storms and sinking boats?
  • How does one come to see the world, and the self, on such a journey, and how does it change them forever?
  • What does it take to set sail on such an adventure in the first place (and where you can find some)?

Never before in all of history has it been possible for the average person to sail across the seven seas. Come and share the adventure.


About The Speaker

Cresswell is a life-long sailor, having gotten his start at the age of 10 racing dinghies. Most recently he and his partner Irena have completed a 10 year, 50,000 mile circumnavigation. A lifetime of sailing has built an expertise that is bone deep, sailing safely, conservatively and professionally and having fun doing it. His work as a Captain also draws on a lifetime of adventure and professional experience. Cresswell has two professional careers: as an award-winning Professional Urban Planner, and as an Executive Coach and Organizational Development Consultant. He has published his sailing experiences in “A Voyage of Uncommon Sense: Sailing the 7Cs to Purpose, Passion and Power”. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.


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