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      September 5, 2019

      Thursday   6:00 PM

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      Ocean Talks: Bligh and Extreme Journeys

      The question we’ll be asking in this fascinating discussion is: do extreme modern day journeys match the tenacity and skills demonstrated by William Bligh and his loyal men who, in 1789, navigated 6,500 km of treacherous seas eventually reaching safety in Timor?  Join two modern-day adventurers Michelle Lee and Alex Luther as they discuss how they conquered incredible feats of endurance on the open seas. Sydney-based adventurer Alex Luther water-skied 3,699 kms from Africa to Italy in under 10 days. Despite having never previously water-skied Alex was driven by a desire to recreate the same journey his marathon water skiing grandfather, Harry Luther, completed in 1970. Michelle Lee has just returned from completing a 2 month solo-rowing odyssey across the Atlantic Ocean covering a distance of more than 5,000 km.  In this lively discussion, Bligh’s dramatic journey of real-life survival will be compared with the experiences of modern day ocean adventurers. This discussion will be hosted by maritime museum’s senior curator Daina Fletcher.  Note: Ticket includes light refreshments and the opportunity from 5 – 6pm to view the exhibition Bligh – Hero or Villain? as well as an 80th anniversary exhibit on Oskar Speck’s 7-year journey from Germany to Australia. Speakers Michelle Lee is the current world record holder for the one-million-meter row and has an impressive history of athletic achievements. She has completed a 9-day trek covering 160km to the peak of the Annapurna Circuit through the Himalayas, trekked the 96km Kokoda Trail in 5 days. And for fun, she completes minitriathlons, long distance ocean swims, parasailing and white water rafting, and her weekly 40-60km cycling and 14-18 km runs. She claims she is the quintessential ordinary woman attempting to do the extraordinary – to be Australia’s first female to row solo across the Atlantic Oce an in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. In 2018, she faced her biggest challenge fuelled by passion, reinforced with determination and integrity to Row the Atlantic Ocean. Michelle loves to share her story and inspire others.    Alex Luther – Chasing Canguro is a journey about adventure and recreating a family legacy. In June 2018, after 7 years’ preparation, Alex water-skied 3,699km in 10 days, 2 hours and 17 minutes, beating his grandfather’s world record set in 1970.

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