Adventure Series

adventure series 2018

2018-19 Adventure Series

Hosted one Thursday each month, October 2018 through April 2019
1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Hosted by Mystic Seaport Museum for more than 65 years, the Adventure Series 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.

Adventure is the pursuit of life – often with an unknown ending. Hear about the amazing personal journeys of these extraordinary individuals on their quests for knowledge, conservation, adventure, and survival.

The series is sponsored by StoneRidge, a senior living community. Afternoon programs are held in the River Room at Latitude 41° Restaurant, 105 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, unless otherwise noted. StoneRidge will host three evening programs at its facility (designated by *), 186 Jerry Browne Rd, Mystic, and the rest will be in the River Room. Please see detailed descriptions below and call 860.572.5331 with any questions.

Jessica Ryals: Life as a Woman on the Water
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Senior Dynamic Positioning Operator, Jessica Ryals, has worked in waters all over the world throughout her 10 years in the offshore industry. Ryals graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 2008 and has circumnavigated the globe in various ships. She is currently stationed on an ultra-deepwater drill ship in the Gulf of Mexico. Drill ships can work in water depths of more than 10,000 feet and rely on the skills of the dynamic positioning operator to keep the vessel steady against ever-changing wind and waves.

Dwight Collins: Transatlantic Tango – Biking the Atlantic
Thursday, November 15, 2018

First inspired by Chay Blythe and John Ridgeway, who rowed from Cape Cod to Ireland in a dory in 1966, Dwight Collins dreamed of completing a solo human-powered crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. Over the years his dream evolved into the idea of biking the distance instead of rowing. Collins hired world renowned sailboat designer Bruce Kirby to design the unique 24-foot pedal-powered vessel Tango. In 1992, Collins achieved his goal – he pedaled from Newfoundland to England in 41 days. His harrowing journey of more than 2,000 miles earned him the world record for the fastest human-powered crossing of the Atlantic. Tango is on display at Mystic Seaport Museum,  outside the Thompson Exhibition Building.

LTJG Mary E. Leon: Breaking Through to Victory*
Thursday, December 13, 2019

United States Coast Guard Academy graduate and national boxing champion LTJG Mary E. Leon knew in high school that she wanted to be a member of the United States Coast Guard. Leon graduated in 2015 and served her first tour on the USCGC Mackinaw, a 240-foot ice breaker in Michigan. The Coast Guard’s ice-breaking mission is “to facilitate safe marine commerce in icy waters and to protect communities in emergency situations.” Leon served as student engineer and leader of the damage control division, which oversees the operation and maintenance of all damage control equipment. She was also in charge of damage control protocol in the event of a fire or flood. Leon’s current tour is in Admissions at the Coast Guard Academy.
*Evening program is at StoneRidge.

Charles Buffum and Craig Harger: Diving for the USS Revenge*
Thursday, January 17, 2019

In 1811, the USS Revenge, a 70-foot 14-gun schooner under the command of then naval Lieutenant Oliver Hazard Perry, hit a reef off the coast of Watch Hill, RI during a heavy fog and was lost. Fast forward to the early 2000s, when local brewery owner Charles Buffum reads Perry’s letter to his squadron commander describing the incident. Using historical clues and their own equipment and skills, Buffum and fellow local diving enthusiast, Craig Harger, begin searching for the wreck themselves. In 2005, the pair discovered a cannon they believed matched the time period of the wreckage. In the years that followed, Buffum and Harger have been working with the US Navy to further search the area and uncover more artifacts.
*Evening program is at StoneRidge.

Dr. William Fitzhugh: Journeys through the Arctic
Thursday, February 21, 2019

For more than 30 years, Dr. William Fitzhugh has been conducting fieldwork in remote regions in the Arctic, researching circumpolar archeology, environments, and northern cultures and people. His studies have taken him to northern Canada, Alaska, Siberia, Scandinavia, and Mongolia. Dr. Fitzhugh has been the Director of the Smithsonian Institute’s Arctic Studies Center since 1988 and the Smithsonian’s Arctic Anthropology Curator since 1970.

John Kerr and Carol Simons: Dreamers Before the Mast*
Thursday, March 14, 2019

From top-sailed schooner to barkentine to floating classroom, the Regina Maris has seen many transformations during her 78 years of sailing. During her varied career at sea, the Regina Maris carried cargo in the Baltic Sea, fished for herring and cod off the Grand Banks, rescued Jews fleeing the Nazi occupation of Denmark during World War II, rounded Cape Horn and sailed the world’s oceans as a private yacht, retraced Captain James Cook’s route of discovery to Australia during the bicentenary celebration in 1970, researched whales and their migration patterns in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans from the Arctic to the Caribbean, and served as a floating classroom for students of all ages. She’s been featured in movies and television, and even participated in races. Join us as authors John Kerr, ship’s historian, and Carol Simons share the many adventures experienced on board this extraordinary ship.
*Evening program is at StoneRidge.

Paul Krantz: Riding the Wild Ocean
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Author Paul Krantz began his sailing career at the age of three when he went sailing for the first time with his father. He taught sailing and canoeing at the age of fifteen and by the age of 19, he was captain of a 41-foot ketch. Throughout the years, Krantz has had many adventures at sea and has learned that navigating smaller vessels comes with its own set of challenges. Recently, he compiled a collection of his experiences sailing vessels smaller than 20 feet into a book, Riding the Wild Ocean: The Circumnavigation of Cape Cod in an 18-Foot Sloop and Other Sailing Adventures. Krantz will share some of those adventures from coastal New England to the Dry Tortugas as well as discuss how he prepared for the all-weather, night and day journeys at sea.