Join us for our Speaker Series once a month in the fall and winter. All presentations are free to the public, located in the Maritime Room East. 5:00–7:00 PM. Check back soon for the 2018/19 schedule.

Past Speaker Series Events

Ernie Baird & Martin Musson

April 19 | 5:00–7:00 PM

“And then there is Team Grace B. They are rolling classy, slow and heritage on their way to R2AK glory in a boat that was high tech in the 1880s– to give context this was more than just a long as time ago, this was literally 50 years before sliced bread was commercially available. When sliced bread was put on the shelves, it’s possible the marketing campaign was something like “The best thing since Crotch Island Pinkies.”

Read their full R2AK team bio >>

Brice Boland

March 15 | 5:00–7:00 PM

Brice Boland, Washington Field Manager for the Surfrider Foundation, will discuss the organization’s model and how it is implemented in Washington State, specifically on the Olympic Peninsula. Brice will share several stories and methods volunteers have utilized locally and on the state level to impact water quality and raise interest in coastal policy. The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful network and is based in San Clemente, CA.

Wendy Hinman

February 15 | 5:00–7:00 PM

Award-winning author Wendy Hinman will share the exciting story of a harrowing circumnavigation from her newest book, Sea Trials. A shipwreck might end a dream of circumnavigating the globe. Not for the Wilcox family. To triumph, they must rebuild their boat on a remote Pacific island. Damage sustained on the reef and a lack of resources haunt them the rest of the way around the world as they face daunting obstacles, including wild weather, pirates, gun boats, mines and thieves, plus pesky bureaucrats and cockroaches as stubborn as the family. Without a working engine and no way to communicate with the outside world, they struggle to reach home before their broken rig comes crashing down and they run out of food in a trial that tests them to their limits. Her presentations are filled with humor and hard-won lessons that amuse and inspire.

Henry Veitenhans

January 18 | 5:00–7:00 PM

Hear the incredible story of Team North2Alaska’s R2AK journey with team member Henry Veitenhans who, with his father and three friends, built a boat—not knowing how to build one from wood, they welded it together out of aluminum—and completed the Race to Alaska as part of their high school senior project. Read their full R2AK team bio.

Mark Bunzel

December 14 | 5:00–7:00 PM

The area from Puget Sound to Southeast Alaska is one of the largest and most varied cruising grounds in the world. One can boat in relatively protected waters; visit resorts and quaint, family-run marinas; enjoy excellent food; and see wildlife including whales, dolphins, bears, and more bald eagles than you have ever seen in your life. The 2018 Waggoner Cruising Guide is considered by its readers to be the “bible” for cruising this area. As its editor, Mark cruises this area from Olympia to Ketchikan every summer to see what has changed and what is different. In this presentation he will take the audience through the Waggoner‘s favorite destinations and what makes them so special. With this information you can plan the trip of your dreams.

Kurt Grinnell

November 16 | 5:00–7:00 PM

Kurt will be presenting on Jamestown Seafood’s aquaculture program as well as the broad scope of the Tribes Natural Resource programs and long term goals. Kurt was elected to the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Council in 2004 and is the driving force behind Jamestown Seafood. He has served on the Hunting and Fishing Committee for 33 years, and currently serves as Tribal Policy Liaison for the Tribe’s Natural Resources Department. In 1981 he became a gillnet fisher, and then began attending fin-fish negotiation meetings with the Makah and Point Elliot Treaty Tribes. In the early 90’s he served as the Indian Child Welfare Case Worker, Chemical Dependency Counselor and Social Worker, and since that time he has also served the Tribe in the areas of education, housing and culture. In 1995, he became a commercial geoduck diver.

Irene Skyriver

October 19 | 5:00–7:00 PM

In this day where importance is often focused on setting records or proving oneself, Irene’s solo kayak journey from Alaska back to her home in the San Juan Islands, was instead, about connection to the spirit world. Drawn by the sacredness of nature and a trust in the spirit guides of her ancestors, she dances with the elements and sings out to the skies as she makes her way back to her community. She will talk about what lead her to this journey and about her new book, Paddling with Spirits.

A Washington native, Irene Skyriver was born in Port Townsend and raised in the country. She moved with her children and horses to Lopez Island in the San Juan Islands thirty-eight years ago, where she lived off-the-grid and as a single parent. She spent most of her early years growing a garden and letting the outdoors and beaches be her family’s sanctuary, inspiration, and teacher.