The Explorers Club, First Melbourne Evening of Adventure – Limited tickets, book now

The Australia & New Zealand Chapter of the Explorers Club (ANZEC) is proud to announce the first ‘ANZEC Evening of Adventure’ in Melbourne.

This will be the first of an ongoing series of ANZEC club meetings, especially for our Victorian Members.

‘An Evening of Adventure’ will be held at the stunning Sun Theatre, conveniently located at Yarraville from 6:00pm on Wednesday, 21st June 2017 (Presentations start at 7pm).

Open to all members and non-members, this stimulating evening will include presentations from two pioneering circumnavigators: Jessica Watson and Michael Smith. They will talk about their experiences and discoveries in two vastly different but equally challenging environments. You will also have the opportunity to meet and talk with other like-minded adventurers on the night.

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Jessica Watson – Solo Circumnavigator

After 210 days at sea navigating some of the world’s most challenging oceans and surviving seven knockdowns, Jessica sailed back into Sydney Harbour in May 2010. Age 16, she became the youngest person to sail solo non-stop and unassisted around the world.

Jessica sailed her vessel, Ella’s Pink Lady, across more than 20,000 nautical miles of ocean, including around Cape Horn and the Cape of Good Hope, surviving knockdowns, 10m high waves and winds of up to 70 knots.

Jessica followed her adventure up in December 2011, skippering the youngest crew ever to compete in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. They finished second in their category.

Jessica was named the Australian Geographic Young Adventurer of the Year 2010, Young Australian of the Year 2011, and in 2012, she received an OAM (Order of Australia Medal).

Jessica will present the story of her round the world circumnavigation, and share some of the untold stories as well.


Michael Smith – Voyage of the Southern Sun Movie

Michael Smith is the first and only person to circumnavigate the world solo in an Amphibious class aeroplane. In his tiny amphibious flying boat, the Southern Sun, he retraced historical Qantas, Imperial and Pan Am airmail routes, in search of the glory days of 1930’s aviation.

During his journey, at a leisurely 80 knots, Michael discovered the delights and perils of true adventure. Over 213 days flying from cities to forests; over deserts and rivers; mountains and volcanoes; he observed coral reefs, vast stretches of ocean, ice flows and glaciers… and giant rats. Michael’s journey captured the geographic splendour of the world and along the way he learnt a little about human kind and himself.

Michael Smith was awarded the Australian Geographic Adventurer of the Year 2016, Seaplane Pilots Association Award (Australia) Inaugural, Ross Vining Exceptional Achievement Award and the Royal Aero Club (UK) Silver Medal for exceptional aviation achievement.

At the ANZEC Evening of Adventure, Michael will introduce ‘Voyage of the Southern Sun’; a film made about his pioneering adventure.


A Not to be Missed, First in Melbourne!

The very first ANZEC Evening of Adventure promises to be as informative and entertaining as it will be inspirational – one that’s open to everyone with a taste for excitement and adventure. Bookings for this ticketed event are essential and cost just $40 for ANZEC members and $50 for non-members (including a dinner, beers/wines and soft drinks).

Please RSVP and PAY using our online ticketing system, by clicking here… and forward this invitation to any like-minded friends and family.

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Sun Theatre The ANZEC Club House in Melbourne 8 Ballarat St, Yarraville VIC 3013


About Author

Damien Siviero

Damien is a photographer and International Fellow of the Explorers Club. He's been the first to locate, identify and document various shipwrecks and marine eco-systems through-out the Asia-Pacific region. He also holds the Webmaster role for the ANZEC chapter. Damien's been directly involved in the discovery of the shipwrecks MV Fairwind, SS Federal, MV Limerick, ex-HMAS Pioneer and Andreas’ Wreck (SS Yamba). He's helped lead explroation dives on various deep reefs in the Coral Sea and GBR. An avid cave diver, Damien has also documented many Florida and Mexico cave system, publishing a variety of photographic and video content of the area. Based in Sydney, Damien's focus is on searching for new shipwrecks and photographing marine life in the region.

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