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Sunday, September 11 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Becoming Coastal - 25 years of adventure in self-built small boats

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The size of the adventure is not dependent on the size of the boat and my presentation will be a demonstration of that. It will feature stories, images and maps from journeys that I describe in a book I published just before the pandemic hit. The book is called “Becoming Coastal”, sub-titled “25 years of exploration and discovery of the British Columbia coast by paddle, oar and sail”. The journeys cover everything from short getaways to multi-week expeditions, all in wooden boats I built. I’ll show how I built 5 different boats over the years, beginning with a solo kayak, and culminating in a sail and oar boat of my own design, which I rowed and sailed the length of the Inside Passage. I’ll speak of the joys and the adversities of self-propelled travel and adventure. I’ll cover wildlife, weather and nature, and some of the interesting people that I’ve met on the coast of British Columbia. I’ll give a personal perspective on acquiring the necessary physical and mental skills for solo traveling. I’ll tell the story of how I discovered for myself the coast's geography, its ecology, its people and my own growing capabilities. Above all, I’ll encourage everyone to get out and experience the coast for themselves.

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Alex Zimmerman

I started my professional life as an Engineer Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy, followed by a lifelong career of environmental activism that started in engineering and progressed to management, executive management and consulting in the green building movement in Canada. Since retiring... Read More →

Sunday September 11, 2022 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Adventure Stage

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