In 2020, Christiaan de Beukelaur spent much of the year at sea, aboard the century old schooner Avontuur, carting cargo across the Atlantic. The Avontuur set sail from Elsfleth, Germany, to show that wind propulsion offers an alternative to heavily polluting cargo ships. Christiaan’s voyage was meant to be a three-week stint of fieldwork. He wanted to find out if it’s really as simple as substituting fossil fuels with sails. However it ended up being a five-month odyssey, which took him across fourteen thousand nautical miles from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Hamburg, via Guadeloupe, Honduras, Belize, Mexico, and the Azores. Indeed, rather than being “locked in” at home, he was “locked out” at sea. Christiaan has since written a book detailing his experiences: Trade Winds: A Voyage to a Sustainable Future for Shipping.
Christiaan will speak about the voyage he undertook, the findings, and the book that eventuated from the experience.
As usual, after gathering in the Members Bar for the weekly announcements and members’ draw at 7:00pm, please join us in the Bayview Room for the dinner and to hear Christiaan’s talk.
Bookings are essential for catering purposes. To book, please contact Reception on 9592 3092 or email [email protected] prior to the close of business on Wednesday April 19th. $40.00 per person is payable on the night, inclusive of a two course dinner.