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Bowdoin Outing Club Presents North to the Night: A Year in the Arctic Ice

Story posted February 15, 1999


Feb. 2, 1999, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Bowdoin Outing Club is excited to sponsor a slide presentation by accomplished bluewater cruisers, Alvah and Diana Simon at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 in Kresge Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

Alvah and Diana, along with their cat Halifax, sailed their 36-foot steel sloop to the Arctic and deliberately froze into the ice for the winter in Tay Bay, north of Baffin Island. For their arctic expedition and other incredible adventures on the world's oceans, the Simons were awarded "Cruising World" magazine's prestigious Award for Outstanding Seamanship for 1997. They will be showing slides and telling the story that was the subject of his recently published book, "North to the Night: A Year in the Arctic Ice."

Described as "one of the great and authentic adventurers of our time," Alvah has hitch-hiked cross-country, run a sky-diving school in Montana, and has been sailing and living aboard his boat since the 1970s. In the mid-1980s he met Diana, a native New Zealander, who had been traveling in Asia for the previous ten years. They have been sailing the world together since then.

Alvah and Diana are engaging and entertaining speakers, and this is their only scheduled appearance in Maine. There will be a reception following the presentation.

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