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Release Date: November 12, 2009

Free presentation in Wisconsin by Beth Leonard. See you there?

West Marine and the University of Wisconsin sailing club, Hoofers, invite you to a free presentation by Beth Leonard, two-time circumnavigator and sailing author. Join Beth in Madison, Wisconsin on Friday, November 20th, 2009 for a voyage south of the Antarctic convergence into the ice-strewn waters of South Georgia Island. Share with her the challenges of anchoring in storm-force winds and hurricane-strength williwaws, of navigating through bergy bits and growlers, of enduring blizzards and ice-cold water. Meet the island's inhabitants: elegant king penguins, comical elephant seals, aggressive sea lions, majestic albatrosses, and the dedicated researchers who spend months at a time studying these endangered species. Share both the challenges and rewards of sailing to a still-wild place to experience firsthand nature's abundance and splendor, savagery and indifference. The one-hour, family-friendly, animal-packed presentation about their cruise in South Georgia in October/November of 2008 will be followed by a Q&A session.

Beth Leonard with icebergs

Beth and her husband, Evans Starzinger, have completed two circumnavigations and logged more than 110,000 nautical miles. Between 1992 and 1995, they sailed westabout by way of the Panama Canal, Torres Straits, and the Cape of Good Hope aboard their Shannon 37, Silk. They spent four years ashore building their 47-foot aluminum Van de Stadt Samoa sloop, Hawk, before leaving again in 1999. They have just completed a 10-year, eastabout circumnavigation by way of all of the Great Capes that took them as far north as the Arctic Circle and as far south as Cape Horn. Beth is a renowned marine author and speaker who has written three books as well as hundreds of articles for the sailing magazines.

Beth Leonard penguins

Good Old Boat readers are invited to attend the free seminar in the Memorial Union building on the University of Wisconsin campus at 6:30 p.m. For directions to the Memorial Union, at 800 Langdon St. in Madison, go to: <
For more about Beth and Evans' adventures, her books, and their boats, visit their website at: <>.

There is no charge for attendance, as this began as a presentation for Beth's old friends in Madison. Good Old Boat editors Karen Larson and Jerry Powlas (and possibly others) plan to attend. This might be just the right antidote for the short days and coming winter doldrums. If you can make it, we look forward to seeing you there!

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