Happenings

Be sure to mark these events on your calendar!

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Some adventures don't come around that often. Skip Novak of Pelagic Expeditions has a rare open berth on his May 13th to June 15th end of season delivery from the Beagle Channel to Buenos Aires. Not just a great voyage, this is also a course, open to one lucky sailor with offshore experience who wants the coveted Royal Yachtmaster certification. Cost is 8,000 euros, all inclusive, with a cruise through the Beagle Chanel, the rounding of Cape Horn, the Falkland Islands, and an ocean passage to Buenos Aires. This one sounds so good, we plan on going ourselves! Contact Skip directly at skipnovak@pelagic.co.uk, tel: +27 724324277; www.pelagic.co.uk

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Saturday, March 27, the Staniel Cay Yacht Club will be holding their Casino Royale Bond Bash, an evening filled with cocktails, music, entertainment, and-of course-gambling. Staniel Cay is home to the Thunderball Grotto, where scenes from the Bond film "Thunderball" were shot. The event features blackjack and poker, but the casino chips have no cash value, the proceeds go to support the annual Mixed Doubles C-Class Regatta held at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club. The Casino Royale Bond Bash will kick off at 8:00 pm, and attendees are asked to wear theme costumes (i.e. dressing like Bond, a Bond villain, a Bond girl) or casino attire. www.stanielcay.com

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From March 25 to April 24 the beautiful watercolors of Alexander Creswell will be on display at the Hirschl & Adler Modern gallery (21 East 70th Street, New York, New York). The exhibit, named Aqua Terra, contains classic scenes of Venice (water lapping at buildings, Gondolas passing down canals) as well as pictures of sailing yacht racing, something Creswell has always been passionate about, but has only recently begun to paint. To get closer to the action, Creswell created an apparatus that allows him to paint while on the water-his machine dispenses watercolor paper by the yard, which lets him make quick charcoal sketches that can be kept dry at the turn of a handle. www.hirschlandadler.com