For Scott and Mary Flanders, a Florida TrawlerFest more than a decade ago inspired them to take early retirement, buy a Nordhavn and escape from conventional living. Along the way, they became great photographers.
Now they are speaking at TrawlerFest-Riviera Beach this year to share their photography secrets. The Flanders give their richly illustrated talk from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25 at the new Riviera Beach municipal marina. PassageMaker Associated Editor Mark Fusco will be on hand to briefly update attendees on the latest and greatest technology for sharing and storing photography.
"When I asked the Flanders to conduct this seminar, Scott balked, saying they were just amateurs," recalls PassageMaker Editor-in-Chief Peter Swanson. "Their results say otherwise--a visual feast our readers have enjoyed for a decade."
"If you want to create a legacy and share your adventures with family, friends and like-minded people everywhere, the very best way to do it is through photography," Swanson says.
Scott and Mary will also participate in a Cruising Perspectives, as part of a panel in a Town Hall-style afternoon seminar on Saturday, Jan. 24, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Audience members will be able to direct questions to cruising veterans such as Bruce and Joan Kessler, Capt. Cheryl Barr and others.
After delivery of Nordhavn 46, Egret, in August, 2001, the Flanders spent 2½ years coastal cruising the east coast of North America, crossed the Atlantic and spent 2½ years in the Mediterranean. Departing the Mediterranean to the Canary Islands, Egret embarked on a 4½ year circumnavigation passing below the five Great Southern Ocean Capes beginning with Cape Horn, the first five-cape circumnavigation ever for a small powerboat.
Since returning to the Canary Islands, Egret has returned to the Mediterranean then re-crossed the Atlantic to North America and more. Recently Egret wintered in Isafjordur, Iceland and returned this year via Greenland, Labrador, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and currently is en route to Baltimore.
The Flanders have been full time liveaboards for these past years with no land base. The past eight year’s travels are chronicled in their popular international cruising blog found on the www.nordhavn.com – Voyage of Egret site. The text and photographs are written to be inspirational and informative with excellent technical training tips. Egret, which is now for sale, will be docked at the marina and available for inspection.