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Adventure & Exploration
Education & Learning
Extraordinary Lives & Famous People
History - Maritime
Travel & Destinations
Edu-tainment is the best way to describe Geoff’s speaking style, providing educational, entertaining and authoritative presentations whilst also injecting humor and personal experiences documenting his time at sea.

Geoff joined the Royal Australian Navy at the age of 15 and for some time was the youngest person serving in the Australian Defence Forces. It was here that he first developed a fascination with naval and maritime history as well as the explorers and adventurers of the sea.

Geoff is an Australian Tourism Ambassador (honorary), has provided assistance and advice to a range of national and international sporting teams and has presented at corporate, sporting, government, tourism and naval functions as well as aboard cruise vessels.

Recently retired, Geoff and his wife Leanne have purchased a boat in the UK, cruised across the English Channel and now spend much of each year cruising the rivers, canals, and coastlines of Europe, creating their own adventures.
1. Mutiny on the Batavia
In 1628 the great flagship of the Dutch East India Company, the Batavia set sail on her maiden voyage to the Spice Islands of the Far East. Mutiny, murder, sexual slavery, outstanding seamanship, revenge and historical firsts are all part of this amazing true story that makes the Bounty Mutiny look like a fairytale.

2. The World’s greatest living adventurer.
Who is currently the greatest adventurer in the world? Could it be a humble 67-year-old Russian Orthodox Priest and artist? Amongst many other adventures, Fedor Konyukhov has circumnavigated the world in a yacht 4 times, summited the highest peaks on every continent including Everest twice, walked to the South Pole and walked to the North Pole, ridden a camel across an Ethiopian desert, competed in the famous Iditarod race and is the only person to have circumnavigated Antarctica in a yacht. He is also the only person on the planet to have reached the five extreme poles on earth and lots more. In 2014 he rowed across the Pacific from South America to Australia completing the longest, solo, man-powered voyage in history and in 2016 he broke the world record for circumnavigation of the world in a hot air balloon. What is his next adventure? Much of this talk deals with Geoff's personal, behind the scenes interactions with Fedor during his epic voyage across the Pacific.

3. The Voyage of Lapérouse
In 1785 King Louis XVI of France commissioned the famed naval commander Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse to sail on a voyage of discovery around the world. Lapérouse first sailed to South America and Hawaii and became the first European to set foot on Maui. He sailed to Alaska and visited the Spanish forts in California then sailed to the Far East, Japan and Russia before being attacked in Samoa. He voyaged to Botany Bay in Australia arriving as Capt. Arthur Phillip raised the British flag at Sydney Cove. After leaving Sydney, Lapérouse was never heard from again. What happened to this amazing sea captain and his crew?

4. The Kon Tiki Expedition
The Kon Tiki Expedition. In 1947 seven intrepid Scandinavian adventurers set out to prove the theory that the islands of the South Pacific could have been populated by peoples from pre-Columbus South America. They built a raft from Balsa wood and set out on an amazing adventure to challenge and change the scientific thinking of the time. The story of the men, the mission and one of the great modern voyages of adventure.

5. The lost Franklin Expedition
In 1845 two ships under the command of Captain Sir John Franklin set off on the best resourced and scientifically advanced mission to find and conquer the famous North-West Passage. Confidence among the crew, the Admiralty, and the country was high that the way through to the fertile trading regions of Asia would be found, but Franklin and his 128 men were never heard from again. What happened? What went so wrong? This presentation will uncover the mystery of the lost Franklin Expedition.

6. Roald Amundsen
Fascinated and inspired by the Franklin Expedition, Roald Amundsen was determined to find a way through the North-West Passage. He became the first person to do so and then went on to be the first person to reach the South Pole, beating the tragic Captain Robert Falcon Scott by one month. Amundsen was the first man to reach both the North and South Poles. Learn all about this amazing man and how he used what he had learned from the Inuit indigenous people to achieve his amazing feats of discovery.

7. Beyond Endurance
One of the greatest stories of survival in history. In 1914 Sir Ernest Shackleton set out to be the first to cross Antarctica from sea to sea via the South Pole. Disaster struck when their ship, Endurance was stuck in ice and broke up. This started an amazing story of courage, endurance, leadership and survival that has never been surpassed.

8. The Dutch East India Company
The Dutch East India Company (VOC). The largest, richest, most powerful and most ruthless company in history the VOC dominated world trade, started wars, opened up new frontiers, destroyed whole populations, were responsible for starting apartheid in South Africa and discovering Australia and New Zealand. How did it all start, the history of the organization, the huge successes and the failures of the world’s first multinational company?

9. Shipwrecked
Learn about some of the most famous shipwrecks in history including the Commerce which influenced Abraham Lincoln’s thoughts on the evils of slavery, another story about the shipwreck that saved America and established a Caribbean country and shipwreck that cost the life of the most successful pirate of all time.

10. Devil’s Island
Devil’s Island the notorious French penal colony in French Guiana, South America where the worst criminals and political prisoners were sent to rot. Only a few escaped from this hell including the famous Papillon who went on to have a controversial career in Hollywood. Learn what it takes to “Escape from Devil’s Island”.

11. Ghost Ships
Learn about the legends of the sea, Phantom ships that have terrified sailors for centuries including the Flying Dutchman, the romantic but tragic story of the Lady Lovibond, Sayo a modern Ghost Ship from 2016 and work together as we solve the mystery of the Mary Celeste once and for all.

12. The History of Hawaii
The beautiful islands of Hawaii have a fascinating history of formation, discovery, tribal warfare, European habitation, betrayal, annexation and finally statehood to become the 50th state of the United States. But why did President Clinton feel the need to apologize to the native peoples of this paradise?
Celebrity Constellation - 19 February 2017 - 5 March 2017 - South-East Asia Cruise.
Celebrity Constellation - 5 March 2917 - 19 March 2017 - South-East Asia Cruise.
Radiance of the Seas - 1 March 2018 - 18 March 2018 - Australia/New Zealand Cruise.
Explorer of the Seas - 22 April 2014 - 14 May 2018 - Trans-Pacific Cruise.