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An Evening with the Life On the Water Film Series, Commodore Tompkins, and Ramblin' Jack Elliot

Please join us for very special screenings of Cape Horn Passage in Schooner Wander Bird (30 min) and Warwick Tompkins — A Lifetime at Sea (60 min). Warwick “Commodore" Tompkins, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot (a lifelong friend of Commodore), and director of both films, Oleg Harencar, will be present for the Q&A.

A mere two weeks after his birth in 1932, Warwick Tompkins Jr. was brought aboard the 85-foot schooner Wander Bird, where he lived for nine years before making the transition to land in Sausalito. Now in his eighties, he has spent most of his life racing, cruising, designing, rigging, and delivering boats. With his wealth of experience and knowledge of sailing, few people in the world are more qualified to talk about life on the water than Tompkins himself.

The two films are great to watch on the same night. Cape Horn Passage in Schooner Wander Bird, is about the voyage that the four-year-old Commodore took aboard Wander Bird from Gloucester, Massachusetts to San Francisco, California, rounding Cape Horn in 1936. The second film is about what happened to that four-year-old after the Cape Horn passage.

"You will be conceived at sea, your first memories will be of the ship at sea, you will spend most of your life at sea." When Warwick Tompkins reflects on this description of his life, it sounds like a curse from a fairy tale, but according to him his life has been “dead easy.”

We will also screen a trailer for the next Life on the Water film, now in the final stages of completion: Ramblin’ Jack – Beyond the Music. This is by far our most ambitious film up to date. We have completed most of the film without receiving any outside help, financing the production from our own pockets and putting in endless unpaid hours to make it happen. However, at this stage we must find some money to finish the film and so we have started a crowdsourcing campaign. Please visit this link https://www.ramblinjackbeyondthemusic.com, donate if you can, and also, very importantly, forward the link to your likeminded friends.

Earlier Event: March 20
Delta Lore with Bill Wells
Later Event: March 30
Plumbing Workshop with Bill Edinger