Reception begins at 5:45 p.m. / Featured presentation at 6:15 p.m. Jonathan White Author and Founder / Former Director of the Resource Institute in Seattle, Washington Jonathan’s love for the sea
Reception begins at 5:45 p.m. / Featured presentation at 6:15 p.m.
Author and Founder / Former Director of the Resource Institute in Seattle, Washington
Jonathan’s love for the sea is lifelong. Growing up on the beaches of southern California, he’s built and sailed many boats, logged over 100,000 miles on the Pacific and Atlantic, and surfed all over the world. He has served on boards and committees, including San Juan Preservation Trust, San Juan County Marine Resources Committee, and the Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative. As founder and former director of the Resource Institute, a nonprofit educational organization, he spent 11 years building a seminar program aboard the schooner Crusader, from Puget Sound to Southeast Alaska. Resource Institute sponsored weeklong seminars aboard the 65-foot schooner, with prestigious guest speakers covering subjects as diverse as navigation, anthropology, whale research, poetry, writing, music, photography, animals in dreams, and mythology. Jonathan’s first book, Talking on the Water, grew out of these experiences.
While on a seminar in Alaska, Crusader ran aground on a spring tide. After nearly losing the boat, Jonathan vowed to learn more about this mysterious and implacable force. Ten years of research took him to five continents where he saw the largest, fastest, scariest and most amazing tides in the world. With an Inuit elder, he slithered through a hole in arctic ice and gathered mussels in dark cavities left behind by a dropping tide. In China, he witnessed the world’s largest tidal bore, a 25-foot wave charging upriver at 25 mph. At the Royal Society of London, he learned that Plato and Aristotle, Leonardo de Vinci, Newton, Descartes, and other noted thinkers had been captivated – and befuddled — by the tide’s mystery. His newest book explores the mystery: TIDES, The Science and Spirit of the Ocean.