Ocean Futures
Oct27

Ocean Futures

An evening filled with the vivid colors of tropical corals, the abstract geometries of exotic fish, and fascinating behaviors of some of the ocean’s most intelligent creatures captivated and educated a group of Team McBride Wilson supporters during our evening with Jean Michel Cousteau and the Ocean Futures Society, at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.  With scenes from his upcoming IMAX feature film, and stories of his father and his adventures, Jean Michel spent the evening sharing what the ocean means to him, while emphasizing a lesson preached by his father – that, “People protect what they love”.  We couldn’t be more grateful to be surrounded by such passionate representatives of the environment that the love, and humbled by the greater mission that we are able to be a part of. Thank you to everyone who attended the event in support of our team as well as Ocean Futures Society.  Over 70 guests came out for the evening, and it meant a tremendous amount to us to have support from so many corners of the Santa Barbara community and beyond. Thank you also to all of the awesome groups and individuals who helped to make the event such a success: Gail Young and BS Winery for donating wine; John Kelsey Photography for the awesome shots from the evening; The Santa Barbara Yacht Club Women for helping to underwrite the cost of the hors d’oeuvres; Greg Gorga with the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum for providing the venue; Kiki Scheiblauer for making the connection with the Ocean Futures Society and helping organize the event; The Pierce and Guilfoyle Families for helping to promote the event; Francie Lufkin for making the connection with the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum;  Holly Lohuis from the Ocean Futures Society for putting many hours into working with us to organize the event; and Mr. Jean-Michel Cousteau for sharing his time, passion, and stories with us.  Finally, we would like to thank our mothers, Tracy Hulett Wilson and Karen McBride and the McBride.Wilson Fundraising Committee for the energy that they put into coordinating all of the moving pieces while we were training and racing in Spain! This could not have happened without you! To support the Mcbride.Wilson campaign, please consider making a donation by visiting www.FromWhenceWeCame.org/support....

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Join us for an Evening with Jean-Michel Cousteau
Sep26

Join us for an Evening with Jean-Michel Cousteau

Together for the Love of the Ocean.   We’re thrilled to have Jean-Michel Cousteau as the keynote speaker for our fundraiser at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. Mr. Cousteau is an explorer, environmentalist, educator and film producer. He has dedicated himself and his vast experience to communicate to people of all nations and generations his love and concern for our water planet. Since first being “thrown overboard” by his father at the age of seven with newly invented SCUBA gear on his back, Jean-Michel has been exploring the ocean realm. The son of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, Jean-Michel has investigated the world’s oceans aboard Calypso and Alcyone for much of his life. Honoring his heritage, Jean-Michel founded Ocean Futures Society in 1999 to carry on this pioneering work. Drawing from over 50 years of experience exploring the world and studying the ocean realm, environmental speaker Jean-Michel Cousteau provides a wealth of stories and knowledge from his adventurous life with his father, Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his team. Everything is connected, and, as such, everything has a value in promoting the fantastic complexity that keeps the entire communities functioning, keeps our ocean planet habitable. This is relevant to coral reefs, human communities, and the planet. Oceans provide critical ecological and economic services and generate hundreds of billions of dollars each year; a significant amount of this economic value relies on healthy, functioning ocean ecosystems. Through personal stories and exploration, Mr. Cousteau will share some the threats facing the long-term sustainability of our water planet and will showcase the stories of hope with ocean conservation success stories from his travels from around the world. (Reprinted with permission from Ocean Futures Society) The Details Thursday, October 16th, 2014 Wine and Appetizers 7pm McBride.Wilson Presentation 7:30 Jean-Michel Cousteau Presentation 7:35 Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Tax Deductible Donation: $125. Promo Code “lovetheocean” for Friends and Family $50 Discount We hope you can make it! Love the Ocean,   Special thanks to Ocean Futures Society and Santa Barbara Maritime Museum for making this special evening possible. Press Release: mcbride.wilson fundraiser (header image: woodblock print by Hokusai, Fuji from the...

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Between Air and Water
Aug12

Between Air and Water

By Craig Wilson. Sailing is complicated. Not the type of sailing you’re probably thinking about, which might include the grandiose America’s Cup, or the painfully dull meandering wine and cheese bar that typically depicts “sailing” in Hollywood rom-coms. The type of sailing I’m referring to is the all-consuming kind. The kind that engages mind, body, water and air completely. There is no activity as dynamic as sailing. It requires a communion and interplay of a wholly fluid environment. A dual environment of water and air that is entirely unpredictable, chaotic. And yet, within any given moment, when done well balance is struck, energy harnessed, and harmony achieved. If ever there were a metaphor for mindfulness this might be it. This is why the photograph above serves as such a powerful allegory. The sailor frozen in a moment of perfect harmony of mind, body, water and air. The interplay perfect and the entirety of forces at play unique to the moment. The only thing the sailor is required to bring to that moment is their full attention. There is literally no other way to play the game other than being present. As a sailor, the quest is to constantly be in tune, that’s the magic of this type of sailing, riding that edge balancing the interaction of a multitude of forces. Not controlling them, rather responding with them. Craig Wilson is a life long sailor, coach, entrepreneur, and author. The photo above is of Willie McBride, in the foreground, and Dane Wilson, eclipsed, training for the US Olympic qualifiers, striking a moment of balance. Published with permission from Mind + Matter....

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Happy World Oceans Day
Jun08

Happy World Oceans Day

We promise to participate in beach clean-ups and use reusable water bottles to protect the ocean. ‪#‎WorldOceansDay‬ Love the Ocean, Dane and...

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Why We Are Here
Mar30

Why We Are Here

We love the ocean. We love sailing, competing, and going fast. We also love building things, legacies to be exact. Our collective efforts combined with our families, friends and sailing programs have resulted in some relatively small legacies over the past decade. We played integral roles in founding the Opti program in both Santa Barbara and Ventura County. We contributed to the growth of the Southern California Opti class as well as coached and competed while establishing a foothold for a burgeoning 29er fleet on the West Coast. Looking back, the progression’s been organic but informative and now we see a fresh opportunity that hopefully takes root as a long-term legacy with some further reaching tentacles. In the Spring of 2013 while coaching and preparing to compete for 29er Worlds we had an idea to put together a campaign for the Olympics, but we wanted it to be about something tangible to our existing paths. Should we raise environmental awareness about the oceans? Could we keep building on the youth sailing infrastructure we’ve been a part of most of our lives and have helped shape over the past decade? Or, should we simply try and shoot to be the best and see where that leads us? The light bulb that went off for both of us was that maybe we should do all three. Solving the environmental crisis is no small task; it’s a multi-generational endeavor. Getting to the Olympics, as everyone knows, starts in early childhood for most. Putting this chocolate and peanut butter together lead us to the idea to build an Olympic pathway within the sailing community that we are immediately a part of and benefit from on a daily basis, and as part of that pathway construct an environmental education program that teaches the next generation of potential Olympic hopefuls stewardship of the very environment in which we play… the ocean. So, there it is, the quest to live the Olympic dream and leave a pathway for others in our wake, but a pathway that weaves our highest priority into every step, the changed behavior required for stewardship of our oceans. It’s not built. Not yet. It’s a work in progress. We’ve only just begun, but we’re young, committed, and energetic. We’re not exactly sure what all the steps will eventually be, but we know where to start and that’s with the two of us. It’s up to us to set the standard and pave the way, help establish the program, the infrastructure, the funding and the awareness so that over time it takes hold. Hopefully we make it to the big show because when...

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The Ocean is My Home
Mar06

The Ocean is My Home

The senior class at my school takes a month-long trip to India every year. We spend the first semester studying the religions, culture, history, art and literature of India in preparation for the trip. Unfortunately, the trip coincided with the Olympic Class Regatta (OCR) in Miami. OCR would have been our first chance to sail with the other US 49er teams and possibly secure a place on the US Sailing Team. A once in a lifetime trip conflicting with one of the first steps in my Olympic dream. Life is not always obvious, which path to pursue. I tried to workout the logistic to do both, but after much consideration, I decided the focus and preparation for OCR was simply not possible at this moment in time. Life has an interesting way of teaching us lessons. My experience in India was amazing and in certain terms life affirming. The students we visited at our sister schools were great, the girls beautiful, and everyone was really sweet and happy. I loved the food, the people, the colors, the art, everything. We visited schools, temples, big cities and rural towns. I had the opportunity to stay alone with a local family and lived life for a short instance as a member of their family. After nearly three weeks of travel, I was beginning to feel a bit edgy, tired and slightly out of sorts. I thought I was missing home, but couldn’t put my finger on exactly my discomfort. Our final destination was on the coast at Idea Beach in Mahabalipuram. After an eight-hour train ride we finally arrived. I exited the train and quickly found my way to the Indian Ocean. Seeking the cool embrace of the sea, I dove in and immediately felt renewed and recharged. The three weeks traveling throughout Southern India was the longest time in my life I’d been away from the ocean. I hadn’t understood the impact, but the moment I stepped into the water, I realized I was...

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