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EXPERTISE
Adventure & Exploration
Education & Learning
Extraordinary Lives & Famous People
History - Maritime
Travel & Destinations
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BIOGRAPHY
Geoff's speaking style has been described as edu-tainment, a story telling 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 his expertise with naval and maritime history as well as the explorers and adventurers of the sea.

An Australian Tourism Ambassador (honorary), Geoff 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.

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.
TALKS
The World’s Greatest Living Adventurer
Who is currently considered the greatest adventurer in the world? Hear the story of this incredible man, the amazing range of adventures he’s completed in the past, his current adventure and what extreme plans he has for the future. Much of this talk deals with Geoff's personal, behind the scenes interactions with the man many, including Sir Richard Branson consider the World’s greatest living adventurer.

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.

The Voyage of Lapérouse.
Perhaps second only to Captain James Cook as the greatest maritime explorer of all time. The exploits of the famed naval commander and explorer Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse.

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. Franklin and his 128 men were never heard from again. What happened?

The Dutch East India Company.
The largest, richest, most powerful and most ruthless company in history the VOC dominated world trade, started wars, opened up new frontiers and destroyed whole populations. the history, the huge successes and the failures of the world’s first multinational company.

Circumnavigation of the World.
Magellan and Drake were the first to circumnavigate the globe. Learn about their incredible voyages as well as the first woman to circumnavigate the world, the first solo circumnavigation, the fastest, the youngest and the man that has done it all. Some of the great circumnavigations in history.

Ghost Ships.
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.

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. The story of the men, the mission and one of the great modern voyages of adventure.

Beyond Endurance.
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.

The Greatest Scientific Voyage in History
Sir Joseph Banks called the voyage of this Frenchman, an enemy, the Greatest Scientific Voyage in History. So why don’t 90% of his own countrymen even know his name and why did Napoleon want to hang him? The story of this incredible voyage to discover new lands and thousands of new species of fauna and flora.

Shipwrecks that Shaped History
Learn about some of the most famous shipwrecks in history. The Commerce which influenced Abraham Lincoln’s thoughts on the evils of slavery, the story of the shipwreck that saved America and established a Caribbean country, the French ship that inspired a masterpiece now displayed in the Louvre, and the shipwreck that cost the life of the most successful pirate of all time.

Maiden Voyages
Some of the great ships of the world that didn’t complete their maiden voyages. You know about the Titanic, but do you know about the “Victorian era Titanic?” Learn about other incredible ships including the Vasa, the Bismarck, the aircraft carrier torpedoed on her maiden voyage.

Privateers
State sponsored pirates some of whom changed history and created empires. Privateering was considered an honourable calling that combined patriotism and profit without the discipline and structural command of being in a national navy. Privateers led to the establishment of the US Navy and Marine Corps but how did it happen?

America’s Cup.
It’s the oldest sporting trophy in the world and often the most controversial. Learn about the history of the America’s Cup, some of its characters and controversies from the creation of the race until today. The fascinating story of one of the world’s great events.

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”.

European Discovery of Tahiti.
The great Spanish explorer Juan Fernandez first sighted this beautiful land but later both the British under Samuel Wallis and the French under the famous soldier and explorer Louis-Antoine, Comte de Bougainville claimed this jewel of the Pacific. Learn about their voyages including the first woman to circumnavigate the earth (disguised as a man).

Unknown Hero’s
Three stories about remarkable sea captains. First, the most successful wartime naval captain in history, followed by the story of "The Man Who Stole the Suez Canal" and literally wrote the book on seamanship and finally the shipwreck that broke every heart in a tiny English village.

The Man Who Named Australia.
The greatest navigational race in history was a race between enemies, Britain versus Napoleon’s France to circumnavigate and map New Holland (present day Australia). It was a race that would lead to the naming of Australia, produce a hero that would die before he was recognised and another who led what was described by an enemy as “the greatest scientific voyage in history” but who would be forgotten by history.

Vasco de Gama
The Portuguese explorer who discovered a sea route to India from Europe and opened up the incredible trading riches of Asia for Europeans who went on to dominate that trade until the Second World War. The story of a man that changed history but was criticized for how he went about doing it.

The Colonial History of Tasmania
Discovered by the Dutch, then explored by the French and English before becoming the most feared penal settlement in the world, Van Diemen’s Land (present day Tasmania) has a history involving discovery, convicts, bushrangers and massacre.

Shackleton’s Skipper
New Zealander Frank Worsley was the man selected by Sir Ernest Shackleton to captain his great ship Endurance on its voyage to Antarctica. When the ship became imprisoned in the ice, it was Worsley’s incredible seafaring skills that saved the day. The amazing true story of the man responsible for the greatest voyage of survival in history who went on to become a war hero.
CRUISE HISTORY / EXPERIENCE
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 2018 - 14 May 2018 - Trans-Pacific Cruise.
Viking Sun - 12 February 2019 - 16 March 2019 - Segment of World Cruise.
Viking Sun - 16 March 2019 - 13 April 2019 - Segment of World Cruise.
Balmoral - 11 July 2019 - 25 July 2019 - Baltic Capitals Cruise.
Black Watch - 12 October 2019 - 28 October 2019 - Western Mediterranean and French Riveria Cruise.
RECENT PAST CRUISES COMPLETED
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
SHIP REF CRUISE DESCRIPTION NIGHTS SAILING FROM DEPARTURE DATE
Arcadia J001 World Mystery Cruise 35 Perth (Fremantle) Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Viking Sun SU200211 World Cruise 2019 - 2020 Sector 10 27 Sydney Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Viking Sky SK191216 Mid Atlantic Crossing 11 Lisbon Monday, December 16, 2019
Viking Sun SU190316 World Cruise 2019 Sector 4 28 Sydney Saturday, March 16, 2019
Viking Sun SU190212 World Cruise 2019 Sector 3 31 Valparaiso (for Santiago) Tuesday, February 12, 2019