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March 14, 2000

Under Sail to Antarctica

Brookhaven Lab Retiree to Present Talk
and Video on His Voyage to Antarctica

UPTON, NY - Eric Forsyth, who has sailed the world's oceans aboard his 42-foot cutter Fiona, will present a talk and video describing his recent journey to Antarctica. The talk will be held on Tuesday, March 28, at 4:30 p.m. in Berkner Hall, at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory. The talk is free and open to the public.

An electrical engineer who retired from Brookhaven Lab in 1995, Forsyth will describe his journey from Cape Horn, across Drake Passage, and to the islands along the Antarctica Peninsula. He and his two-person crew visited a former British meteorological station at Port Lockroy and ran aground briefly at Deception Island. They then navigated Fiona across the Scotia Sea to the island of South Georgia, where they toured the abandoned Norwegian whaling station at Grytviken.

The scenery at South Georgia is magnificent, according to Forsyth. "Gleaming white glaciers cascade in slow motion down valleys to deeply indented fiords," he said. "The wildlife is prolific; a dozen species of birds wheel and scream overhead, and on the beach elephant and fur seals jostle for space and king penguins shuffle nervously at their approach."

For more information on the Forsyth talk, call Brookhaven Lab at 631 344-2345. Brookhaven is located on William Floyd Parkway (County Road 46), 1.5 miles north of Exit 68 on the Long Island Expressway.

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Note to local editors:
On land, Eric Forsyth takes up residence in Brookhaven, New York.