The Explorers Club is an international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore. Since its inception in 1904, the Club has served as a meeting point and unifying force for explorers and scientists worldwide. Our headquarters is located at 46 East 70th Street in New York City.
Founded in New York City in 1904, The Explorers Club promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences. The Club’s members have been responsible for an illustrious series of famous firsts: First to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, first to the surface of the moon—all accomplished by our members.
The Club provides expedition resources including funding, online information, and member-to-member consultation. And our famed annual dinners honor accomplishments in exploration. But probably the most powerful resource available to those who join the Club is fellowship with other members—a global network of expertise, experience, technology, industry, and support. The Explorers Club actively encourages public interest in exploration and the sciences through its public lectures program, publications, travel program, and other events. The Club also maintains Research Collections, including a library and map room, to preserve the history of the Club and to assist those interested and engaged in exploration and scientific research.
Please join the Sailing Collective at The Explorers Club for an evening of celebrating and raising funds for our beloved Leeward Islands. Featuring a Silent Auction with photography from Sailing Collective Journeys, spirits, wine and beer, and delicious charcuterie bites, all proceeds will benefit local relief organizations.
In the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Leeward islands face long-term challenges to rebuilding infrastructure and industry; homes were blown away, roadways washed out, entire fleets of boats sunk and marinas destroyed, resulting in the near total destruction of the infrastructure of each island. In the British Virgin Islands alone, nearly 80% of existing structures were destroyed. Now more than ever, these islands and their communities need our support.
We will be auctioning off 30 prints, donated by our extended Collective family of photographers; put on your holiday best and join us for an opportunity to give back and take a home a piece of the Sailing Collective adventure. Photographs will start at $100 to $600 with no bidding limit with 100% proceeds donated to charitable foundations supporting the rebuilding efforts as well as directly funding small businesses and families.
Photographers included in the auction:
100% of the proceeds from the event will be donated. There are some associated costs that will be covered by a portion of the ticket price (that portion varies depending on how many people attend) but we did get a discounted rate from the Explorers Club, rum donated by Mount Gay, and all photographs were donated by the photographers. We expect the contributions from this event to be very generous.
We are in communication with our friends in the Carribean to finalize a list of organizations that they feel have offered the best on the ground support after the storms. Each attendant at the event will get the opportunity to direct their ticket price contribution to the organization that resonates the best with them. The same system will apply to proceeds from the photo auction.
Here are some of the participating organizations:
Explore photos from our past journeys