The Flying Dutchman - New Chamber Day Boat

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Posted by The Chamber Day Committee on April 25, 2001 at 10:03:46:

A dilemma we face every year at Chamber Day time is . . . what do we do when we fill all the boats and we're out of spots? In years past, there weren't any options. Once we were sold out, we were sold out. (Although we still have about a dozen spots left on the Encore for their special Monday, April 30, Chamber Day run.) But this year, a new opportunity presents itself.

The Flying Dutchman.

For those not familiar with nautical lore, the Flying Dutchman ran aground on a reef while rounding Cape of Good Hope (Africa) in a storm in 1641. As the ship was sinking, it's master (Captain van der Decken) vowed he would round the Cape if it took him all eternity. And thus the legend of the Flying Dutchman began, of a ship doomed to sail for all eternity, stuck in the eye of a storm, without ever reaching it's home port.

And although the Flying Dutchman normally portends maritime disaster, for Chamber Day it portends salvation. Since it's a mythical ship, we can book as many people as we like on to it. Since it's going to sail all day without reaching port, we don't have to worry about departure times, arrival times, or booking it for a Chamber tour. And it gives those of you who would like to participate, but just can't take the day off, a chance to join in the fun. All you have to do is book your spot on the Flying Dutchman.

What you WON'T get when you book on the Flying Dutchman are two dives at Catalina and a walking tour of the Chamber. (Just so we're clear, since it's a mythical boat, we can't really take you diving on it.)

But what you WILL get for your $75 donation is a Chamber Day 2001 commemorative t-shirt, 10 daytime raffle tickets, and a special "I Dove the Flying Dutchman on Chamber Day" certificate. (We might even be able to do that as a t-shirt if we get enough people signed up.)

We can accept bookings on the Flying Dutchman through 6PM, Tuesday, May 1. But at that time, we'll have to close it off. So what do you say? Do you have a spirit of adventure? Do you have a spirit of fun? Do you have a willingness to help out our Chamber? Satisfy them all by booking on the Flying Dutchman. Just call 310/652-4990 and reserve your spot.


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