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$25 Yukon 10th Anniversary Tickets Now On Sale

Discussion in 'Artificial Reefs' started by captainkevin, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. captainkevin

    captainkevin Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    The fun, festivity and prizes of the Yukon’s Tenth Anniversary Celebration cocktail party are now available for a special price of only $25. The exciting event on July 14 will highlight the Yukon’s two-day anniversary celebration and is jointly sponsored by California Ships to Reefs and the Maritime Museum of San Diego.

    Be part of the community that helped create the first California privately funded artificial reef and celebrate the beautiful environment and popular diving spot Yukon reef has become. Attendees at the party will be able to include their own names and messages on a time capsule to be placed on the Yukon the next day.

    The party raffle gives you the opportunity to win lots of very valuable prizes, including dive gear, jewelry, trips and four free spaces on the Humboldt the next day to be part of the Underwater Sea Ceremony. There are also delicious appetizers, a free drink and a free tour of the Soviet era B-39 submarine.

    It’s all happening at the Maritime Museum of San Diego on July 14 from 5 to 7:30 pm. Tickets previously were sold for the entire day’s events ($65/person), which include afternoon seminars, but, by popular demand, our sponsors are now making it possible to purchase a ticket for only the evening cocktail party. Tickets are on sale online and may be ordered until July 12 -- Click Here! California Ships to Reefs, Inc. - Calendar

    Each attendee to the cocktail party will also receive a commemorative Yukon anniversary bronze medallion in a velvet pouch.

    Other anniversary events include the fascinating seminars and panel discussions from 2 to 5 p.m. on July 14. These are:

    2-3 pm California’s Current Ocean Health

    3-4 pm How Artificial Reefs Can Help Solve the Problems

    4-5 pm How You Can Get Your Own Ship to Reef

    The Underwater Sea Ceremony on July 15 will be another dramatic event. Divers who participate will don special face masks that allow them to talk underwater while the time capsule is placed on the Yukon. Special equipment, donated by Ocean Technology Systems, will transmit voices to the surface where the press and public can be part of the adventure.
  2. tbaldi

    tbaldi Course Director

    Sounds like a worthwhile and great event!

    I wanted to clear up the following line above as it is not entirely correct. The El Rey was the first privately funded artificial reef in California in 1988. The only other artificial reef (shipwreck) in California prior to the El Rey was the Palawan off Los Angeles but from what I understand, that was sunk using public funds and the ship was donated by the State of CA.

    Kelco sold the El Rey for a $1 to facilitate sinking it. Al Bruton got most of the companies to donate their time to clean and tow the boat. Al funded most of the expenses sinking the El Rey out of pocket. (Including the $1 to buy the wreck!) Other people that were instrumental in the sinking were Ron McPeak and Dale Glantz (both of Kelco) who worked with Al to coordinate the start of Wreck Alley.

    Al's was the brainchild behind wreck alley from the start and his contributions to the San Diego diving community have gone largely unnoticed throughout the years.

    No Al Bruton = No Wreck Alley.

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