Veteran shipwreck explorer Patrick Clyne will be the guest speaker at the California Wreck Divers Annual Banquet to be held March 7, 2009, in El Segundo, California.

Pat Clyne was the Executive Vice President and actively involved in all of the various Mel Fisher enterprises for over 35 years, including the recovery projects of the Spanish galleons Atocha and Santa Margarita. He has been the chief videographer for virtually all of the expeditions, as well as captain of Fisher’s largest salvage vessel.

His photos have appeared in dozens of books and magazines and his video footage has been featured on numerous television productions by National Geographic, A&E, Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, BBC, and many more.

Clyne is a Fellow of the International Explorers Club and President of the Institute of Marine Archaeological Conservation. He is one of the founders and the director of The Historic Shipwreck Salvage Policy Council of Florida.

The banquet will be held at the Hacienda Hotel in El Segundo, California, at 5:30 p.m., March 7, 2009. The evening’s entertainment will include dinner and the California Wreck Divers’ famous “Giant Raffle.” For more information, call Steve Lawson at 949-462-0462, or visit