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What does it take to be a good captain anyway? Part III

Back in May, I put up a couple of posts regarding what it takes to be a captain. Maybe now some people are starting to figure out why. 🙂

Here are the links in case you’re wondering what I’m talking about:

First post Second Post

More than anything else, these posts were just for my own “therapy”, while projecting my own thoughts about a particular subject that was raised to me. I was also dealing with the situation that I’m about to talk about, in this latest installment. 

So, as many people out here may know by now, there is some particularly vocal discourse going on right now by Andiamo’s former “captain”, Fabio Brunazzi. 

At this point, let me just say that this is FAR from the worst  thing that has been happening with Andiamo. Trust me, you don’t know the half of it, and it’s the stuff novels are made of. Or, at the very least, bad reality shows. 

Since I’ve been the minority owner for quite some time now, and been essentially staying out of Panama as much as humanly possible, I haven’t had the kind of control I used to have, obviously. I placed my trust in some key people to keep things going smoothly without me. Instead, things have unfortunately gone rapidly awry in the operation of Andiamo in recent months. So much so, I found myself needing to step back even further, and disconnecting from the business and the situation (I posted about that here) even more. This fallout has far more to do with the majority owners and management than anything else. That story will be told in due time (and soon). It will, indeed. 

But for now, I shall deal with Fabio’s rather public declarations. 

This morning, I received an email that Fabio sent out, along with a PDF file of another letter. It’s a long, winding diatribe. He makes quite a few wildly inaccurate allegations, which he knows are not true. In any case, I will state my response, and everyone else can make their own determinations. Anyone who knows me, knows I am not one to mince words, or sugar-coat things. I’ll tell it like it is.

Much of the horrible stuff happening behind the scenes of Andiamo, are mostly having to do with the conduct of a certain person. Who, incidentally is named many times in the discussion I have with Fabio below. There is much more that will be coming out, particularly since it’s clear that Andiamo’s glory days are indeed over. This is thanks to an incredible amount of horrific misconduct and malfeasance.

As I was joking to Lena the other day, it appears to be ending like a tragic opera, where “everybody dies”. 😛

Anyway, as I’m sure this is going to make for a lot of conjecture, speculation, and discontent, my goal is to spell things out as clearly and truly as possible. 

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All Things Must Pass…

 
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Christening ceremony, July 2004, Biscayne Bay, Miami…

When I bought Andiamo, eight and a half long years ago, I had no idea what to expect. That was part of the excitement. Alas, suffice it to say that there is no way I could have predicted that things would happen they way they have over that time. How could I? How could I have possibly predicted all the adventures, misadventures, happy moments, tragedies, surprises, disappointments, and all the other stuff that ensued over these years? 

When my then-wife and I left Miami for the blue yonder, I suppose I had an entirely different idea (perhaps overly romanticized) of what to expect from this grand adventure. It didn’t take long after sailing off from Miami, however, to realize that things would go FAR differently than I or anyone could have imagined. The initial challenges and dilemmas came fast and furious. For awhile there, I felt like there was one big-bad-luck-schleprock cloud hanging over me. It was a shock to the system, a hard dose of reality. Yet, somehow I managed to get through it, and make it through to sunnier horizons.

Yes, there is much that happened over these years that I clearly wish didn’t. And yet, there is so much more that did happen that I didn’t expect to, and was glad that they came to pass. So in the end, it makes everything more than worthwhile. I always say, that the most profound experiences I’ve had aboard were also the most challenging, and even the most dangerous. 

So many people, so many experiences, so many connections (many of which I still hold dear and value to this very day), stem from this incredible time on my dearly beloved boat and home. My life will never be the same, thanks to Andiamo and all she’s brought me. What started as an abstract dream back in my younger years, out of crudely-sketched drawings of sailboats, palm trees, and sunsets on my schoolbooks, manifested itself into an amazing reality. I am living proof that dreams do come true. Although never in the straightforward, painless fashion that one would wish. Yet it has all paid off in what I can only call an amazing chapter of my life. 

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3 Night Trip in San Blas, Panama – August 21st

Andiamo is scheduled to do a three-night group sail through San Blas on on these dates. There is space available for approximately six guests. Please check out our schedule and the San Blas Sailing Page for more information and to make a reservation!

2 Night Trip in San Blas, Panama – August 3rd

Andiamo is scheduled to do a two-night group sail through San Blas on these dates. There is space available for approximately six guests. Please check out our San Blas Page for more information or make a reservation!

3 Night Trip in San Blas, Panama – August 27th

Andiamo is scheduled to do a three-night group sail through San Blas on on these dates. There is space available for approximately six guests. Please check out our schedule and the San Blas Sailing Page for more information and to make a reservation!

3 Night Trip in San Blas, Panama – August 13th

Andiamo is scheduled to do a three-night group sail through San Blas on on these dates. There is space available for approximately six guests. Please check out our schedule and the San Blas Sailing Page for more information and to make a reservation!

3 Night Trip in San Blas, Panama – August 7th

Andiamo is scheduled to do a three-night group sail through San Blas on on these dates. There is space available for approximately three guests. Please check out our schedule and the San Blas Sailing Page for more information and to make a reservation!