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It’s always nice to hear that some in yachting are able to achieve their goals.

I can’t remember how I first met Capt. Scott Schwaner, but it’s been more than six years now that we first wrote about Schwaner’s evolution from chef to chef/captain to captain. And all that time ago, he express his goal of being in command of a 150-foot boat.
We’re happy to announce that he’s done it.
Last year, Capt. Schwaner took over the 47m Heesen M/Y 4You, and recently left her to take over the 40m Mangusta M/Y Celcascor.
“I love it,” he said in a recent e-mail “Half the crew, very fast and I come back to the dock every day.”
He’s enjoyed learning how to run jet boats (both the Heesen and Mangusta are jets) and is happy to be in Italy this fall.
Congrats Capt. Schwaner. What’s next?

And Capt. Mark O’Connell just may have found his last owner.
Capt. O’Connell has taken command of the 52m Benetti M/Y Elysium (the former Midlandia and Quantum of Solace), which was in Italy in late September and headed for the Far East soon.
When I bumped into him in Monaco, he was proud and happy with this owner, a proper yachtsman who understands what it takes to run and maintain a yacht, and for whom it is a joy to work. Here’s hoping it lasts until retirement.

Congrats go out, too, to Chef Marianne Gardner who published her book, “Menus and Memoirs of a Yacht Chef.” Sprinkled around the recipes are stories of working on yachts in locations all over the world.
It took her more than four years to compile her recipes and write the book, but along the way, she learned a lot about self-publishing.
Self publishing is a good way to go for a first-time author, she said. But be prepared that the work really begins when the writing is finished.
“You can write the best book in the world, but if you don’t market it, no one’s going to read it,” she said. “Writing the book is just the beginning.”
She’s got at least one more book in her, a compilation of short stories about her travels on yachts and on her own sailboat over the past 20 years.
The book, by the way, has alternatives for some of the more exotic ingredients and offers hints along the way to help the budding cook. It’s not spa cuisine but more “good-natured food,” she said. And all the recipes are paired with wines by the folks at Total Wine. It makes a nice gift for yacht crew to send home so the parents will understand a little more what you do.

Capt. Gordon Reid, a delivery captain and The Triton’s correspondent in the South Pacific, has invested in Sumba Island, which is about 400 km east of Bali. He and his business partner have bought beach property on the southern part of the island with the best waves and are re-selling it.
He’s also looking at property on Salura Island where he and his partner intend to create a surf and watersports camp and they are looking for owners/members interested in a share.
People always like to do business with people they know. Absent that, with people they have something in common with. Contact Capt. Reid at captaingord@gmail.com.

Have you made an adjustment in your latitude recently? Let us know. Send news of your promotion, change of yachts or career, or personal accomplishments to Editor Lucy Chabot Reed at lucy@the-triton.com.

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