The show has a celebrity (of sorts). Edward Snowden is the captain of M/Y JW, a 130-foot Westport.
He’s not the Edward Snowden, the man who leaked classified documents last spring and has been hiding out in Russia. This Edward Snowden has worked on yachts for 25 years. But when people hear his name, they all wonder: are you related?
He’s not. But that didn’t stop the government from freezing his wire-transferred paycheck and credit cards for a time. And it doesn’t help that he’s from North Carolina, too, just like the other Edward Snowden. Reporters and even lawyers have called his house, wondering the same thing.
On a recent trip back from the Bahamas, a U.S. Customs officer, upon hearing his name, said ‘Where are you right now, exactly?’
Capt. Snowden was a good sport yesterday and talked to me when I asked the question he’s heard a million times: are you related?