Conch Republic Navy Rank:Fleet Commander, Castaways Flotilla of the Northern Territories
Years Paddled:All 18 years - hasn't missed a single blade stoke of the complete saga.
Family:My wife Candace, commercial interior designer. Daughter, Cassidy, a recent grad from Florida Gulf Coast University.
Where he's from:Born in Key West, Fl, now living in Cutler Bay.
Education:FSU 1977, FIU 1992
Work:Teacher - Christopher Columbus High School
Influences:Ernest Hemingway and Errol Flynn. Favorite book: The Bridge on the River Kwai - Papillion and The Autobiography of a Yogi.
Fun Facts:Started Yoga at the age of 50 with a yogini who actually trains in India. Ran the ING Miami Marathon twice: 2008-09 "Worst experience I ever loved"
Essential CAC Gear:His Boat - CRN Virabhadra: Seda Glider, kevlar hull, out of San Diego. Simply crazy fast boat. Handmade, carbon fiber paddle, by a little known company called Almeida Enterprises.
Additional CAC Gear:My portable battery operated fan. (I've sacrificed 5 FM radios, 3 cell phones and 3 pairs of expensive glasses to Poseidon so far!)
How did you get involved with the CAC?Founding member.. "It came to me at my mother's wake in 1999."
In his own words:"Kayaking with CAC gives you the unigue chance to cry hard & laugh harder than you ever have in your life."