Monday, December 20, 2010

December 19th, 2010, Joyce Dibenedetto's farwell sail for Dad

Joyce's dad was a Master Carpenter  when he came to Miami from Italy, His love of the sea led him to become a boat builder .The family used to spend a lot of time on dad's boats off the light house at the tip of Key Biscayne. It was Joyce's wish to have her dad's remains deposited at his favorite spot right there by cape Florida light .
It was a beautiful sunny day, the wind was from the south west.  We sailed on a very broad reach, almost a run all the way to the light house, where  I dropped the sails and the ashes were deposited along with some prayers and flowers right there where dad loved to be.
By then,  the wind picked up, up to 20 knots. I raised the main and the mizzen and ran the engine to get home. It was a long chilly motor sailing back to the dock.
Here is what Joyce wrote in the ship's log:

" Dec 19, 2010, DiBenedetto Family
Dear Capt. Asaad
     We can't tell you how much we appreciate being able to have you take us on the RA for our dear father's final sail. What a wonderful tribute to an old boat builder and lover of the sea. Your kindness and generous spirit along with your hospitality will be remembered, Joyce, Jeffrey, Claudia, Tyler, Mindy and Bella & Alexander Julio"


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December 16th, 2010, Genentech/Robin Marquis

Robin Marquis the regional Operations Coordinator wanted to treat her group  who came to Miami for the holidays to a special outing on our great Biscayne Bay, she consulted Madelin Kelly the chief concierge at the W hotel.  Madlin suggested the Sailing Vessel RA. And RA did not disappoint. We had a very smooth sail , the wind was very gentle and the group enjoyed peaceful time on board. Here is what Robin wrote in the ship's log:

"The Control C.O R.E  Region thanks you for providing a wonderful and relaxing adventure on our sunset cruise. It was delightful, Thank you , Robin Marquis"



Friday, December 03, 2010

December 2nd ,2010, isis, Eva & Diana



Isis had special friends from new york and Canada here for the Art Basel exhibits. She wanted to give them a special treat, taking them sailing on the best sailing waters of the US, Miami's Biscayne Bay. I invited Dr. Eva Ritvo and her daughter Marissa and her cousin Eric to join us, we had a real nice party. people didn't only enjoy the bay, sailing and the beautiful sunset, but they also enjoyed each other and the camaraderie and the new friendships that were forged under sail.

Here are some of the comments of the guests:
" Captain, Thank you for introducing me to the beautiful peaceful waters of Miami. You are right it is the most magical place in the USA the perfect escape. I think I have found my sailor legs and look forward to our future travels to Easter Island and beyond ! . Hope to see you for another journey soon. wherever the wind takes us, X Diana Biggs, Canada"

Asaad Shukran Jazilan ! This is Arabic for thank you very much( Eric speaks some Arabic" I had a great time on the boat and hopefully will come back soon, Eric F "

"El Capatan, What a wonderful time we had on your beautiful boat. We laughed, we cried and drank some delicious wine. This is a sunset that I will not forget. Thank you for your hospitality XX heather Dombroski"

Dear captain, Thanks so much for the memorable excursion. The best part was when we were sailing, David Blatt"

Hello Captain! Thank you and Will check you on Facebook! Adrian Michna"