Changing of the Watch
15 May 2012 | St. Thomas
I was gifted with an incredible honor this week, the opportunity to host "Cappy", my father, aboard One World. The name "Cappy" is short for Captain Fred Garner, the man accountable for inspiring my dream to sail the vast oceans of this world. For the first time aboard a vessel, our roles were switched. I am now the Captain and Cappy is the crew. I found myself hesitant to take full responsibility. I would defer to Cappy, ask his opinion a little too often, and wait to read his response. It all changed when I asked my son Max to report to Cappy, as the "captain" during his watch. Cappy gently responded that I was the captain of the vessel, not him.
From that point forward, my relationship with my father changed. I am the captain of One World. "Cappy" is considered a veteran crew member, full of wisdom. With great trust, he pilots the vessel. The two of us, after years of sailing together, work in perfect harmony. Yet, I am the Captain now. It is my responsibility to ensure the safe passage of my precious cargo.
Cappy, Thank you for sharing your passion of sailing with me. You are welcome aboard anytime. Your Son, Captain Wes