FIRST SHOW OF 2013
Friday, January 4, 2013
Show # 99
Glenn Damato An overweight, middle-aged computer nerd buys his first boat, quits his job, and sails off to adventure
Glenn Damato was a forty-one year old software instructor who walked away from his humdrum existence on a mission for which he was miserably unprepared. Why do this? The goal, in his words, was “to become something I am not.”
The “something” Damato chose to become was an ocean sailing skipper. Overweight and without boating experience of any kind, he decided to achieve his lifelong dream of sailing around the world on his own vessel.
Reckless? Dangerous? Idiotic? Call it what you will, Damato was determined to make the voyage a reality despite the obstacles.
Suddenly without the comforts and security of his previous life, Damato was forced to conquer his anxieties while at the same time surviving the hazards and challenges of offshore sailing. As his experience and confidence mounts, he discovers he has indeed undergone a personal transformation – one quite different than he originally hoped, and in some ways worthier than he imagined.
Breaking Seas is a tale of ocean voyaging, but it’s not just about sailing: the all-encompassing themes are rejection and disappointment – and our common human quest to get the most out of life despite being born into an imperfect universe.
Part sailing adventure, part philosophical pilgrimage, Breaking Seas is for everyone who’s ever wanted to embark on an enterprise of some kind despite not meeting society’s expected “qualifications.”
Breaking Seas is about our desire to be elsewhere, reborn and enhanced, because here and now are not enough. “But don’t expect a sugar-coated fairy tale with just what you want to hear,” warns Damato. “I promise an honest story truthfully told.”