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But in case you'd like to know more, here are some stats.



Name: Chris Bessenecker

Rank:  Co-Captain

Personal Info....
Place of Birth:  Davenport, Iowa
Interests:  Cliff diving, gator wrestling and macramé (he kids)
Prior Cruising Experience:  Cruising the strip in downtown Davenport back in high school
Favorite Nautical Term:  Flogging the glass
Biggest Boating Blunder:  Unplanned man overboard drill
Favorite Point of Sail:  Beam reach
Favorite Activity While Cruising: 
Serious Stuff...  
Primary Occupation:  International Public Health Specialist
Partial Work History:  Project Concern International, San Diego, CA (1995-2003)
  International Rescue Committee, Burigi Settlement, Tanzania (1994-1995)
  Center for Environmental Resource Management, University of Texas, El Paso, Texas (1994)
  U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) / Water and Sanitation for Health Project (WASH), Washington, D.C. (1993)
  United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Honduras (1992)
  U.S. Peace Corps, Honduras (1988-1992)
Degrees: Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), University of Texas, Health Science Center, El Paso, TX (1994)
  B.A. in Political Science and Sociology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (1988)



Name: Dana Schwartz

Rank:  Co-Captain

Personal Info....
Place of Birth:  Los Angeles, California
Interests:  Photography, animals, computers
Prior Cruising Experience:  Weeklong trips to Catalina growing up
Favorite Nautical Term:  Blue-footed booby (not exactly nautical, but it's a sea bird)
Biggest Boating Blunder:  Spilling a pot of hot coffee on myself when a swell hit
Favorite Activity While Cruising: 
Pointing out every fish, dolphin, seal, turtle or whale (and many birds) I see to Chris
Serious Stuff...  
Primary Occupation:  Attorney (transactional)
Partial Work History:  Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, San Diego, CA (1999-2002) [see Daily Journal article about leaving job in Press Room]
  Hecht, Solberg, Robinson & Goldberg LLP, San Diego, CA (1998-1999)
  U.S. District Court, Southern District of California (Presiding Magistrate Judge, Hon. Louisa S. Porter), San Diego, CA (1995-1997)
  San Francisco Superior Court (Complex Civil Litigation Department, Hon. John E. Munter ), San Francisco, CA (1994)
Degrees: J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, CA (1995)
  B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Law, cum laude, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA (1992)







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