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Captain Andy's Sailing Background

1) USCG Coastal Navigation; Introductory and Advanced Certificates

2) Thai Captain's License

3) 2 years of sailing school around the age of 12

4) Years of sailing Hobies, Omegas, Lasers and Sabots in San Diego and The Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Thailand

5) 8 months of coastal cruising in the gulf of Thailand on the Wind Spirit with crew

6) Solo voyage down East Coast of Malaysia from Thailand to Singapore



Andy Orsini
Place of Birth: Ithaca, New York, USA,Date of Birth: 7 April 1974

Graduated in 1997 from the University of California, San Diego
Bachelor's of Science in Biochemistry / Cell Biology,
Minored in Economics and Literature / Writing, Overall GPA of 3.6
Metabolic Biochemistry, Virology, Organic Chemistry as well as multiple Laboratory classes which included Biochemical Techniques and Protein Analysis.

2002 May – Nov
GenStar Therapeutics (Biotechnology Firm), San Diego, CA, USA
Quality Control Technician and Materials Management Department Head
· Ordered, Received, Stored and Released critical materials for the production of a gene therapy vector for Hemophilia
· Performed Cell culture testing; quantitative as well as qualitative assays for the viral vector
· Maintained two Human Cell lines designed for the Viral Vector
· Utilized Standard Biochemical equipment such as a Spectrophotometer, PCR Machine, Bio-safety Cabinets and Multi-well Assay Readers.
· Performed EM testing of an 8-room Clean Room facility
· Identified and cataloged 40 to 50 different microorganisms

1998 Sept to 2000 Sept
NOVA (Largest Commercial Language School in Japan), Chiba and Miyazaki, Japan
English Language Instructor
· Planned and Implemented language lessons including techniques for challenged students
· Independently learned to read, write and speak Japanese moderately well

1996 and 1998 July to Sept
Wards Cove Packing Company Limited, Juneau, Alaska
Caviar Processor

Chao Praya River, Bangkok, Thailand (2001 Feb to 2002 Dec)
Boat Builder
· Rebuilt 20 % of hull, 30 % of wood/fiberglass deck, electrical system, teak interior, internal plumbing, marine diesel engine tune-up and overhaul
· Managed construction team of up to five skilled laborers in the Thai Language

Personal Profile:
Outgoing, athletic, trustworthy, hard working, organized, confident, practical.

Who Captain Andy Really Is

Now that is the question. I think the best way to find out is to read some of the stories in the stories section of this Webpage. Here I will be brief and just offer lables.

I am a surfer. I am a carpenter, a guitar player, drifter, sailor, avid book reader, movie lover, passionate man, excellent dancer, cook, humanist, anti-nationalist, traveler, mountain climber, intelligent and creative human being. I was a biochemist. I was a baker, a cannery worker, a chemistry tutor, an eager student, a sad hearted youth. I will be a firefighter, a writer, a lover, a kind husband, a great father, a blue water sailor, a webpage builder, and a loving son and brother.