For me, however, the most startling crewed-chartering revelation was the extent to which a dedicated crew can make things happen. Without Leos presence and direction, we wouldnt have experienced a fraction of what we were able to that week. When not moonlighting as a skipper for Stardust Platinum, he commands the largest vessel in Croatias maritime-police force. Hes a greatly revered figure along the Dalmatian coast and islands, and wherever we went, everyone knew Leo, and he knew everyone as well. Within minutes of our arrival in a harbor, a vehicle would materialize, and wed be off on a tour of the countryside. Restaurants graciously extended their hours to accommodate our schedule, and everyone we encountered was infected by Leos vitality. The force of his personality, coupled with Antonelas delicate charm, guaranteed serendipity.