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May 19, 2017
Nordhavn owners doing right this minute?
tracking of a dozen globe-trotting Nordhavns
With the commencement of the Nordhavn Atlantic Passage
(NAP) earlier this week, it set into motion another handful of Nordhavns
enroute to an ocean crossing. The fact remains, if you want to see the world by
boat, there is no other brand actively punching more global cruising tickets
than Nordhavn. Not convinced? Let’s take today, for example, Friday, May 19,
2017, about 1:00 PM on the U.S. East Coast, and figure out how many Nordhavns
are out doing just the type of passagemaking we’re talking about…Right. This.
-The already aforementioned NAP has yielded five ocean crossing
vessels. Seven are taking part in the NAP, with two heading from Bermuda up to
Canada (no small feat). The remaining boats will spend between now and June 16
(approximately) coursing through the Atlantic toward Europe, an impressive
3,851-mile trip. A check of participating boat N55 Angela’s inReach GPS, the seven boats today are at Latitude:
32.01448/Longitude:-76.63934, about 550 miles off the coast of Bermuda. You
can follow along with the NAP group as they venture from Florida to Europe (and
Florida to Canada) at our special NAP adventure section.
-The world famous N52 Dirona
(Passagemaker Magazine’s May issue covergirl, and the June issue’s cover
story, frequent stars of nordhavn.com and cruising internet stars) is also on
the move. According to the tracking device on James and Jennifer Hamilton’s vessel
at 12:30 pm, the couple were at 48° 48.85'N, 28° 10.26'W (-28.1709, 48.8142), in the middle of a 3,000 nm non-stop ocean-crossing journey from Newport, RI to Kinsale, Ireland. This leg is just the latest in
the Hamiltons’ multi-year circumnavigation which started 10 years ago when they
left Seattle bound for Hawaii. Since then the Hamiltons traveled west hitting
French Polynesia, New Zealand and Australia, South Africa, St. Helena Island,
Barbados and up and down the entire North American eastern seaboard from Palm
Beach to Newfoundland. This current passage, while quite monumental, is not
their longest: they spent 25 non-stop days at sea on their journey from Cape
Town to St. Helena covering 3,689 nm.
-Today marks Day 15 of N46 Starlet’s west bound track across the Pacific Ocean, the Marquesas
in their sites. The estimated 3,000-nm leg began after taking off from the
Galapagos Islands. Starlet’s owners
Jennifer & Mark Ullman are also amidst a circumnavigation, recently picking
up again after having spent the winter in Florida “freshening up” a bit. Their
extensive travels began in 2010 when the left Florida and went to Europe and
parts of Africa then back across the Atlantic to the Caribbean. In February,
they traversed the Panama Canal, commencing their westward journey. “Life is
different when you are at sea day in and day out,” said Jennifer earlier this
week. “Life is on hold.”
-A foursome of 20-something guys in a boat going around the
world sounds like a tv sitcom pitch, but it’s the real
life story of Dalton (last name withheld for privacy) and his crew, all
under the age of 30. Dalton wanted the adventure of a lifetime, so he set out
to circumnavigate the world via the Great Capes and ferocious waterways. Since
last year, the guys – on board the Nordhavn 76 Reliance – have been around Cape Horn, the Cape of Good Hope,
through the Drake Passage and to the likes of Antarctica and St. Helena Island.
Going on year two of his circumnavigation, a check-in with Dalton on Reliance this afternoon reveals the boat
and crew currently enjoying themselves in the Galapagos Islands.
-Another Nordhavn on its way to Ireland is N55 Odyssey. Owners Don and Nancy Payzant left Bermuda a few days
ago and are now in the middle
of the Atlantic Ocean on their way to Horta scheduled to arrive next
Thursday. Don notes that Odyssey is
running great. It’s the fishing that’s not so good! Today the boat is about
half-way through its 4,000 nm journey from Sarasota, FL to Cork, Ireland.
Extended plans call for exploring Ireland, Scotland, Scandinavia and the
Netherlands for the remainder of the year.
- Still getting acclimated to their new life at sea are
Nicole and Mike Potter, a young couple who set out last November to conquer
to world on their Nordhavn 47 Sloboda.
They have been logging miles under their keel traveling around Mexico and plan
to head further east in early 2018. Their circumnavigation will be a years-long
process, says Nicole, with weeks or months at a time spent in a single location
in order to really get know a place, the people and culture. Additionally, Mike
who turned 40 during their trip, owns his own company and didn’t count on
having to return back to the office as much as he has had to, so it’s been
“slow going” on Sloboda. “But,” said
Nicole from the Sea of Cortez this afternoon, “We can’t wait to detach from
Mike’s company for good and get back to sea!”
-The family that circumnavigates together, stays together…or
so say James and Claire Ellingford who with their daughters left their native Australia
just over a year ago and currently sit in Friday Harbor, WA, awaiting a
weather window to transit to San Francisco. In April 2015, on board Nordhavn 62 Pendana they set out on a westward
track, with stops in French Polynesia and the South Pacific, continued to Hawaii and then made a straight shot
to Alaska; from there they wound their way down to British Columbia and landed
in Seattle in October. Recent weeks have been spent exploring the San Juan
Islands, but James insists “Pendana remains ready to take on the ocean once again and we are all looking forward to
getting back out there.” It won’t be without more than a hint of bittersweet
that they leave Seattle, where they’d become acclimated and attached during Pendana’s re-fit at Pacific Yacht Management.
“We all have a real soft spot for Seattle,” he said. Still, they have a lot
more of the world to cover and there are sure to be several other cities, towns
and villages that will also steal their hearts.
So let’s count: that’s eight Nordhavns actively crossing an
ocean, which means they are spending no less than 11 non-stop days at sea, and
in some cases double that. There are six in the middle of circumnavigating
– some by way of the ocean they are crossing today. And these are just
the boats that have bothered checking in!
The point is, Nordhavn is the undisputed long-range
passagemaking champion, and no other manufacturer could have written this story
with more success (or written it at all) than us. Our track record precedes us,
and thanks to our confident, capable owners, it continues to get longer and
And doesn’t it make you think just a little bit about what you are doing…Right. This. Minute.