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August 2, 2016

The Extreme Latitude Pennant recipients

Frequent readers of this website know of our highly successful Distance Pennant Program, where Nordhavn owners are awarded with incremental pennants based on the numbers of miles they have cruised in their Nordhavn. Since launching the campaign in 2008, owners have logged over 5.5 million miles achieved, an amazing total that few other boat manufacturers can claim.

Normally, it doesn’t matter where you cruise in your Nordhavn to get a pennant, only that you have actively put hours on your engine. But we’ve come up with a new pennant level, the Extreme Latitudes pennant, that is based specifically on where owners have cruised in their Nordhavns.

Eligibility criteria is outlined as any Nordhavn owner who has traveled above 66° North or below 50° South.

It takes a special brand of boat to accomplish this type of cruising and an even more special brand of person. Incredibly, we have four current owners who have earned their Extreme Latitudes pennant. We have had a number of cruisers come this close to reaching the eligibility coordinates but the following owners have taken it just that one step further, earning them their Extreme Cruiser badge of honor:

Nordhavn 57 Ice Dancer II – Dick and Gail Barnes have amassed 100,000 nm on their two Nordhavns, beginning with the purchase of their brand new Nordhavn 50 back in 2002. In 2006, they accomplished something very few cruisers (and even less powerboaters) can claim: doubling around Cape Horn. For this adventuresome duo, it was merely part of their ongoing adventure of a lifetime.

Nordhavn 63 Ithaka – Although it says in the above paragraph that few cruisers can claim going around Cape Horn and then doubling back, Ann and Andy Evans also performed this extraordinary feat and have also visited the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. “Only 12 boats a year on average come to South Georgia,” said Ann Evans.

Nordhavn 72 Shear Madness – Bradley and Kathy Rosenberg took their beloved Nordhavn 72 to Disko Bay, Greenland, in 2014, one of the most remote places in the world. Drawn by tales of the Arctic, the couple were accompanied by another Nordhavn in their effort to travel as far north as possible. At the time, it was the northernmost point ever reached by a Nordhavn.

Nordhavn 68 Migration – The owners of Migration convoyed with the Rosenbergs on Shear Madness to hold the Nordhavn record for northernmost latitude visited. Just last week, that record was broken, by none other than Migration herself, as the owners reached Svalbard, Norway, listed as the 4th most northern latitude on the planet. Crew on board have documented the historical visit, which can be found here.

We congratulate these owners on their astounding and inspirational voyages. It is our hope to see that every Nordhavn is loved, used, and carries her owners safely and comfortably to whichever place they want to be. It is our hope that the places owners take their Nordhavns are the far and wide, obscure, challenging, remote places that evoke adventure. These owners have epitomized this through their travels and we couldn’t be more proud or honored that they have placed such faith in their Nordhavns.

LOCATION

COORDINATES


Rossøya, Svalbard, Norway

80° 49’ N

Disko Bay, Greenland

60° 00’ N

Cape Horn, Hornos Island, Chile

55° 58′ S

South Georgia

54° 17’ S

 

 

 

 

 


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What makes an extreme cruiser?

Q & A with Dick Barnes, owner of Nordhavn 57 Ice Dancer II

Q: What fueled you to seek out such extreme cruising?
A: The sense of adventure. We moved to Alaska 50 years ago for adventure and haven't lost the thrill of seeing new, beautiful and exciting places. 

Q: What is necessary in order to safely accomplish a trip such as the ones you completed?
A: Prepare your boat. Imagine vulnerabilities, check current status, make repairs, take spares and tools. Don't panic when issues arise. Nordhavn systems provide alternate means to accomplish needs. Imagine how to work around component failures.

Q: What is the feeling you get once you have achieved your goal?
A: New adventures is the goal, so it is never achieved.

Q: What advice would you give others who would like to do similarly extreme cruising?
A: Start early and keep going. This is our thirteenth Nordhavn year and we passed 100,000 nautical miles this summer, in French Polynesia.










What makes an extreme cruiser?

Q & A with Kathy Clark, owner of
Nordhavn 72 Shear Madness

Q: What fueled you to seek out such extreme cruising?
A: Our cruising preference has always been to travel to places that are more remote and scenic. We are more drawn to the wonders of nature than to fancy restaurants, big crowds, and night life. Tales of the Arctic have always intrigued us and we have long wanted to venture as far north as possible.

Q: What is necessary in order to safely accomplish a trip such as the ones you completed?
A: First, a lot of planning and research covering a huge variety of topics. This includes:

  • Determining the best route to get to the desired destination – in our case Disko Bay in Greenland

  • How to get accurate weather forecasts, whether to employ a weather router, and what conditions to expect

  • Where you can fuel up and when that will be necessary

  • What equipment is necessary, such as an ice pole to repel floating ice, a spool of line for help with anchoring, survival suits, etc.

  • Wildlife research – we spent many hours researching the dangers of being in Polar Bear country and determining which bear deterrents to procure

We had a list of maintenance projects to complete on the boat. Realizing we would be out of range of the possibility of any major repairs for quite some time, we wanted to ensure that everything was in good working order before departing.

Once the research is done, we developed a plan. In our case, we were going to meet up with our cruising buddy Migration, in Newfoundland, so we had to coordinate with them. We had to purchase the extra equipment, plan when and where to meet up, fuel up, and GO!

Q: What is the feeling you get once you have achieved your goal?
A: Despite all the research and expectations, I find you are never quite prepared for the reality once you get there! We saw things that were just not possible to describe – from amazing icebergs and glaciers, to polar bears, Northern Lights, and complete wilderness, it is truly awe-inspiring.

There are time, however, when you are also aware of the risks you are taking. Whether it was navigating through a maze of ice with rifle shots ringing out as native were seal hunting, or being 45 minutes away from the big boat in our tender in a remote spot near Cape Chidley – out of range of any potential rescue – you truly understand the need to respect nature and to be self-sufficient.

Q: What advice would you give others who would like to do similarly extreme cruising?
A: Do not take it lightly. Nature can turn on you in an instant and you need to be educated and smart about all aspects of a trip like this. Having said that, once you have done the research and proper preparation, you should have confidence in your vessel and in yourself. Proper preparation will allow you to experience something very few humans every get to see and it is well worth the effort!