"2004 Nordhavn Atlantic Rally"
January 2004 YACHTING
"Reprinted with permission from Yachting."
As many as 40 vessels carrying 80 owners are expected to participate
in Pacific Asian Enterprises 2004 Nordhavn Atlantic Rally, a three-leg
Atlantic crossing scheduled to get underway in mid-May.
Though most boats currently registered for the event are Nordhavns,
the rally is open to qualified oceangoing motoryachts of any marque.
Vessel requirements include a calm wate range of 2,500 miles at
7 knots, which allows a comfortable reserve for the route’s
second and longest leg, the 1,800-mile hop between Bermuda and the
Azores. (Applicants must provide data regarding fuel consumption
to the event’s organizers, to make planning more effective.)
The first leg of the voyage is from Ft. Lauderdale to Bermuda,
and after travling from Bermuda to the Azores the convoy will make
its way to Gibraltar. Largest vessels will travel at up to 9 knots,
while smaller yachts will move more slowly. Departure dates will
be staggered accordingly, so members of the fleet should reach port
at roughly the same time. The 3,500-mile journey, which includes
scheduled stopovers, is expected to wrap up in June.
Yachting and its sister publication, Motor Boating, are among the
event’s sponsors. Editors and photographers from both magazines
will catch the action from aboard a 57-foot Nordhavn escort vessel.