Owners of an astounding 33 Nordhavns gathered last weekend for the 2nd annual Nordhavns Around Puget Sound (NAPS), with 19 boats converging in Anacortes for a weekend of laid back revelry. Nordhavn 55 owners Kevin and Alison Jeffries, the think tank behind NAPS, saw their idea for last year’s casual hangout springboard into a major Nordhavn happening, thanks in part to better scheduling and more time for planning. “Last year’s gathering for NAPS was a last minute, middle of summer affair and still brought out nine Nordhavns and eight additional owners,” said Kevin, but this year’s turnout proved a kick-off to the PNW cruising season is something that appeals to many owners.
While spring weather can be hard to predict in the Pacific Northwest, NAPS 2019 was graced with sunshine and 60 degree weather. Shorts and Nordhavn branded shirts seemed to be the attire for the weekend.
The Friday evening potluck overflowed the two buffet tables, and such, the desserts overtook a third. But the owners stepped up and managed to put away nearly every bite. Saturday’s BBQ dinner, graciously sponsored by PAE, consisted of marinated chicken, fillet mignon, baked potatoes, caesar salad and New York cheesecake if someone still was hungry. The potatoes where spread around four different Nordhavn ovens. We were fortunate to be able to commandeer a second BBQ to be able to cook all the meat.
Food wasn’t the only thing put away by the attendees. Perhaps unique to a Nordhavn’s get-together, Kevin organized a “fuel-up” amongst the weekend festivities. Several boats to advantage of great pricing from FIDO fuel in Cap Sante Marina and around 5,000 gallons of fuel was purchased.
Sunday morning brought another beautiful day with an ebb tide, a welcome sight to the outgoing fleet. Conversations were heard on the VHF that a N40 was seeing over 10 kts and a N55 was over 12 kts.
Next year will bring another NAPS event, but it won’t be headed up by the Jeffries. The will be participating in a Baja cruise and will be in parts south next spring. However the reigns have been handed over to Bill and Emmy Baker, owners of N62 Roxia, who are sure to bring another great event in 2020.