While all the attention of the Around-The-World trip focuses on the crew members
on board the Nordhavn 40, the voyage is an entire-company production
that wouldn't have gotten underway without key players from on shore.
Aside from controlling the weather, these people work daily on every
aspect of the ATW to ensure the crew, the boat and the Nordhavn
fans enjoy a smooth and safe cruise.
Jim Leishman - Whether at sea
or on land, the ATW has been a constant focus for P.A.E's Vice President
since its inception more than a year ago. Long before Jim helmed
the boat at its departure from Dana Point, California last November,
he had spent countless hours devising the best route and time frame
possible for the trip. He's currently captaining Leg 2 through the
Indian Ocean and Red Sea, but during his hiatus off the boat, Jim
serves as "ground control" - monitoring weather patterns
on an hourly basis, toiling over potential course changes, and communicating
with the on board crew, via Iridium phone or e-mail, to ensure all
systems are go. Because of his intimate and infinite knowledge of
the boat, Jim also lends a hand in answering the forum questions
that come in.
Dan Streech - Like his partner,
Dan is heavily involved in the ATW both on board and off. He'll
serve as the Captain of Leg 4 bringing the boat from Antigua, through
the Panama Canal and on to Mexico. But while running the company
from home in California, P.A.E's president spends much time studying
the crews' e-mailed reports and conferring with Jim Leishman about
the boat's status in order to help advise the current crew. He also
responds to many ATW questions from the public.
Jenny McCauley Stern - Followers
of the ATW thrive on the information coming from the boat on a daily
basis. P.A.E.'s marketing manager, Jenny handles all correspondence
and forum questions to and from the ATW boat and is responsible
for keeping the ATW section of the website current. Before each
leg, Jenny gathers information for port, customs, fuel & provisioning
needs for each stop of each leg.
Michelle LeRoy - P.A.E.'s marketing
assistant is in charge of arranging flights to various countries
- many with irregular flight schedules - researching the quickest
and most cost-effective routes. Michelle also assisted with gathering
information for port, customs, fuel & provisioning needs for
each stop of each leg. In addition, she collected information for
the sponsors section of the website and compiled informative kits
and welcome bags for all the guests of the ATW.
Jeff Merrill - Jeff will serve
as crew for a short stint on Leg 4, but even before he was scheduled
to join the boat, he was busy securing many of the sponsors for
the Around The World trip. Many of the first sponsors to commit
were the result of Jeff's communication efforts.
Brian Saunders - Brian joins Jim
Leishman on Leg 2 of the voyage. While back in Dana Point, Brian
took over the task of seeking additional sponsors. Brian's vast
knowledge of the marine market led to the donation of a variety
of boating products.
Mike Parker and Sky Scott - Lots
of different and sometimes random parts needed to be brought along
the trip. And the purchasing department, headed by Mike and Sky,
made sure each part was ordered and arrived on time for the boat's
departure. They were also responsible for making sure that new hose
- to replace the 2 faulty ones on the boat - was shipped and received
by the crew in Chuuk.
Pete Eunson - The project manager
for the Nordhavn 40, Pete knows the model inside and out and has
conferred with Jim Leishman about any technical difficulties any
of the crews have encountered. (There have been only a couple of
minor issues.) Pete also advises the purchasing department which
spare parts should be stocked on the boat.
Erin Lloyd and Patty White - With
so many countries being encountered by the ATW boat and with weather-driven
course changes, it is an arduous task to both manage unforeseeable
risks and make sure the boat is properly insured at all times. Erin
Lloyd works closely with the Shorepoint Insurance to make sure the
policy is up to date by submitting to them the most current itinerary,
as prepared by Michelle Leroy. Erin also works with all potential
ATW guests and crew to make sure they have turned in their release
forms prior to departure. As a team, Erin and Patty pore over the
numerous expenditures made by each crew. Additionally, Erin has
contributed answers to forum questions.
Kirk White - While Kirk's dock
crew has been busy working on new Nordhavns during much of the voyage,
they were focused 100 percent on commissioning the ATW boat for
several weeks leading up to the departure in November. The crew
spent hours making sure everything like the extra freezer and the
master bunk "divider" - were in place and functioning
Jean Badraun - Lots of e-mail
comes in from the crew members on board the trip and Jean is responsible
for making sure the rest of the company gets updated on the happenings
on board as well as alerting the proper employees to any specific
needs of the crew.
Leah McGettigan - The three salesmen
taking part in the trip rely on Leah to keep them current on sales
office goings-on. Maintaining daily e-mail correspondence with the
voyaging reps, Leah is also responsible for servicing their customers