Around The World Send-Off
In true PAE fashion, with the tunes of Jimmy Buffet providing a
little background inspiration, and employees, sponsors, friends,
and owners on hand, Nordhavn 40 hull number 21 departed from Dana
Point, California for Honolulu on Saturday November 3rd. This is
the first leg in a 26,000-mile circumnavigation.
PAE's Vice President and partner Jim Leishman, along with his son
Eric, Georges Kolesnikov of Trawler World On Line, and David Harlow,
Project Manager for the Nordhavn 46 and 50, found fair winds and
skies for the 1500 departure. A parade of Nordhavns followed their
sister out of the channel as horns blew and well wishers were heard
over cell phones and the VHF. After months of preparation, Jim was
understandably happy to be under way and on schedule as he pointed
the stout little ship toward the open ocean. The north wind provided
a gradual Pacific swell and the weather outlook was favorable for
the 2,184 mile crossing.
Averaging a speed of six knots, they expect to spend approximately
fifteen and a half days in the ocean before making landfall on or
about the 17th of November. Preliminary plans are to dock at the
Honolulu Yacht Club before continuing the circumnavigation, departing
for Majoro in Micronesia on November 20th.
Fresh from an Alaskan summer cruise, the Nordhavn 40 was well tuned
and outfitted for the around the world voyage. For a complete list
of equipment, click on the sponsor list. Above all, the Nordhavn
40 will once again prove herself as a fantastic sea boat. "This
is one of the most seaworthy boats we have ever built, and we're
just as comfortable taking this trip in this model as we would in
one of our large models," commented Jim Leishman. The Nordhavn
40, and all the Nordhavn models, appeal to the serious cruiser looking
for an all-ocean capable trawler.
Jim and his crew will be providing weekly updates on their progress,
so stay tuned for some good sea stories.