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Dick and Gail Barnes, the owners of the current N57 Ice Dancer II and the former N50 Ice Dancer were awarded their 100,000 nm distance pennant - fittingly - only hours before departing for another transoceanic crossing. The couple has been at PAE’s headquarters in Dana Point, CA getting routine maintenance done as well as installing new cushions and fabrics, all in advance of the next leg of their lifelong journey.

The Barneses actually hit the milestone mark about six months ago so the ceremony was a bit delayed. But, said Distance Pennant coordinator Becky Peters, it was important that the couple was awarded in person for their achievement. Only one other set of owners, Heidi and Wolfgang Haas on Nordhavn 46 Kanaloa, has reached 100,000 nm.

Having spent the summer in Alaska, the Barneses made their way down the west coast, arriving in Dana Point about a week ago with more than 86,168 nm on the odometer. Combined with the miles they put on the N50 (23,545), they are closing in on 110,000 nm traveled, which they will reach sooner than later. They anxiously departed today for San Diego where they will await a decent weather window to embark on their passage to Hawaii. Remarkably, it will be their 5th ocean crossing.

Dick Barnes remained non-committal when discussing cruising plans after Hawaii. “Could be the South Pacific, could be back to Alaska,” noted PAE Project Manager Dave Harlow, who has worked with the Barneses since they purchased their N50 in 2002. “You can be sure they are going to keep on cruising though. They definitely seem happiest at sea.”

2016 Postings

Nordhavn 68 Migration: Migration made its way up the Norwegian to reach the highest latitude ever achieved by a Nordhavn. The county of Svalbard, Norway is listed as having the fourth highest latitude on the globe. Several Nordhavns have reached extreme latitudes, but Migration’s visit to Svalbard eclipsed the previously most extreme visit by a Nordhavn, also achieved by Migration. Crew member and marine specialist Steve D’Antonio was onboard and real-time blogging about all the excitement and challenges faced by Migration and her team during their monumental trip. Read More

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Nordhavn 5609: The owner of a Nordhavn 56 Motorsailer became the first person ever to single-hand a Nordhavn across an ocean. Thierry Vestraete departed Newport, RI June 30, embarking on a solo mission to bring his boat Deo Juvante across the Atlantic to Europe. The trip took about a month and he kept the public updated with quick hitter updates during his history-making expedition. Read More

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N2AK: On July 7, 2016 more than 30 Nordhavns began moving to Petersburg, Alaska marina, kicking off what is the largest group of Nordhavns ever assembled at one time. Nordhavns To Alaska or N2AK is the brand’s biggest rendezvous ever with owners of 32 Nordhavns that arrived by boat, and several more that arrived without boats. We captured the festivities with updates and photos. Read More