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June 1, 2017
Powering Across the Pacific
There’s been a lot of attention given to the five Nordhavns traveling across the Atlantic right now as part of the Nordhavn Atlantic Passage (NAP) group. But there’s also a faction of Nordhavns that have been quietly crossing the Pacific Ocean.
Over the last several weeks, a handful of yachts have crossed – or will soon be crossing – the Pacific, the most recent one being Nordhavn 46 Starlet. Jennifer and Mark Ullman recently completed a 20 ½-day trip from the Galapagos to the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia. The couple have completed half of their circumnavigation which took them across the Atlantic about two years ago and into the Med and up to Egypt. Then retraced their steps across, journeyed down through the Caribbean and back to Florida. “The second half of our circumnavigation will go much slower,” said Jennifer last weekend after arriving in Nuku Hiva. “We will be in French Polynesia for one year.”
Meanwhile, Ron and Nancy Goldberg are also cruising French Polynesia, having arrived in Tahiti about two weeks ago. The couple left Los Cabos, Mexico in early spring and traveled 2,700 nm prior to making landfall in the Marquesas. “The voyage has been fun, hard work, but an incredible experience,” said Nancy from on board their Nordhavn 50 Duet. The couple initially had plans to continue on to New Zealand, but have decided to stay in French Polynesia until June 2018, Nancy said. “The cruising here is just spectacular.”
Making the 18-day trek that much nicer for the Goldbergs was getting to cross the Pacific alongside N60 Daybreak. Both Duet and Daybreak participated in the Pacific Puddle Jump, a loosely organized rally of boats crossing from points West to the South Pacific. Of the 135 boats registered to make the crossing, only 3 were powerboats: Duet, Daybreak, and Starlet. Like the other two boats, Daybreak is enjoying exploring French Polynesia, but will continue on to New Zealand in September.
And next week, a Nordhavn 56 Motorsailer will depart Puerto Vallarta, also bound for New Zealand. The new owner of 56, Harry Price, will be on board with his captain and a friend and plan to pick up guests in various ports they will visit including the Marquesas, Tuamotus, Society Islands and possibly Tonga and Fiji. “We are flexible [with our itinerary]!” said captain Nigel Clarke.
Nigel will be keeping a daily blog and provide tracking of the boat’s progress, which will be covered on Nordhavn Live. The plan is to reach New Zealand by November.