More than 70 boats apply to participate
in Nordhavn Atlantic Rally;
World's first transatlantic powerboat rally starts in Florida, May
Pacific Asian Enterprises has received applications from more than
70 boatowners interested in participating in the Nordhavn Atlantic
Rally-the first trans-Atlantic rally for oceangoing powerboats.
"When we announced the rally we knew that interest would be
high," said Jim Leishman, vice president of Pacific Asian Enterprises.
"But we had no idea that it would be this high."
P.A.E. has received 78 applications including 54 from Nordhavn
owners and 24 from owners of vessels built by other manufacturers.
Many have expressed an interest in using the rally as the first
step for extended cruising in the Mediterranean and elsewhere.
As the Nordhavn Atlantic Rally 2004 draws closer, Leishman said
that he expects the number of prospective participants will decline
a bit as schedules and situations change. But, for event organizers,
the biggest hurdle now is to select boats that will participate
in the invitational event. Rally participation will be limited in
order to ensure that the fleet receives the most effective on-the-water
"We designed the Nordhavn Atlantic Rally as a way for those
who dream of ambitious passage making to clear the first hurdle
safely and with the comfort of knowing that support is immediately
at hand," said Leishman. "We'd like to take everyone,
but we don't have the resources to be able to do so and still provide
the level of support needed."
Fleet will depart from Florida, May 16
The Nordhavn Atlantic Rally, a three-leg, 3800-mile cruising adventure,
is slated to begin with a fleet rendezvous on May 9, 2004 at a marina
to be determined in southern Florida. Originally, the rally was
to have started in Newport, R.I.; but, a large number of the prospective
participants preferred a Florida departure. P.A.E. will name a host
marina soon. Weather permitting, dates for the event are:
||Fleet rendezvous, registration, preparation, seminars and
||Smaller boats depart for Bermuda. Approx. 900nm
||Larger boats depart for Bermuda
||All boats arrive Bermuda (Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, Hamilton)
||Smaller boats depart for Azores. Approx. 1800nm
||Larger boats depart for Azores
||All boats arrive Horta, Azores. (Horta Marina, Horta, Faial)
||Smaller boats depart for Gibraltar. Approx. 1100nm
||Larger boats depart for Gibraltar
||All boats arrive Gibraltar (Marina Bay)
||Rally concludes in Gibraltar
Social events at each venue are being planned, including a grand
finale/Fourth of July celebration in Gibraltar.
Adventure of a lifetime
On the heels of the record-breaking Nordhavn 40 Around the World
Voyage, Pacific Asian Enterprises created the Nordhavn Atlantic
Rally to offer others the opportunity to visit distant cruising
grounds safely and comfortably. "
Advancements in naval architecture and boat building technology
have created a class of full-displacement vessels with remarkable
sea-keeping abilities and incredible cruising ranges," said
Leishman. "We build Nordhavns to make adventures possible and
this event will help to introduce a whole new group of people to
the thrills of trans-oceanic passage making."
The Nordhavn Atlantic Rally 2004 is an invitational event. A key
facet of this event will be support not only at the stopovers, but
also during every mile of the trip. P.A.E. will staff a number of
specially selected Nordhavns that will serve as escort vessels to
lead and follow the groups and will provide assistance to the fleet
including mechanical and technical support, weather routing, emergency
fuel reserves, limited towing capacity, and medical support. P.A.E.
will also provide shore-side logistical support and social events.
While P.A.E. is eager to provide all the support possible, Leishman
reminds all participants that the safety of the vessels and crews
is the responsibility of each captain.
"Transoceanic passage-making is serious business and safety
is paramount," said Leishman. "While we will do all that
we can to ensure a pleasant voyage, it is up to each captain to
be responsible for the safety and conduct of his vessel and crew."
Renowned circumnavigator and TV/film director Bruce Kessler will
accompany the fleet to create a documentary film of the voyage.
Kessler and TV producer Jo Swerling, Jr. hope to generate network
interest in the documentary. The film will cover not only the transatlantic
voyage, but also individual experiences of the participants. In
addition, a group of journalists will be invited to participate
in the event.