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February 25, 2010
Miami boat shows highlighted by Flanders ceremony
Perfect weather greeted attendees of the Miami boat shows
last week and visitors to the Nordhavn exhibits came out in full force. For the
second year straight, Nordhavn displayed at two locations in Miami: at the
International Boat Show at Sea Isle Marina on Biscayne Bay with a pre-owned
N55, then over at the Yacht and Brokerage Show where a recently listed Nordhavn
64 was featured.
The five-day event was highlighted by the annual Nordhavn
owner’s party. This year’s was especially significant given the attendance of
Scott and Mary Flanders of Nordhavn 46 Egret fame, who’d flown to Florida just days after completing a circumnavigation.
Their fashionably late arrival (thanks to lack of parking on Collins Avenue!)
allowed an impromptu ovation by their peers. “We don’t deserve this!” said an
obviously stunned Scott Flanders.
After a bit of mingling
amongst the 50-plus owners, staff and magazine editors gathered on the dock,
Nordhavn’s president, Dan Streech, took the opportunity to recap the
accomplishments of the evening’s special guests of honor. “Any circumnavigation
is front page news, but Scott and Mary have done it with grace and style and
have shown the rest of us how to live life to its fullest along the way.”
For their efforts, the
couple earned a special edition Circumnavigator pennant, part of Nordhavn’s distant pennant program that awards Nordhavn owners – past and present – pennants for
mileage accrued under their keels. The first pennant is awarded at 2,500 nm;
subsequent pennants are awarded in 5,000 nm increments.
They were then
presented with a cruising logbook and proclaimed Nordhavn’s “Cruising Couple of
the Decade.” Seems like if a manufacturer had one couple that fit the title,
they should consider themselves lucky, celebrate said couple’s ostensibly
unique accomplishments, and not look back. Alas, this is Nordhavn. We’ve got
many couples who might be able to claim that designation. Jim and Susy Sink
were the first to take their Nordhavn 46, with its (by today’s standards)
antiquated navigational equipment, around the world. But their feat was
achieved in the late 90s. Heidi and Wolfgang Haas completed their second circumnavigation in their N46,
back in ’08. Surely they are worthy of the title. Yes, they are. Other couples
have not circumnavigated, but cruised extensively while at the same time
imparting wisdom on other cruisers through popular blogs; some have even written
books. What the Flanders have done is circumnavigated and spread the gospel of cruising with impartiality and passion
– through their log reports, photography, articles and even “live
appearances” such as the one they made at a Nordhavn Open House in New Zealand.
They even have their own glossary of “Egretisms”, basically invented words that
suit Scott’s take on all things cruising – and some non-cruising things. So
why did Nordhavn choose to honor the Flanders? It’s the great pains the couple
takes to assure “wannabes”, newbies, or those who are gun shy that extended
cruising is possible for anyone willing to take the first step. As much as the
couple is enjoying themselves in
their world adventure, it appears they fully appreciate the experience only after
they have paid it forward, so to speak. We think that’s pretty cool.
In a brief acceptance
speech, Scott noted that he and Mary are thrilled to spend the next two to
three years kicking it around the Mediterranean. There will be no schedule. No
real weather to worry about, no significant trip planning to make. Just years
of small cruises to all the places they enjoyed seeing in the past, and those
they wished they’d visited but didn’t get to during their previous two-year Med
We wish them well. And
we look forward to whatever new adventures the Voyage of Egret brings us next.