Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Four Nordhavns jump the Pacific

One of the nicest jobs at Circumnavigator magazine is keeping an eye on the blogs of Nordhavns out there are voyaging the world. There are many excellent blogs maintained by Nordhavn owners but one of our favorites is Cruising with Oso Blanco written by Eric and Ann Bloomquist about cruising with young son Bear.

Eric and Annie have a way with words, and a sense of humor, that has us looking forward to each new post about life aboard Oso Blanco. We first encountered the Bloomquists when Bear was a toddler. Then the first Oso Blanco was a Nordhavn 40. As Bear grew, so did the Nordhavn, with the second being a 47. Bear now is eight and the third Nordhavn is a 64. That's Bear shown with a friend in the Marquesas.

Click here for Annie's post about swimming with sharks in the Marquesas in French Polynesia after a non-stop passage of 15 days 20 hours covering 2,714 nautical miles from Puerto Vallarta in Mexico. That's Oso Blanco anchored in paradise in the top photo. (Click on any image for a larger view.)

Two other PAE trawler yachts made the same passage—billed as Pacific Puddle Jump by Latitude 38—this spring:

Another, Nordhavn 46 Emily Grace, made a longer passage to the Marquesas, steaming 2,905 miles from Galapagos in 21 days.

Coincidentally, the magazine we're currently working on—Circumnavigator 2011 that will be out in September—has been labeled the adventure edition. You could say Nordhavn is just another way to spell adventure.