The ATW trip is a tribute to the four enterprising businessmen/owners of PAE/Nordhavn. Starting with Jeff Leishman’s design, Jim Leishman’s we-can-do-this-vision, Joe Meglen’s voice of reason and Dan Streech’s unbridled enthusiasm, the four owners of PAE pulled this incredible feat off during a turning point in world events…the first crew departed from California to Hawaii on November 3, 2001 only a few weeks after the devastating September 11th terrorist attacks.
It would have been easy and practical to scrap the trip due to all of the global uncertainty. The promotion had already begun, advertising and marketing in place, and any critics would have understood, but that’s not how PAE has built up their Nordhavn brand. So, the project was green lighted at full speed ahead (in this case about 5 knots!).
The Nordhavn website did a great job of chronicling this adventure (still available on the www.nordhavn.com website).