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GSSR Reaches Japan: Sushi Must Wait

GSSR Route Map Showing Progress to Date  -- Image Courtesy of Ken Williams

GSSR Route Map Showing Progress to Date -- Image Courtesy of Ken Williams

Ken Williams aboard Sans Soucireports that the Great Siberian Sushi Run has reached Japan, although the arrival there apparently had a number of unexpected events.  In a somewhat ironic twist of fate, the crewmembers of Sans Souci, the first Nordhavn 68, and Seabird and Grey Pearl (both Nordhavn 62s) couldn’t find an open sushi restaurant on arrival day and some of them, at least, ended up dining on Chinese cuisine.  More alarming was the fact that Sans Soucicrewmember Shelby (the dog) was not allowed to immigrate into Japan due to what Ken describes as a stunningly bureaucratic paperwork issue.  A “Free Shelby!” movement has begun within a Yahoo discussion group known as the Nordhavn Dreamers, with a groundswell (seaswell?) of support for the sole canine aboard.

The GSSR fleet is moored at a marina in Tomakomai on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.  The three ships made a five day passage south from the Russian port city of Petropavlovsk on the Kamchatka peninsula.  Ken Williams reports in his latest blog entry that the passage was without bad weather and that the worst complication was navigating through fields of fishing buoys.  His post has some interesting screen shots taken from the radar displays that nicely illustrate the navigational challenge.

Next stop for the group, and last official stop on the GSSR route, will be the huge port city of Yokohama, on the “main” island of Honshu.  Yokohama is the big industrial port inside Tokyo Bay.  Readers who are considering a stop in Japan should read the latest blog entry from Ken as he describes in typical high-resolution detail the challenges of international immigration; not just for crew but also for the boat. 

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Posted by Tom in Destinations

Nordic Tugs Signs Russian Dealer

Nordic Tugs, of Burlington, Washington, yesterday announced that it has signed its first dealer in Russia.  Boat Market, based in Moscow, will take delivery of its first boat, a Nordic Tugs 37, in August. (See OceanLines review of the NT-37 here)

Nordic Tugs 37

Nordic Tugs 37

David Goehring, Nordic Tugs’ executive vice-president/COO, said in a statement, “Our research suggested that Russia is an emerging boating market, and we feel the Russian market is going to boom in the next decade or so.” Goehring said that, between Russian’s strong economy and “Nordic Tugs being the ideal boat for the cruising conditions in that region, exporting to Russia was a logical next step” for the company.

Nordic Tugs  began exporting last year to the European market.  The company says it currently has several inquiries from dealers throughout the world who are interested in selling Nordic Tugs.  The company indicates it is evaluating the feasibility of those export opportunities.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Industry News