GSSR 2009, a month away

For those who know Ken Williams of M/Y Sans Souci, he is the leading boat in the upcoming Great Siberian Sushi Run 2009. We will be helping Ken and the other vessels make this “unique” crossing. Below is an email I received Ken as the beginning of the voyage is about a month away.

Greetings all!

You are reading the blog, of Ken Williams, from the Nordhavn 68 named Sans Souci. This is my first mailing to most of you in nearly a year, so you may have forgotten who I am.

The last time that I sent out my blog to my full mailing list, Sans Souci was in Costa Rica, and we were struggling to get it to Seattle in time for a summer cruise to Alaska. Unfortunately, getting the boat back from Costa Rica turned out to be a longer, and rougher, proposition than originally planned. We were very disappointed not to be able to cruise Alaska last summer.

However… we’re about to make up for the lost cruising, and then some… A month from now, Roberta, Shelby and I, aboard Sans Souci, will begin our next big adventure!

Starting April 23rd, Sans Souci, and two Nordhavn 62s will be venturing from Seattle to Japan, taking a most unusual route. Roberta and I were disappointed to have missed Alaska last year, so we’re heading north this year. After Alaska we’ll cross the Bering Sea, visit Siberia and arrive in Japan sometime this August.

Some of you may still be reading that last paragraph and shaking your head in confusion. Yes. You did read it right. We are going to “that” Bering Sea; the one you may have seen on the show TV Deadliest Catch. No worries though. We’re going in the best possible month, and whereas it probably won’t be flat seas, we’re not expecting anything too crazy.

There are some great reasons why we chose this particular routing.

  • We all wanted to cross the Pacific, and this gives us a way to “get to the other side” without ever being more than about 500 miles from land. Instead of a fifteen to twenty day cruise across open ocean, we instead have a spectacular trip with plenty of places to stop.
  • We have a “once in a lifetime” chance to visit a cruising ground that few, other than commercial fishing boats, have ever visited. How many boaters can say they’ve docked in Siberia?
  • It’s tough to get three highly opinionated captains to agree on anything. We wanted to cruise together, and couldn’t agree on Tahiti. I don’t know why.
The other two Nordhavn 62s are:

  • Grey Pearl, Braun and Tina Jones. Some of you may recall that Grey Pearl cruised alongside Sans Souci across the Atlantic a few years back.
  • Seabird, Steven and Carol Argosy.
Over the past few months I have been writing my blog, but only sending it out to a very small group. This is the first email that I’ve sent to the larger group (several thousand of you!) that have been following Sans Souci’s adventures through the years. I’ll probably write a few more blog entries over the next month as we get ready for the trip.

Before the GSSR blog really gets rolling, this is a good chance to register anyone else you think might want to receive the blog. Just give them this link: Or, click the link and register them yourself. You don’t need to register, or you wouldn’t have received this email.

Similarly, if you have received this email, and can’t remember how or why you registered, and don’t really want to receive any future updates, then NO PROBLEM. There is a link at the very bottom of this email that tells you how to “unsubscribe” from the mailing list. Just click it and you won’t be pestered any more.

For those of you who have not been following the blog the past few months, here are links to some of the past blog entries that had to do with trip planning, and getting prepared…. You’ll be reading them slightly out of context, but I’m sure you can figure it out. Or, ignore these links, and just enjoy the adventure, as you please.

Early trip planning:

Meeting Bill Harrington (an Alaska Commercial Fisherman who will be accompanying us):

Thinking about diving in the Aleutians:

Detailed Trip Schedule:

A chat with a 62 owner who previously made the trip:

Trip Planning:

Clothes for the trip:

When we’re not out cruising, my blog gets a little “techie”. If you are into mechanical things, you might enjoy these blog entries:

Work done on the boat:

Bulbous Bows:

Fractional Ownership of Boats:

Storm Windows and Stability Curves:

New type of Sonar:

New type of Radar:

Shipping Containers:

Oil Bypass Filters:

Prop Pitch:

LED Lighting:

Retiring on a boat:

Mechanical Space Cooling:

Boat Security:

Night Vision:



Thank you!

Ken Williams

Nordhavn 68, Sans Souci
Updated 10/13/2017

200 boats capsized in last 5 months

If any you have read a recent article on about 200 boats capsizing in the last 5months, just think about how many boats that is and the sad thing about it is that many of them could have prevented. For example, it has been reported the most recent and notable capsizing involved the 4 people off the Clearwater Florida two of which are NFL players. They were apparently off the coast by as much as 30mi and a strong cold front was coming their way and seas when the vessel capsized may have been as high as 10-11ft. The boat was under 30ft and a seas of 4-5ft would probably make a ride at best very uncomfortable.

It is amazing how many people don’t look into getting an updated forecast for coastal and offshore waters. For the few bucks it would cost, it can save your life. A service like ours will tell you whether it is safe to go out or not and we will flat out tell you not to go out if we feel conditions are unsafe. The lesson here is, don’t be penny wise and dollar foolish. Before you head out to sea, give us a call and make sure the conditions are safe to transit.