Guest Interview Dick and Gail Barnes – Ice Dancer II

Gail and Dick Barnes

So, Dick, please tell us a little something about your cruising to date and where you have been so far?

Commissioned a Nordhavn 50, delivered end of 2002. Shakedown to Sea of Cortez, then to Kodiak, return to California and on to Hawaii. Next to French Polynesia and return to Hawaii. Finally to Dana Point for sale. Bought previously owned but never used N-57. Again to Baja then to Kodiak. Next long trip to Galapagos Islands, through Chilean Fjords and around Cape Horn. Next reverse back to California and then to Hawaii. Next long trip to both Samoas, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, West Coast of Australia, Tasmania, South and North Island New Zealand, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga, American Samoa and Hawaii. Next, Hawaii to Adak (Aleutian Islands), Attu (most western), Dutch Harbor, Pribilof Islands, Alaska Peninsula, Kodiak, Southeast Alaska, Canada, Portland, West Coast California, Socorro Islands of Mexico, Bandaras Bay, Sea of Cortez, Guadalupe Island, Dana Point and back to Hawaii. After that Hawaii to Marshall Islands and return. Then, Hawaii to Kodiak, down the coasts to Dana Point and return to Hawaii. Most recent (spring 2016), French Polynesia and return to Hawaii.

Dick on summer day at Cape Horn

Chilean sunset from Ice Dancer II

Glacier Bay, Alaska

So how many nautical miles have you done then?

We crossed 100,000 nm while in French Polynesia, so about 103,000 nm. All mileage recorded from GPS trip log totals.

Why did you choose Nordhavn?

We wanted to cruise.

Anchored with N-46 Egret off Beagle Channel

What has been your cruising highlight so far?

All of it has been grand.

Do you travel with an animal/s on board?


In your past life what did you and Gail do?

Natural gas pipeline and distribution company president. Gail is community volunteer.

Dick, if there is one thing Gail does that irritates you while underway what would that be?

She is a perfect Admiral/First Mate.

Ice Dancer II at anchor in north Tonga

And it’s only fair I ask Gail the same question, so Gail, if there was one thing Dick does that irritates you what would that be?

Can’t think of anything.

Onto irritating things, have you ever run out of something while at sea that has caused problems?

Freezer space for more fish.

Would you describe yourselves as more hunters or more gathers?

Fish hunters.

Yellow fin tuna caught in Line Islands

Why did you name your vessel Ice Dancer II?

At one time we were competitive ice dancers.

What other names did you consider?


What is the one lesson every boater should learn?

Backup parts and backup systems. Things break and wear out.

What is your favourite anchorage and why?

Makua, Oahu, Hawaii. It is near our primary marina, has good holding, beautiful view, protected from trade winds and rarely another boat.

Makua Beach, O’ahu, Hawai

What is your favorite Marina and why?

Ko Olina, which we have used as a base since 2003. It is only 2,000 to 2,500 miles to our various destinations, which is no problem for the Nordhavn.

What is your favourite quote and why?

I can explain it to you, but I cannot understand it for you.

What’s the funniest thing that has ever happened to you while at sea?

Passing a sailboat, dead in the water, on a windless day in the middle of the Pacific.

Stopped during bike ride at south, South Island, New Zealand to take in the rose garden

What’s the biggest mistake you have ever made on the water?

Allowing someone else’s schedule influence ours.

What is your most hated boat job?

Bottom cleaning, which I avoid or contract out.

Gail with beached dinghy at Vava’u, Tonga

Tell us a little something about Ice Dancer II?

Best boat ever.

What is the one thing you are most afraid of?

Dick – Life’s short and so many places to see.

Gail – No room in the freezer for that 300-pound tuna.

At anchor in Vanuatu. Wonderful people, diving and scenery

What’s your favourite photo ever taken while at sea and why?

View of Ice Dancer II from Chilean Island in the Beagle Channel, with Ushuaia, Argentina in the background. PAE used this photo for years as a banner for its brokerage advertisements.

Ice Dancer II in Beagle Channel, near Cape Horn

What would you never leave behind (besides each other) when heading out to sea?

A sense of adventure.

Gail tell us something about yourselves that nobody knows?

All of our grandkids are perfect.

Grandson rowing from Ice Dancer II, moored in Elfin Cove, Alaska

And finally, where to next?

Talking about Hawaii-Alaska-California-Hawaii again this year.

Ice Dancer II anchored in front of Opera House, Sydney, Australia

Thank you very much for your time, will be watching this year’s progress closely.

Good luck with your travels!

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  1. SUBJECT: Re: Guest Interview Dick and Gail Barnes – Ice Dancer II

    Interesting interview….a man and woman of strong talents and few words. He cruises the N sweet spot…safe areas with great weather. Wonder if they dive at these locations. As we well know, what”s underwater is as fascinating as what”s above water. They are obviously taking their family on some of these cruises. Fantastic. He shrinks the Pacific by basing (spoking) in Hawaii…smart. Thanks.

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