For 160,000 miles of remarkable cruising in his 57-foot ketch. Prior to 1994, two circumnavigations via Antarctica. From 1994 to 2000 circled west to east from St. Thomas, V. I. to Seattle. Highlights included a Northwest Passage attempt stopped by impassable ice and extensive cruising in Europe, India, Asia, and Australia. Swanson was dismasted in the South Pacific and sorely beset by ice floes in the Arctic, but through good seamanship, brought Cloud Nine through all danger.
Awarded "without date", signifying a particularly lengthy course of accomplishments at sea