"The feeling you get on an ocean passage, once into the watch routine and acclimated to life at sea, is at times downright spiritual, in the most universal sense of the word. When I'm at sea I have a sense of peace and contentment that's impossible to feel ashore, connected to the fast-paced 'real-world.' Your entire world exists within the space of 48x14 feet, yet is stretched to infinity when you gaze over the horizon. Your sense of time distorts. Like our friend Tom H. says, 'the minutes and hours go by slowly, but the days go by fast.' If you're thinking about going ocean sailing, do it. It might change your life."
Andy grew up sailing his mom & dad's boat's, all called 'Sojourner', on the Chesapeake Bay (literally from the time he was in diapers). During his 4th-grade, they sailed south as a family - Andy, younger sister Kaitie, Gail & Dennis and two cats, Ketchie and Salty - and spent the winter cruising the Bahamas.
He met Mia on a backpacking trip in New Zealand in 2006, and the two have been seeking adventures together ever since. They've logged almost 50,000 bluewater miles and have crossed the Atlantic a combined five times (3 for Mia, 2 for Andy). Andy & Mia are based in Sweden when they're off the boat & love endurance sports!
Mia grew up 'ute på landet' - that's 'out in the countryside' - in rural Sweden, about 90 minutes drive inland from Stockholm & far from the sea. She was a strong swimmer in high school and competed on a national level in Sweden.
Mia took off for New Zealand with her best friend Johanna (who thought Andy's name was 'Eddie' for three days when the first met). She didn't start sailing - was never even on a sailboat - until a 4-day charter in the Marlboro Sounds in NZ on a 28-foot boat with Andy, Johanna, Clint & Glenn. Mia hasn't looked back since, and has more Atlantic crossings that Andy now (which she's quick to point out!). In Sweden Mia loves to run, bike & bake bread.
Liz is from Litchfield County, CT & goes to school as a Marine Science major at UConn – Avery Point. Andy & Mia 'headhunted' her after she charmed them at the Annapolis Boat Show in 2015, asking her to join the team as a podcast producer, crewmember on 'Isbjorn' and spokesperson for 59º North. Liz has since sailed nearly 2,000 miles on Isbjorn!
She sailed dinghies from age 7-14 at sailing camp, but it wasn't until I started listening to Andy's podcast that she realized her true passion for sailing. Liz is also an aspiring racing sailor, and is looking for opportunities in the sailing world after she graduates. "It really feels as if I fit this life," she says.
Join us for the ocean sailing adventure of a lifetime on our classic S&S Swan 48 Isbjörn. Cross an ocean & discover the lure of the open sea, all aboard a beautiful, classic & safe ocean-sailing machine. Why? Because life is short, and time slows down out there.
Quite simply, we aim to share the infinite wisdom of the high seas with those wise enough to seek them out. We've sailed tens of thousands of bluewater miles in our boats and others', and yet the magic of a night watch at sea remains as strong as ever. We want to share that magic with you. Join us, and find out for yourself.
In conjunction with Paul Exner & Modern Geographic, we also offer yacht delivery services to boat owners & a variety of workshops. Plus, I host the killer sailing podcast 'On The Wind.' You can read about all of our adventures in our blogs. So browse the site, check out the passage calendar, and join us offshore!