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 it 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, Paul & I co-host the killer sailing podcast '59º North.' You can read about all of our adventures in our blogs. So browse the site, check out the passage calendar, and join us offshore!
The map below defaults to show Isbjorn's current or upcoming expedition. Click the blue drop-down menu at the top of the map to choose the expedition you'd like to see positions for. Past expeditions are also saved here.
I met Mia backpacking in New Zealand in 2006, and we have been inseparable since. We got married in Sweden in 2011 and crossed the Atlantic in our yawl Arcturus a few weeks later. We have a house in Lancaster, PA and live on Arcturus in Sweden in the summertime, traveling and sailing in between.
We love ocean sailing, and are passionate about all aspects, from proper yacht design to sail selection for offshore sailing, yacht rigging, gear, safety equipment and more. I hold both USCG Master Mariner and RYA Yachtmaster Oceans credentials. I'm particularly conscious of rigging on ocean sailing yachts, having worked for a few years in Annapolis for Southbound Cruising Services, learning about all aspects of rigging and getting some awesome on-the-job experience. Having refitted two boats for ocean sailing (Arcturus and my dad's Wauquiez Hood 38 Sojourner), it's taught me a lot about systems and gear, and how to prioritize, optimize and simplify them for crossing oceans.
Mia, for her part, has had a steep learning curve. She wasn't a sailor before we met - in fact, she had never even been aboard a sailboat! That all changed quite quickly, with our first trip aboard a 28' sloop in the Marlboro Sounds on the South Island of New Zealand in 2006. Since then she's logged many thousands of ocean miles with and without me, including three Atlantic crossings (yes, that's one more than me!).
Our sailing adventures have taken us to the South Island of New Zealand, the Whitsunday Islands in Australia, the BVI to St. Martin to Trinidad and everywhere in between in the Eastern Caribbean, New England, Nova Scotia, St. Pierre, Bermuda, the Azores, Portugal, the Canary Islands, Ireland, Scotland, the North Sea, Sweden and Finland. With 2016's calendar just published for Isbjörn, that list is only going to get longer. In a few years' time, our ultimate goal is to make it way up north to Arctic Norway and beyond. Those who already know us might be surprised to learn about the new Swan...suffice it to say, that my ideas on ocean sailing are evolving (and yes, the Swan has a fridge! Two of them in fact...).
In addition to our sailing careers, Mia and I (mostly Mia!) manage the USA office of the World Cruising Club. We are the event managers for the Caribbean 1500, ARC USA and ARC DelMarVa rallies. We also work on the 'yellow shirt' team for the ARC and ARC Europe rallies.
Last but not least, I'm pretty involved in the sailing media, hosting my own podcast called, appropriately, 59º North, and writing on a freelance basis for SAIL Magazine, Yachting World, SpinSheet and others. You can check out some of my old articles in my published archive here (though it's now a few years out of date).
Join us on an offshore expedition and get a thorough introduction to ocean sailing aboard our S&S Swan 48 Isbjörn. The classic sloop, built at the legendary Nautor yard in Finland, is recognized as one of the sweetest-sailing and safest ocean-sailing platforms available. While not specifically a sailing school, you'll learn how to stand night watches, navigate, and generally run and manage a boat on a long ocean passage under professional supervision. It's an incredibly fun adventure and a phenomenal life experience. We sail worldwide, offering a variety of opportunities from 500-mile hops in the Caribbean Sea, to full-on Atlantic crossings between the USA and Europe. Check the Sailing Passages calendar to see what's on offer, learn What to Expect, and click here to see How to Book.
Andy & Mia (and Andy's Dad Dennis!) have been delivering yachts together since 2007, and our delivery partner Paul Exner of Modern Geographic has been doing it even longer! Between the four of us, we'll bring your boat back in better condition than you left it, in a timely fashion and for a reasonable fee. We also specialize in owner-assisted deliveries, which are great opportunities for boat owners new to ocean sailing to get their first experience on their own boat in a controlled environment with skipper and mate. See our Yacht Delivery page for details and to enquire.
The 59º North podcast is my conversations with sailors who love their lives and live their dreams. What started as a hobby and an excuse to talk to people in the sailing world has grown into a hugely popular show and one of my favorite creative pursuits. The podcast is mostly long-form, informal audio conversations with people from around the world of sailing - tall ship captains, Cape Horners, sailing authors, Volvo Ocean Race skippers, yacht designers, family cruisers, Arctic adventurers and classic inspiring sailors like Gary Jobson, Magnus Olsson, Lin & Larry Pardey & Donald Street. I talk to them all in an effort to define what creates success in the sailing world and how to accomplish dreams on the high seas. New episodes publish weekly, usually on Tuesdays. Click here for the episode archive.
We maintain a very small Storefront on the site, selling gear that we use and love. You'll also find our own 59º North 'Oh Dark Thirty' coffee that is roasted in small-batches and packaged just for us in Myerstown, PA at Fat Puppy Coffee Roasters. We get a small percentage of sales on all items which go directly to support the (not insubstantial) cost of maintaining this website and especially producing the podcast.
Mia and I never really thought this day would come. But just yesterday, we delivered Isbjorn to Annapolis from Connecticut, and our sailing careers officially evolved. Alas, like a good woman, my heart can't be with two boats. I only hope I can find the perfect owner for Arcturus so she can continue the adventures we started on her.
We're asking $50,000, firm - more than we paid for her, but vastly less than she's worth. Arcturus is truly greater than the sum of her parts. See below for a complete listing, plus a timeline of the work we've done to the boat and the cruising we've enjoyed. It's comprehensive, and we'll be updating this page as we think of more stuff. Contact us if you'd like more information or are serious about making a purchase. She's currently lying in Gullberg's Marina in Vasteras, Sweden, under winter cover and de-rigged (since Sept. 2014). You won't be disappointed!
-Andy & Mia, April 2015