Crew & Sail Offshore // #isbjornsailing
59º North Sailing offers those adventurous spirits out there the opportunity to crew & sail offshore on a long-distance ocean passage on one of sailing's most highly-respected ocean-sailing yachts, the classic S&S Swan 48 Isbjörn, with Andy Schell & Mia Karlsson.
We set an ambitious schedule, sailing 10,000 miles per year on Isbjörn, making landfall in ports from the Caribbean to the Arctic, Bermuda, Europe, Cuba, Canada & beyond. Normally the boat is sailed by Mia & Andy, plus 4 paying 'crew', each with their own cozy sea bunk & who actively participate in all aspects of the voyage, from steering & navigating to foredeck work, weather analysis, cooking & cleaning and more.
So if you've dreamed of seeing stars down to the horizon, if you yearn to lose sight of land for days on end, if you want to unplug from the world ashore, then join us on Isbjörn for the offshore sailing adventure of a lifetime.
Click on the maps below for specifics on that year's passages. Scroll down for the Airtable list of full bunk availability for all upcoming passages & our complete list of available expeditions.
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$6,000 // 14 Days // 4 Crew Spaces. This is the big one, off the deep end to the literal end of the earth, the farthest north you can sail before the pack ice. Isbjorn will earn her name on this way, as we go in search of polar bears and follow in the footsteps of the Arctic explorers in the farthest reaches of Norway. Photo courtesy Magnus Ormestad.
$6,000 // 21 Days // 4 Crew Spaces. Sail with Isbjorn as close as we'll get to Greenland this year as we make the BIG offshore passage, entirely in Arctic waters, from Svalbard south to Iceland (it's not often you'll get to say you sailed 'south' to Iceland!). Photo by Magnus Ormestad.
$6,000 // 16 Days // 4 Crew Spaces. Join Isbjorn just below the Arctic Circle in Iceland for the first of our voyages back south and to warmer climes. We'll swing by the Faroe Islands on the way if we have time and good weather, then perhaps pop into Scotland for some of the world's best whisky before finishing in the Irish city of Dublin for a proper pint of Guinness! Photo of the Viking ship 'Draken' approaching Iceland on her 2016 trans-Atlantic passage!
$6,000 // 14 Days // 4 Crew Spaces. Isbjorn's last passage of 2018. We'll depart Dublin and sail south through the Irish Sea and past the famous Fastnet Rock. If we have to, we'll duck into Glandore (Donald Street's home town), or Crookhaven to wait for a good weather window to cross Biscay and make landfall in Lisbon, where Isbjorn will stage for her return across the Atlantic.
$5,000 // 14 Days // 4 Crew Spaces. We've added one last passage in 2018! Join Isbjorn in Lagos, in the beautiful 'Algarve', the south coast of Portugal where we'll depart for 500 miles of offshore sailing towards Funchal on the island of Madeira. We'll explore a few days ashore there before sailing 500 miles back to Portugal!
$4,000 // 10 Days // 4 Crew Spaces. Once 'off the deep end', so to speak, it's 800 miles or so on the rhumb line to the city of Las Palmas on Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. Soft winds blow off the Sahara from Africa, and on our last passage along this route in 2012, we had 5 days of easy, dry sailing.
$8,000 // 24 Days // 4 Crew Spaces . Join Isbjorn off the coast of Africa for a classic, downwind Trade Wind passage to the Caribbean! This is what you dream about - 'sail south until the butter melts and turn right!' When Mia and my Dad completed this same passage aboard the Saga 43 Kinship in 2013, it was a 20-day passage with 20 knots of wind off the starboard stern quarter the entire time!
$4,000 // 10 days // 7 Crew Spaces. Join Andy Schell & Paul Exner, with Mia Karlsson and Dan Shea along as mates, on a high-level ocean racing program in the heart of the Caribbean.
$6,000 // 14 Days // 4 Crew Spaces. Join Andy & Mia for the 1,100 mile passage from Puerto Rico to Key West, with a stop in Havana on the way! A classic downwind, trade wind passage through the Old Bahama Channel.
$4,500.00 // 11 Days // 4 Crew Spaces. Sail Isbjorn north to Bermuda! Join the boat in historic, hippie Key West, and set off into the Gulf Stream, around the Bahamas and east into the Atlantic towards one of the classic ocean landfalls. Sailing there is the only real way to get to Bermuda after all! Photo by Jen Lawinski, from my NYC-Bermuda passage on the Hallberg-Rassy 43 'Blue Heron' in 2015 as we sailed toward Town Cut under spinnaker!
$4,200 // 10 Days // 4 Crew Spaces. Join Isbjorn in historic St Georges, Bermuda, for the 750-mile jaunt back to her home waters on the Chesapeake. It'll be the first time Isbjorn has sailed back to Annapolis since 2016, and should make for an exciting reunion.
The passage back from Bermuda is usually reasonable weather this time of year, but it's long enough that you never know what it'll be like by the time we reach the Gulf Stream, so be mentally prepared for changing conditions as we head west. It'll be a warm-weather trip, maybe a little cool in the evenings offshore.
$3,400 // 8 Days // 4 Crew Spaces. Because we love the cool weather and incredible scenery of the Canadian Maritimes, Isbjorn is going back to Nova Scotia & Newfoundland for a THIRD time in 2019!
It'll be an 850 nautical mile passage to the heart of the Canadian Maritimes on Isbjörn, our classic S&S Swan 48. Lunenburg is loaded with history, and you'll be met on arrival by the fishing schooners of old and some seriously friendly folks. The water's refreshingly chilly for an early morning swim, and it's easy to come and go from the big airport in Halifax.
$3,400 // 9 Days // 4 Crew Spaces. This passage is the continuation leg of our earlier Annapolis-Lunenburg trip. We'll sail from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia some 600 miles further north and east to St. John's, Newfoundland.
$4,200.00 // 10 Days // 4 Crew Spaces. Isbjorn will be returning to Annapolis for a long layupafter our voyage north to Newfoundland. This will be the first leg of that return voyage, and it's an exciting one! This 600-mile passage will be a combination of cruising and ocean sailing, so you'll get the best of both worlds. We'll start in St. John's, visit the French island of St. Pierre (like we did on Arcturus in 2011, and Isbjorn in 2016) and finish with a 350-mile passage to historic Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
$3,400 // 8 Days// 4 Crew Spaces. Join Isbjorn in historic Lunenburg, Nova Scotia for the final leg home following our voyage north to Newfoundland. An 850-mile, nonstop ocean passage.
$5,500 // 18 Days // 4 Crew Spaces. Isbjorn is heading south again! Join the boat in Annapolis, MD and cruise down the Bay, either going nonstop and offshore, or stopping near the mouth of the Chesapeake to wait for a weather window. Once offshore, it's 1,400 miles of serious ocean sailing, finishing in the tropical Caribbean! (Finish port TBD).
$4,250 // 10 Days // 4 Crew. Join Mia & Andy and visit some of their favorite Caribbean islands that they got to know so well during their Broadreach days. This trip will be a combination of offshore passagemaking & exploration ashore, including hiking ashore, lobster cookouts in the Grenadines, & swimming with sea turtles. If we have the opportunity, we'll hire a local guide ashore for some hiking and exploring.
$4,250 // 10 Days // 4 Crew. Re-trace the route we sailed in 2017 on Isbjorn, from the Caribbean to Bermuda, one of the nicest, warmest and most reliable-breeze open ocean passages we've had!
$4,250 // 10 Days // 4 Crew. The classic route home to the east coast from Bermuda. Enjoy lovely St Georges, check the weather, then we’ll head west and across the Gulf Stream before finishing the trip up the Chesapeake Bay and into Isbjorn’s home waters.
$4,500 // 11 Days // 8 Crew. Race down the Chesapeake and across the Gulf Stream to Bermuda onboard our S&S Swan 48 Isbjorn, one of the all-time classic ocean racing machines! We try to get in one big ocean race per year, and this will be our first point-to-point race after having completed the RORC 600 a few times. Racing offshore takes ocean sailing to another level, and the teamwork element of it makes it a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
$4,250 // 10 Days // 4 Crew. It's deep Atlantic all the way from Bermuda to Nova Scotia. Join Isbjorn in beautiful St. Georges, Bermuda, one of the famous landfalls in the Atlantic for boats coming and going to the Caribbean & Europe. We'll spend a day or two rigging Isbjorn for heavy weather, then set out due north for a 750-mile passage to Canada.
$3,400 // 8 Days // 4 Crew. Join Isbjorn in Lunenburg where we'll begin the journey of retracing our trans-Atlantic voyage on Arcturus from 2011. We'll sail first to St. Pierre, the last vestige of France's outpost in North America. After filling up on wine and cheese there, we'll continue north and east around Cape Race, ending the passage in St. John's, Newfoundland. Along the way we'll lookout for whales, seals & puffins galore!
$7,500 // 19 Days // 4 Crew. This will be Isbjorn's 3rd time across the Atlantic (Mia's 6th, and Andy's 5th!). We'll be retracing the route from our first-ever voyage in Arcturus in 2011, from Canada to the south coast of Ireland, where Crookhaven, a small village near the famous Fastnet Lighthouse, will welcome us back to the realities of life ashore in a pleasant and calming way!
$4,250 // 10 Days // 4 Crew Spaces. Isbjorn's last passage of 2020. We'll depart Ireland and sail south through the Irish Sea and past the famous Fastnet Rock. If we have to, we'll duck into Glandore (Donald Street's home town), or Crookhaven to wait for a good weather window to cross Biscay and make landfall in Lisbon, where Isbjorn will stage for her return across the Atlantic. Departure port in Ireland is subject to change, but most likely will be Kinsale.