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 '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!
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 recently sold the house in Lancaster PA and moved onto Isbjorn. Arcturus is still in Sweden, and is in fact for sale!
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 three boats now for ocean sailing (Isbjorn, 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.
Last but not least, we're pretty involved in the sailing media, hosting the podcast on sailing called, appropriately, 59º North, and writing on a freelance basis for Attainable Adventure Cruising, 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).
Liz is the newest member of the 59 North, Ltd. team, and the first that's not Mia or me (or my Dad!). She's working with us an an intern, and I'll let her talk about herself. Here's Liz:
I'm from Litchfield County, CT – but currently live in Groton, CT where I go to school as a Marine Science major with a minor in Evolutionary Ecology & Biology at UConn – Avery Point. I grew up every summer on Cape Cod and that is where my passion for the sea started. I sailed dinghies from age 7-14 at sailing camp, but it wasn't until I started listening to the '59 North Sailing Podcast' that I realized my true passion for sailing. I have always been outdoorsy, and loved the water – but when I started to listen to Andy’s podcast I become infatuated with the idea of sailing as a lifestyle. I wanted to know more and experience the wilderness of being offshore.
I met Andy & Mia for the first time at the Annapolis Boat Show in 2015. I expressed my passion for sailing to them and we exchanged emails. A few weeks later I followed up thanking them for being so inspiring and supportive of my dream of one day having blue water sailing as a staple in my everyday life. [Note from Andy: We didn't interview anybody else for this thing - Liz made such a good first impression on us at the show, that we practically invented the internship just for her. Goes to show you what a little passion and determination can do...]
Weeks later Andy offered me an internship of helping with the business side of 59º North in exchange for periodic offshore sails when I had free time. This was an opportunity I didn't even know I was looking for! In Early March 2016 Andy & Mia invited me to help bring Isbjorn from Antigua to Puerto Rico. This was after the boat was hauled out in Antigua to get its rudder fixed. I saw this trip as an opportunity to get what I wanted to do in my life started. I can confidently say that after experiencing just a taste of ocean sailing I know this is what I want to do with my life. It really feels as if I fit this life.
Liz will continue to work with us on the business and the podcast (and a few other exciting, as-yet-to-be-announced projects, so stay tuned for more from her! She's awesome!
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.