Andy & Mia

Looking back on 2016!

12 Jan

What a year it has been! 2016 was truly a busy year for us with lots of sailing on Isbjorn and wrapping up our last year with World Cruising Club and running the sailing rallies, seminars and boat show together with them.

In the end of December, Andy and I celebrated 10 years from when we met in New Zealand. Over a beer (or two) we reminisced about the past year and started sharing our favorite stories. It truly has been a blast, with lots of sailing and traveling. We have visited some old favorite spots and discovered new ‘need to ...

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Happy 10 Years of Sailing!

3 Jan

Sailing Arcturus across the Atlantic, first time Andy and I sailed double-handed. for more than just a few days.

Sailing Arcturus across the Atlantic, first time Andy and I sailed double-handed. for more than just a few days.

Sailing in New Zealand 10 years ago!

Sailing in New Zealand 10 years ago!

Today is kind of a big day in my life as a ‘sailor’, although I am very far away from the sailing scene at the moment.

Ten years ago, I spent some time in New Zealand with my best friend Johanna, driving our new-to-us backpacker car – a Nissan Bluebird – exploring the beauty of New Zealand, camping, hiking, meeting lots of fun people and truly having the time of our life.

A few days ...

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50 Years of Nautor’s Swan – VIDEO

1 Dec

Mia & I get a lot of cool stuff in our email as members of both the Classic Swan Owners Association (for S&S-designed Swans), and the general Swan Owner’s Association for all. I got this neat video from the recent Palma Cup today. Very cool to be a part of such a historic brand! Some nice footage of some 48’s in here too, like Isbjorn....

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What a great trip south!

24 Nov

So, I have decided to start up my blog again.. this time it will be in English so I don’t eliminate the 6+ billion people who don’t speak Swedish… And now when Andy and I have started our new chapter on our own, I feel I have the time (do I really think that will happen, more time… :) ) to focus on a few more things that is mine.

This blog will be about traveling, sailing, adventures on the high seas, working on the boats, friends, exercise, enjoying life, money, eating and cooking, the ups and downs of traveling and ...

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PHOTOS: ’16 Leg 10: Portsmouth, VA to Nanny Cay, BVI

15 Nov

Mia on watch while the crew is below sleeping!

Mia on watch while the crew is below sleeping!

The last trip of the year was south from Portsmouth, VA to the BVI with ARC Caribbean 1500 This was the first time for us to actually sail in the event that we have managed for many years now! The crew, Ed, Bruce, David and Tom, arrived during the week leading up to the start that was scheduled for Sunday November 6. Due to a favorable weather window, the start was scheduled for a day early and it as a bit running around on the docks to get everything ready for ...

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Landfall in Tortola: A Supermoon at Sea

15 Nov

For a selection of photos from the entire passage, check out our Facebook page by clicking here.

Whelp, we’re here!

Isbjorn made landfall early Monday morning, the lights of Anegada, the north-easternmost of the BVI’s, visible shortly after midnight. The moon was so bright that you could see the silhouette of the flat island clearly on the horizon. We continued on a close reach towards the finish line between Scrub Island and the Dogs, crossing at just after 0400 and popping a morning bottle of bubbly to celebrate. We’d been at sea for 8 days & 13 hours, and ...

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Changing Winds Aboard Isbjorn!

12 Nov

Good morning everyone!

It’s been a loud night onboard Isbjorn, literally! Yesterday afternoon the wind got lighter and lighter but enough wind to keep sailing. As it got even lighter the only course we could hold and also keep the sails full was around 220T – we tried for about an hour. Sailing in the wrong direction is at least better than motoring. But around 5 pm the wind was just about non existent and we gave up and turned on the engine. Unfortunately our “sunset dinner on the balcony” had to be in company of the engine…

Life is ...

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An emotional day offshore for Andy.

10 Nov

0500. Wind SW at 8-12 knots, and Isbjorn is going smooth on a close reach at 7.5 knots. This is the first time the wind has been forward of the beam since leaving Hampton Roads!

We’re expecting a frontal passage sometime today and have rehearsed the plan. Reef down early before the wind builds too much, then try not to get caught off guard during the windshift and follow the breeze around to the NW. Then setup the downwind rig again (we’ve gotten remarkably good at setting & stowing the pole by now), and we’ll be off on our way ...

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Our morning aboard Isbjorn began with this message from Rally Control.

9 Nov

“Hello. Time is 0345AST.  I am sure that aside from the weather the hot topic onboard in the past couple of days has been about the presidential election.  We might not be the first to inform you, as your friends and family may have notified you already, but the next President of the United States is:

Donald Trump

Something to discuss on your night watch!
(Clinton called Trump to concede the election when she had 210 and he had 248 in the race to 270)

Regards & safe sailing,
Rally Control”

I’d had a similar message from my sister, with ...

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“Hey! It’s been super windy with big seas! The real deal!”

8 Nov

This blog has nothing to do with politics. We’re just all curious on the big day today!

0545. I’m taking my first solo watch of the trip. Typically I don’t stand watches – rather, our crew pair up, Mia takes a solo watch & I’m on-call, the crew doing three-on, six-off rotations. Tom, though, is majorly seasick and hasn’t taken a watch since Day 1. For a while Ed & David and Mia & Bruce did 4-on, 4-off, but it’s finally calmed down a bit so they’re getting a needed break.

We predicted it’d be gnarly out here for the ...

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