Andy & Mia

Back in Antigua – First sail of the year!

14 Feb

View over English Harbor, Antigua.

View over English Harbor, Antigua.

Happy Valentines Day to you all! Must say it is very refreshing to ‘celebrate’ down here, don’t think I have seen a single heart posted anywhere, except that the restaurant we went to yesterday had a ‘Valentines special’ for todays dinner.

We have now been in the Caribbean for two weeks, Sweden feels vey far away and it is hard to imagine that only two weeks ago we were over there, in temperatures around 0°C surrounded by my family and friends. I always have had a bit of a hard time to change places, but ...

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PASSAGE LOG: Full Moon to Antigua

14 Feb

After another pit stop in Gustavia to explore ashore and eat our cheeseburgers in paradise and we were off again, this time bound for Antigua in much better weather. Mia & Tom took the dinghy ashore on the morning of departure to get the last few needed provisions while Vlado, Kevin, Irena & I dove on the anchor and relaxed on the boat.

We got underway around 1500, starting with just one reef in the mainsail and the small genoa. The forecast held true – easier trades closer to 15 knots, backing to the ENE as we neared Antigua and ...

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PASSAGE LOG: Blasting to Windward & St. Barth’s

14 Feb

Crew arrived next day. Mia & I had some last minute projects left to do on the boat, and didn’t want to go ashore to meet the gang until it was done. Our planned noon rendezvous turned into 1pm, and left our crew member Kevin on a wild goose chase! In the end, Kevin found Tom, and we found the both of them at the Loose Mongoose on the beach in Trellis as soon as we landed in the dinghy. Vlado and Irena turned up shortly thereafter and we started the shuttle service out Isbjorn.

The first afternoon & evening ...

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PASSAGE LOGS: Sweden to Tortola in 24 Hours

14 Feb

Mia & I decided early on that we’d extend our time in Sweden – off the boat – right to the bitter end. We knew it’d make it slightly more stressful when we finally did return to Isbjorn, having allowed ourselves only two days to get the boat all setup before crew arrived. And that was if our long flights went to plan (they did). In the end it was worth it, but (almost) everything went smoothly.

We left the farmhouse at 3:15 in the morning on February 1, which would have been my mom’s 67th birthday had she lived ...

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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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