Andy & Mia

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 ...

Read More

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 ...

Read More

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 ...

Read More

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 ...

Read More

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 ...

Read More

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 ...

Read More

“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 ...

Read More

Caribbean 1500: Isbjorn to Sojourner

6 Nov

Hey Everyone! Liz here! Andy, Mia, and Dennis are on their way to Tortola in the Caribbean 1500 (as you may have heard). This is the first time Andy, Mia, & Dennis have done a rally on different boats! Here is an email from Isbjorn to Sojourner!

Howdy boys! How’s life on Sojourner? Pretty nice night last night, eh? We motored for like three hours around sunset, then set the pole and started sailing again, and have been doing so ever since. Gybed the whole rig over this morning, so we’re on port tack now, and expect to be for ...

Read More

Back to Sea: Caribbean 1500 Passage South

4 Nov

Andy's Dad Dennis on Isbjorn during last year's landfall in Tortola.

Andy’s Dad Dennis on Isbjorn during last year’s landfall in Tortola.

A very short update – as of Saturday, November 5th, Isbjorn will be headed back to sea with the Caribbean 1500 rally! Follow our progress on, or view the entire fleet on Our crew for this leg is Ed, Bruce, David, Tom, Mia & Andy!

See you in Tortola!...

Read More

Dilly & Tony Save Day Zero dark thirty

20 Oct

I’m on radar watch at the nav station. Our new crew David is on deck, fighting off the first signs of seasickness. The fog has come and gone all day. Just now its rolled in thick, visibility down to zero. The glow of the tricolor light reflecting on the heavy fog casts an eerie shadow to either side of the boat, just at that transition angle between the colored, red/green lights that shine forward, and the white light that shines astern. The wind just shut down again and we are motor-sailing on a course parallel to the coast, some twenty ...

Read More

More from the AIM Marine Group