Andy & Mia

Isbjorn Offshore: Fog-Bound for Newfoundland

16 Jul

Well that was the right decision. Sitting out Friday in Louisboug seemed such a tough call while we were still at sea. When I wrote that last blog post about our diversion, the weather was perfect - Isbjorn was broad reaching in 15-20 knots of wind from the SW and a gentle swell lifted the boat as it glided past.

Well that was the right decision. Sitting out Friday in Louisboug seemed such a tough call while we were still at sea. When I wrote that last blog post about our diversion, the weather was perfect – Isbjorn was broad reaching in 15-20 knots of wind from the SW and a gentle swell lifted the boat as it glided past.

Well that was the right decision. Sitting out Friday in Louisboug seemed such a tough call while we were still at sea. When I wrote that last blog post about our diversion, the weather was perfect – Isbjorn was broad ...

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Isbjorn Offshore: Tough Decisions, Heavy Weather

14 Jul

Isbjorn is bound for Louisbourg, a small former French outpost on the tip of Cape Breton Island to wait out tomorrow’s forecast heavy weather. At one point in history, in the 1700’s, Louisbourg was the 4th busiest port city in North America after New York, Boston & Philly. That’s something. We plan to go back to sea in the wee hours of Saturday morning, after the worst of the weather has blown itself out but while there is still a favorable breeze. Here’s what WRI had to say:

“Latest observations indicate winds have veered to SW’ly along E’rn Nova Scotia, ...

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WRI Weather Outlook, Lunenburg-Newfoundland

11 Jul

To: Captain, Isbjorn
Prepared: July 11 15:30z
FM: WEATHER ROUTING INC. (WRI)

Synopsis:  A gale centered southeast of Nova Scotia near 43N/57W this morning
will move NE’ward to north of Newfoundland through tomorrow, then move E’ward.
An area of high pressure will move offshore of New Jersey tomorrow morning and
will move SE’ward toward Bermuda through the 13th.

A broad low will be centered over NW’rn Quebec by the morning of the 14th and
will move E’ward offshore Labrador along 55N through the 16th. Associated
strong cyclonic circulation will cover waters from the Gulf of St Lawrence
south to along ...

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Isbjorn Offshore: A Quick Turnaround in Lunenburg

11 Jul

Lance waves goodbye to Isbjorn on arrival in Lunenburg!

Lance waves goodbye to Isbjorn on arrival in Lunenburg!

Isbjorn finally made landfall in Lunenburg on late Saturday night, following 36 hours of beating into 25 knots of wind. It was a tiring end to what was an eventful passage, and the crew was happy to arrive in Lunenburg, even if it was dark outside.

I had flown up on Saturday morning from Boston. Despite waking early to catch my 9am flight, I felt markedly better than I had in the three days previously since my appendectomy last Tuesday. I was starting to get nervous that I wasn’t healing, but ...

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PHOTOS: ’16 Leg 6: Annapolis to Lunenburg

10 Jul

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The first trip for the summer and the start of our sailing up to Canada started in Annapolis. We had a great departure and sail up the Chesapeake and was out in the open ocean before we knew it. Th trip took an unexpected turn though when Andy started to feel stomach pain and the crew diverted to Newport. Andy had a quick appendicitis surgery and stayed ashore to fly up and meet the crew in Lunenburg. Andy’s dad Dennis came up and captained Isbjorn up to Lunenburg, Canada.


2016 Leg 6: Annapolis to Lunenburg


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Isbjorn Offshore: Upwind to Lunenburg

8 Jul

Isbjorn's latest position as of 4pm Friday. You can see the kink in their course thanks to the new NE'ly wind that sprung up earlier this afternoon.

Isbjorn’s latest position as of 4pm Friday. You can see the kink in their course thanks to the new NE’ly wind that sprung up earlier this afternoon.

While I’ve been recovering from my recent appendectomy at my cousin’s house outside Boston (it was cupcake baking day with the kids!), Mia, Liz, Dennis & the gang on Isbjorn have been having a chilly and foggy ride north from Newport. I’ve been in semi-regular contact with them since they departed Tuesday morning, sending and receiving a few short messages per day via the YB Tracker we keep onboard.

It was spinnaker sailing ...

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Offshore Medical Emergency: Dealing with Appendicitis 90 Miles Out

7 Jul

Andy getting wheeled from the ambulance into the ER at Newport Hospital at 0500 Tuesday July 5.

Andy getting wheeled from the ambulance into the ER at Newport Hospital at 0500 Tuesday July 5.

About 48 hours has passed since my appendectomy. I’m sitting at my cousin Dan’s kitchen table in North Andover, about 20 miles from Boston, writing this while I spend a few days here recovering. Isbjorn is back at sea, having departed Newport yesterday morning around 0800, about the same time I jumped in the car to drive the two hours north to here.

I’m stiff. I’m sore. I haven’t had a good poop since Sunday morning. I’m bored. I’ve watched more TV than ...

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Weather Forecast for Lunenburg Departure

1 Jul

The Leg 6 crew has arrived and we’re about 18 hours from departure! It’s thunderstorming in Annapolis right now, so it’s nice to be at the dock, but the weather offshore looks like we’ll get a mix of everything. Here’s the latest from our partners at WRI, below.

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To: Captain, Isbjorn
Prepared: July 01 21:31z
FM: WEATHER ROUTING INC. (WRI)

Synopsis: Low pressure over sw’rn Quebec with a cold front from the w’rn Gulf
of Maine sw’ward to ne’rn North Carolina tomorrow morning will move ...

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Who Sails ARC DelMarVa & Why?

24 Jun

Family boats. Fathers & sons. Friends. Folks out for a weeklong summer adventure, and those looking to go further afield. Lots of people join ARC DelMarVa and for lots of different reasons. Here’s a few of the 2016 fleet’s stories.

SuChing – Tayana 55

SuChing is the largest yacht in this year’s ARC DelMarVa fleet. At 55 feet, she dwarfs many of the other boats. 

SuChing’s owner Susan bought the boat new from the factory in Taiwan where she was originally built. Susan was aboard for part of the voyage back to the US with her first husband, so has ...

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