#263. Øyvind Vedvik is the Sailing Category Managing Director at Helly Hansen, a longtime supporter of 59 North. Øyvind grew up sailing in the fjords of Norway and along the Scandinavian coastlines and has had a passion for the sport since his early days. He invited Mia & I to sail ISBJORN up to their annual sales meeting last April where we had a chance to talk to him about his personal sailing career and his time developing sailing gear at Helly Hansen.
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Needless to say it’s been a hectic but hugely successful first passage with both boats. We had spectacular weather all the way from San Juan and a wonderful five-day layover to explore Samana Bay in the Dominican Republic, a new stop for both Mia & I. We’ll be back for sure.
I’ve never been more excited about the future of 59 North Sailing than I am today. The two-boat thing is proving to be TONS of fun, having such cool sailors and great friends around inspiring each other and sharing the workload.
And we’re getting to know ICEBEAR quite well ... Read More
April 28, 2019/Day 205
Noon Position: 02 23N 30 51W
Miles since departure: 27,549
Avg. Miles/Day: 134
I dropped sails after dinner, and we drifted for several hours. A heavy sea. Mo rolled terribly. I had to wedge myself into my bunk to keep from being tossed around.
By midnight, a light breeze with drizzle; I put us on port tack and heading northeast. At least there is some north in the course, I thought.
But by 4am, our course was due east. Wind had begun to swing north, and was pushing us back into the belt of ... Read More
|Jean-Jacques Savin setting off from the Canary islands
Some stories that you see floating by on your Facebook feed seem too ridiculous to be true and in many cases they are. But not this one. This one I first learned about last December when a Frenchman announced that he was leaving to float across the Atlantic Ocean in a barrel. No sail, no motor, nothing. He was planning (and hoping) that the prevailing wind, currents and waves would propel him all the way across the ocean to the Caribbean Sea. His name is Jean-Jacques Savin and he is 72 years ... Read More
April 27, 2019/Day 204
Noon Position: 01 19N 30 57W
Miles since departure: 27,485
Avg. Miles/Day: 135
By “day in the life,” I mean today…
2am. From my bunk, I hear the familiar thwap thwap. The sails are telling me we’re becalmed. I rise and silence them. Rain.
6am. Rain has cleared but the sky is heavy. No wind. No choice. Batteries are down by half. I begin motoring after the first cup of coffee.
10:30am. Engine off. A light breeze from the southwest has filled in. I raise the main and spinnaker, and we take ... Read More
April 26, 2019
Noon Position: 0 29S 30 52W
Course(t)/Speed(kts): WNW 2
Wind(t/tws): S 4
Sea(t/ft): Various, to 4
Sky: Clear (now)
10ths Cloud Cover: 0
Cabin Temp(f): 90
Water Temp(f): 86
Relative Humidity(%): 68
Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 33
Miles since departure: 27,434
Avg. Miles/Day: 135
Leg North Miles: 4,484
Leg North Days: 37
Avg. Miles/Day: 121
Becalmed overnight, again.
With sundown, wind goes to zero, and the sea rolls Mo such that the sails are grinding themselves to bits.
I drop them at 6pm.
In the wee hours I climb ... Read More
April 25, 2019/Day 202
Noon Position: 0 14S 30 22W
Wind(t/tws): N 3 – 4
Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 39
Miles since departure: 27,401
Avg. Miles/Day: 136
Becalmed overnight. And, as I type it’s two hours after dark and sails are down again. Wind showed promise during the day, but that was all it showed. We’ve made good fourteen miles in the last eight hours. You are likely looking at the tracker and wondering–and yes, my forecast also shows a lovely wind from NNE at 10 – 15 in this sector. Sorry folks, that wind does not exist here. ... Read More
Today Fusion announced the MS-RA670, the third head unit in their Apollo line of marine stereos. I’ve been testing one for a few weeks and it looks like the 670 slots in between the top-of-the-line Apollo MS-RA770 and the much smaller MS-SRX400. Here’s the lowdown on what the 670 offers and how it fits within the line.
As I mentioned, the $450, three-zone RA670 is the third stereo in Fusion’s Apollo line joining the $350, single-zone SRX400 and the $650, four-zone, touchscreen controlled RA770. Like the SRX400, the RA670 has a button-driven interface with a 2.7″ full-color display. ... Read More
This was a nice surprise. It used to be tricky to connect a Navico MFD Ethernet network with a consumer-style boat router — and it remains impossible with some MFD models I’m pretty sure. But that’s exactly what’s happening on Gizmo right now, even with older Simrad NSS evo2 MFDs, and the benefits are multifold. I’m also pleased with the latest version of the Navico Link app, which is seen running fine over the boat router above and which is also compatible with many B&G and Lowrance displays.
April 24, 2019/Day 201
Noon Position: 0 19S 30 04W
Course(t)/Speed(kts): WNW 3
Miles since departure: 27,362
Avg. Miles/Day: 136
Wind remained light at north and east most of the night but died away altogether by early morning. I lowered the main, rolled up the jib, and we drifted for several hours under a starry sky.
The Big Dipper is hull up now and creates a lovely arc from Alioth and Alkaid in its handle through to Arcturus and on to Spica and Corvus. At Corvus the line veers sharply to the right and terminates in the Southern Cross. ... Read More