#263: Øyvind Vedvik // Helly Hansen Sailing

30 Apr


#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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An EPIC Two-Boat Passage from San Juan-Key West // ICEBEAR & ISBJORN OFFSHORE

29 Apr

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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 ...

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29 Apr

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 ...

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Man crosses the Atlantic in a barrel

29 Apr
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 ...
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A Day in the Life of the Doldrums

28 Apr

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 ...

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Doldrums. Ug. And a Birthday.

27 Apr

April 26, 2019

Day 203

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

Bar(mb): 1016

Cabin Temp(f): 90

Water Temp(f): 86

Relative Humidity(%): 68

Sail: Spinnaker.

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 ...

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Becalmed, Video

26 Apr

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. ...

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Fusion’s new RA670, completing the Apollo line

26 Apr


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.  ...

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Simrad, B&G, and Lowrance Link app working well with off-the-shelf WiFi router

25 Apr


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.

While the Netgear N600 WiFi router currently installed on Gizmo is

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In the Doldrums, Continued…

25 Apr

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. ...

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