205: Bruce Schwab RECYCLED // Vendee Globe

28 Aug

 

205: Bruce Scwab is the first American sailor to complete the legendary Vendee Globe race. Bruce grew up in northern California and started sailing with his dad a young age, eventually working at a rig shop for many years where he honed his as a solo racing sailor, winning the first event he ever entered. Bruce now lives in Maine and specializes in outfitting cruising boats with alternative energy sources and is on the forefront of marine energy technology. I’m running this recycled chat today ahead of another chat I have planned with Bruce in October about the ...

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VIDEO: RORC Caribbean 600 Race // S&S Swan 48 Isbjorn

25 Aug

HUGE thanks to Isbjorn crewmember Brian Bonter for putting together this awesome video from this past February’s RORC Caribbean 600 Race in Antigua! Crew included: Andy, Mia, Paul Exner (Racing Skipper), Rory Finneran (Mate), Brian Bonter (made this movie!), Ryan Bradfield, Dan Shea, Thomas Sarlandie, John Duggan & Brian Theodore. Music in the video by St. Paul de Vence & Blaggards....

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Testing AIS MOB beacons, ACR’s DSC feature especially

25 Aug

Written by Ben Ellison on Aug 25, 2017 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

testing_four_AIS_MOB_beacons_cPanbo.jpgGiven my accidental activation of an AIS MOB beacon a few weeks ago, it seemed like a good time to test beacons again. I hoped to at least see all the major brand multifunction displays properly react to an AIS MOB test transmission, putting up the distinct safety message that I should have seen during “the incident” and that every owner of an AIS MOB should be familiar with. Potential beacon users should also understand the specific activation, test, and deactivation controls on their device, ...

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Testing AIS MOB beacons, ACR’s DSC feature especially

25 Aug

Written by Ben Ellison on Aug 25, 2017 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

testing_four_AIS_MOB_beacons_cPanbo.jpgGiven my accidental activation of an AIS MOB beacon a few weeks ago, it seemed like a good time to test beacons again. I hoped to at least see all the major brand multifunction displays properly react to an AIS MOB test transmission, putting up the distinct safety message that I should have seen during “the incident” and that every owner of an AIS MOB should be familiar with. Potential beacon users should also understand the specific activation, test, and deactivation controls on their device, ...

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Happy Hour // Open House on Isbjorn // Sthlm, Sweden

24 Aug

Join us for a Happy Hour and Open House aboard Isbjorn at Wasahamnen, Djurgården (Stockholm, Sweden) on Tuesday Aug 29, 5-8PM. Check out the boat, share stories and chat about the podcast!

We’ll have cold beer, wine and ‘fika’! No start or end time, just stop by between 5-8pm and we’ll be there! This is open to everyone who wants to come by and say hi and check out the boat – bring your friends!

RSVP to mia@59-north.com to give us an idea how many are coming and so we don’t run out of drinks. Or visit our facebook event page...

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Happy Hour // Open House on Isbjorn // Sthlm, Sweden

24 Aug

Join us for a Happy Hour and Open House aboard Isbjorn at Wasahamnen, Djurgården (Stockholm, Sweden) on Tuesday Aug 29, 5-8PM. Check out the boat, share stories and chat about the podcast!

We’ll have cold beer, wine and ‘fika’! No start or end time, just stop by between 5-8pm and we’ll be there! This is open to everyone who wants to come by and say hi and check out the boat – bring your friends!

  • When: Tuesday Aug. 29, 5-8pm (No start or end time, just stop by between 5-8pm)
  • Where: Wasahamnen, Djurgården (Stockholm, Sweden)


 Sunrise on route to Visby from Copenhagen // Aug 2017


 Rödhamn, Åland // Aug 2017


 Isbjorn anchored of Ljusterö // Aug 2017


 Andy aloft mid-Atlantic // May 2017
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Front Page News in Åland! // ‘Seglade 7 000 Sjömil – för Algots Dop’

22 Aug

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Isbjorn made the front page of the local ‘Nya Åland’ newspaper in Mariehamn! The headline translates roughly to ‘7,000 Miles Sailed for Algot’s Baptism.’ Basically, Mia’s best friend is from Åland, and we’re now godparents to her first son, Algot. We had planned all along to have the baptism after our season was over, but hadn’t actually planned to sail here! When the crew wanted to visit Åland, and since we had some time, we ended the last passage here and they took the ferry home. ...

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Front Page News in Åland! // ‘Seglade 7 000 Sjömil – för Algots Dop’

22 Aug

Nya Aland.jpg


Isbjorn made the front page of the local ‘Nya Åland’ newspaper in Mariehamn! The headline translates roughly to ‘7,000 Miles Sailed for Algot’s Baptism.’ Basically, Mia’s best friend is from Åland, and we’re now godparents to her first son, Algot. We had planned all along to have the baptism after our season was over, but hadn’t actually planned to sail here! When the crew wanted to visit Åland, and since we had some time, we ended the last passage here and they took the ferry home. ...

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204: Randall Reeves // Figure 8 Voyage

21 Aug

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#204. Randall Reeves is about to embark on an ambitious passage he’s dubbed the ‘Figure 8 Voyage,’ in October. With a 43’ aluminum and only his thoughts to accompany him, he’s hoping to complete a circumnavigation of both the America’s & Antarctica, alone. Inspired by historic explorers and modern sailors like Matt Rutherford, Randall’s is a personal challenge. I spoke to him back in April, while we we’re still in St. Croix, about his sailing past, his preparation & his goals for the trip. Follow Randall & support the adventure at figure8voyage.com.

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