Andy & Mia

Life after IRMA // Paul Exner Describes a Devastated Tortola // & You Can Help

20 Sep

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Note: Paul Exner is Isbjorn’s racing skipper and a very close friend of Andy & Mia. He and his young family – including wife Liz (whose Irish), their 3 1/2-year-old son Eoin & 9-month-old daughter Eva – stayed on in Tortola after the island was devastated by Hurricane Irma. As I write this, Hurricane Maria is making landfall in Puerto Rico, where Paul grew up, and she is undoubtedly being felt in the nearby BVI. Paul has checked-in twice on Facebook since IRMA, and these are his thoughts. We’ve setup a fund where you can donate directly to Paul & his ...

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EYE OF IRMA: Isbjorn’s racing skipper Paul Exner & family survive in Tortola

9 Sep

That's Paul's Solstice dead-center, just to the right of the big grey boat on it's side. He built her from a bare hull over 10 years in Wisconsin and then sailed her to the Caribbean where he runs expeditions on her through moderngeographi.com. You can easily distinguish her by the bowsprit, foredeck hatch, liferaft & dorades and the distinct curve to the cockpit coamings. Paul doesn't yet know her status, as he's stuck on the other side of the island...

That’s Paul’s Solstice dead-center, just to the right of the big grey boat on it’s side. He built her from a bare hull over 10 years in Wisconsin and then sailed her to the Caribbean where he runs expeditions on her through moderngeographi.com. You can easily distinguish her by the bowsprit, foredeck hatch, liferaft & dorades and the distinct curve to the cockpit coamings. Paul doesn’t yet know her status, as he’s stuck on the other side of the island…

I’ve been glued to Facebook looking for news of my Caribbean friends since Irma struck the other night. Paul Exner, ...

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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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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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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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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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Stormbound in Sweden // How we made the conservative call to stay in port

6 Aug

The mornings GFS GRIB update - locally, it's blowing even harder! Shame, because the wind direction is ideal!

The mornings GFS GRIB update – locally, it’s blowing even harder! Shame, because the wind direction is ideal!

“It’s blowing dogs off chains in Marstrand this morning!”

I wrote on Instagram at 0630 this morning announcing our delayed departure. I’d been up since 0500, planning for an early morning departure so we could ride the westerlies down the Kattegat, around Copenhagen & Denmark, and up into the Baltic towards the medieval city of Visby on the island of Gotland. A weather buoy just outside the harbor indicated sustained winds of 15.6 m/s, gusting to 19.7 m/s. That’s ‘meters per second,’ ...

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Stormbound in Sweden // How we made the conservative call to stay in port

6 Aug

The mornings GFS GRIB update - locally, it's blowing even harder! Shame, because the wind direction is ideal!

The mornings GFS GRIB update – locally, it’s blowing even harder! Shame, because the wind direction is ideal!

“It’s blowing dogs off chains in Marstrand this morning!”

I wrote on Instagram at 0630 this morning announcing our delayed departure. I’d been up since 0500, planning for an early morning departure so we could ride the westerlies down the Kattegat, around Copenhagen & Denmark, and up into the Baltic towards the medieval city of Visby on the island of Gotland. A weather buoy just outside the harbor indicated sustained winds of 15.6 m/s, gusting to 19.7 m/s. That’s ‘meters per second,’ ...

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Isbjorn in Sweden // Finally, People Know How to Pronounce Our Boat Name!

4 Aug

Andy & his dad Dennis flying the drone in Mollön Isbjorn in the background anchored to the cliffs.

Andy & his dad Dennis flying the drone in Mollön Isbjorn in the background anchored to the cliffs.

I’m writing from the newly organized nav station on Isbjorn, our S&S Swan 48. We’re stern-to at the dock in Marstrand, the center of sailing on Sweden’s west coast. Next weekend in fact is the RC44 Cup, a creation of Russell Coutts that, according to the event website, “links the world’s most highly rated sailors with heavy profiles from the international business community. The RC44 is sealed by an 8-man squad consisting of 50% professionals and 50% amateurs.” The last time ...

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