Andy & Mia

Southbound Delivery: A Quick Jaunt Offshore

15 Nov

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I cooked the last of our sausages while Dad drove Meri through the inlet at Cape Fear. Tom napped. The current was with us, so we made 8.5 knots over the ground, motorsailing out beyond the lee of Cape Fear. I served dinner after dark, those sausages with leftover red potatoes and the last of the mustard. While Tom did dishes dad & I set the genoa and Meri aimed south on starboard tack under an overcast sky. The air warmed up quickly once in the ocean – the water remains in the mid-70s and seems to have acted to ...

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Offshore Into the Cold

11 Nov

Chilly willy start to the morning! But beautifully clear skies.

Chilly willy start to the morning! But beautifully clear skies.

We anchored s/v Meri just off the ICW last night around mile marker 265. A nice-looking 35-footer called Valkyrie was anchoring in a similar spot, just to the east of the channel in the only little hole of deep water. He called us up on the VHF as we waited for him to find his spot before moving in ourselves. The sun had gone over the horizon, leaving a brilliant orange glow to the south, that faded into a clear, deep blue sky overhead, with the first stars starting to ...

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A Greyscale Day on the ICW

10 Nov

Capt. Dennis (aka 'Andy's Dad') at the helm in the morning mist a few days back.

Capt. Dennis (aka ‘Andy’s Dad’) at the helm in the morning mist a few days back.

s/v Meri is underway today after a 24-hour pause in Beaufort. Time goes slowly when you have nothing you have to do. 

I went for a run in the afternoon, rain be damned. I couldn’t stand being cooped up in the boat any longer, and exercise is always a cure for the restless mind. I ran east along the waterfront road in Beaufort, keeping a jogging pace on the way out and admiring the fishing boats and white egrets along the way. One big ...

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Southbound: Indecision in Beaufort

9 Nov

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It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.

— Oscar Wilde

Stuck in Beaufort. Rain pours from the sky, heavier now than it’s been all morning. Any last inkling of going offshore today has been officially washed out. 

Dad, Tom & I borrowed the car from the Three Nice Guys at the Beaufort Docks marina and drove to Atlantic Beach for a midday breakfast at the Four Corners Diner, then on to West Marine to get a few supplies. Because that’s what you do during ...

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Mia’s Book Project – “Mot en ny Horisont”

25 Oct

I am super excited to tell you about a book project i have been involved with during the fall.  

Together with 10 Swedish Sailors, we have each written a chapter in the book “Mot en Ny Horisont”. All proceeds will go directly towards donation in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma & Maria that hit the Caribbean earlier this fall. 

The book is currently available in Swedish and Danish, and maybe one day it will be translated into English and other languages?

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Buy ‘Mot en Ny Horisont’

To give you the back story of the project… It was the ...

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Paul Exner comments on the IMMENSE BVI rebuild after IRMA.

16 Oct

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Here’s Paul Exner, on the long-term aftermath off Hurricane Irma in the BVI, as only he can put it…


AWARENESS OF STATUS … it’s one thing to be in denial, and another to place blame where it’s wrongly focused; and, it’s also possible to fall into a situation where I could misjudge any influence that appears to push against the plans I’ve made for myself when awakened by insecurity felt at two AM … but, in the face of IRMA, I’ve struggled to put “things” into proper perspective, at times … not because I’m weak or can’t be attentive … ...

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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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