Andy & Mia

HARD TRAVELIN’: Mac’s Atlantic Crossing Part 2

9 Jun

This is Isbjorn crewmember Kevin ‘Mac’ McMahan’s second installment about his trans-Atlantic with us, taken from his blog hardtravelin.net. Mac is on a solo, round-the-world by land and sea journey, and one of his ‘rules’ was to cross at least one ocean by sailboat…

Mac will claim not to be a sailor, but after what he’s been through from Bermuda-Azores, and what he’s about to go through to get to Scotland, he’ll have some saltwater running through his veins for sure! Honestly, Mac truly evolved as a sailor over the course of our 12-day crossing, and I can now ...

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HARD TRAVELIN’: Isbjorn Crew ‘Mac’s’ Trans-Atlantic Blog #1

9 Jun

The following is an excerpt of our crewmember Kevin ‘Mac’ McMahan’s travel blog, hardtravelin.net. Mac joined Isbjorn in Bermuda to sail across the Atlantic with us, all the way to Scotland. But the sailing passage was just a tiny portion of his larger plan – to travel around the world by land and by sea. Mac is a Texan, through and through, a gentle, kind-mannered and mellow soul with a smooth southern drawl that seems to match his smooth, mellow pace.

“I walked out of my ranch on May 1 with my pack on my back, hitch-hiked to the train ...

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HARD TRAVELIN’: Isbjorn Crew ‘Mac’s’ Trans-Atlantic Blog #1

9 Jun

The following is an excerpt of our crewmember Kevin ‘Mac’ McMahan’s travel blog, hardtravelin.net. Mac joined Isbjorn in Bermuda to sail across the Atlantic with us, all the way to Scotland. But the sailing passage was just a tiny portion of his larger plan – to travel around the world by land and by sea. Mac is a Texan, through and through, a gentle, kind-mannered and mellow soul with a smooth southern drawl that seems to match his smooth, mellow pace.

“I walked out of my ranch on May 1 with my pack on my back, hitch-hiked to the train ...

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PHOTOS: ’17 Leg 5 BVI – Bermuda // CELESTIAL NAVIGATION

1 Jun

We navigated to Bermuda without GPS and just with a sextant and Celestial Navigation!

We navigated to Bermuda without GPS and just with a sextant and Celestial Navigation!


The start of a bigger adventure! Many times this year, we have started our trip in the BVI but every time we have come back after exploring the southern parts of the Caribbean. This time we left the BVI knowing we won’t be back from may years! Back in the Caribbean on 2019, but maybe not the BVI, a bit hard to wrap our heads around since this been our ‘base’ for a while!

Our crew, Tom & Cheryl, Mike and Thane, joined us a ...

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Isbjorn Offshore: Astro Push-ups & Spinnaker Blasting

30 May

29 May, 2017

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Mia’s in the galley making oatmeal, and it’s a good morning for making oatmeal indeed. Low, scudding grey clouds hang over the boat and horizon. A damp, cool westerly breeze. Droplets of dew on everything, stuck fast to the crystallized salt that cakes most parts of the boat after nearly two weeks at sea. The Portuguese man-o-wars continue to glide by our stern in regular procession. Sea turtles eat them, I’m pretty sure.

I’m in black sweatpants and a black t-shirt, doing morning exercises in the cockpit. Mostly ‘sumo squats’ and what Mia & I have ...

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Isbjorn Offshore: Astro Push-ups & Spinnaker Blasting

30 May

29 May, 2017

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Mia’s in the galley making oatmeal, and it’s a good morning for making oatmeal indeed. Low, scudding grey clouds hang over the boat and horizon. A damp, cool westerly breeze. Droplets of dew on everything, stuck fast to the crystallized salt that cakes most parts of the boat after nearly two weeks at sea. The Portuguese man-o-wars continue to glide by our stern in regular procession. Sea turtles eat them, I’m pretty sure.

I’m in black sweatpants and a black t-shirt, doing morning exercises in the cockpit. Mostly ‘sumo squats’ and what Mia & I have ...

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Isbjorn a Offshore: An Ocean Thick with Phosphorescence

28 May

28 May, 2017

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I put too much hot sauce on my leftover rice & beans just now. ‘Jack’s Bay Pepper Sauce’ from St. Croix. Really tasty, but runnier than anticipated out of the bottle, which I shook with a tad too much fervor. My lips are tingly.

Isbjorn is running down the miles on the home stretch. 300 miles to Horta. Under another dark black sky, just a few stars peaking out through some misty cloud cover, she veritably FLIES along, touching double-digit surfs and doing a steady 8.5 in the lulls. We bravely have the spinnaker up, ‘Ol ...

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Isbjorn a Offshore: An Ocean Thick with Phosphorescence

28 May

28 May, 2017

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I put too much hot sauce on my leftover rice & beans just now. ‘Jack’s Bay Pepper Sauce’ from St. Croix. Really tasty, but runnier than anticipated out of the bottle, which I shook with a tad too much fervor. My lips are tingly.

Isbjorn is running down the miles on the home stretch. 300 miles to Horta. Under another dark black sky, just a few stars peaking out through some misty cloud cover, she veritably FLIES along, touching double-digit surfs and doing a steady 8.5 in the lulls. We bravely have the spinnaker up, ‘Ol ...

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Isbjorn Offshore: A Mid-Ocean Swim

27 May

Thursday May 25
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Midnight watch. A new day. Wind WSW 10-15. Isbjorn is running at 6.5 knots on starboard, the genoa poled out to weather, rolling in an annoying cross swell still leftover from Monday’s gale.

I have the first half (0000-0200), Mia will come on for the second half. Unless I’m feeling particularly inspired, in which case I’ll stay up longer. We enacted this new ‘shared’ watch routine for the two of us to allow each some time alone in the cockpit at night. It’s the part I like best about offshore sailing, and what I’d been missing ...

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