Andy & Mia

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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PHOTOS: ’17 Leg 8: Scotland to Sweden

22 Jul

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What a special trip! Crew met up with Isbjorn at Oban Marina on the small island of Kerrera just outside of the town of Oban. The trip started with day sails and exploring the islands, some amazing anchorage such as Loch Scavaig on south of Isle of Skye. We got to enjoy a few Whisky tastings at Tobermory and Talisker and local music in several pubs!

After an amazing trip though Scotland, we set out on the first night sail up to Stornoway on the outer Hebrides. Thanks to amazing after and a big high pressure system over us we ...

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PHOTOS: ’17 Leg 8: Scotland to Sweden

22 Jul

P1040512.jpg

What a special trip! Crew met up with Isbjorn at Oban Marina on the small island of Kerrera just outside of the town of Oban. The trip started with day sails and exploring the islands, some amazing anchorage such as Loch Scavaig on south of Isle of Skye. We got to enjoy a few Whisky tastings at Tobermory and Talisker and local music in several pubs!

After an amazing trip though Scotland, we set out on the first night sail up to Stornoway on the outer Hebrides. Thanks to amazing after and a big high pressure system over us we ...

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ISBJORN OFFSHORE: Scotland Highlight Reel

8 Jul

Scotland has been simply too incredible to take time to write! With daylight until midnight, we’ve been having non-stop fun and taking some amazing footage! Check out this short highlight reel which only scratches the surface of what we’ve been up to in the Hebrides!

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ISBJORN OFFSHORE: Scotland Highlight Reel

8 Jul

Scotland has been simply too incredible to take time to write! With daylight until midnight, we’ve been having non-stop fun and taking some amazing footage! Check out this short highlight reel which only scratches the surface of what we’ve been up to in the Hebrides!

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PHOTOS: ’17 Leg 7: Azores to Scotland

27 Jun

Leaving Sao Miguel and the Azores behind us…


‘The downwind run from the Azores to Scotland’. Not at all as we expected, this trip has been the one that we thought we would encounter the most weather of the year and we had prepared the crew for it. In Ponta Delgada, the day before departure, the long-term weather forecast looked too good to be true. We started of with an evening and night of motoring but pretty quickly the wind picked up from behind and we sailed downwind most of the way.

Due to some light wind and that we ...

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PHOTOS: ’17 Leg 7: Azores to Scotland

27 Jun

Leaving Sao Miguel and the Azores behind us…


‘The downwind run from the Azores to Scotland’. Not at all as we expected, this trip has been the one that we thought we would encounter the most weather of the year and we had prepared the crew for it. In Ponta Delgada, the day before departure, the long-term weather forecast looked too good to be true. We started of with an evening and night of motoring but pretty quickly the wind picked up from behind and we sailed downwind most of the way.

Due to some light wind and that we ...

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ISBJORN OFFSHORE: Sail fast, to get to the pub!

18 Jun

June 17, 2017
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A grey evening 120 miles off the west coast of Ireland. Grey ocean, grey horizon. A very fine mist hangs in the air, and while the fog has come and gone over the past 24 hours, the visibility is good currently. A variety of seabirds circle the boat, gannets among them which is a sure sign of land drawing nearer. As are the fishing boats. We’ve had a dozen or so at any given time appear on AIS, meandering around haphazardly at 2-3 knots, only one coming close enough to get a visual on. It was ...

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ISBJORN OFFSHORE: Sail fast, to get to the pub!

18 Jun

June 17, 2017
2011

A grey evening 120 miles off the west coast of Ireland. Grey ocean, grey horizon. A very fine mist hangs in the air, and while the fog has come and gone over the past 24 hours, the visibility is good currently. A variety of seabirds circle the boat, gannets among them which is a sure sign of land drawing nearer. As are the fishing boats. We’ve had a dozen or so at any given time appear on AIS, meandering around haphazardly at 2-3 knots, only one coming close enough to get a visual on. It was ...

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ISBJORN OFFSHORE: Ireland Bound?

16 Jun

Friday, June 16. Day 7
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I woke at 0345 to Martha & Bruce rousting Mia, who in turn rousted me. I’m not taking an ‘official’ watch this passage, but promised to do Mia’s first half this morning. Getting up to see the sunrise sounded like a great idea last evening when I tucked into my warm bunk in sweatpants and a hoodie…

A clear horizon was already visible by 0400 in the grey dawn, and it’s light out now (it doesn’t get fully dark until 2300 in the evening). A waning but bright half moon peeks through low, scudding ...

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