On the Wind Sailing Podcast

228: Liz Karamavros // 1st 59 North Apprentice

12 Mar

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#228: Liz Karamavros is 59 North’s first-ever apprentice. She came to us at the 2015 Annapolis Sailboat Show, and made such a good impression when we basically made up the apprentice position for her! Since then she’s continued to carve out her own path towards her dream of professional ocean racing. Liz has recently signed onto her first big gig and is headed to the Caribbean to race onboard a Volvo 60!

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RECYCLED Bob Shepton // Arctic Legend & Round the World Sailor

27 Feb

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#224 / #173 Recycled. The Reverend Bob Shepton, now 81, got his start shortly after WWII as a climbing instructor in the British Armed Forces, where he used the outdoors to teach leadership & scripture. He didn’t start sailing until much later in life, but got real serious about it real quickly. I sat down with him at the Southampton Boat Show to talk religion, spirituality, his early days as a climber, losing his boat during an Arctic winter, his 15 Atlantic crossings, meeting the Wild Bunch, and the story behind the film series ‘Vertical Sailing Greenland.’ The music in ...

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RECYCLED: John Rousmaniere // Sailing Legend & Writer

27 Feb

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#36 RECYCLED. John Rousmaniere is a lifelong sailor & writer whose seen – and done – it all. I first met John in Bermuda following the 2014 Newport-Bermuda Race. John’s been involved in the race for years running the media team. John is most well-known for his books, namely the Annapolis Book of Seamanship, and Fastnet Force 10, about that infamous race in 1979.


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VOTE! Which one is your favorite!? All crew who sail in the Arctic this summer will get their #Isbjorn arctic patch, in addition to our standard crew patch! @psychedelicsteve at it again with the awesome design! VOTE 1,2,3 or 4! #isbjornsailing #graphicdesign #sailing #arctic #svalbard #iceland

It’s International Polar Bear Day! Had to honor it with a beautiful photo of Isbjorn in her natural habitat! 😉😍 Isbjorn = Ice Bear in Swedish 🇸🇪 #polarbearday #howcantherenotbeapolarbearemoji #Isbjornsailing #sexybeast #sailing #segling #offshoresailing

Weather on the way. ⛈ ☔️ 🌊 @miapahavet is still smiling! #tbt BVI-Bermuda 2017. #sailing #offshore #segling #feelalive #schralpthegnar #nobadweather #onlybadclothing

Skied ALL the way to the mailbox today & it was EMPTY! 😐💩#weappreciatepostcards #livetpålandet #farmlife #notsailing #feelalive #karunworld

#tbt @schell_andy getting his old-school @sailorjerry Pig 🐷 & Rooster 🐔 tattoos with Annie at @salongbetong in Stockholm in 2016. Who knows the lore behind the symbolism? #yaargh #sailing #oldschool #sailorjerrytattoo I hope Lukas isn’t offended @jodensvi! 🐽

Ahoy Senator! Retired fighter pilot & US Senator Tom Harkin is one of Isbjorn’s regular crew, having sailed with us 3 times. “I often think of that trip around Sweden & how absolutely fantastic it was! Thanks for taking me onboard.” Tom even ran for President in 1992, conceding the Democratic primary to Bill Clinton, and has to be one of the few to talk sailing on the Senate floor! BTW, his hat says “peace”! We are lucky to count Tom as a role model & friend! #isbjorncrew #isbjornsailing #sailing #sweden #segling #offshoresailing #feelalive

Evening twilight star sights 🌟 ⭐️ using Moitessier’s no scope // both eyes open approach, which he writes about in Cape Horn: The Logical Route. These were for real - we sailed BVI-Bermuda last May using only the sextant & the compass. The crew, myself included, learned a lot, had a blast & it’ll be the focus of an upcoming magazine feature, hence why I dug up the photo. #startosteerherby #oldschool #navigation #offshore #moitessier #sailing #isbjornsailing #isbjorncelestial #feelalive

Ok, be honest - how many sailors out there actually do the annual maintenance on your PFDs? We’ve got 8 of the @hellyhansen ‘Inflatable Racing’ PFDs, so it’s an afternoon’s project! Gotta make sure we get the @svdelos gang back from the Arctic in 1 piece! Remove & inspect the CO2; remove & check the activation device; inflate through the manual tube (with a bike pump to avoid moisture! 🚲); let sit for 24+ hours and check for leaks! #safetyfirst #themoreyouknow🌈 #Isbjorn #sailing #isbjornsafety #feelalive #isbjornarctic

#Svalbard planning 😬 💪 THANKS to @tobias.tornebohm from s/v Bölja for cooking us an AMAZING Tromsø fish stew & schooling us on his favorite Svalbard anchorages! 👊 🇳🇴 🇸🇪. Felt like real explorers tonight, and this upcoming summer adventure feels suddenly more real! 😬⛵️🌊⛰ Tobias wrote a book about his trip called @arktisk_feber - Andy’s first book he’s reading in Swedish - and we first met in magical Fair Isle last summer 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿! And that’s Per from @waterlinedesign showing off his ‘torsk’ catch (Swedish for codfish) from Bjørnøya! #bearisland #sailingfriends #smallworld #arctic #isbjornarctic #explorers #sailing #segling #tromsostew

#tbt 2015 in St. Thomas, our tiny island anchorage we named ‘Isbjorn Island’ since we were always the only ones there! Little reminder how lucky we are to get paid to do what we love! 🌴 ⛵️ 🌊 💕 Who can spot the boat in the photo!? #holdfasttoyourdreams #followyourheart #isbjornsailing #sailing #islandtime #caribbean #feelalive



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227: Chris Stanmore-Major // Spartan Ocean Racing

20 Feb

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#227. Chris is a long-time ocean racing sailor, having competed in the Velux 5 Oceans Race, skippered a boat in the Clipper Race and later building his own charter-racing business called Spartan Ocean Racing. Chris & Andy met at the RORC Caribbean 600 in Antigua in 2016, Isbjorn’s first attempt at the race, and finally got the chance to record a podcast in January 2018!

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226: Lee Chesneau // Marine Weather

13 Feb

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#226. Lee Chesneau needs no introduction to you weather nerds out there. He’s been the voice of weather education for the past few decades in the US at least, and is as passionate about his chosen career field as anyone I’ve ever met. Lee & I began this conversation talking about his career – like how he KNEW he’d become a meteorologist when he was only 3 years old – but it was quite obvious that he REALLY wanted to talk weather. About a third of the way in, Lee gets going, and we had a wonderful and educational chat ...

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225: Henrik Engblom // Tall Ship ‘Pommern’

30 Jan

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#225. Henrik Engblom is the bosun on the tall ship Pommern, one of the classic Cape Horn clipper ships that sailed out of the Åland Islands in the early 20th century. Åland is a Swedish-speaking but legally Finnish archipelago in the Baltic Sea, about 40 miles northeast of Stockholm, and home to a rich cultural & maritime history. Only in his 20s, Henrik, a native Ålander Islander, is already a Master Rigger and in charge of Pommern’s restoration. Mia & I visited the ship back in 2013 when we sailed to Åland on Arcturus. I was excited to be ...

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Paul Exner // Surviving Irma & Sailing to Hawaii

16 Jan

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#223: Paul Exner is one of our best friends, and easily the best sailor I’ve ever sailed with. Paul is Isbjorn’s Racing skipper, and is the only person – besides mad dad – who I’ve trusted to sail Isbjorn offshore without me being aboard. He’s been a regular on the podcast, so if you don’t know his backstory – how he grew up as a Gringo living in Puerto Rico, went on to coach the racing team at the University of Wisconsin, had his own mapping business, built his Cape George 31 Solstice from a bare hull and eventually sailed ...

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222: Carlton Goldthwaite // Broadreach Adventure Travel

9 Jan

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#222. Carlton Goldthwaite is the visionary founder & owner of Broadreach, a North Carolina-based company that offers offers skill-building and educational adventures worldwide, a company very close to my heart – my first official captain’s job was in 2008, as a Broadreach skipper based out of French St Martin and co-leading three-week sailing & diving trips around the Leeward Islands. Carlton & I spoke in-person at the Broadreach HQ in Raleigh about his seaside childhood on the coast of New Jersey, his vagabonding experiences as a young adult, his stint on Wall Street as a junk bond trader, and ...

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221: The State of Isbjorn Sailing in 2018 // Essay Podcast

2 Jan

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#221: It’s been a LONG time since I talked much about the business on here, and, now three years in (almost) and at the dawn of a new year, I feel like this is as good a time as any. I’m writing and recording this in real-time, by the way – as I write this, it’s just before 1000 SWE time on Tuesday January 2, the day this will release.

Mia & I spent a lot of yesterday afternoon, January 1, reflecting on 2017 and planning ahead for 2018, across the business. The big question that we kept reminding ourselves ...

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