After our expedition to the far north, we're returning back to the warm sun and cool breezes of the Caribbean for 2019 - but it's a long way back! We'll depart Dublin, Ireland, bound for Portugal, our last passage of 2018, where we'll haul out Isbjorn in Lisbon for the holidays. Then, right after we ring in the New Year, we'll set sail for Las Palmas & the big, 3,000-mile Trade Wind passage to Antigua and back to familiar waters. Then it's back to Havana, on to Bermuda, and north to the Nova Scotia & Newfoundland! We end the season in July in Annapolis where Isbjorn will spend the fall & winter 2020.
$4,000 // 10 Days // 4 Crew Spaces. Once 'off the deep end', so to speak, it's 800 miles or so on the rhumb line to the city of Las Palmas on Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. Soft winds blow off the Sahara from Africa, and on our last passage along this route in 2012, we had 5 days of easy, dry sailing.
$8,000 // 24 Days // 4 Crew Spaces . Join Isbjorn off the coast of Africa for a classic, downwind Trade Wind passage to the Caribbean! This is what you dream about - 'sail south until the butter melts and turn right!' When Mia and my Dad completed this same passage aboard the Saga 43 Kinship in 2013, it was a 20-day passage with 20 knots of wind off the starboard stern quarter the entire time!
$4,300 // 10 days // 7 Crew Spaces. Join Andy Schell & Paul Exner, with Mia Karlsson and Dan Shea along as mates, on a high-level ocean racing program in the heart of the Caribbean.
$6,000 // 14 Days // 4 Crew Spaces. Join Andy & Mia for the 1,100 mile passage from Puerto Rico to Key West, with a stop in Havana on the way! A classic downwind, trade wind passage through the Old Bahama Channel.
$4,500.00 // 11 Days // 4 Crew Spaces. Sail Isbjorn north to Bermuda! Join the boat in historic, hippie Key West, and set off into the Gulf Stream, around the Bahamas and east into the Atlantic towards one of the classic ocean landfalls. Sailing there is the only real way to get to Bermuda after all! Photo by Jen Lawinski, from my NYC-Bermuda passage on the Hallberg-Rassy 43 'Blue Heron' in 2015 as we sailed toward Town Cut under spinnaker!
$4,200 // 10 Days // 4 Crew Spaces. Join Isbjorn in historic St Georges, Bermuda, for the 750-mile jaunt back to her home waters on the Chesapeake. It'll be the first time Isbjorn has sailed back to Annapolis since 2016, and should make for an exciting reunion.
The passage back from Bermuda is usually reasonable weather this time of year, but it's long enough that you never know what it'll be like by the time we reach the Gulf Stream, so be mentally prepared for changing conditions as we head west. It'll be a warm-weather trip, maybe a little cool in the evenings offshore.
$3,400 // 8 Days // 4 Crew Spaces. Because we love the cool weather and incredible scenery of the Canadian Maritimes, Isbjorn is going back to Nova Scotia & Newfoundland for a THIRD time in 2019!
It'll be an 850 nautical mile passage to the heart of the Canadian Maritimes on Isbjörn, our classic S&S Swan 48. Lunenburg is loaded with history, and you'll be met on arrival by the fishing schooners of old and some seriously friendly folks. The water's refreshingly chilly for an early morning swim, and it's easy to come and go from the big airport in Halifax.
$3,400 // 9 Days // 4 Crew Spaces. This passage is the continuation leg of our earlier Annapolis-Lunenburg trip. We'll sail from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia some 600 miles further north and east to St. John's, Newfoundland.
$4,200.00 // 10 Days // 4 Crew Spaces. Isbjorn will be returning to Annapolis for a long layupafter our voyage north to Newfoundland. This will be the first leg of that return voyage, and it's an exciting one! This 600-mile passage will be a combination of cruising and ocean sailing, so you'll get the best of both worlds. We'll start in St. John's, visit the French island of St. Pierre (like we did on Arcturus in 2011, and Isbjorn in 2016) and finish with a 350-mile passage to historic Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
$3,400 // 8 Days// 4 Crew Spaces. Join Isbjorn in historic Lunenburg, Nova Scotia for the final leg home following our voyage north to Newfoundland. An 850-mile, nonstop ocean passage.
$5,500 // 18 Days // 4 Crew Spaces. Isbjorn is heading south again! Join the boat in Annapolis, MD and cruise down the Bay, either going nonstop and offshore, or stopping near the mouth of the Chesapeake to wait for a weather window. Once offshore, it's 1,400 miles of serious ocean sailing, finishing in the tropical Caribbean! (Finish port TBD). Paul Exner will be skippering this passage.
Bunk Availability 2019
Check the table below for real-time updated bunk availability. Each 'record' is clickable and includes the passage-specific route map and a link to register. Scroll down for the big-picture map & detailed descriptions of each passage.