Big news! We got a Swan 59! Starting in February 2019, 59 North Sailing will be operating both Isbjorn, our beloved Swan 48, and Ice Bear, our new-to-us German Frers-designed Swan 59! There's lots more to this story of course, which Andy will be telling on the podcast, but for now note that the passages below indicate whether it'll be sailed on Isbjorn or Ice Bear, or in a few cases BOTH boats, and who will aboard as skipper & mate. The new boat can take 6 crew, so we've added some spaces to previously sold out trips, and opened up the legs on which Isbjorn will sail in company with Ice Bear. Read the blog posts below for more details!
Ice Bear // Frers Swan 59
Chief Brody was right - we ARE going to need a bigger boat! Read on to hear how getting a new Swan 59, christened ICE BEAR, is the most exciting news Andy & Mia have had since first starting the business with Isbjorn, their Swan 48.
Note: Dan is Isbjorn's oldest and most loyal crew. He was aboard for our first-ever passage to Lunenburg in 2015, and has sailed with us many times since, and is signed up for several more trips in 2019 & 2020. He was one of the first to hear the news about the new boat, and had a lot of questions for us! I've published our answers here:
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 Dominican Republic & Key West, on to Bermuda, and north to the Nova Scotia & Newfoundland! We end the season in July in Annapolis.
2019 Passage Details
$4,000 // 10 Days // 5 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!
$4,000 // 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.
$3,000 // 7 Days // 6 Crew Spaces. Just announced! The first passage onboard the Swan 59 ICE BEAR.
$5,500 // 14 Days // 10 Total Crew Spaces. Join us on BOTH BOATS for the 1,100 mile passage from Puerto Rico to Key West. A classic downwind, trade wind passage through the Old Bahama Channel.
$4,500.00 // 11 Days // 10 Total Crew Spaces. Sail north to Bermuda! Join BOTH boats 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!
$4,200 // 10 Days // 10 Total Crew Spaces. Join Isbjorn & Ice Bear in historic St Georges, Bermuda, for the 750-mile jaunt back to the Chesapeake. 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 // 6 Crew Spaces. Because we love the cool weather and incredible scenery of the Canadian Maritimes, we are 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 Ice Bear, our Swan 59. 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 // 6 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 // 6 Crew Spaces. 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// 6 Crew Spaces. Join Ice Bear 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 // 6 Crew Spaces. Ice Bear is heading south! 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).
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.