Sail Offshore on a Swan

"Sharing the wisdom of the high seas with those wise enough to seek it out."

S&S Swan 48

German Frers Swan 59

59º North Sailing offers those adventurous spirits out there the opportunity to crew & sail offshore on a long-distance ocean passage with Andy Schell & Mia Karlsson on one of two of sailing's most highly-respected ocean-sailing yachts, the classic S&S Swan 48 Isbjörn and our newest addition to the fleet, the German Frers-designed Swan 59 Ice Bear!

We set an ambitious schedule, sailing 10,000 miles per year, making landfall in ports from the Caribbean to the Arctic, Bermuda, Europe, Cuba, Canada & beyond. Normally the boat is sailed by Mia & Andy, plus 4-6 paying 'crew', depending on the boat, each with their own cozy sea bunk & who actively participate in all aspects of the voyage, from steering & navigating to foredeck work, weather analysis, cooking & cleaning and more. 

So if you've dreamed of seeing stars down to the horizon, if you yearn to lose sight of land for days on end, if you want to unplug from the world ashore, then join us for the offshore sailing adventure of a lifetime. 

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1st Celestial Workshop in Europe // September 2019

HOLD FAST Pirate Flags for Sale!

HOLD FAST 12" Pirate Flag

If you’ve followed our social media, you’ll have seen some pretty badass new flags flying from ISBJORN & ICEBEAR’s spreaders! Our take on the classic Jolly Roger pirate flag, the flags feature an old-school anchor, polar bear skull and HOLD FAST text across the banner. They’re based on Andy’s Sailor Jerry-style Arctic tattoo he got in Stockholm after last season’s epic Svalbard adventure, and now you can fly a smaller, 12” version from your own spreaders! (Sneak peak - the design is also being used for ICEBEAR’s new all-black asymmetric spinnaker we’re picking up in Annapolis in May!) Worldwide shipping included in purchase price.

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Crew Offshore with Us!

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.
— T.E. Lawrence

Offshore Passage Route Schedule

Tradewinds, Caribbean & Newfy

Bermuda Race & North Atlantic

Somehow it is the [human’s] duty to put the best years of their life into work they don’t like in order that they may ‘retire’ and enjoy themselves as soon as they are too old to do so.
— Sterling Hayden, 'Wanderer'

You do not ask a tame seagull why it needs to disappear from time to time toward the open sea.
It goes, that’s all.
— Bernard Moitsessier

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders... Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.
— Antoine de Saint Exupery

Captivating conversations with an at-ease flavor whether with US Senators, tall ship captains, old salts, technical experts or simply us regular folks who love sailing.
— Longtime Listener // Great Lakes Sailor