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59 North, Ltd.


What We Do

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What we do.

Join us for the ocean sailing adventure of a lifetime on our classic S&S Swan 48 IsbjörnCross an ocean & discover the lure of the open sea, all aboard a beautiful, classic & safe ocean-sailing machine. Why? Because life is short, and time slows down out there. 

All of our passages are high-level, proper ocean sailing, with our crew given full responsibility to sail the boat offshore. Andy & Mia take a 'director' role, and stand by to provide leadership, as the crew get hands-on with all aspects of sailing the boat, from making headsail changes on the foredeck & setting the spinnaker, to driving the boat through all conditions, and even cooking and washing up down below. Be as involved - or not - as you want to. It's your experience.

Quite simply, we aim to share the infinite wisdom of the high seas with those wise enough to seek them out. We've sailed tens of thousands of bluewater miles in our boats and others', and yet the magic of a night watch at sea remains as strong as ever. We want to share that magic with you. Join us, and find out for yourself.


Featured Offshore Sailing Passages.

"When it gets tough, ordinary people go home. Be extraordinary." -Michael Lemmel, race director ÖtillÖ

All of our passages are high-level, proper ocean sailing, with our crew given full responsibility to sail the boat offshore. Andy & Mia take a 'director' role, and stand by to provide leadership, as the crew get hands-on with all aspects of sailing the boat, from making headsail changes on the foredeck & setting the spinnaker, to driving the boat through all conditions, and even cooking and washing up down below. Be as involved - or not - as you want to. It's your experience.

"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

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Testimonials


Testimonials


What others had to say.

If you enjoyed your time with us, please fill out the 'Testimonial' form below and click 'Submit.' These get sent directly to us, and will be published on the website (see below). Thanks for your support.

We'd love to hear your criticisms too, and how we can improve our passages. If you have some helpful critiques, please use the 'Feedback' form instead. Thanks!


"The single most important thing you can do, by far and bar none, to become a safe and happy offshore cruiser is to go to sea as crew with an experienced skipper on a good boat. No amount of inshore sailing or reading replaces this vital step on the road to becoming a competent offshore sailor." - John Harries, Attainable Adventure Cruising


"Ocean sailing is something you have to experience to understand, and I’m glad I did it on Isbjorn. The Swan 48 is an offshore machine and Andy and Mia are fantastic hosts and teachers. Andy got me to the point where I could steer the boat with my eyes closed wing on wing by feeling the wind. Beyond the sailing Cuba was an incredible destination. I’d highly recommend visiting even if you aren’t lucky enough to go in style on a sailboat to the Hemingway Yacht Club. Thanks for the check-mark on the bucket list!" -Greg Jorgensen, Fajardo-Havana-Key West 2016


"What a treat to sail with the 59 North A-team of Andy, Mia and Andy’s father Dennis. It was everything I hoped it would be…good sailing, good company and lots of practical sailing experience. All three of them brought something to the table to make the whole experience both educational and enjoyable. Also, it was a real treat to spend time at the helm of the Swan 48! It has set the bar high in terms of what I’ll be expecting from my next boat! Wishing you guys what I’m sure will be continued success!" -Matt Morrisson, Lunenburg-Annapolis 2015, Isbjörn


"Andy & Mia were an absolute pleasure to sail with! They put together an informative and fun trip on an absolutely beautiful boat. Andy is a thorough teacher and Mia cooks up an insane amount of gourmet meals, even with the boat healing 20 degrees for days ;) I can't wait to join the two of them again soon!" -Rachel Miller, Lunenburg-Annapolis 2015, IsbjörnRachel & her fiancé Lee Cumberland will be sailing south this fall on their Tayana 37 Satori. Read about their travels by clicking here!


I first met Andy as part of his involvement with the Caribbean 1500 in October/November 2011. He also loved our classic style cutter, which also helped establish a rapport.

We maintained contact off and on, until the next year he asked me to join him as crew for the 2013 Annapolis to Newport race. It is through that experience that I can attest to his capabilities as a sailor, a captain and a teacher. In all pre-departure preparations, he kept foremost in his mind the safety and comfort of the crew. During the race Andy was a thoughtful teacher and captain, exhibiting patience, anticipating events and maintaining clarity in his instructions. Andy was always positive in debriefs, as well, which only serves to build confidence in those working with him.

Mia joined us this race, too, and it was wonderful getting to know her better – her knowledge, skills and sense of humor. The two of them make an invincible team! Thanks Andy, Thanks Mia! -Dennis Jud, s/v Centime, Currently in Raiatea, French Polynesia.


"Andy and Mia, I want to thank you again for such a great experience. I can't remember the last time I had a 10 out of 10 experience! I am already looking forward to sailing with you again." -Dan Levine, Annapolis-Lunenburg 2015, Isbjörn


"Andy is an amazing sailor and speaker and just an overall great person to know. He has provided so much encouragement and wisdom about life at sea. I have just completed a passage to the Galapagos from Panama and will soon leave for a 3,000+ nm passage to French Polynesia. I'm glad to leave with the lessons he has taught me." -Heidi Love, Caribbean 1500 2012


"That trip on Serenity was fantastic! That was the best sailing trip I’ve ever had in my life!" - Senator Tom Harkin, Serenity Caribbean Passage, February 2015.


"Sailing with Andy was a great experience and quite an education. I found Andy to be mature beyond his years and his experience and knowledge of sailing is impressive. Andy approaches sailing as an adventure that should be taken advantage of as an opportunity to learn more about yourself. His demeanor around the boat is anything but timid as he is quick to shimmy up the mast or out the whisker pole while underway whether its emergent or just for fun. He keeps a simple approach to systems and figures the fewer systems aboard the less you depend on and the less likely things will break. I would sail with Andy again in a heartbeat as I always look forward to an opportunity to learn from him." -Kevin King, St. Croix to Marsh Harbor Expedition, Spring 2014


"The seminar was an interesting academic exercise that fed my curiosity about celestial navigation. Andy is a a charismatic instructor that involves his students and makes great use of visual examples to successfully teach otherwise potentially difficult concepts to grasp." -Fred Roller, Celestial Workshop, February 2014


"Great news about the Swan, really terrific boat and she looks beautiful! That's one of my all time favorites - a true classic, and just a great sailing boat. Good show. She will treat you well, and is a good boat for running offshore trips. Congrats!" -John Kretschmer, sailor & author


"Thanks to you Andy! We had a wonderful experience in amazing company! It was exactly what we were hoping for, and we learned a ton—about what it’s like to be on a passage, about sail trim, about boats. We’d love to sail with you again." -P.S., Serenity Caribbean Passage, February 2015


"The passage a wonderful opportunity given our current plan to start cruising in 3 years. It gave me a lot of information on how to setup my boat for a safe passage at sea; the safety equipment on the trip was the best money can buy. The passage gave me confidence. The biggest bonus, 'some say I’m crazy,' but I got my first taste at heavy weather sailing and it was a big confidence builder! I felt safe with the leadership on the boat and learned a lot… Whatever your reason for going on an adventure sail offshore, I highly recommend Andy to be the captain to take you!" Jim Plante, Sojourner Delivery Passage, Marsh Harbor-Annapolis, April 2015


"I had a great time and look forward to doing it again in the near future.  So far now, it will be lake sailing and some coastal hops until my BVI trip at the end of May." -G.M, Serenity Caribbean Passage, February 2015


"The Caribbean 1500 was well conceived and well organized and the seminars were all worthwhile and fun. Even though I have been sailing since Noah, there was much new stuff there for me to ponder and assimilate...thanks Andy and Mia." -Chuck Burns, s/v Topaz, Caribbean 1500 2013


"Word's can't express what I think. If you are going or are currently on a blue water cruise and haven't been to an event to learn from Andy's vast experience, be impressed by his humble perspective, and enjoy his genuine friendly disposition...you're missing out." -Eddie Lucero, Ocean Sailing Seminar, Annapolis, Spring 2014


"Congratulations on the new boat! I spoke with John and Amanda Neal up at the Chicago boat show, they spoke very fondly of you! We are considering buying a catamaran and putting it in charter in the BVI for 3 years before we retire, then live aboard when we retire. As always great podcasts!  Thanks for getting Web Chiles!" -J.P., Sojourner Passage, April 2015


"Andy is a great seminar organizer. Great logistics, great questions that keep the speakers on topic, and great logistics." -Pedro Espina, Ocean Sailing Forum, October 2014


"I have had the pleasure of both sailing and taking a workshop with Andy. He is an extremely knowledgeable sailor, loves what he does, and just overall a great guy! I look forward to sailing with him again." -Jake Albano, Celestial Workshop, January 2015 & Serenity Caribbean Passage, February 2015


"Andy uses his real world ocean sailing experience coupled with an infectious passion for sailing and an incredible ability to communicate and translate complex concepts and procedures into something easily understandable and immediately useable and applicable for anyone with basic navigational knowledge. While experienced, knowledgeable and confident, Andy is very people-oriented, positive, passionate about the subject and approachable as an instructor; he listens to all questions and works with his students collectively and individually to make sure they feel comfortable and confident with the subject matter. Before beginning the workshop, I was worried I might be intimidated or find the concepts too difficult to grasp. Quite the contrary, I felt very much welcomed and at ease in his workshop; and, I left the workshop with a new found skill. As a bonus, I left with a renewed passion to learn more. Thanks Andy!" -Greg Boehmer, Celestial Workshop, January 2015

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Library


Library


Books We Love...

This list is going to grow exponentially as I get the time to update it! I've sorted it into 'Technical', 'Inspirational' and 'Fiction', but you can sort through several other categories by clicking on the 'category' or 'author' tag to sort the list. Or click the image for the Amazon link to buy them (I get no cut of this by the way, it's just for fun)! 

As an aside, Mia and I always try to buy secondhand books - a great source is abebooks.com. We also highly value local bookstores, buying locally whenever we can. Most cities we visit, big or small, have used bookstores - seeking them out is part of the fun of travel!


Technical Books


Inspirational & Other Non-Technical Books



Fiction Books (for the long night watches!)


Reader Recommended...

The following are books we haven't read, but our fans have. Check out what they recommend!


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