Conversations with Sailors

'On the Wind' is the evolution of Andy Schell's '59 North' podcast. The show is, quite simply, long-form conversations with sailors from around the world. 'On the Wind' (formerly called '59 Degrees North') is informal chats with people from around the world of sailing - tall ship captains, Cape Horners, sailing authors, Volvo Ocean Race skippers, yacht designers, family cruisers, Arctic adventurers and more. Plus the occasional rant on ocean safety or narrative stories about crossing big oceans in small sailboats. Our aim is to define what creates success in the sailing world and figure out how to accomplish dreams on the high seas. New episodes publish weekly or bi-weekly, usually on Tuesday, and are available free on iTunes, Stitcher, the podcast archive here, and are syndicated on SAILfeed.


On the Wind is almost a one-man show, but it would never be as good as it is now without the help of some friends. Thanks to everyone who makes the podcast fun to listen to and even more fun to produce!

Recorded, Produced & Edited by Andy Schell

Voice on the Intro, #1-120: Anna Vinnars

Voice on the Outro from #159: Mia Karlsson

Irish Intro & Outro Music (up to #157): Blaggards

New Intro Music (from #157): Cameron Deyell

Additional Music by: Evermore, Streets of Laredo & Mr. Dream.

Ad Music (from #121): Cameron Deyell

And of course thanks to all the fans who send donations, buy stuff in the gear shop, come sailing with us or simply send an encouraging email! You're all loved very much!

Support the Podcast.

Love the show? There are lots of ways to support us!  You can also click to visit our Shop, where at least some of the proceeds on most of what we offer comes back to us, thanks to our fantastic partners like Colligo Marine & ATN. And last but not least, you can come sailing with us aboard Isbjorn!

Fun Facts

Where does your money go?

Yes, the podcast is free, and always will remain free. But it's not in fact free to produce. As I've said on the show, the podcast has become a way for me to advertise my sailing trips to you guys, my listeners, so I realize there is value in that. But there is also value to the folks that will never come sailing with me. In the interest of transparency, I thought it appropriate to offer up an idea of the costs involved in hosting the show (in the hopes that it'll generate more donations!)

  • Libsyn hosting fee: $25.00 / month
  • Andy's time (scheduling, recording, editing & producing): ~4 hours per episode, not including travel time
  • Recording equipment costs: ~$750.00
  • Adobe Photoshop graphic design software: $25.00/month

Andy's Equipment Setup

Desktop Studio
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Interface
Neumann KMS 105 mic
Roland RH-200 monitor headphones
MacBook Pro running Hindenburg Journalist Pro software

Mobile Studio
Zoom H4N recorder
Shure MX-185 lavalier mic (x2)
Mackie 1202VLZ4 Studio Mixing Board (for recording multi-channel live panel discussions)
Skype & Call Recorder for phone interviews