An EPIC Two-Boat Passage from San Juan-Key West // ICEBEAR & ISBJORN OFFSHORE

Needless to say it’s been a hectic but hugely successful first passage with both boats. We had spectacular weather all the way from San Juan and a wonderful five-day layover to explore Samana Bay in the Dominican Republic, a new stop for both Mia & I. We’ll be back for sure.

I’ve never been more excited about the future of 59 North Sailing than I am today. The two-boat thing is proving to be TONS of fun, having such cool sailors and great friends around inspiring each other and sharing the workload.

And we’re getting to know ICEBEAR quite well now. It feels like we only got the new-to-us Swan 59, but already we’ve sailed her over 2,000 miles. We averaged 7.5 knots (181 miles per day) on the leg up from San Juan, and hit a top speed of 15.3 knots (!) in one big surf north of the DR. She’s fast! Of course, we’ve got a growing list of refit items, but after making ISBJORN into the ideal ocean sailing boat, we have a good idea of how to do the same on the 59, so stay tuned for news on how that evolves.

I’m out of time to write more about it, but I’ll leave you with a gallery of photos…enjoy!