Join Andy Schell & Mia Karlsson for the ocean sailing adventure of a lifetime on the classic S&S Swan 48 Isbjörn. 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.
“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...It is the same thing that prompted Thoreau to say, in 1839: ‘The majority of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”
— Sterling Hayden, Wanderer
Andy grew up sailing his mom & dad's boat's, all called 'Sojourner', on the Chesapeake Bay (literally from the time he was in diapers). During his 4th-grade, they sailed south as a family - Andy, younger sister Kaitie, Gail & Dennis and two cats, Ketchie and Salty - and spent the winter cruising the Bahamas.
He met Mia on a backpacking trip in New Zealand in 2006, and the two have been seeking adventures together ever since. They've logged almost 50,000 bluewater miles and have crossed the Atlantic a combined five times (3 for Mia, 2 for Andy). Andy & Mia are based in Sweden when they're off the boat & love endurance sports!
Mia grew up 'ute på landet' - that's 'out in the countryside' - in rural Sweden, about 90 minutes drive inland from Stockholm & far from the sea. She was a strong swimmer in high school and competed on a national level in Sweden.
Mia took off for New Zealand with her best friend Johanna (who thought Andy's name was 'Eddie' for three days when the first met). She didn't start sailing - was never even on a sailboat - until a 4-day charter in the Marlboro Sounds in NZ on a 28-foot boat with Andy, Johanna, Clint & Glenn. Mia hasn't looked back since, and has more Atlantic crossings that Andy now (which she's quick to point out!). In Sweden Mia loves to run, bike & bake bread.
Liz is from Litchfield County, CT & goes to school as a Marine Science major at UConn – Avery Point. Andy & Mia 'headhunted' her after she charmed them at the Annapolis Boat Show in 2015, asking her to join the team as a podcast producer, crewmember on 'Isbjorn' and spokesperson for 59º North. Liz has since sailed nearly 2,000 miles on Isbjorn!
She sailed dinghies from age 7-14 at sailing camp, but it wasn't until I started listening to Andy's podcast that she realized her true passion for sailing. Liz is also an aspiring racing sailor, and is looking for opportunities in the sailing world after she graduates. "It really feels as if I fit this life," she says.
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