59º North Sailing sets an ambitious schedule, sailing 10,000 miles per year per boat, making landfall in ports from the Caribbean to the Arctic, Bermuda, Europe, Cuba, Canada & beyond on our Swan 48 ISBJORN & Swan 59 ICEBEAR. 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.
Click on the maps below for specifics on that year's passages. Scroll down for the Airtable list of full bunk availability for all upcoming passages & our complete list of available expeditions.
All Upcoming 2019 Passages
Note: Both ICEBEAR & ISBJORN will be sailing in company for passages #11 & #12 to finish out the year in 2019! Crews from both boats will get to meet at the start and end of passages, we’ll stay in communication at sea on SSB radio when possible, and we’ll do joint safety & weather briefings shoreside before each passage.
ISBJORN, alongside ICEBEAR, is heading south! Join the boat in Annapolis, MD and cruise down the Bay, either going nonstop and offshore, or stopping near the mouth of the Chesapeake to wait for a weather window. Once offshore, it's 1,400 miles of serious ocean sailing, finishing in the tropical Caribbean!
Join ISBJORN in Tortola for the passage south and east to Antigua. We'll sail to Ile Fourche & St Bart’s on the way, so it will be a combination of island exploration and proper, Caribbean ocean sailing!
ICEBEAR is heading south! Join the boat in Annapolis, MD and cruise down the Bay, either going nonstop and offshore, or stopping near the mouth of the Chesapeake to wait for a weather window. Once offshore, it's 1,400 miles of serious ocean sailing, finishing in the tropical Caribbean!
Join ICEBEAR in Tortola for the passage south and east to Antigua. We'll sail to Ile Fourche & St Bart’s on the way, so it will be a combination of island exploration and proper, Caribbean ocean sailing!
All Upcoming 2020 Passages
Note that a few passages in 2020 will be in company with both ISBJORN & ICEBEAR sailing together. These are ‘tagged’ as ‘2-Boat Passage’ and will be run just like any other trip, but in company with the crews from both boats! You’ll get to meet at the start and end of passages, we’ll stay in communication at sea on SSB radio when possible, and we’ll do joint safety & weather briefings shoreside before each passage.
2020 ISBJORN PASSAGES
Join ISBJORN in Tortola and sail 500 miles south to Grenada! Make landfall in historic St. Georges, explore the island if you want to spend a few extra days ashore. Grenada is a true Caribbean island and unique!
The return trip from St. George’s, Grenada to Tortola in the BVI! If time allows, we’ll stop off in St. Croix en route too, a former Danish island, now part of the USVI, and one of our favorite Caribbean islands!
Retracing our steps from 2017, ISBJORN will cross the Atlantic for the 3rd time via Bermuda and the Azores. Join the boat for the first leg in Tortola and sail due north to one of the Atlantic’s classic landfalls in Bermuda!
Retracing our steps from 2017, ISBJORN will cross the Atlantic for the 3rd time via Bermuda and the Azores. Join the boat in historic St Georges Bermuda, then set sail for a 1,900 mile passage across the pond to the east! Ride the Azores high across the 40th parallel and make landfall in Horta, one of the classic sailors hangouts in the world.
Two amazing destinations, 1,500 miles apart! Join ISBJORN in Horta in the Azores and head north towards Scotland and one of our favorite harbors at Oban, the gateway to Scotland’s wild west coast. In 2017 we did the passage in 8 days, stopping off in Galway, Ireland en route and had a wonderful downwind sail.
Sail with August Sandberg, a proper Norwegian Viking, along a proper Viking route, from Scotland through the Outer Hebrides, past Shetland and back to his homeport in Bergen, Norway, home of our friends at the Storm Weather Shanty Choir and one of Norway’s most beautiful cities!
ISBJORN’s first passage south to prep for the coming trans-Atlantic in early 2021. Sail with August Sandberg & Liz Karamavros from August’s homeport in Norway south to the rugged and beautiful south Irish coast, making landfall at Kinsale, just inside the famous Fastnet Lighthouse.
Re-trace ISBJORN’s 2018 route from Ireland south to warmer climes in Portugal. Final destination in Portugal TBD, but the entire coast is wonderful!
The last ISBJORN passage of 2020! Sail the milk run from Portugal south to Gran Canaria, where ISBJORN will stage ahead of 2021’s Tradewinds Atlantic crossing!
Join Mia & Andy and visit some of their favorite Caribbean islands that they got to know so well during their Broadreach days. This trip will be a combination of offshore passagemaking & exploration ashore, including hiking ashore, lobster cookouts in the Grenadines, & swimming with sea turtles. If we have the opportunity, we'll hire a local guide ashore for some hiking and exploring.
Re-trace the route we sailed in 2017 on Isbjorn, from the Caribbean to Bermuda, one of the nicest, warmest and most reliable-breeze open ocean passages we've had!
The classic route home to the east coast from Bermuda. Enjoy lovely St Georges, check the weather, then we’ll head west and across the Gulf Stream before finishing the trip up the Chesapeake Bay and into Isbjorn’s home waters.
Race down the Chesapeake and across the Gulf Stream to Bermuda! We try to get in one big ocean race per year, and this will be our first point-to-point race after having completed the RORC 600 a few times. Racing offshore takes ocean sailing to another level, and the teamwork element of it makes it a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
It's deep Atlantic all the way from Bermuda to Nova Scotia. Join IceBear in beautiful St. Georges, Bermuda, one of the famous landfalls in the Atlantic for boats coming and going to the Caribbean & Europe. We'll spend a day or two rigging IceBear for heavy weather, then set out due north for a 750-mile passage to Canada.
Join IceBear in Lunenburg where we'll begin the journey of retracing our trans-Atlantic voyage on Arcturus from 2011. We'll sail first to St. Pierre, the last vestige of France's outpost in North America. After filling up on wine and cheese there, we'll continue north and east around Cape Race, ending the passage in St. John's, Newfoundland. Along the way we'll lookout for whales, seals & puffins galore!
This will be the first time we take IceBear across the Atlantic (Mia's 7th, and Andy's 6th!). We'll be retracing the route from our first-ever voyage in Arcturus in 2011, from Canada to the south coast of Ireland, where Crookhaven, a small village near the famous Fastnet Lighthouse, will welcome us back to the realities of life ashore in a pleasant and calming way!
ICEBEAR’s last passage of 2020. We'll depart Ireland and sail south through the Irish Sea and past the famous Fastnet Rock. If we have to, we'll duck into Glandore (Donald Street's home town), or Crookhaven to wait for a good weather window to cross Biscay and make landfall in Portugal where IceBear will stage for her return across the Atlantic. Departure port in Ireland is subject to change, but most likely will be Kinsale.