$6,000 // 18 Days
We are now sold out for this passage. If you'd like to be added to the waitlist, please complete the registration process as normal and we'll add you to the list! If we can't get you aboard, you'll be able to transfer your registration fee to another passage, or get a full refund.
Isbjorn will depart on her trans-Atlantic in late-May 2017. We'll sail from Bermuda and over the top of the Azores high to Horta, an absolutely magical landfall 900 miles off the coast of mainland Europe. The Azores, of course, belong to Portugal, and the local Portuguese culture there is mesmerizing - the locals are super-duper friendly, the mountainous, volcanic scenery is majestic and the food is natural, fresh and inexpensive.
The passage itself is 1,800 miles. In 2012, when Mia and I sailed the route aboard Kinship, we were at sea for 12 days, motoring only 12 hours or so the entire way. We went north of the fleet, following the classic sailing directions, and sailed across around 40º N latitude, around the top of the Azores High, where we had mostly following breezes.
We've made this trip 3 weeks (21 days), so you get a chance to experience both Bermuda and Horta on either end. The passage itself will be 12-15 days or so. Details to follow.
This passage will also be part of the ARC Europe Rally, which Mia and I sailed with in 2012, and which we've worked for for nearly 7 years. Registration includes all the events surrounding the rally.
If you want to do all legs of this trans-at, contact us for a discount.
Paul Exner, aka the ‘boat whisperer,’ is an old friend and easily the most knowledgeable sailor we’ve ever sailed with. He’s got a great story too - Paul built his own Cape George Cutter from a bare hull, then sailed her solo down to the BVI, where he’s run offshore expeditions on her for years. After Hurricane Irma, Paul fixed up his damaged boat and sailed her all the way to Hawaii, where he relocated his family in the wake of the devastation in the Caribbean.
Simon grew up spending his summers on his parent's “summer cottage," a classic Vindö 50, and got his first boat when he was only 7. He has been working on boats of all sizes for the past 12 years, including passenger ferries in Stockholm, RIBs, offshore construction vessels in the North Sea and most recently as Project Manager at HOC Yachts in Stockholm & Visby. He's currently a manufacturing engineer at Candela Speed Boats.
Ben sailed with us across the North Sea in May 2018, specifically to get some time aboard for working with us in the future! He’s got his own sailing business out of Bainbridge Island (outside Seattle), running day-trip and multi-day cruises in the Pacific Northwest on his beautiful 44-foot Pearson Countess Ketch TRUE. When he’s not sailing, Ben is a professional musician with his band St. Paul de Vence.
Tom & Darlene and longtime friends of ours who have sailed thousands of miles with us on ISBJORN and other boats we’ve delivered over the years. Tom was there from Day 1, driving to Connecticut with us the first time we set eyes on ISBJORN, and indeed sailing her south to Annapolis on her first-ever passage with us. They cruise extensively on their Ericson 38 KOMPASS.
Tom & Darlene will be Simon’s mates on the San Juan to Key West passage in April 2019.
August is the Norwegian sailor and friend of ours who loaned us the rifle for the Svalbard expedition. We first met through Andy’s podcast, and later finally met in person in Longyearbyen. August went to school to learn sound design and production, and both his dad and grandfather were documentary filmmakers. He grew up on the west coast of Norway and has sailed his entire life, and over the past few years has decided to follow that passion and has started doing it professionally, mainly in the challenging and harsh Norwegian Arctic.
August will initially be sailing with Andy on ICE BEAR for the passage south from Lunenburg to Annapolis in summer 2019.
Dennis has sailed many thousands of bluewater miles and stands in for Andy when he can't (like when he got appendicitis offshore!). Dennis is also super-supportive of the whole charade, and Andy & Mia use his basement as temporary storage when they're home. Sadly, Gail died of brain cancer in 2012.
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