$4,250 // 10 Days
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.
After getting to know the boat, we'll depart the the Irish Sea, so we'll have some time sailing coastwise before the big jump across Biscay. The tides and currents in the Irish Sea are serious - you've got to time them perfectly or you literally won't get anywhere! On a fair tide on Arcturus, for example, we could cruise along at 10 knots!
We'll meander kind of south and west, towards Fastnet Rock and along the same shoreline that we cruised on Arcturus back in 2011, passing Kinsale, Glandore & Crookhaven again. Any of those ports will be an option if we need to duck in somewhere to wait for a weather window. If the weather holds, we'll sail direct for Portugal, across the infamous Bay of Biscay.
Once in Portugal, there are easy & cheap flights back to Europe from Lisbon, and indeed back across the Atlantic. We'll be leaving IceBear in Portugal for a few months while we go back to Sweden for the Christmas holiday's, so any of the crew who want to stick around and help haul the boat out, you'd be most welcome!
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, and from 2020 onwards, will be ISBJORN’s primary, full-time skipper!
Liz started with 59º North as an intern way back in the early days in 2015. Still in college, she came to meet us at the Annapolis Sailboat Show and made such a good impression that we invented a position for her. Back then, she worked in all aspected of the fledgling business with Mia & Andy - behind the scenes online, on the boat, sailing 2,000+ miles as 2nd Mate, at boat shows, giving seminars and more.
Since then, Liz has worked in the sailing industry on boats big and small, including the famous J/Class SVEA, the iconic Frers-designed ketch REBECCA, the classic TICONDEROGA and race boats including a former Volvo 60. Liz is still working part-time as a rigger in Newport, RI at Gorilla Rigging, and will join ISBJORN as full-time mate starting in May 2019! She’ll join August Sandberg to round out the crew for 2020.
Lee and Andy have been friends since 2012 when Lee first started doing deliveries and long before the business started. Since then, Lee has helped out in all aspects of 59º North, but most recently has been dubbed ‘ship’s engineer’ for his work on the big boat ICEBEAR in the Caribbean. Lee sailed on ISBJORN with us in the 2019 Caribbean 600 race, and with his wife Rachel, owns a Tayana 37 called SATORI, on which they sailed to the Panama Canal and back.
Lee is also the produced for the On the Wind podcast, and being that he’s now a private pilot, we’ve declared him ‘ship’s pilot.’ For when the budget gets big enough that we can afford that ;)
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.
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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