Crew Registration

Note: Mia & I handle all the sign-ups - when we’re at sea, it’ll take a few days until you hear back from us. If you signup now, you will get an email from our apprentice Ben, but we won’t officially confirm your signup until we’re back.

If you're a returning crewmember, click the box below for a shorter registration form.


Complete the form below to signup for a passage aboard ISBJORN or ICE BEAR - we'll get back to you within 24-48 hours (unless we're at sea) to confirm bunk availability & invoice you the 50% deposit to hold your spot. Balance will be due 60 days prior to the trip start date. There is no experience required, just an adventurous attitude & positive spirit! Crew spaces are allocated on a first-paid, first-served basis. In the event that your application is unapproved (this is extremely rare), you'd receive a full refund on any money paid. We reserve the right to decline a crew registration for any reason.


What to Expect

The Boats

New Crew Sign Up

Please be specific, with YEAR // BOAT // LEG # // DESCRIPTION - the full list of available passages is on
Let us know your second choice. Alternatively, you may list WAITLIST for your 1st choice.
Full Name *
Full Name
As it appears on your passport.
Preferred Name
Preferred Name
What should we call you?!
Date of Birth *
Date of Birth
As it appears on your passport.
Phone *
Address *
As is appears on your passport.
Gender *
In feet/inches & US lbs. Used to allocate bunks.
Choose Ladies Vee-Neck or Men's. Sizes S-XXL.
Tell us a little about yourself! Are you married? Single? Have kids? Love dogs? Like music? What makes you YOU?
What's the draw? Nature experience? Gain offshore experience? Philosophical? Tell us!
Keep it short & sweet, but give us the basics. No experience required, so it's okay if the answer is NONE!
Offshore sailing is more physically intense than most people realize. We'd like to get a feel for your fitness level before the trip starts.
How often do you get outdoors? How far from civilization? Mia & I love the backcountry, and we love to hear about the previous adventures of our crew, and it's a great way to share stories. If this is your first big adventure, that's cool too.
Some crew are dancers & musicians. Some good cooks. Some great jokesters. Everyone has some special 'thing' to contribute - what's yours?
Emergency Contact Person *
Emergency Contact Person
Emergency Contact Phone *
Emergency Contact Phone
Swimming Ability Disclaimer *
In the case of a man overboard incident, your ability to remain afloat is imperative to your survival! By checking 'agree' below, you agree that: 1. You can swim at least 50 yards in moderate open ocean water. 2. You can tread water for at least 15 minutes. If you are physically disabled or otherwise unable to swim, this is not a deal breaker - we just need to know for safety purposes.
Crew Expectations Agreement *
Have you read the 'Expectations' fully on the 'What to Expect Page?' and do you agree to what's expected of you as a crew member, especially as it relates to personal conduct, drugs & alcohol?
Photo Release Agreement *
By checking 'agree' below, you agree to give 59 North, Ltd. the use of photos, video & audio of yourself in books, articles, catalogs, television programs, this website or brochures without compensation.
Late Payment Policy *
By checking the box below, you agree to make payments on or before dates specified on this website and email receipts. You also agree to a $250 late payment fee for any payments received seven days or more past the payment due date.
Deposit/Cancellation Policy *
By checking 'agree' below, you agree that you have read and understand the following deposit/cancellation policy. Once your application has been approved (usually immediately, unless we're at sea and unable to respond via email), you'll receive an online invoice for 50% of the total trip fee. This is due immediately in order to officially reserve your crew space, and is non-refundable. If your application is denied (extremely rare), you will notified as soon as possible and you will not be issued a deposit invoice. If you give written notice of your cancellation 60 days before departure, you will not be billed for the final 50% balance. If, after you've paid the final balance payment and still decide to cancel for whatever reason, and 59 North, Ltd. is able to re-book your berth, you will receive a full refund. You understand that within 60 days of departure, no refund or credit can be made for any reason including illness. You understand that there are no exceptions to this policy. You understand the importance of trip cancellation insurance, which is your own responsibility to obtain. By checking 'agree' below you agree to all of the above.
The Fine Print - Assumption of Risk *
Acknowledgment of this form is required for each person joining a passage with 59 North, Ltd. Please read carefully before agreeing below. By checking 'agree' below this Agreement, each person participating in a sailing passage waives all claims against Andy Schell d/b/a 59 North, Ltd., and any reservation/booking agent for injury, accident, illness or death during or by reason of their joining a passage on the sailing vessel Sojourner or Isbjorn. "I ACKNOWLEDGE that I am aware that during the passage in which I will be participating, certain risks and dangers may arise, including but not limited to, the hazards of traveling on the open sea, falling overboard, storms, high winds, collision of vessels, shipwreck, travel ashore in remote terrain, the forces of nature, and accident or illness in remote regions without means of rapid evacuation or medical facilities. I am also aware and clearly understand that Andy Schell and Maria Karlsson d/b/a 59 North, Ltd. will have no liability regarding provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care that may be rendered. I have read the Expectations supplied to me by 59 North, Ltd., and agree to abide by these rules on board or ashore, for the duration of the expedition. I understand that although 59 North, Ltd. may make suggestions as to air carriers and travel agents, they assume no liability for injury, damage, delay, irregularity or loss of baggage relating to airline travel. In consideration of the Agreement with 59 North, Ltd. to participate in this expedition, I hereby agree that I will assume all risk of this trip and I will not make any claims against 59 North, Ltd. or sue for bodily injury, emotional trauma, death and/or property damage resulting from negligence or unseaworthiness of the vessel, or other acts, however caused, as a result of my participation in this expedition. I, therefore, release, indemnify and discharge 59 North, Ltd. and its booking agents and employees from all claims, actions and demands that I may have for bodily injury, death or property damage arising from my participation in the expedition.' This RELEASE OF LIABILITY, AGREEMENT TO HOLD HARMLESS AND INDEMNIFY, AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK Agreement is entered into on behalf of all members of my family, including any minors accompanying me. If any person who accompanies me on this trip as part of my family makes claim, or if a claim is made on their behalf, my estate or I will indemnify and hold harmless 59 North, Ltd. from any loss, including reasonable attorney's fees incurred in the defense of such claim. This Agreement is binding upon my heirs, legal representative and assigns. If any portion of this Agreement is unenforceable, the remaining portions shall remain in full force and effect. All applicants are subject to acceptance by 59 North, Ltd. This Agreement shall be deemed to have been entered into at Lancaster, Pennsylvania and shall be construed and interpreted according to the laws of the State of Pennsylvania. In the unlikely event a legal dispute should arise, I agree the dispute shall exclusively be brought before the appropriate court in Lancaster County, in the State of Pennsylvania. I have carefully read this and understand its terms. I execute it voluntarily and with full knowledge of its significance. Check the box below to agree and continue. You will also be asked to sign a hard copy of this when you join the boat.
Next Steps *
When you click 'Submit' below, you're not quite done - this will essentially register your interest with us on your preferred passages. In order to confirm your space, we must approve your registration AND you must pay the crew space deposit, which is 50% of the passage fee. Once approved (usually immediately, unless we're at sea), we'll send you a Welcome Newsletter & online invoice for the deposit. Spaces are not guaranteed until deposit is received.

After You Book

There is no experience required, just an adventurous attitude & positive spirit! With your completed application, a 50%, non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your crew space - you'll be invoiced for this after submitting the application. Crew spaces are allocated on a first-paid, first-served basis. In the event that your application is unapproved (this is extremely rare), you'd receive a full refund on your initial application deposit.

Once your registration has been approved, 50% of the balance is due - you'll get an email confirming your registration has been accepted, which will include an invoice that you can then pay online via credit card. Alternatively, instructions will be included if you'd like to pay by check. This 50% payment is non-refundable. Final payment is due 60 days before the trip starts, and you'll again receive an email invoice asking for this. In the event of a last-minute cancellation, your final payment may be eligible to transfer to a future passage. 

Additionally, you may combine any of the back-to-back legs for a special price (for example, to sail the entirety of an Atlantic crossing from Portugal to Antigua). Please indicate this on your application and your invoice will reflect the discount.

Rates will include all onboard necessities, including food, use of PFDs, sunscreen, etc. Not included are airfare to and from the boat, airport transfers, meals & drinks ashore, shoreside excursions (unless where indicated), personal sailing gear (boots, foulies) etc. 

Once you register, we'll confirm space availability & invoice you for the 50% deposit to hold your spot. You'll get a series of emails from us with all the information you'll need to prepare for your passage aboard Isbjorn. It will go something like this:


  • Important dates

  • How to pay deposit

  • How to complete Crew Forms

  • Passport & Visa reminders

  • & more!


  • Get to know the boat

  • Get to know the crew

  • Start & Finish Port Details

  • Flight arrangement tips

  • Link to follow the current expedition


  • Arrival information

  • How to find and get to Isbjorn

  • Departure port details

  • Customs Crew Letter

  • 'YB Connect' app details for communicating with friends & family while offshore

The Fine Print