Andy started 59 North with Mia back in 2013 with the idea to share his passion for offshore sailing with like-minded people. He’s sailed close to 100,000 miles offshore, crossed the Atlantic 4 times, & skippered ISBJORN to 80º North in Svalbard. Yachtmaster Ocean & USCG Master Mariner.
Mia grew up in the countryside in Sweden a non-sailor until meeting Andy in New Zealand in 2006. Her first sailing trip was aboard SOUTHERN ENDURANCE, a 28-foot charter boat in the Marlboro Sounds on NZ’s South Island. Since then she’s sailed over 50,000 miles offshore, crossed the Atlantic 5 times (on 3 different boats), & sailed ISBJORN to 80º North. Yachtmaster Offshore.
After serving a year in the army as an Arctic Jaeger on the Norwegian-Russian border, he started film studies in Bergen. While studying film production, August renovated an old Baltic 37, and then proceeded to circumnavigate the Atlantic with her after he got his degree. He then spent several years working in the film industry focusing on documentaries, as his father and grandfather before him. Norwegian D5L.
Liz started with 59º North as an intern way back in the early days in 2015. 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 now ISBJORN’s 1st Mate and will be the primary crew aboard for the majority of passages on the Swan 48.
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 producer for the On the Wind podcast.
Originally from Washington, D.C., Ben grew up sailing on the intracoastal rivers of North Carolina. He has worked as a sailing instructor since 2013 and has also garnered deckhand experience aboard several larger yachts. A lover of all things outdoors, Ben is an avid skier and hiker. Before leaving for University, Ben was able to sail from the Caribbean to Tahiti abroad S/Y Argo, crossing the equator and earning his ‘shellback’ status.
Jenni first joined the team when she volunteered to help Mia & Andy move ICEBEAR from Guadaloupe down to Grenada in early 2019, a one-way trip for Jenni since she lives and works on the Spice Island! After finishing a successful corporate career in health care equipment sales, serving for two years in Kenya with the US Peace Corps as a community economic development volunteer, Jenni circled back to sailing when she was living in Grenada and works as a skipper & instructor for LTD Sailing. Yachtmaster Offshore & USCG Master Mariner.
Emma grew up sailing with her family on Long Island Sound and living on their boat on the Hudson River. She has cruised the Caribbean from the BVIs to Haiti and spent a semester abroad sailing on the Robert C. Seamans with SEA off the coast of New Zealand. After graduating from Kenyon College in 2019, Emma got aboard ISBJORN as a 2nd mate on a trip from Newport to Annapolis. When she isn't with 59 North she will be sailing with her dad on his Jonmeri 40, Karjala, and working for SEA, an organization that leads ocean education voyages on their tall ships. USCG Master Mariner.
James is 59 North’s ‘Ship’s Photographer’ and has sailed with us both in Scotland in 2017 and for two months above the Arctic Circle in summer 2018. James was along to document our adventure to Svalbard - not really a sailor beforehand, James got the full experience on the 1,000-mile passage south from Svalbard to Iceland.
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. USCG Master Mariner.
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. Yachtmaster Offshore.
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. USCG Master Mariner.
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. Dad has crossed the Atlantic and sailed with us in Sweden, Iceland Newfoundland, the Caribbean and everywhere else! USCG Master Mariner.