Giving a Tough Old Ocean Greyhound a New Purpose

South bound in the ARC Caribbean 1500 rally.
Southbound in the ARC Caribbean 1500 rally.

Mia and I bought Isbjorn, a 1972 Sparkman & Stephens Swan 48, before we sold Arcturus. For a brief period we irresponsibly owned two boats...and one house. Arcturus sold in September of 2015, only a few weeks after the house sold, so we’re back to being a homeless, one-boat family.

A Business

We bought Isbjorn as a platform on which to run offshore passage charters through our business 59-North Ltd, hence the big upgrade from a simple 35-footer to a huge 48-footer. Indeed, Isbjorn is a full three times heavier than Arcturus, displacing some 36,000 pounds.

Andy Schell is the co-founder of 59º North Sailing, which takes paying crew on offshore sailing passages around the Atlantic, Arctic, Caribbean and beyond. They are currently refitting the Farr 65 FALKEN as their new flagship, while they operate their Swan 59 ICEBEAR and Swan 48 ISBJORN in the meantime. Andy founded and hosts the ON THE WIND sailing podcast and recently launched the online seamanship platform The QUARTERDECK. Andy has sailed over 100,000 miles offshore, including 5 Atlantic crossings and an expedition to 80º North in Svalbard in 2018. Check them out at 59-north.com.

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