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  • COVID-19 // Walter Rush, Former ISBJORN Crew // Afloat off Culebra

    Walter aboard ISBJORN, 2015. Andy here, Walter Rush sailed with us on ISBJORN on our first major ocean passage in the fall of 2015. Mia & I weren’t even on the boat then, as we were still in charge of the Caribbean 1500 cruising rally that year, in which ISBJORN took Click here for full […] More

  • Sailing on a Film Set

    Thanks to films such as The Beach and James Bond, the Phuket/Krabi area of Thailand is well known for its stunning karst limestone islands rising up out of the calm sheltered waters of Phang Nga bay. The thought of sailing our own boat through this stunning scenery would have been a dream just 4 years […] More

  • Atlantic Crossing logbook Day 1: Not exactly a smooth start.

    It’s time…. Last rig check before we go… Looking good, looking good! AND WE ARE OFF!!! The ocean calls… Mindelo is behind us, and getting out of there was a bit of a pain. As soon as we passed the jetty, we got the full headland effect and the winds started to blow up to […] More

  • Repairs & BURIED TREASURE! // Ben’s Blog P.4

    ISBJORN Skipper August checking Spinnaker trim during a circuit of Jost Van Dyke. We rested in Nanny Cay, but we weren’t sitting around. There were repairs to be made on both boats – ISBJORN had lost her forestay turnbuckle on the way south. To hear August tell the story, the Click here for full post: […] More

  • Back in Saint Martin! (and slightly relieved)

    Hi friends!  What a crazy time to travel… after a week in Stockholm and amidst the Covid-19 outbreak, we were starting to wonder if we’d make it home.   Flying to Stockholm was a bit of a surreal experience, with a lot of people wearing masks at the airport. It felt like something out of […] More

  • How is Coronavirus (COVID-19) affecting your travel?

    How is Coronavirus (COVID-19) affecting your travel? As many of you know there is a massive restriction on incoming and outgoing travel in the United States due to the Coronavirus.  It may be that I’m an optimist at heart, but this is the best time to travel domestically than ever Click here for full post: […] More

  • Vietnam: Hanoi, Halong Bay and Da Lat

    Hanoi We seek glimpses of different lives, adventure and the excitement of being alive as we travel. Although not our usual remote destination, the streets of Hanoi still provided all of these things. With a population of around 8 million people in a city were everyone rides a motorbike, that makes for some chaotic, loud, […] More

  • Swapping Boats for Motorbikes in Vietnam

    Whilst in SE Asia, an opportunity arose that could not be missed; a chance to see both my (Amy’s) brothers together in one place for the first time in 4 years. This was not a normal ‘see you down the pub at 7’ sibling catch up. In order for this to work, we would need […] More

  • My First Passage Aboard ISBJORN! Ben’s Blog P.3

    Carrot a day to keep the scurvy away! Right?! Final Passage Preparation Passage Prep became real-real the day that ISBJORN skipper August Sandberg and Ships’s Photographer James Austrums arrived in Annapolis, MD. By real, I mean real fun! I graciously relinquished my captain’s quarters aboard ISBJORN to August, who moved Click here for full post: […] More

  • Langkawi; The Best of Malaysia’s West Coast

    Described as ‘The Jewel of Malaysia’s west coast’ our bows had been aimed at Langkawi ever since we entered the Malacca straits. Rushing ashore to catch the Kuah Harbour Master and complete our paperwork just minutes before he shut for the day, we anchored as close as we could, shortening the distance to row. It […] More

  • The Polar Seal Library

    There are a few books that have helped us getting our sailing career started and throughout our three years of voyaging. We have had more books than this (a lot more) but these are the ones I find myself picking up the most. If you have an interest in any of these book you can […] More

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