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  • SPIRIT OF BERMUDA RALLY // Landfall Imminent for ICEBEAR & the Fleet

    ICEBEAR leading the fleet towards Bermuda! July 10, 2020, St George’s, Bermuda: Facing headwinds on their final approach to the finish, Andy Schell’s Swan 59 Icebear skippered by Sean Westoby is poised to be the first entry to cross the finish line in the inaugural Spirit of Bermuda Charity Rally organized Click here for full […] More

  • Skeleton Crew // ICEBEAR & ISBJORN at-sea Report

    by ICEBEAR mate Emma Garschagen, via sat phone email. Good morning / afternoon ! Emma here, emailing with an update from us all aboard ICEBEAR. We had a perfect start on Sunday evening when we pushed off from St. Thomas. Steady trades made for a happy ICEBEAR and happy crew. Matt and Layton Click here […] More

  • Off to Sea Once More // Escape from the Caribbean

    View fullsize ICEBEAR crew prepping for departure! Anastasia, Jenni, Alex, Emma, Capt. Sean, Matt & Layton. By ICEBEAR Mate Emma Garschagen Everyone has the pre-departure jitters. Excited and busy Click here for full post: https://www.59-north.com/blog/2020/6/7/off-to-sea-once-more-escape-from-the-caribbean More

  • NORTHBOUND // Escape from the Caribbean // COVID-19 Update

    Today’s the day. As I type this, both ISBJORN & ICEBEAR are at-sea…well, kinda. ICEBEAR, under skipper Sean Westoby, is at-sea for real, sailing north from Grenada towards USVI, while ISBJORN is on a short motor-boat right from BVI over to USVI having just be re-launched and commissioned Click here for full post: https://www.59-north.com/blog/2020/6/1/northbound-escape-from-the-caribbean-covid-19-update More

  • ICEBEAR OFFSHORE // Towards Tobago Cays, Grenadines

    ICEBEAR at rest in the Saintes. We’re back at sea again after about 30 hours in Terre de Haut. New Year’s Day was lazy. The crew set off on a long, steep hike to the top of the island and the old abandoned fort that Mia, Lisa & I had Click here for full post: […] More

  • ICEBEAR OFFSHORE // New Year’s Eve at Sea

    Double rainbow as the crew joined ICEBEAR in Antigua! Good omen! ICEBEAR departed Falmouth, Antigua, right on time, at 1630, December 31, 2019. The last day of the decade, and the first time we’d ever spend New Year’s Eve at sea. That was on purpose. I’ve never liked big parties regardless Click here for full […] More

  • Update from ISBJORN: Friday Nov. 15

    Photo by: James Austrums Skipper AugustNovember 15, UTC 02:15 // 25˚47’ N, 65˚51’ W An eerie, absolute stillness disturbs me at the nav station, and I look up from the charts. Not a sound is to be heard onboard. No melancholy tunes from Ben’s guitar, the galley is deserted, and even Click here for full […] More

  • Update from the sea: Thursday Nov. 14

    ISBJORN & ICEBEAR are now south of Bermuda and are pointing south towards the BVI! I have gotten a few updates from both of the boats and would like to share it with you all Yesterday the boats were expecting the front to pass over them and ahead of Click here for full post: https://www.59-north.com/blog/2019/11/14/update-from-the-sea-thursday-nov-14 More

  • Update from ISBJORN, Tuesday Nov. 12

    SV IsbjörnUTC 202033˚28’N, 67˚18’W A drop of sweat forms on my frowning brow as the temperature onboard Isbjörn surpasses 30 degrees. I have no more layers to shed without my dignity decency going with it, and there are still many degrees of latitude until we reach our tropical destination. There are numerous Click here for […] More

  • Update from the sea: Sunday 8 am

    Update from the sea, Sunday 09.00! Hi everyone, Mia here! I am getting emails via the sat phone from Andy & August and will post some fun updates here on the blog for you all! They departed already on Friday, the window was too good not to catch it Click here for full post: https://www.59-north.com/blog/2019/11/10/update-from-the-sea-20191109 More

  • VIDEO: Passage South // Weather Routing to the Caribbean

    As ICEBEAR & ISBJORN prepare to depart Annapolis on the Chesapeake Bay, bound for Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, Andy and August brief the passage route and the weather they expect to encounter en route. (August Sandberg is ISBJORN’s new skipper going forward). The 1500-mile passage starts in Annapolis, and both Click here for […] More

  • ICEBEAR Offshore // Heading South Again

    I’m writing from the little ‘stuga’ in Åland, sat in a grey living room chair with my feet propped up on the coffee table and the laptop, well, in my lap. The cabin belongs to Mia’s best friend Johanna’s dad, and is situated on a lovely little peninsula amongst pine Click here for full post: […] More

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