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Andy Schell's conversations with sailors from around the world.

Andy Schell's conversations with sailors from around the world.
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Andy Schell's conversations with sailors from around the world.






Paul Exner // Surviving Hurricane Irma & Sailing to Hawaii

#223. Paul Exner is one of our best friends, and easily the best sailor I’ve ever sailed with. Paul is Isbjorn’s Racing skipper, and is the only person - besides mad dad - who I’ve trusted to sail Isbjorn offshore without me being aboard. He’s been a regular on the podcast, so if you don’t know his backstory - how he grew up as a Gringo living in Puerto Rico, went on to coach the racing team at the University of Wisconsin, had his own mapping business, built his Cape George 31 Solstice from...

Duration: 01:17:48

Carlton Goldthwaite // Broadreach Adventure Travel

#222. Carlton Goldthwaite is the visionary founder & owner of Broadreach, a North-Carolina based company that offers adventure travel and cultural immersion programs for students worldwide, a company very close to my heart - my first official captain’s job was in 2008, as a Broadreach skipper based out of French St Martin and co-leading three-week sailing & diving trips around the Leeward Islands. Carlton & I spoke in-person at the Broadreach HQ in Raleigh about his seaside childhood on the...

Duration: 01:00:00

The State of Isbjorn Sailing in 2018 // Essay Podcast

#221. It’s been a LONG time since I talked much about the business on here, and, now three years in (almost) and at the dawn of a new year, I feel like this is as good a time as any. I’m writing and recording this in real-time, by the way - as I write this, it’s just before 1000 SWE time on Tuesday January 2, the day this will release. Mia & I spent a lot of yesterday afternoon, January 1, reflecting on 2017 and planning ahead for 2018, across the business. The big question that we kept...

Duration: 00:40:37

SV Delos Goes to the Arctic

SV Delos & 59 North announce their joint expedition to sail around Spitsbergen onboard Andy & Mia's Swan 48 'Isbjorn.'

Duration: 00:20:15

John Martino // Isbjorn's Former Owner / Annapolis School of Seamanship

John Martino is the former owner of 'Isbjorn', then 'Patriot', and he's also the founder of the Annapolis School of Seamanship. I spoke to John in Eastport at the school's headquarters about his history as a sailor, how he founded the school, and of course how he came to own 'Patriot' and what he thought of her as a boat! -- On the Wind is presented by Weems & Plath, makers of fine nautical & weather instruments since 1928. The CrewWatcher MOB beacon is now available online at...

Duration: 01:08:37

Katie & Jessie (& Luke!) On a Boat! // Young Folks Cruising

Jessie Zevalkink is half of the 'Katie & Jessie On a Boat' duo that sailed the Great Loop in their early 20's, and had a popular blog that documented the journey. Mia & I met Jessie and her partner Luke (Katie was absent) at the Annapolis Sailboat Show in October and talked about that Great Loop trip, Jessie & Luke's recent trans-Atlantic passage, and their plans to sail around the world. -- On the Wind is presented by Weems & Plath. The new CrewWatcher MOB beacon is now available online...

Duration: 01:08:27

Taylor Grieger // Taming Cape Horn

Taylor Grieger & his friend Stephen O'Shea make up 'Skeleton Crew Sailing.' They're on a mission to raise awareness for veteran's suicide by 'taming Cape Horn' in their 36' sloop. Taylor is a former Navy Rescue Swimmer who did tours in the Pacific. Andy spoke to him while the crew were stopped in Panama for repairs before continuing on towards Cape Horn.

Duration: 00:58:14

TransAtlantic Stowaway // Tamara Puhovski

#217. Tamara Puhovski stowed away on the ARC Europe rally in 2017 onboard the Turkish-flagged 'Morton' to get across the Atlantic. She'd never sailed before, and nobody onboard the boat shared a common language.

Duration: 00:56:13

Brion Toss & Andy Schell // Offshore Yacht Rigging Seminar

#216. Brion Toss, the Master himself, joins Andy Schell at Cruiser's University 2017 in Annapolis for a seminar on offshore yacht rigging.

Duration: 01:34:30

Gary Adams // Clipper Race Crew, Oban Marina Scotland

#215. Gary Adams is the new owner of Oban Marina, in Scotland, which we visited on Isbjorn in June. He's also a former Clipper Race crewmember, who sailed with our friend - and podcast #184 guest - Ollie Cotterell. Gary & Andy sat down on the island of Kerrera to talk about Gary's sailing & business background, his Clipper Race experience and what it's like owning a marina. -- On the Wind is presented by Weems & Plath, makers of fine nautical & weather instruments.

Duration: 01:03:45

Brittany Meyers // Windtraveler Family Cruising

#214. Brittany Meyers is the author of Windtraveler, the hugely popular blog about her experience transitioning from 'land to sea to the tropics with three.' She's an accomplished sailor, a mom, an adventurer, and now, after sadly losing her beloved boat 'Legato' to Hurricane Irma, a philanthropist. She tells her story to Andy this week on the podcast. -- On the Wind is presented by Weems & Plath, makers of fine nautical & weather instruments since 1928. Check out the brand new...

Duration: 01:01:17

Andy Jamieson // Sea Gypsies Movie

#213. Andy Jamieson joined the crew of Infinity, a 120-foot hand-built schooner, on a voyage towards Antarctica. The adventures that ensued were filmed and recently released as 'Sea Gypsies: The Far Side of the World,' easily one of the best sailing movies we've seen. Go to to watch for yourself. -- On the Wind is presented by Weems & Plath, makers of fine nautical & weather instruments since 1928. Go to -- Join Andy & Mia on the ocean sailing...

Duration: 00:55:00

Sara Hastreiter RECYCLED // Volvo Ocean Race

#212. RECYCLED. Sara Hastreiter sailed in the previous Volvo Ocean Race aboard the all-women Team SCA, skippered by Dee Caffari. Sara's off mountaineer for this year's event, set to sail on October 22. But Dee Caffari is heading up the mixed-crew team on 'Turn the Tide on Plastic,' so you know who I'll be rooting for this year! Mia & I met and sailed with Sara in NYC a few years back, and I had a chance to talk to her on Skype immediately following the last Volvo.

Duration: 01:12:01

Hank Schmitt // Caribbean Hurricane Relief

#211. Hank & Andy sat down at the Annapolis Sailboat Show to discuss the ongoing relief efforts in the Caribbean due to Hurricane's Irma & Maria. The successive storms destroyed two of Hank's favorite islands - St. Martin & Dominica - also the places he calls home aboard 'Avocation' during the winter sailing season. Hank discusses his focused effort to help the people of those islands rebuild, and how YOU can help. -- On the Wind is presented by Weems & Plath, makers of fine nautical &...

Duration: 00:32:22

Skip Novak // Expedition Sailing, Whitbread Race & Old School Navigation

#210: Skip Novak is a leader in the expedition sailing world, and his Pelagic expeditions based in Patagonia are world-class, and a huge inspiration to our business at 59 North with Isbjorn. Skip & Andy spoke about his career in the Whitbread Race, growing up in Chicago, building an expedition business, sailing with Magnus Olsson and much more.

Duration: 01:21:09

Jean du Sud & the Magick Byrd // Sailing Stories S2 Preview

209: SOOO, while we’ve been sailing around Sweden on Isbjorn, I’ve been working behind the scenes to finalize production on the first-ever published book by 59 North, Yves incredible ‘Jean du Sud & the Magic Byrd,’ a beautiful & philosophical book about Yves’ journey to sail solo & nonstop around the world, written in a style I find very similar to the legendary Bernard Moitessier, a sailor I know Yves admired himself. Yves will be joining us at the Annapolis Sailboat Show next week for...

Duration: 01:01:51

Offshore Weather // Isbjorn Crew Roundtable Chat

208: As I record this, Isbjorn is stuck in medieval Visby, on the island of Gotland smack in the center of the Baltic. We’ve only made it about 100 miles south of Stockholm, on this our 11th and LAST passage of 2017, due to horrendous weather. Recent guests the Veber family reported gusts over 50 knots in their homeport of Falsterbo, on the Swedish southwest coast about 200 miles from here and on our route. So we’re sitting tight. What follows is a roundtable meeting recorded about 6 weeks...

Duration: 00:54:51

Jake Albano

#207. Jake Albano, who’s still in his 20s, is a longtime friend of mine and has been an integral part of sailing Isbjorn and managing the cruising rallies I used to be involved with. I first met Jake at the ARC Europe rally in 2014 when he was sailing aboard Persistent Lady, the dramatic story of which you’ll hear in the episode. Jake then sailed with me as mate on our first ‘test’ trip for our business model on Serenity, a Shannon 43 ketch we were loaned before we bought Isbjorn, and he’s...

Duration: 00:51:37

Veber Family // Family Cruising Atlantic Circle

#206. Mia & I met the Veber’s in Horta in the Azores back in may, where the family of four had just completed their return Atlantic crossing in their 30’ “Anna Lisa.” The Veber’s had set out from Sweden the year before towards the Caribbean, and after a winter cruising & exploring the Caribbean, were headed home. We invited the whole gang aboard Isbjorn, including the kids Trulls & Mathilda, where we talked about sailing as a family, leaving home, friends and school, the challenges of...

Duration: 01:02:05

Bruce Schwab RECYCLED // Vendee Globe

#205. Bruce Scwab is the first American sailor to complete the legendary Vendee Globe race. Bruce grew up in northern California and started sailing with his dad a young age, eventually working at a rig shop for many years where he honed his as a solo racing sailor, winning the first event he ever entered. Bruce now lives in Maine and specializes in outfitting cruising boats with alternative energy sources and is on the forefront of marine energy technology. I’m running this recycled chat...

Duration: 01:11:38

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