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Andy & Mia explain how SPICA's new alternator caught on fire a few days ago during her electrical system refit. Oops. To watch the video and see Andy's beautiful whiteboard drawings, join us on The QUARTERDECK! -- Join the discussion on The QUARTERDECK, 59º North's new online platform where we dive deep on the art of seamanship. Open now, first two…
 
Andy checks in with skipper August Sandberg halfway across the Atlantic and looks at the weather they've encountered thus far on their route towards the Azores, and the weather challenges that lie ahead! To see the weather files referenced and watch ISBJORN's route in real-time, join us on The QUARTERDECK! -- Join the discussion on The QUARTERDECK,…
 
Andy & ICEBEAR First Mate Emma Garschagen debrief the first passage of the 2021 season from Antigua to Bermuda! We recorded this from Bermuda the day after crew departed, so it was fresh in our minds. To see the outline we used for this and make your own template, join us on The QUARTERDECK! -- Join the discussion on The QUARTERDECK, 59º North's ne…
 
Nikki Henderson joins the Quarterdeck membership for a brief discussion on seamanship, followed by a Q&A. Members on the QDeck submitted their questions, which Nikki answered here! If you missed Nikki's interview with Andy for ON THE WIND, catch that here! -- Join the discussion on The QUARTERDECK, 59º North's new online platform where we dive deep…
 
Andy dips into the archives this week to read an essay titled AFTER 11,000 MILES that he wrote in 2016, but which was never published, about the changes he and Mia made and what they learned on ISBJORN after their first full season at sea. The essay is prophetic in some of its points! -- Join the discussion on The QUARTERDECK, 59º North's new onlin…
 
"But give me this glorious ocean life, this salt-sea life, this briny, foamy life, when the sea neighs and snorts and you breathe the very breathe that the great whales respire. Let me roll around the globe, let me rock upon the sea, let me race and pant out my life with an eternal breeze astern and an endless sea before me." -Richard Henry Dana, T…
 
August Sandberg interviews Bill Hutton about a terrifying offshore rig failure that ended in abandoning ship and a harrowing rescue by a cargo vessel. -- Join the discussion on The QUARTERDECK, 59º North's new online platform where we dive deep on the art of seamanship. Open now, first two weeks free!…
 
Ben Doerr of Sail Bainbridge out in the Pacific Northwest, prompts us on a discussion about leadership, framed through gut instincts & fear. How do you recognize fear versus gut instincts? How do you convert that into actionable leadership? This was recorded LIVE on the QUARTERDECK. -- Join the discussion on The QUARTERDECK, 59º North's new online …
 
Andy Schell & August Sandberg answer QUARTERDECK member Olwen's call for an in-depth look at self-steering systems. We discuss what makes a boat steer herself, from the purity of balancing sails and rudder, to electronic & hydraulic systems, to the classic, mechanical windvane self-steerers. We've got the technical details covered for sure, but don…
 
Bob Perry, legendary cruising & racing yacht designer, joins Andy Schell to discuss the concept of 'seaworthiness' and how it affects yacht design. Plus, what makes a boat seaworthy - the design, or the skipper? The QUARTERDECK Podcast is the evolution of HOW I THINK ABOUT SAILING. -- Join the discussion on The QUARTERDECK, 59º North's new online p…
 
Season 3, #10. Andy & Mia reflect on their life-and-business-changing summer in the High Arctic in Svalbard from 2018. -- 59º North's 1st LIVE online session Tuesday April 14, 2020. Join us for a 'shakedown' test of new live software we're testing out in order to host more live events in the coming weeks during the COVID-19 lockdown. Register on 59…
 
Season 3, #9. In the time of the coronavirus, doing ANYTHING on a schedule right now feels rather quaint. Ironically, today's episode is a conversation with cruiser Doug Weibel about how we at 59 North plan to sail on a schedule. One day we'll get back to that! Wash your hands & HOLD FAST! -- Join Andy & Mia and friends in Annapolis this October fo…
 
Season 3, #8. New intro to an old recording. Andy & Mia start the show and reflect on what it's like ocean racing in the Caribbean 600. Then we play the audio documentary that Andy put together after ISBJORN's first crack at the race in 2016. We didn't finish, due to rudder problems, but we were hooked on racing! -- Join Andy & Mia and friends in A…
 
Season 3, #7. Almost exactly five years has passed since we bought ISBJORN, our beloved S&S Swan 48, which remains to this day as the foundation of 59 North. We go back in time today and hear Andy describe the story behind buying the boat and how it all came together. -- Join Andy & Mia and friends in Annapolis this October for a weekend workshop o…
 
Season 3, #6. Andy & Mia reflect on the 2014 Newport to Bermuda Race, which they competed in a J/37. They discuss what they've learned from ocean RACERS that they've applied to their ocean CRUISING passages since 2014. -- Join us in October 2020 for a weekend workshop on SEAMANSHIP. Limited to 20 people. Sign-up now on 59-north.com/seamanship. HOW …
 
Season 3, #5. Andy reflects on the refit of ARCTURUS’s engine in Sweden in 2013, when he, Mia & their friend Micah installed a new Beta Marine 16hp diesel. We look back on why we chose the smaller model, why we painted it blue (and not red), how we chose the prop, how we mounted it and what we learned from the experience. -- How I Think About Saili…
 
Season 3, #4. Andy and Mia reflect on their last days on ICEBEAR (with Mia’s nearly-broken ankle). And Andy briefs Brady, Alex and Sean of SV DELOS on what to expect sailing trans-Atlantic from Bermuda to the Azores, a passage we first did in 2012 and again in 2017. -- How I Think About Sailing Season 3 is sponsored by Offshore Passage Opportunitie…
 
Season 3, #3. Andy looks back at their successful first Atlantic crossing on ARCTURUS and looks at how the weather routing strategies have changed - or not - over the intervening years, and how Andy’s mental aspect of ocean sailing has evolved. -- How I Think About Sailing Season 3 is sponsored by Offshore Passage Opportunities. Want to be delivery…
 
Season 3, #2. Andy reads aloud to Mia a dramatic, and at times embarrasing, journal about their failure to cross the Atlantic in ARCTURUS in 2010, and what they did about it. This is the first episode of our ‘Reflections on the Decade’ series. -- How I Think About Sailing Season 3 is sponsored by Offshore Passage Opportunities. Want to be delivery …
 
Season 3, #1. Andy & Mia record from the cockpit of ICEBEAR in Antigua with not one but two MAJOR announcements. Hold on to your hats, it’s Season 3 of ‘How I Think About Sailing!’ (Happy New Year!) -- Sail aboard ICEBEAR or ISBJORN, our Swan 59 & Swan 48, in 2020! Check out all our offshore passages at 59-north.com/2020. HOLD FAST!…
 
Season 2, #9. Part 2 of last week’s chat with former Air Force pilot Ryan Ellison for another talk about risk management. This one is in two parts, so make sure to listen to Part 1 from episode #8 last week first! See more of Ryan’s adventures on his YouTube Channel “Ryan and Sophie Sailing.”By 59 North, Ltd.
 
Season 2, #7. Andy reads and comments on an piece he wrote almost 5 years ago to the DAY about risk management and black swans. -- How I Think About Sailing is presented by Forbes Horton Yachts. Buy or sell your dream boat with Forbes at forbesyachts.com. Want to get paid to sail? Join the schooner Woodwind crew and jump-start a life at sea, just l…
 
Season 2, #6. Former Air Force pilot Ryan Ellison joins Andy to talk about how practices from aviation can help us sailors better manage risk offshore. See more of Ryan’s adventures on his YouTube Channel “Ryan and Sophie Sailing.” -- How I Think About Sailing is presented by Forbes Horton Yachts. Buy or sell your dream boat through our good friend…
 
#9. Andy talks about Isbjorn's big refit and the 70-mile shakedown cruise he and Mia did up the west coast of Sweden. Special thanks to Helly Hansen for inviting us to their event; and to Isbjorn crewmember Karl for composing and performing the music motifs on this week's show. -- Our 2020 Passage Calendar is now live! Go to 59-north.com/2020 to sa…
 
#5. iPad Nav. Andy answers listener Richard Shaw's question on how to setup and use a dual-iPad navigation system on the boat. Rich is an airline pilot and in fact uses a similar iPad-based system in the cockpit. Andy talks about the benefits and pitfalls of using this setup offshore, including his thoughts on RADAR, accuracy versus resolution, fun…
 
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