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The definitive podcast about sailing. Professional sailors Andy Schell, August Sandberg & Emma Garschagen interview sailors from around the world to discover what motivates, scares & inspires them. For over seven years and through 300+ episodes, we've interviewed everyone from legends like Sir Robin Knox-Johnston to our heroes like John Kretschmer & Pam Wall, boat builders, yacht designers, YouTube stars and many more. HOLD FAST!
 
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#335. Kirsten Neuschäfer is a professional sailor and adventurer, most recently working as a skipper for Skip Novak's Pelagic Expeditions in Antarctica in the Southern Ocean. At 22 she cycled solo 15,000 km from Europe to her home in South Africa, and is now preparing for her biggest challenge yet - the 2022 Golden Globe Race, a solo, nonstop circu…
 
#334. We met Marcus Hutchinson in Kinsale, Ireland after ICEBEAR's trans-Atlantic, having been referred to him by one of our former crew who used to be his neighbor. Marcus has been deeply involved in the high-end racing scene for most of his career, first as a naval architect with Rob Humphries, later as editor of Seahorse Magazine, on America's C…
 
#333. Lisa Blair is an Australian adventurer who holds multiple world records for her solo sailing adventures. She is a positive and strong voice for confronting climate change, and for pursuing one's dreams full force. Lisa is currently preparing to sail solo, nonstop, and unassisted around Antarctica, in pursuit of world records and groundbreakin…
 
#332. Andy kicks off the Fall 2021 podcast season talking cruising the Bahamas, with longtime friend and sponsors of the show, Forbes & Jamie Horton. Forbes and 59º North go WAY back, to our early days in Annapolis circa 2006, and he's one of the few brokers in the trade that has skin in the game when it comes to cruising - last year, at the height…
 
BONUS: Marcus Hutchinson comes aboard ICEBEAR for a coffee and some storytime in Kinsale, Ireland after our Trans-Atlantic passage! Emma & Andy reflect a bit on the trans-at and then Marcus tells a crazy story about salvaging an IMOCA 60 in a January gale. Join us for an 'open boat' on ICEBEAR in Sweden! August 29th in Marstrand, on the west coast;…
 
#331. Andy, Emma & August sit down with John Kretschmer in Bermuda to discuss seamanship, philosophy, fatherhood and a wide-ranging list of other topics about offshore sailing. -- ON THE WIND is presented by Edson Marine, "Making adventures happen since 1859." To find the highest quality bilge pumps, steering gear and other hardware just like we us…
 
#330. Megan Frey has spent the last 10 years at sea, sailing traditionally rigged vessels all over the world. She is pursuing her dream of connecting people from around the world through sailing with Ocean's Dream. Emma got to sit down with Megan for a short chat while they were both in Maine, where Megan is spending the summer running a charter sa…
 
#329. Andy, Mia & Nikki Henderson recap last week's Gotland Runt race experience aboard SPICA, our Norlin 34 here in Sweden. Nikki and Andy reflect on what went right (we got 7th place!); what went wrong (we caught the galley on fire!); and how we can improve for next year. Plus, Nikki gives her thoughts on her first time sailing in Sweden, midnigh…
 
#328. Lisa Roland & Nini Champion are setting out to row nonstop across the Atlantic in 2022. Lisa grew up in Canada as a foster kid, and "aged out" of the foster program, never having been adopted. Meanwhile, Nini grew up in upper-middle class Annapolis, sailing with her family aboard their Hylas 54. They both work in the maritime industry now, Li…
 
#327: Abby Ehler has been working in high performance sailing, on and off the water, for over twenty years. She has competed in three editions of the Volvo Ocean Race as boat captain, most recently competing in the 2017-18 race with Team Brunel, the first edition of the Race to actively promote mixed gender teams. When shore side, Abby has worked f…
 
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…
 
#326: Pam Wall returns for a third chat on the podcast, this one with ICEBEAR mate Emma Garschagen, live in Ft. Lauderdale from Pam's living room! Emma was in town for her medical course and having both gotten vaccinated, Pam welcomed Emma into her home. Pam has been cruising for a lot longer than Emma has been alive and the two of them recount man…
 
#325: Lisa Blair is an adventurer, author, and a multiple world record holding sailor. Her boat, Climate Action Now, is a brilliantly colorful poster of a positive approach to tackling climate change. In 2017, Lisa set out to break the record for a solo, nonstop circumnavigation around Antarctica. She was dismasted south of Cape Town, about three q…
 
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,…
 
#234. Andy & August record a LIVE session from The QUARTERDECK on all aspects of sail trim. We start with the basics - when in doubt, let it out! - and move on to more nuanced and technical discussions on things like vang & kicker, traveler position, backstay tension, outhaul, halyard tension, twist & much more. Join The QUARTERDECK to watch the vi…
 
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…
 
#323. Jon Sanders is an 81-year-old Australian solo sailor whose been around the globe a full 11 times! He was the first person ever, in 1981/1982 to circumnavigate Antarctica, and indeed three of his roundings of the world happened back-to-back-to-back nonstop! Despite these crazy accomplishments, Jon remains incredible humble and sails simply for…
 
#322. Dustin Reynolds is on a mission to become the first-ever double-amputee solo circumnavigator. After losing his left arm, left leg and nearly his life in a terrible motorcycle accident in 2008, Dustin regrouped, decided he wanted to live, and set out to fulfill a dream that started on a whim. I caught up with him earlier this spring when he wa…
 
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…
 
#321. Nikki Henderson is the youngest person ever to have skippered a yacht in the Clipper Round the World race, coming second in the 2017/18 edition of the race at 25 years old. Since the age of 18 Nikki has pursued a career in professional sailing, and has earned worldwide respect for her accomplishments. She has been a guest-skipper for MAIDEN, …
 
#320. James Frederick is a 40-something artist living in Los Angeles with his wife Camille and their dog, Mr. Steady Man. For the past several years James has been refitting an Alberg 30 while sailing out to Catalina island and exploring the California coast and documenting it all on YouTube. Very shortly, that's all about change, as James will set…
 
#256 RECYCLED. August Sandberg is a Norwegian sailor and filmmaker who is the full-time skipper of ISBJORN. He has been co-hosting the podcast and leading as an admiral on The QUARTERDECK while we have worked remotely this past year. August lives on a small island off the coast of Bergen, Norway, where he has been doing a lot of skating, skiing, an…
 
#319. Markus Norlin is the son of famous Swedish yacht designer Peter Norlin, who's illustrious career indeed included our own boat SPICA, a 1977 Norlin 34 mk 2. Markus came out to the farm to 'Mission Control' where we discussed his late father's career as a yacht designer, growing up in a sailing family, and his 'rescue' of one of his dad's most …
 
BONUS. As Pip Hare nears the finish line of the 2020 Vendee Globe Race, she checks in with us from the Bay of Biscay. Pip has been a professional sailor for over 25 years and broke into solo ocean racing a decade ago. Andy got to interview Pip as she prepared for the race in 2019 and we are so happy to bring that conversation full circle as she nea…
 
#318. Nat Benjamin is a sailor and yacht designer who owns and operates Gannon and Benjamin Marine Railway, an iconic haven for wooden boats in Martha’s Vineyard. Nat and his partner Ross Gannon founded the boatyard in 1980, where they have built everything from 8 foot tenders to a 65 foot schooner, all made with traditional plank-on-frame construc…
 
Sea shanties have taken the internet by storm! As these familiar songs go viral, we decided to do some digging on their function and history, then recycle an interview with Storm Weather Shanty Choir's founder and lead man, Haakon Vatle. In 2018, August and Andy sat down in person with Haakon in Bergen, Norway. Haakon Vatle holds the world's ONLY m…
 
Tracy Edwards led the first all-female round-the-world crew in the 1989-90 Whitbread Race aboard MAIDEN. Following that race, Tracy was the first woman to receive the Yachtsman of the Year Trophy and was awarded an MBE honor. In 2014, after more than three decades since her Whitbread success, Tracy bought MAIDEN back. A few years later, MAIDEN was …
 
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…
 
#315. Matt Rutherford returns to the show to reflect on the tenth anniversary of his departure for the Around the America's solo passage, a record-setting, nonstop trip through the NW Passage and around Cape Horn. We also discussed his origins as a drug dealer on the streets of Cleveland, and how staying out of prison - and alive - helped him becom…
 
"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…
 
#314. Cam Deyell is a sailor and musician and a longtime friend/fan of the show! Cam composed and performs the intro music for ON THE WIND, and recently sailed his own boat BOOMBOX across the Pacific to Australia, where he currently lives with his family. En route, he was inspired to create his latest album called SUNKEN SONGS, an instrumental, eth…
 
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!…
 
#313. Mia Karlsson should be no stranger to you all. She is the co-owner and founder of 59 North Sailing, and is married to Andy Schell. They live in Sweden with their son Axel, where Mia is an active outdoorswoman and puzzler. She grew up in Sweden and has been an avid traveler since she was young. When she and Andy met, her sailing career began. …
 
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…
 
Senor Brady & Alex Blue of SV DELOS join Andy for a look back at how the 80º NORTH: SAILING ON TOP OF THE WORLD film series was created. We reflect on some of our favorite memories from Svalbard, including polar bear encounters, beluga whale songs, glaciers, walrus & much more! Then Brady & Blue describe the painstaking process of sifting through 4…
 
Introducing The QUARTERDECK Podcast - Deep Dives on the Art of Seamanship. The evolution of HOW I THINK ABOUT SAILING is back, re-branded to coincide with our membership platform, and FREE to listeners anywhere you get your podcasts. Season 4, Episode 1 is live with legendary yacht designer Bob Perry. Andy & Bob spend an hour discussion how the con…
 
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…
 
Steph Crawford & Conor Smith have been out cruising for the past few years on their Brewer 44 GRACE, and are about to swallow the anchor and re-enter 'normal' society to pursue their careers in science. I talked to them onboard the boat in Annapolis, which they were getting ready to sell. -- The QUARTERDECK is now open! Go to quarterdeck.59-north.c…
 
Emma Garschagen is the full-time mate on ICEBEAR, taking Mia's place on the boat since Axel was born. She's a lifelong sailor who grew up on the Hudson River and at age 19 got her first boat, a 24-foot C&C where her love for adventure sailing truly began. Since then she's gone on to sail aboard a variety of boats from tall ships to schooners and mo…
 
Albert and Stian started Ægir Expeditions along with Sondre Misund after a vacation to Asia in 2016. Returning to school was not a tempting prospect, and the gang bought a steel sailboat and sailed to Greenland instead. The QUARTERDECK is now open! Go to quarterdeck.59-north.com and sign up to become a member of our new platform where Andy Schell &…
 
Erik Aanderaa is a storm chasing, single-handing, self-taught Norwegian Viking sailor badass. He also produces some of the best sailing content on YouTube under the fitting tagline “No Bullshit, Just Sailing”, and he recently completed a solo circumnavigation of the Norwegian Sea. -- The QUARTERDECK is now open! Go to quarterdeck.59-north.com and s…
 
Follow ICEBEAR & ISBJORN on their voyage SOUTH to the Caribbean! With the uncertainties of COVID, we're not even sure where we'll end up! Follow our progress and read the passage logs at 59-north.com. New episodes coming next week. Until then, HOLD FAST! -- The QUARTERDECK is now open! Go to quarterdeck.59-north.com and sign up to become a member o…
 
Angel Collinson is a pro free skier who comes from a family of pro skiers. She grew up at Snowbird Resort in Utah where her parents were professional ski patrollers. Even her brother John is a pro freakier. You can see them both in Teton Gravity Research films, among other places. Angel is new to sailing but recently bought a steel boat in Maine he…
 
David Lewis is one of our favorite sailor/authors at 59º North, and not so well-known in the USA. Ben Lowings, his biographer and author of the new book THE DOLPHIN about Lewis' life, comes on the show to talk about him and share some stories. Buy the book THE DOLPHIN here! -- The QUARTERDECK is now open! Go to quarterdeck.59-north.com and sign up …
 
ISBJORN skipper August Sandberg accidentally bumped in to his old friend Oyvin Nilssen, skipper of DUEN III, in Lofoten earlier this summer. After a night of partying in the on-deck hot tub and swimming in the Arctic waters, August & Oyvind traded stories in the saloon of DUEN III. -- The QUARTERDECK is now open! Go to quarterdeck.59-north.com and …
 
Who better than to discuss heavy weather with than Southern Ocean veteran Susie Goodall, and Spitzbergen explorer August Sandberg! Today's show is adapted from the LIVE video session we held on the topic at the height of the pandemic. We define heavy weather, talk about our favorite tactics and of course tell some harrowing storm stories! -- The QU…
 
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