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‘On the Wind,’ is THE podcast about offshore sailing, where professional sailor Andy Schell interviews sailors from around the world to discover what inspires them in an effort to inspire you! Andy has interviewed everyone from legends like Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, to tech gurus like Nigel Calder, boat builders like Magnus Rassy (of Hallberg Rassy), inspirational family sailors like Totem, YouTube stars SV Delos & Andy's personal favorite, Arctic sailor and octogenarian Bob Shepton. Thanks f ...
 
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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. -- The QUARTERDECK is now open! Go to quarterdeck.59-north.com and sign up to become a member of our new p…
 
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…
 
If you've ever spotted a beautiful Pearson 36, crewed by an even more beautiful couple, sailing off their anchor, there's a good chance you'll be in the background of a new video from Sailing UMA. Dan & Kika stopped in Bergen on their way to the Arctic and invited August Sandberg onboard for a chat. -- The QUARTERDECK is now open! Go to quarterdeck…
 
Chris Stanmore-Major has already been twice round the world, as a skipper with the Clipper Race, then solo in the Velux Five-Oceans Race. Now, with over 300,000 offshore miles under his keel, he's attempting to circumnavigate again, this time solo, nonstop and against the prevailing Southern Ocean wind and seas. It's crunch time for Chris' pre-depa…
 
Don McIntyre is an adventurer, pure and simple, and every crazy idea he's had throughout his long career has started with that one idea…that adventure is something where the outcome is uncertain. The final episode of the 2020 Summer Season is here, we'll be back with next season in mid-September! -- ON THE WIND is presented by Forbes Horton Yachts.…
 
Barry Kennedy is a high-latitude sailor and helicopter pilot whose been all of the world pursuing both, from Cape Horn and Antarctica to the oil fields of the Middle East and the wilderness of Alaska. Barry had his own COVID-19 escape, sailing from South Georgia all the way to St. Croix when the places in between denied him entry at the start of th…
 
Andy & Mia bought a new boat! They sit down for a special episode reminiscing about the podcast's long history, and talking about some exciting news for their future and the future of 59º North. -- BOAT SHOPPING!, Part Two! Live with August Sandberg & Andy Schell on crowdcast.io/holdfast. Thursday July 23, 5pm EDT. -- ON THE WIND is presented by Fo…
 
August Sandberg interviews ISBJORN skipper Kristen Berry who flew to St. Thomas to rescue the boat from hurricane season down-island. August, ISBJORN's primary skipper, meanwhile, was stuck in Norway under lockdown and unable to travel to the boat himself. After a whirlwind of preparation and a new crew in the USVI, both ISBJORN & ICEBEAR made it s…
 
Mike Beemer is an instructor at Skagit Valley Community College out in the Pacific Northwest. The school has recently purchased an old Westsail 39 that his students will renovate over the course of the next school year into an offshore-capable cruising boat, which they'll sell to an inspired sailor! They'll document the progress on the SVC 'Skallyw…
 
Dylan Magaster is the founder of FLORB Productions, or "floating orb", which , in a nutshell, films interviews with folks into the "alternative house" - think 'tiny house' - movement. Dylan was himself a #vanlifer, until he recently made the jump to a Morgan 38 sailboat and began learning the ways of the sea. Dylan & I spoke last week about his Chr…
 
#296. Susie Goodall sailed her 36' Rustler DHL STARLIGHT in the 2018 solo round-the-world Golden Globe Race, getting pitchpoled in the Southern Ocean and needing a dramatic rescue to get safely to shore. For the first time publicly, Susie recounts the race, both the highlights and the drama. Susie would have been the skipper on ICEBEAR in 2020 if i…
 
Our beloved Swan 48 ISBJORN has made many good friends through the years, but few go as far back as Nick Ryley. He was full-time crewmember on ISBJORN in 1972 when she was brand-new, then called WARBABY, and has lots of great stories about their adventures together. Nick has also had an exciting and wide-ranging career in the sailing industry, work…
 
#294. Bill Pinkney first dreamed about the ocean as a small boy growing up in Chicago. He got his first real start on the ocean with the US Navy int he 1950s, and for years held on to his sailing dreams. Finally, in 1992, he completed a solo circumnavigation on his Valiant 47 COMMITMENT, which was more than just a sailing trip, but an educational o…
 
#293. Andy hosts a live panel discussion with Brian Trautman from SV Delos, John Harries of morganscloud.com, legendary solo sailor Pete Goss and Meg & Morgen of Ocean Racers. This two-hour chat covers how each of these accomplished sailors thinks about outfitting their boats, risk management, decisioning making and more. -- Join us Friday June 5 f…
 
#292. Gunnar Krantz has competed in 4 of the iconic Whitbread/Volvo Round-the-World races, skippering two of them and sailing hundreds of thousands of offshore miles in the process. He was also recently the skipper of the Swedish TV show 'Over Atlanten', where he shepherded 6 non-sailing Swedish celebrities across the Pond in a Swan 80. Gunnar visi…
 
#291. Now made obsolete by technology, the romantic aspect of celestial navigation will never die. Andy & August talk history & philosophy of celestial during our latest LIVE session. If you want to see the visuals, watch the replay at crowdcast.io/holdfast. -- Signup for our VIRTUAL celestial nav workshop, starting May 16, on 59-north.com/celestia…
 
#290. Jeff Thayer is a physicist, and back in the Space Shuttle days, studied and designed lightning defense systems for NASA to protect the Shuttle and other NASA rockets while they sat, vulnerable, tall metal objects on the launchpad in otherwise flat Florida. Jeff is also an avid sailor, and couldn't help but get in touch when he heard Andy talk…
 
#289. Joscha & Niklas are two friends from Germany who set out on the dark-blue-hulled Bavaria in search of adventure. They've found it in spades, crossing the far north Atlanic via Iceland & Greenland, and winding up in the Caribbean before they got stuck in French Martinique during the coronavirus lockdown. Follow their travels on sailingnaked.de…
 
#288. Barry Walton speaks with ISBJORN skipper & guest-host August Sandberg about his documentary film series REACHING REALITY, where he and two friends set out down the Baja Peninsula in search of adventure on their 24-foot sailboat. -- Join 59º North LIVE! During the coronavirus lockdown we're hosting FREE Live Sessions, 1-2 hour topical discussi…
 
#287: Brian & Kazza and their new daughter Sierra join Andy & Mia onboard ICEBEAR in the BVI in February to talk about their lives since the Svalbard adventure in 2018. -- ON THE WIND is presented by Sailing Yacht Power Solutions - makers of the revolutionary power generation solution that eliminates the need for a separate generator and uses your …
 
#286. Sean Westoby is the current fill-in skipper for Ice Bear as she weathers the coronavirus in Grenada, Isbjorn skipper August Sandberg talks to him about the current conditions in Grenada and what the future holds for ocean sailing. -- ON THE WIND is presented by Sailing Yacht Power Solutions - makers of the revolutionary power generation solut…
 
#285. Ryan Ellison & Sophie Darsy have become close friends of ours in the years since we first met them in Stockholm. Non-sailors initially, they bought a Beneteau 40 they named POLAR SEAL, and set out on a cruise of undetermined length, leaving Stockholm and sailing south, first to the Mediterranean and last year across the Atlantic. We met them …
 
#284. Andy leads a roundtable discussion with all of 59º North's stakeholders (minus Mia), including Lee Cumberland, Ryan Finstad, Ryan Ellison & skipper August Sandberg. The gang talks about how COVID-19 is impacting our 2020 sailing season, how we're thinking about it, and strategies we are implementing to deal with it. Recorded March 15, 2020. -…
 
#283: Bela Musits // 'The Unconventional Path' Bela Musits Hosts the podcast “the unconventional path” all about taking unconventional paths to build your career and business. Bela actually interviewed andy for his show and that episode aired last week. they discuss the challenges and rewards of running an offshore sailing business. --- ON THE WIND…
 
Andy discusses the Beta Engine refit he and Mia did on ARCTURUS in Sweden in 2013, with the help of their friend Micah. This is episode #5, season 3 of our other show, HOW I THINK ABOUT SAILING, which you can download and subscribe to for FREE anywhere you get your podcasts! -- Subscribe to How I Think About Sailing wherever you get your podcasts. …
 
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!) -- Subscribe to How I Think About Sailing wherever you get your podcasts. Season 3 starts in earnest on January 16, where Andy will look back over the last decade an…
 
#282. Liz Wardley is the current skipper of MAIDEN, the famous Whitbread yacht which saw the first all-girl crew complete the round-the-world race in 1989. Liz has never NOT been a professional racing skipper. Getting her first taste of sailing at age 13 on a Hobie cat, she was instantly hooked. At 15, she convinced her parents to let her drop out …
 
#281 (#251 Re-Issue). Rachel Slade is the acclaimed author of INTO THE RAGING SEA, the riveting and heartbreaking account of the loss of the American merchant ship EL FARO, with all hands, in hurricane Joaquin in 2015. We’re re-issuing this episode today ahead of the audio release of INTO THE RAGING SEA on Season 4 of Sailing Stories! Subscribe whe…
 
#280. Back in 2018, the crew of SV DELOS joined Mia, James & I onboard ISBJORN for a 3-week adventure in the High Arctic. Needless to say, it was life-changing. Earlier this fall, we got to relive the adventure with Brian & Brady, who flew out to the Annapolis Sailboat Show to give a presentation on our trip, and show the first-ever screening of th…
 
#279. Dee Caffari is perhaps the most accomplished sailor I've ever had on the show, and she's easily the most inspiring. Dee has sailed around the world a full 6 times, 3 of them solo and nonstop, and most recently as skipper of the Turn the Tide on Plastic Volvo campaign. There isn't much she hasn't done in racing, whether solo or crewed, as skip…
 
#278. Kass Schmitt is a solo sailor who has had a dream of completing the OSTAR Race, the original single-handed trans-Atlantic race, which back in the 1960's, began the solo racing scene we know today. Kass, unassuming and thoughtful, set out to make that dream a reality in 2017 on her cold-molded sloop ZEST, but was thwarted halfway across the At…
 
#277. Sierra Groth & Billy Swezey are the inspiring couple behind Tula's Endless Summer. Their adventure started when Billy bought a dilapidated boat that had been abandoned in a New York boatyard and set about restoring her and meandering his way single-handed down the US East Coast. Billy met Sierra in Florida, and since then they, with their dog…
 
#276. Pip Hare is a lifelong professional sailor and a wonderfully inspiring person. Mia & I traveled to the south coast of England to meet Pip aboard her IMOCA 60 SUPER BIGOU, a 'recycled' Open 60 she is gearing up to campaign in the 2020 Vendee Globe Race. While we talked, her friends - including sailing speed record holder Paul Larsen - were on …
 
#275. The legendary Lin Pardey is back on ON THE WIND! Way back in 2013 when I first started the show, Lin & Larry Pardey were episode #2. Six years and 273 episodes later, and Lin is back, live in person this time, to give us an update on her life and cruising plans. Sadly, Larry is no longer able to travel. Lin recently published the 3rd edition …
 
#274. Max Campbell left England shortly after his 20th birthday in a rebuilt 22-foot wooden sloop, bound for adventure. He set out, as many Europeans do, travelling for his gap year with no real plans and not a lot of money. When he friend jumped ship in Lisbon to follow his girlfriend, Max set his sights on a solo trans-Atlantic passage, aiming we…
 
#273. Lars Ström is known as 'The Professor' of Nautor's Swan. Now 80 years old and retired, Lars worked at the famed Nautor boatyard in Finland for nearly his entire career, and indeed during the period in the 1970s when ISBJORN, our S&S Swan 48, was built, AND also in the 1990s when ICEBEAR, oru Frers Swan 59 was built. Over the years since we fi…
 
Special teaser for the new season of Sailing Stories: 80º North, featuring Andy, Mia, Ship's Photographer James Austrums and the crew of SV Delos! Subscribe to Sailing Stories and stay tuned for Season 3, dropping September 26, 2019! Buy the softcover, 2nd edition copy of 80º North at 59-north.com/80north Join Andy, Mia, SV Delos' Brian & friends i…
 
BONUS. Andy & his childhood friend Dane Miller sit down for a special episode of Dane’s ‘The Root’ podcast to talk about some of Andy’s religious experiences offshore. Subscribe to Dane's podcast 'The Root,' wherever you get your podcasts. View the video version on the Earth Fed Muscle YouTube page. Check out Garage Strength and Earth Fed Muscle, a…
 
#272. Jeremy Davis, weather guru, comes on the show to debrief his passage from Lunenburg-Newfoundland on ICEBEAR. He shares what he learned as a forecaster, getting offshore for the first time. Sail south on ISBJORN in November. Check out 59-north.com/offshore to sign on. -- On the Wind is presented by Costa Sunglasses. And also supported by Offsh…
 
#271 John Harries, the founder of morganscloud.com, AKA ‘Attainable Adventure Cruising,’ and in my opinion the foremost authority on safe and simple ocean sailing boats & equipment. He’s an accomplished high latitudes sailor with over 150,000 miles under his keel. Mia and I met him for a round 3 on the podcast in Lunenburg harbor aboard Ice Bear. S…
 
#270. Ben Shaw & Lauren Keane were recent crewmembers on ICEBEAR for the Annapolis to Lunenburg passage. Mia & I first met Ben’s parents, Sid & Rebecca, in 2011 in St. Pierre, as we were getting ready to sail ARCTURUS trans-Atlantic. Inspired by us, and with a career in radio production Ben recently started the ‘Out the Gate’ sailing podcast. I tal…
 
#269. Charlie Doane is a long-time Editor-at-large with SAIL Magazine, and a lifeline sailor. I've known Charlie for years, and FINALLY got to sit down for a long chat with him aboard his new Boreal 47 LUNACY in St. George's harbor in Bermuda. Charlie told stories of his early days sailing a styrofoam boat he'd gotten in the mail by saving cigarett…
 
#268. The one and only Matt Rutherford is back on the show yet again! Matt & I sat down to chat aboard ICEBEAR in Annapolis as he was getting ready to take ISBJORN north to Newport. As is normally the case when Matt comes on the show, we didn't really know what we were going to talk about, yet we easily filled a very entertaining hour, talking abou…
 
#267. Meg and Morgen are the couple behind Ocean Racers, sailing a Pogo 12.50 (think cruising 'Class 40') on the Atlantic racing circuit and taking paying crew along for the adventure. They earned their chops - and met each other - as young 20-something's sailing as crew on the Clipper Round the World race, the same year that friend of the podcast …
 
#266 Ben Doerr is the owner of Sail Bainbridge, which operate charters is the region Bainbridge Island Region. He is also a husband, father of two, and professional musician with the indie-folk band, St. Paul de Vence. Andy and Ben sit down to discuss the recent passage from Key West to Bermuda. On the Wind is presented by Costa Sunglasses And also…
 
#265. Chris Stanmore-Major returns to the podcast for another super-inspiring chat about ocean sailing. Chris is hugely accomplished, having sailed over 300,000 miles offshore, mostly racing. In the last episode with Chris, # 227, we discussed his sailing history and philosophy; this time, we talk about his latest ambition to try and break the east…
 
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