Offshore Yacht Rigging



Andy Schell

Offshore Yacht Rigging

How to think about your boat’s rigging, specific to taking her ocean sailing. Design considerations, materials selection, brand recommendations, inspection tips & importantly, how to manage rigging offshore – like rigging proper downwind preventers & how to lead sheets when hove-to  . . . and what to do if it fails. 


Andy Schell & his wife Mia Karlsson own & operate the classic Swan 48 ‘Isbjorn’ - that’s Swedish for ‘Polar Bear’ - offering folks the opportunity to crew on long-distance ocean passages around the world, including passages in the Arctic, the Canadian Maritimes, Caribbean, trans-Atlantic, South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand & beyond, through their business 59 North, Ltd.  Andy grew up sailing his mom & dad's boat's, all called 'Sojourner', on the Chesapeake Bay. During his 4th-grade, they sailed south as a family and spent the winter cruising the Bahamas. Andy has logged over 50 000 miles on a variety of boat from the 74' Schooner Woodwind to his and Mia's Swan 48 Isbjorn, including 3 Atlantic Crossings. Andy host the popular ‘On the Wind’ sailing podcast, where he interviews sailors from around the world. Check out Andy & Mia's all day seminar on Sat. Jan 20th "Preparing for Ocean Sailing" - click here for registration and payment details

Presentation Theatre


Toronto Boat Show