Crossing the Gulf Stream



Andy Schell

Crossing the Gulf Stream

The Gulf Stream should be respected but not feared. Andy will discuss weather window & routing considerations & preparation for passages south. He’ll share tips & tools from personal experience & as event manager for the Caribbean 1500, where making the call on departure day was crucial to a successful rally. The talk will focus most on offshore passages from the Chesapeake to Bermuda/Caribbean, but will also briefly touch on the crossing from Florida to the Bahamas.


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

Salon 107


Toronto Boat Show