Andy Schell

Andy Schell is a professional sailor, writer and the event manager of the ARC Caribbean 1500. You can find him online at 59-north.com.

Sail Opportunities with Andy Schell

Sail with Andy Schell

For more info on all the passages and to contact Andy, visit 59-north.com/events or call Andy on 484-269-3358. Caribbean Adventure Sailing Come sailing with Andy in the Caribbean next winter! Serenity, a 43-foot classic Shannon ketch will be our home …

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Sailing Offshore with the DelMarVa Rally

Sojourner at DelMarVa Rally start. Photo by Dan Phelps, SpinSheet Magazine

During the third day of the 2013 Caribbean 1500, the wind reached its peak. Northerly gusts howled in excess of 35 knots. Sojourner, my dad’s 1986 Wauquiez Hood 38, was about to exit the Gulf Stream, sailing on a lumpy, …

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Set Vague Goals for a Voyage

As I write this, I’m returning from the Strictly Sail boat show in Chicago. The lowest temperature recorded there over my five-day stay was -3º. Hardly time to be thinking about sailing (or, perhaps, precisely the time to be thinking …

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Getting Schooled

Andy, with his dad Dennis at the helm of ‘Tzigane’ at a very early age!

After getting my USCG license, I wanted to expand my resume. The next logical step was to go after my RYA/MCA Yachtmaster certification, the British version of a captain’s license. Ft. Lauderdale is one of the few places in the …

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Good Seamanship

Topaz at C1500 Start. Teresa Carey

I’m going to kick this column off with a story I’ve been involved with over the past three weeks. My wife Mia and I have been running the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) Caribbean 1500 rally now for a few …

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Sail Rig Tuning – A Quick How To

Last month we started looking at sailboat rigging (Sail Rig Inspection – A Quick How To), namely how to inspect it to ensure that you enjoy your days on the water worry-free. Once sure that the rig is sound, you …

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Sail Rig Inspection – A Quick “How-To”

There are only two things that a sailor needs to do to enjoy his time on the water – keep the water out of the boat, and keep the rig up. Everything else simply adds convenience. Boats nowadays have motors, …

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Know Your VHF Radio Etiquette

Andy at the helm with his VHF at the ready. Photo by Maria Karlsson

The ocean is accessible to anyone brave enough to meet the challenge. That is my favorite thing about boating. My least favorite thing: improper radio etiquette. A VHF radio is a must-have on even the smallest of pleasure boats – …

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An Appreciation of Wintertime

There is no end to the sailing season in South Florida. Therefore, there is no beginning either. It was 2010, in mid-February and Mia and I had sailed the 40 miles from Miami to Pompano Beach offshore in a stiff …

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How to Fix a Drowned Outboard

I was running a sailing and diving trip in the Leeward Islands one winter for the Raleigh, N.C.-based outdoor adventure company, Broadreach (gobroadreach.com). We were anchored off of St. Barth’s while our dive instructor took our six students out in …

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Caribbean 1500 Bound for the Bahamas

The Caribbean 1500 Departing from Hampton VA

The 23rd running of the Caribbean 1500 cruising rally began with a hurricane. “Storms can be so disrespectful!” joked the crew of T’ai Chi, one of the ARC Bahamas fleet yachts this year. “Hurricane Sandy is extremely inconvenient (not to …

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The Caribbean 1500: Historic Early Departure

Rally veterans Miles and Anne Poor arrived into Nanny Cay on their Tayana 55 Karina in the early hours of the morning.

Steve Black, the Caribbean 1500’s founding father, confirmed after the start of the event that it was the first time in its 23-year history that it actually left the Chesapeake early. Fall on the US east coast is always a …

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Crossing to the Azores

In 2011, my wife Mia and I crossed the far north Atlantic. We sailed from Annapolis, bound for Ireland, finally taking our departure from St. Pierre, a tiny French island ten miles south of Newfoundland. Twenty-three days later, we landed …

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Iguana Rescue: Water Taxi Takes on Prickly Passenger

Iguana Rescue My grandparents have had a house in Pompano Beach, about 10 miles north of Ft. Lauderdale, since the 1950s. It’s remained largely (read ‘entirely’) unchanged since then, and I’ve been visiting that house since I was a little …

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Matt Rutherford Launches Ocean Research Project

I last wrote about Matt Rutherford in the May edition – Math Rutherford Completes Around the Americas. At the time, Matt had just returned from his record-setting voyage around North and South America, sailing into the Chesapeake Bay and closing …

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Bahamas Coverage and Changes on the Horizon

August is a transitional month for myself at All At Sea Southeast. For starters, Terry Boram’s article on the Seven Seas Cruising Association’s (SSCA) ‘Bahamas Project’ expands our coverage geographically to include our neighbors to the southeast. The Bahamas are …

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Southeast News and Views from August 2012

Southeast News and Views THE HOUSTON SUMMER BOAT SHOW   HOUSTON, TX: Organizers forecast increased crowds at the 25th annual Houston Summer Boat Show June 20-24 at Reliant Center. The event featured an impressive display of fishing boats, kayaks, ski …

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