Tempted by the gains of composite boatbuildung by SP-Systems (today named Gurit) I founded SWEDESAIL in 1991. A swedish boatbuilder relaunched the cruising squaremetre yachts S30 as Swede 41 and Swede 55 as Swede 75 in advanced lightweight construction. During a test sail with clients in May 1992 in Kiel-Schilksee Swede 75 impressed with performance equal to empty top notch racers preparing for the MAIOR Admiral’s Cup selections.
Sailing since childhood I became familiar with offshore sailing in the seventies aboard a 30 sqm boat type Lotus: 39 x 7 x 5 ft draft, 5.700 lbs (12 x 2.15 x 1.50 m draft, 2.6 t). Crossing the Skagerrak, navigating around the exposed southwestern coast of Norway to Stavanger or a speedy three day sprint from the German seaboard to Åaland isles were embossing adventures. Then it was time for Swede 55 with full headroom, a restroom instead of a bucket and a reliable inboard engine. In the nineties I published about square metre boats and the international rule/metre boats. My articles on boat restoration, naval architects, sailors and boatbuilders contributed to the renaissance of classic yachting in Germany and Switzerland.
I sold the Swede 75 prototype, some Swede 41 newbuilds to Germany and the mediterranean, secondhand Swede 55s from Scandinavia, a Super Swede 53 and boldly opened a branch in 405 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, named Swedesail North America. The 71st floor of the Chrysler building downtown New York was not a bad adress, where a real estate man conducted a more profitable business. In the late nineties I focused on my Swede 55 which then needed more care.
I am sailing Swede 55 with unbridled enthusiasm – since 2003 with a permanent crew. My sailing friends share the fun of classy and versed yachting during weekends, occasional cruises or races. I am happy to have a new home port for Gamle Swede within a relaxed, sailing-minded environment for the crew and me in Lemkenhafen. Denmark with Langeland island, Ærø and the beautiful sheltered waters south on Fyn are approached in a few hours. Centred in the German coast of the Baltic Sea, Fehmarn island is the perfect location for cruises east- or westbound, to Denmark, Sweden, Norway or Finland.