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Never sail this one

Last September, Richard invites me for an afternoon aboard his Swede 41 Sleipnir. After he left me the tiller for three unforgettable hours on Fehmarnsund, I must warn you straight away: Don’t sail this one, as this sailing Elysium is a dangerous, momentous experience. Not so much due the heel or for being somewhat close to the sea. The problem …

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Which mast is it?

A customer wants a jockey pole for his S 30 cruising square metre boat  for spinnaker sailing. And matching eye plates to hang in the jockey pole on the side of the mast. That is no big deal. Boom and fittings are enquired at the leading swedish mast builder Seldén via its Hamburg dealer Herman Gotthardt. Seldén supplied the rigging …

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The new jib

Does a blog post about a single sail make sense? I think so, as Swede 55 sailing is primarily about upwind pleasure. For a long time I sailed Gamle Swede with an old jib. It was too small and really out of shape. Believe it or not: It was made by Canon in 1979. For that long you can use …

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Uffa Fox

In the spring of 1930, the 22-square-metre skerrycruiser Vigilant stands on a ramp on the Medina River of the Isle Of Wight in the south of England. Apart from the lead keel, the rudder and the rigging, the boat is finished. It was designed by the famous regatta sailor and shipyard owner Uffa Fox (pictured right). It was built aboard …

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Battle with a Twelve

Is it sensible to race with a Twelve? This 22 m metre long upwind powerhouse with tremendous ballast ratio, driven by 240 Square metres? If you are sailing another Twelve – shure. With Swede 55 it seems pretentious. We will see the recently restored vintage 12 metre yacht Anita only briefly as her sails are sheeted in. Hence we enter …