Swede 41 Classic Sleipnir
Thanks to the calm camera work and few cuts, the piano accompaniment and wonderful object, these 2:16 minutes would work well without subtitles and Prosecco. If you look closely, you will discover an elderly gentleman in the straw hat at the tiller. The Stockholm sailor Olof Hildebrand developed Swede 55, her successors named Swede75/52 and finally Swede 41 as a daysailer and S30 successor. So far three Swede 41 have been built in this manner. Sleipnir was commissioned by an Austrian sailing family and is now berthed in Lemkenhafen/Fehmarn.
Sleipnir was built in 2016-18 with this small cabin similar to the racing 30 sqm boat by the well reputed Rosättra yard northeast of Stockholm. This beauty is so seldom built that it comes as a costly custom manufacture. But occasionally there are aesthetes and sailors where it must be a Swede 41. You are welcome to find out more about Sleipnir here.
Clip of Swede 52 Cheyenne
This clip shows the latest Swede 52, finished 2002 in Sweden. Supposed to displace just 7,4 tons, 500 kgs less then the Swede 55 as planned by Knud Reimers. Her counter prooves the impressive lightweight construction and underlines how easy Cheyenne is floating. Further note the sensitive and simple tiller steering instead of the wheel. A lightweight and practically maintenance free choice. Details regarding Cheyenne in Swede 55 successors and Swede 55 registry of all boats and variants.
Swede 55 Gamle Swede
Upwind sailing in light air with Genoa II in a little swell in Southern baltic sea. Approaching the bay of Luebeck, heading to Travemuende. The high-rise and striking building of the Maritim Hotel is going to be visible ahead soon.
Upwind in a breeze with the previous 16 sqm stormjib and reefed main a couple of years ago. Sailing southbound from the northwestern tip of Fehmarn island towards the german mainland.
Racing debut of the new jib
First impression of the dreaded 12 mR-yacht Anita during the warm up race on Friday. We are more than delighted to learn that we are about as fast, while pointing a little higher upwind. Exciting moments in spring 2019.
Sheets slightly eased with the new jib underway from Fehmarn to Kuehlungsborn at the shore of Mecklenburg, formerly east Germany. Baltic sea sailing in September 2018. As the foot rail at sealevel indicates, it is time to reef.
Looking backwards from the safely embedded cockpit well by main and aft cabin plus the high coamings of Swede 55. This arrangement is as comfy as aboard a motorsailor.
The long and narrow hull moves easy. Having passed Storstømsbroen linking the danish islands of Falster and Seeland, it only needs the storm jib and a reefed main for the day in gusty conditions. We are approaching Smålandsfarvandet with Vejrø island and expect more wind with swell coming from the direction we are heading to.
Trying the new main in a steady breeze on Fehmarnsund. On starboard you see the well known bridge (with approx. 22 m clearance), due to its shape nicknamed Coat hanger. This Swede 55 mainsail was made by Luebeck sailmaker Arnd Deutsch. As the reefing ropes of the former main are not jet fitting to the new leech I am checking the length for new ones. Water temperature and the cold wind from the east make this day a chilly experience. However this does not dim the joy about the new 674 sq. ft. (44 sqm) main. Video from June 2020.
Moored at Ærø/Denmark
Peaceful mooring at Ommel in the shelter of Ærø island. We feel free to tie the boat at one of the unused guest buoys available by the danish crusing association. The tranquillity outside the crowded harbour of Marstal tells why the region is named Dansk Sydsøen, Danish South Sea.