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A month of great results

In the last month, owners of our sailboats have been busy sailing all kinds of regattas. They have been quite successful and we are pleased to see that they especially excel in the shorthanded long-distance sailing – our kind of sailing. Big thanks to Sven, Emil and Peter for the reports from this events.

One Star Challenge

The second edition of One Star Challenge held in Sjælland, Denmark has become the biggest singlehanded sailing event in that region. One Star Challenge gives you the chance to challenge your best buddy or the wise man from the pier on a man against man, boat against boat singlehanded battle from Køge Bay, through the southern Danish Faxe, over, under Queen Alexandrine bridge and Farø bridges, via Grønsund into the Baltic Sea, against the Danish Biscay and return to the town of Køge. Sven took up the challenge with his Seascape27 and returned victorious (again).

Much the same conditions as last year. Very light winds all the time. I started at 09:30 in the second group  (medium) in some 8 knots of wind.  Going along fine and quickly leaving this group and hunting down Per [on Seascape24] who started 30 min before me. Mostly upwind conditions. Jib and Code sails. The wind died down later and came from all directions. It took me several hours to wheel in Per: I passed him some seven hours after the start –  around 1700: By this time we had covered some 20 miles.

My boat seemed to be the only one moving at this time and after I said goody to Per I could not see any of the other 50 participants. Only much later in the early morning, my brother overtook me on the other side of Møn. He was sailing in an Aphodite 101. Ideal for super light conditions.

But I got back on top of him – partly because he tried to cut a corner and then ran aground. I chose the same route but reduced the sails and lifted the keel saluting him while passing. I finished the 110-mile race in 34 hours and 15 minutes. My brother 1,5 hours later.

One take away from the race was that the best sail configuration for these super light condition was using close hauled code sail even in the condition that would normally beg for flying headsails. 5 knots of speed in 5 knots of wind.

In two days the next race is stating. The legendary round Sealand race. Back in the 80ties, this was the largest sailboat race with up to 2000 participating boats. This time not so impressive with only 163 boats on the starting line. I am also doing this single-handed. This will be the second round in the showdown with my brother who is also sailing. He has an advantage thou: starting 30 minutes before me and sailing a shorter route.

Also, Ole Christensen will participate in his Seascape 27.
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Sven Møller

 

Sušac 100×2

Petite Amie (Emil and Igor, winners of the SeascapeChallege 2018) start in front, round the island Sušac among the firsts, finish 4th in general, win the open category and the time corrected rankings – all this as one of the smallest boats (by far) on Sušac 100×2 regatta – 100 miles doublehanded regatta around island Sušac in Croatia. Nicely sailed lads!

This year I did some important things. Six months ago I made a deal with Igor Piacun to sail some regattas together, all kinds of regattas as the preparation for Grand Prix 100×2. I didn’t clean the boat, I didn’t turn off the cooler so the boat had no power a day before the start. I didn’t calibrate the instruments and I didn’t prepare the necessary equipment except for the cigarettes (I don’t smoke), lighter and similar. I didn’t get involved in the strategy and weather forecast, I didn’t comment on the tactics during the regatta. I was a focused crew, just make sure Petite Amie goes fast. Why? Because I have discovered that the other guy – beforementioned Igor is better than me and that the best tactic is to keep the better guy cool. 

Igor has organised our ACI marina diver Miro to clean the bottom of our boat before the start, he studied the weather and strategy days before, he had prepared a winning combination for every possible kind of the weather, selected sails for every transition. He had all the courses, headings and distances in his head, he knew where the currents are. He was ready physically, mentally and tactically for his favourite regatta.

And the result? We have won. We crossed the finish line 4th in general with a boat 8m long, crazy Seascape27 has played his sailing Rapshody with maestro Igor and me jumping up and down, gennaker drifter, code 0, small jib, big jib, sheet, bowsprit all at once for a day, night and morning. We have won the regatta by the corrected time. I have sailed many Sušac regattas, we were third in general, I believe that once even second, many times fourth, sometimes right at the top by handicap, but this time we have won in both categories OPEN Sušac and THC. We have sailed phenomenally and enjoyed it massively as you only can on our seas on the first of June of any year.

Thanks to Igor, Andraž for a superb boat, Fila for great sails, organisers from sailing club Mornar – Marko and Goran on all the details. Next year we are coming again, maybe even with two Seascape27s, maybe even solo?

Emil Tomašević

First edition of Midsummer Solo
Challenge lives up to expectations

Here is a report from Midsummer Solo Challenge written by Peter Gustafsson. You can find the photos of our hero Leif Jägerbrand and his Seascape 24 below. He led the fleet all around the course but was passed 200 meters before the finish. The word is out that everyone was very impressed with the 24. You can find more here, the rest of the photos here and the results here.

How about 50 solo sailors completing a 125 nm course through one of the World’s most beautiful archipelagos, in the middle of the light and warm Swedish summer night?

When the initiative was launched six months ago, the initial 50 spots filled up within 24 hours. We’ve seen the popularity of similar races, like the Danish Silverrudder, but a true archipelago race for solo sailors is something new.

On Thursday evening, 48 skippers met for a three-course dinner and a weather briefing promising light to moderate winds from the south… and lots of sunshine! The administration was kept to a minimum, and everyone just had to put a signature on a list to verify that they intended to take part.

A few of us had a final beer, but then everyone wandered off to their boats to prepare for the challenge ahead.

Friday morning, the mini class (boats from 18 to 25 feet) stated at 10:00 in 4-8 knots of wind from SW. With a mix of downwind sails set, the group set off to the north. As the second group started an hour later, the first wrestled with some major decisions; inshore through the small straights and through the picturesque fishing village of Gullholmen, or the westerly route close to Käringön and the landmark lighthouse of Måseskär. Inshore is shorter, but offshore you can catch a current pushing you north at 2 knots. The early leader. One of many decisions to be made in the coming 24-48 hours.

Leif Jägerbrand in his Seascape 24, loved the conditions, took the shortest route and quickly extended his lead.

At 13:00 the bigger boats left Marstrand, trying to hunt down the smaller boats ahead. J/111 Blur with Peter Gustafsson was expected to be the fastest boat, and showed pace and set of offshore before hoisting his huge 155 sqm gennaker.

Late afternoon the different classes started to mix, gybing through the islands ticking of Lysekil, Hållö, Smögen and many of the anchorages were people spend their summer vacation. It’s easy to spend 4-5 weeks cruising here and each night finds a new amazing spot to anchor, and a strange feeling to cover the same distance in a day.

When the sunset, the leading boats were leaving Fjällbacka and aimed for the northern mark of Ramskär. The wind became even lighter, and some struggled to keep their boats going. It’s always a special feeling to turn the boat around and sail towards the finish. But knowing it would be 15-30 hours of light upwind sailing and adverse current everyone understood the meaning of the word ”challenge”.

The first three boats, the Seascape 24, Jonas Dyberg in his J/88 and J/111 Blur stayed in the archipelago to avoid the current. Short tacking south, they reached the finish late afternoon. The to smaller boats had a duel where the Seascape had to give in to the J/88 after leading the way for almost 30 hours. Blur crossed the line within the hour to post the fastest time around the course with 27 hours 35 minutes and 3 seconds.

But that didn’t really matter. No winner was announced; no awards were handed out and the important thing was to prove to yourself that you could do it. And naturally to receive the t-shirts with ”FINISHER” printed at the back.

The three finishers had dinner, wondering if anyone else would make it. The wind had slowly died and many boats were parked with the finish in sight. Another bunch were anchored or drifting at Måseskär, as every attempt to get past just resulted in being pushed back by the current.

Would the skippers have the patience and endurance to hang in there and wait for the morning breeze? Later Saturday night a few boats managed to cross the line, early morning a few more and after 46 hours Staffan Cederlöf closed the gate in his red Compis 28 Retro Balloon.

All in all, 15 boats of the 48 that started, managed to complete the Midsummer Solo Challenge. And as always, it came down to grit and sheer will. It wouldn’t be surprising to see all of them, and quite a few more, back next year to challenge themselves again.

Peter Gustafsson

 

 

 

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