Det verkar som att Keith Carew och Patrick Shaughnessy från Farr Yacht Design gillade Tjörn Runt som de seglade på en Bavaria Cruiser 40 Sport.
Onboard were Bavaria’s product manager Daniel Kohl, consultant Peter Meyer and journalist Marcus Schlichting. We also were fortunate to be joined by some notable locals. Magnus Olsson of Swedish yachting fame and two of his friends joined us and added a lot of local expertise as well as sailing skill and enthusiasm. Anyone who has sailed with Magnus knows the enthusiasm and good humor he brings to the effort — on and off the boat.
You may have seen YouTube videos of yachts piling up on rocks through narrow passages in Sweden. Most likely you were seeing the results of the battle to sail the shortest distance from start to finish as there are few restrictions for navigators besides the depth of your keel and your bravery.
At this stage the navigators earn their keep. Our navigator Juppa has sailed this race many times but never in this boat so we sailed a conservative course and never had an incident. We did watch a competitor in an ILC 40 hit hard aground at 10 knots so we knew well what we were trying to avoid.
As it turns out we were 6th in our class of 35 and 29th over all. With some very competitive crews ahead of us including the current European IRC champion, we felt pretty good about ourselves.
With the gorgeous venue of cliffs and big breeze and friendly crew and competitors, this will remembered as one of my favorite sailing events. I’m looking forward to doing better at this one next year as the Bavaria 40s continues its promotional activities around Europe.