• Säkerhetskurser enligt World Sailing för 2020

    Fick följande från Stefan Nilsson. Som jag sagt tidigare tycker jag dessa kurser är mycket nyttiga om man seglar på havet, oavsett om de krävs i reglerna eller ej.

    Intresserade mailar Stefan.

    Jag tycker förslagen kring pyro och brand är bra, men jag tror det kan vara viktigt att ha sett en flotte i verkligheten, och veta hur det är att ta sig upp i en-. Även om de inte behövs på de större racen här hemma, så finns de oftast på större båtar och båtar som seglar långt. Även om många kanske inte tänkt segla internationellt när man gör kursen, så är det bra om alla har ett “riktigt” cert i det fall man mönstrar på en båt som skall köra Fastnet eller liknande.

    Här kommer information om planeringsläget angående säkerhetskurser enligt World Sailing för 2020.

    Bakgrund
    2006 startades säkerhetskurserna för havskappseglare i Sverige. Initiativet till detta tog Sten Edholm och jag. KSSS och Svenska havskappseglingsförbundet bidrog med resurser och ekonomi det första året.

    Sedan 2013 har jag ett avtal med Svenska seglarförbundet om auktorisation och genomförande av kurserna. Anmälan sker via idrottonline och därifrån hanteras certifikaten.

    Genom avtalet med SSF använder vi Bosön för genomförande av kurserna. Vi får därmed bra utbildningsförutsättningar till ett förbundspris.

    2018 var intresset för kurserna mycket lågt. Enbart en handfull personer utbildades.
    2019 genomfördes tre fulltecknade kurser, och med kö för fler tillfällen.

    GDPR-reglerna gör att jag inte har kvar information om de som gått kurser längre bak än 2014. Det finns således ett intresse/behov att få till ett samarbete med förbund och klubbar i landet om kursernas förekomst.

    Grundkursen är två dagar, med både teoretiska delar inomhus och praktiska moment i pool och utomhus.
    Refresherkursen är en dag (vanligtvis lördagen), med både teoretiska delar inomhus och praktiska moment i pool.

    Bedömning
    Utifrån en känd kölista på ca 10 personer tror vi det kan finnas mellan 20 – 50 personer till som är intresserade/tillhör målgruppen.
    Vi vill därför planera in minst ett, helst två kurstillfällen under 2020. All information ska publiceras på idrottonline genom seglarförbundet

    Behov av er respons
    Utifrån lämpliga/möjliga helger att genomföra kurserna finns följande:

    Helgen v12
    Helgen v13
    Helgen v14
    Helgen v16

    Vid många anmälda/intresse så kanske även kunna fungera någon av dessa två:
    Helgen v6
    Helgen v7

    Jag är tacksam om ni kan återkoppla förslag på om någon av dessa helger är olämplig pga annan verksamhet.

    För er som anmält intresse att gå kurserna är jag tacksam på återkoppling, vilken helg som skulle passa er bäst.

    OSA 2019-11-25

    Inför 2020 ser vi även över kursupplägget och reviderar kursboken. Vi ska kika på OSR senaste skrivning och erfarenheter.

    Ett sätt att korta ned kurstiden och kostnader är att reducera den praktiska brandutbildningen.
    Exempelvis genom att ta bort släckövning med brandsläckare och enbart fokusera på släckning av brinnande person(docka) med brandfilt.
    Vad anser ni om ett sådant förslag?

    Ett annat sätt är att reducera den praktiska övningen med pyroteknik. Motiv för det skulle kunna vara att reglerna de senaste åren tagit bort krav på flera av de tekniska produkterna ombord.
    Vad anser ni om ett sådant förslag?

    Eftersom det nu är en praxis att undanta kravet på livflotte vid svenska havskappseglingar, ska vi även i de svenska säkerhetskurserna reducera bort detta moment?
    För att möta svenska seglares behov av internationellt gångbart WS certifikat skulle man kunna tänka sig en tilläggskurs på ca 3 timmar.
    Vad anser ni om ett sådant förslag?

    OSA på dessa utvecklingsfrågor och andra ingångsvärden ni tycker vi ska beakta 2019-12-15

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  • Ombord på Thomas Covilles nya Sodebo

    “…pretty conventional…”

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  • Äntligen fredag…

    Kito de Pavant och Achille Nebout gasar på med sin Class 40 Made in Midi. Just nu 2:a i Transat Jaques Vabre.

    Man är lite konstig när man tycker att detta ser hur mysigt ut som helst?

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  • The Ocean Race uppdatering

    Lyssnade på Richard Brisius och Johan Salén i går och här är några saker som jag snappade upp:

    VO65
    Det finns 8 båtar, alla ägs av team som försöker få ihop pengar
    Ett par är klara med budget på plats
    Man hoppas på 6-7 till start
    Flera kan komma från nya länder som Mexico och Österrike
    10 i besättningen + OBR, hälften tjejer, 6 under 30

    IMOCA
    2-3 team verkar redo att börja bygga båtar för racet
    Diskussioner igång med andra som nu kör TJV
    Potentiella joint ventures (befintliga IMOCA team + nya sponsorer för The Ocean race)
    5 i besättningen + OBR, minst 1 tjej

    10 stop-overs
    Alicante
    Cap Verde (snabbstopp)
    Kapstaden
    Någonstans i Asien
    Nya Zeeland
    Itajaí
    USA
    Aarhus
    Haag
    Genua

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  • Rolex Middle Sea Race 2019

    Here’s our report from this year’s Rolex Middle Sea Race.

    A race that surpassed my expectations in every way.

    I’ve heard sailors claiming that this is the most beautiful offshore race in the world, and now I understand why. I also understand why people love Malta and the hospitality of people on the island.

    And to top this, our team didn’t disappoint on the racecourse. We showed that we can challenge the best offshore teams with many pros on board, “do our thing” under pressure and deliver results in races that are new to us.

    Trying to ping the port mark (Upper Barakka Gardens) on Friday evening.

    We tried to use the week before the start as effective as possible. The crew was complete on Tuesday evening, and we went directly into the coastal race on Wednesday. It felt really good and we managed a class win. Thursday was set aside for MOB practice, hoisting the orange sails and some other small stuff that needed fixing. Friday was free to recharge for the start.

    As in Fastnet, we used Aksel Magdahl, the Norwegian navigator as a sounding board pre-race. Back home we worked through the course together, and Friday evening we looked at the big picture for the race as well as possible scenarios for the first 24-36 hours.

    Race day

    As expected, not much wind, when we were checking out the first Rolex mark on our way to Grand Harbor.

    In our class, we had some serious competition. The big thing was the duel between the two JPK 11.80. Courrier Recommandé won the race over-all last year (as well as Fastnet with 10.80 when we raced in 2015) and were clear favorites. Sunrise have a string of great results and the two boats top the RORC Season Championship in IRC2.

    In general, many big boats that would have an advantage in the heavier breeze, so we knew we must race the boat as hard as possible for the first few days to get ahead.

    JPK 11.80 Sunrise 1,098
    JPK 11.80 Courrier Recommandé 1,097
    J/111 Blur 1,096
    First 44.7 Courier du Coeur 1,096
    First 40 Mon Ile Tevere Remo 1,089
    First 40 Olympia’s Tigress 1,081
    Grand Soleil 43 GYR Jua Kali 1,081
    J/122 Linea Rossa – Shaker 1,080
    Solaris One 42 Unica 1,079
    First 40 Kabestan Skylander 1,079
    Comet 41S O’Guerriero 1,078
    Archambault A40 Knyaz 1,075
    Elan 400 Andromeda 1,066
    Figaro II Inteman 1,065
    Hinckley 51 Kiva 1,061
    Giro 34 Lima Fotodinamico 1,060
    First 40.7 Maltese Falcon II 1,054
    First 47.7 Gagarin 1,053

    The start in Great Harbour, Valetta

    Amazing scenery inside the harbor. We even had crowds cheering “Heja Sverige” from ashore which was a first for us.

    A local, very light, “sea breeze” filled the harbor, and we figured a start at the starboard end was favored. Less wind, but shorter distance to the harbor entrance. So either 25% down in free wind or in the bunch at the mark.

    We ended up coming out right at the mark just a few seconds after the gun, and found a decent lane to pass the boats coming up on port. We had 2-3 boats ahead, but we could do our own thing.

    Here’s the live feed from the starts. Our start is at 1:00:00 in the video.

    We played the small puffs, first on the Valetta side and then over on the east side.

    We exited the harbor in good shape.

    Only First 44.7 Courier du Coeur was ahead by 50-60 meter.

    Along the coast

    At the mark we set the A3 gennaker and started moving. Such a relief to get out to sea…

    Wind seemed to fill in from behind, so we tried to stay high between Courrier Recommandé and the mark. The luffing duel was us passing Courier du Coeur :-)

    After some final gybes, we rounded first in our class. Wow!!!

    Courrier Recommandé is the black boat. This was supposed to be Gery Trentesaux last race with this crew, and they have been the boat to beat for many years. Gery have done the Route du Rhum, Admirals’ Cup and won Commodores’ Cup 2006. With his different Courrier-boats he have won Fastnet Race (in 2015 in his 13th attempt, when we also led him halfway), Middle Sea Race (last year) and placed second overall in Sydney-Hobart 2015.

    Over towards Sicily

    As we wanted to stay right of the fleet, and to be able to sail our own angles, we started with a port tack… going back to Valetta?

    It soon became apparent that a few boat aimed to go right; ClubSwan 42 Bewild, Carkeek 47 Black Pearl, DK46 Hydra and a few others.

    And Sunrise naturally. Thomas Kneen had a successfull year in UK and pulled out all stops to beat Courrier Recommandé. Several pros and both John and Tom Ripard, with several overall wins in the race, completed the crew.

    Initially we worked hard to stay right of them, but at some point it became apparent that they wanted to go all-in on the right corner, while we still tried to keep it safe vs the fleet. See tracks below.

    We went from J1, to code, to A3 before sunset. Nice sailing.

    Simon and Jens getting some well-deserved sleep.

    We run a 3-watch system, with 2 hours on (just driving the boat hard), 2 hours standby on deck (doing navigation, food/nutrition and serving those that are on) and 2 hours off (asleep below). Worked very well, as we’re able to do all maneuvers with 6 on deck, and we also have some slack if someone get seasick or incapacitated in any way.

    Amazing sailing at night. Compared to Scandinavia, the nights get really dark. Fast. And often we didn’t get the moon up until long after midnight.

    20:00. Well placed between the two favorites. Not as extreme as Sunrise, but still to the right of the fleet…

    00:00. Further north, anticipating the gybe north. Maybe we were a bit too careful here, and should have stayed further south. But we thought Sunrise was taking on to much risk…

    04:30. Going north. I think we timed this well, and we made huge gains on the boats on the inside. We underestimated the pressure Sunrise had during the morning hours. But in hindsight I’m not sure we would have taken that risk if we had to make the same decision again.

    Sunrise. Pointing at Messina with the code up. Life is good.

    When the wind filled we went to A3 and then to A2. Here we’re crossing tracks with Xp-44 Warrior Won. Chris Sheehan and his team from New York have done many of the bucket list races over the last four years, and the boat is now for sale in the UK.

    Here’s the full leg:

    The red “exclusion zone” is the area where we thought we might be affected by Etna.

    Approaching Messina

    Another day coming to an end. Pär Lindforss joined the team for this race, and fit right in from the start. We met 1985 and have sailed many different boats together over the years.

    Welcome to my office… over the last few years we’ve added more good helmsmen to the team, so I can spend more time in Expedition. We tend to have a very collaborative process, with many people involved in making decisions. For us this works very well offshore, especially in waters where we have no experience.

    Through the Strait of Messina

    Reggio Calabria on the Italian side.

    We were in a hurry to get north before the south going current got to strong. We stayed close to the east shore, and managed to get through with the A2 up. We just kept X-treme 37 Africana astern and the distance to Courrier Recommandé and we knew Sunrise was just 10 nm ahead.

    We studied the local boats ahead to figure out the best way to cross the TSS. As fast as possible seemed to be the consensus, at passing it at a right angle would mean dead downwind. We decided to follow in their track.

    Stromboli, here we come

    After Torre Faro, we stayed left for better pressure, and to set up for a coming shift. We maximized that move, almost getting caught in a wind hole on the left side…

    … before gybing and getting in below the other boats. We managed to pull away from both Africana and Courrier Recommandé on this leg.

    Stromboli at sunrise. Spectacular views, thunder and even some lava coming up over the edge.

    Playing the weather north of Sicily

    08:00 in the morning. Around Stromboli in good shape, and very happy with the first phase of the race. Getting to Messina proved just as tricky as we’ve heard, but we found a way that was both fast and had low risk.

    It was harder than expected to break free from the wind shadow of Stromboli. Some boats got stuck as far away as 10 nm, but we managed to get an inside track without getting caught.

    At all times we track the speed of our competition, as well as angles over time. This helps us push ourselves to go faster, as well as indicators for more or less wind.

    The usual suspects was two boats from our class, as well as some from the faster IRC4:

    – JPK 11.80 Courrier Recommandé 1,097
    – JPK 11.80 Sunrise 1,098
    – First 45 Elusive 2 1.110
    – Xp-44 Xp-act 1.136
    – X-Treme 37 Africana
    – Xp-44 Xpresso 1.127

    We stayed south of the fleet, and managed to get some leverage on Sunrise…

    …so when they gybed south, we were a few nm ahead of both them and Elusive. Wohoo!!

    Here’s the same situation on the official tracker. Something I should print and keep on the office wall :-)

    Late night and early morning we had some tough transitions with a few hours with westerly wind. We lost some of the Xp-44’s, but Sunrise lost even more… Snakes and ladders.

    Around the corner

    Sunset over Sicily. And some fantastic news when we looked at the tracker.

    Leading our class in both IRC and ORC and 4th over all. Not bad. And just 274 nm to go!

    Going south to Pantalleria

    During the day the wind filled, and with 20-22 knots we went to heavy weather jib and a reef in the main. Not too bad, but very wet sailing in the J/111.

    The Lampedusa Express. All aboard.

    After we passed Pantalleria the wind increased to 20-25 knots and we were now on a beat with 80% on port and 20% on starboard (that we wanted to save until the end of the leg). We managed to push the boat hard, but the waves were very steep and we ended up either flying over and slamming hard into the next one… or just going through them.

    It was pitch black without a moon for most of the night, everyone was wet and got soaked every time we hit a big wave and in general it was pretty miserable. A few of the crew went out of rotation, but we managed to drive the boat hard with 5 on deck and 4 below.

    We talked about how much better life must have been in the 45-footers, but apparently they were miserable as well… And a 60’ ORMA trimaran was abandoned after nearly sinking, so I guess it was the same for everyone.

    At Lampedusa, we were still 5th over all, but a 90 nm waterline race to Malta would make it hard vs the bigger boats.

    1 Courrier Recommandé Jpk 11.80
    2 Elusive 2 First 45
    3 Bewild Swan 42cl
    4 PrimaVista-Lauria ICE52
    5 Blur J/111
    6 Sunrise JPK 1180
    7 Xpresso Xp-44
    8 Xtra Staerk Xp-44
    9 Xp-act Xp-44
    10 Warrior Won Xp-44

    Back home to Malta.

    At Lampedusa we had to give in to Sunrise. We couldn’t match their waterline length and form stability. And both of the JPK’s were very well sailed.

    During the 90 nm back to Malta the wind dropped and we could go to J2 and full main. We knew we couldn’t catch the JPK’s and that we had over 5 hours to the next boat in both IRC5 and ORC5. We still pushed, as everyone was keen to get a beer and a warm fresh water shower.

    Finishing

    After a short beat along the coast…

    … we could set the A5 at the last mark, blast into the harbor and finish just after midnight.

    What a feeling!!!

    Happy crew!

    The aftermath

    After cleaning up the mess, we did a thorough structural inspection after all the slamming. All good, and nothing broken beyond the normal wear and tear.

    Tough legs that affects both boat and crew.

    This is what I wrote to my crew on the flight back to Sweden:

    Many thanks for a fantastic race!!!

    If you haven’t noticed, I’m extremely satisfied with our achievement.

    And happy.

    And proud to be part of this team.

    When I reflect on the last week, some things stand out.

    First. That we do our thing. We race our boat, our way and are confident in both boatspeed, strategy/tactics and the team’s ability to execute. When it’s tough, we fight for every meter. When we’re in the lead, it’s no different.

    We’ve improved in areas where we were weak, and we’ve become even better at our strengths. We also seem to be able to know when to attack and when tom play defense against other boats.

    Our execution was pretty close to flawless.

    Second. It’s clear that we can challenge the best boats in the world in our size. I don’t really think results is that important, but it’s great to be able to benchmark our team vs Courrier Recommandé, the team on Sunrise and other pro crews.

    You have earned the respect of many international sailors.

    Enjoy that feeling.

    Naturally, we can improve in many areas. Especially in heavy weather, where we should be able to make the ride somewhat more enjoyable for everyone…

    Let’s take a month off, reflect on what we’ve done and meet up for dinner in December.

    The boat is on the hard in Valetta. Next event is Rolex Giraglia Cup in June 2020.

    From left to right:

    Mats Björk have also been with the team forever. Runs keyboard and keeps everyone on the same page (it becomes apparent when someone else is trying to do his job). Also a great finance guy, who coordinates budgets and that we have somewhere to stay when ashore.

    Pelle Pedersen have been with a team for many years, and is my co-skipper when we race doublehanded. We’re like an old married couple, but our disputes usually makes the boat go faster. With Pelle running his watch I can sleep tight.

    Pär Lindforss came onboard for this race. Super experienced offshore racer and one of my best friends. Trimmer. Driver. Likes being on the rail in the worst conditions? Can sleep anywhere.

    Andreas Turesson is a great sailor and gifted trimmer. Especially downwind. But his biggest contribution is lifting the team when we’re down. Lots of energy when it’s needed the most. And ashore… Superpower: doing volts inside the boat in big waves.

    Peter Gustafsson. Me. Responsible for getting a decent race boat to the starting line, and coordinating navigation and weather analysis.

    Jens Allroth is another big guy doing trim and helming a lot. Pushing for flatter jibs and more infucker, way beyond the tuning guides, he’s given us an edge upwind. A guy to trust in rough conditions.

    Johan Fredriksson is a recent addition to the team. Being a Laser sailor his driving can be a bit aggressive at times, but that’s how we like it. It’s never a dull moment when Johan is around, and we laugh much more when he’s around Keeps the team caffeinated.

    Simon Kindt have been with the team forever, and is probably my MVP. Always first onboard to prepare, everything he touches ends up better than before, he makes sure nutrition works and he rules the bow. Proactive, thorough and always ready to dig in.

    Mattias Bodlund is a big strong lovable guy who can do any job onboard. Great split vision and key to our smooth sail shifts. Designated diver.

    A big thanks to everyone who helped out: B&G, Cyclops Marine, Happy Yachting, Henri Llloyd, Liros, Sailracing, Seldén & Spinlock.

    And to all our fans.

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  • Transat Jaques Vabre | starten

    Idag följer vi Transat Jaques Vabre. Start 13:00.

    59 båtar (27 Class40, 3 Multi50 och hela 29 IMOCA) från Le Havre till Salvador De Bahia. Live här eller på sajten.

    Senaste väderanalysen.

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  • Slutseglat för i år

    Nu är Blur på land på Malta.

    Planen är att sjösätta i påsk för att ta båten till södra Frankrike. Nästa event för oss blir troligtvis Rolex Giraglia Cup 5-13 juni 2020.

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  • Rolex Middle Sea Race 2019 – highlights

    I väntan på racerapporten…

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