• #allaharendröm – Lotteripengar till seglingen

    Kul att se att segling, tillsammans med skidor, står i centrum när det lanseras ett nytt lotteri.

    Detta har ju visat sig framgångsrikt i andra länder, och jag gillar att man har ett bredare fokus än att lägga allt på några få landslagsseglare.

    Ryktet säger att SSF kommer att presentera ett par konkreta projekt den närmaste veckan.

    Nytt lotteri ska främja svensk idrott

    I dag lanseras Svenska Medaljlotteriet – ett nytt digitalt prenumerationslotteri, vars överskott kommer att gå till Sveriges Olympiska Kommitté, Svenska Skidförbundet och Svenska Seglarförbundet. Visionen är att förverkliga fler idrottsdrömmar.

    I andra länder satsas det, jämfört med Sverige, stora resurser på att utveckla många talanger. Det ger internationella framgångar som gynnar hela samhället då de inspirerar barn och ungdomar och ger dem möjlighet att fortsätta utvecklas.

    Svenska Medaljlotteriets överskott ska se till att fler får chansen att steg för steg nå sin fulla potential. Ur det skapas nya medaljörer som inspirerar fler barn och ungdomar att börja idrotta. Genom större möjligheter att utvecklas vidare i framtiden ges en trygghet till barn och ungdomar att våga tro på sina drömmar. Så sluts cirkeln som banar väg för framtida internationella medaljer och stärker idrottens positiva kraft i vårt samhälle.

    – Efter flera års förberedelser kommer nu många fler få chansen att förverkliga sin idrottsdröm och gå hela vägen. Med nya möjligheter och nya förebilder kommer fler unga att lockas till idrotten och till att utmana sig själva. Det är bra för alla. Det engagerar, förenar och skapar framtidstro i hela samhället. Med Svenska Medaljlotteriet kan alla vara delaktiga i det bygget! Det är efterlängtat, säger Stefan Lindeberg, Ordförande för Sveriges Olympiska Kommitté.

    Pengar till förmånstagarna kommer att börja delas ut under första kvartalet 2016. Summorna beror på antalet köpta lotter. Ambitionen är att antalet förmånstagare ska växa med nya förbund allt eftersom fler svenskar stöttar visionen att satsa mer på svensk idrott.

    – Tack vare stödet kommer vi kunna lyfta alla våra verksamheter, från barn till medaljhopp, mot oanade höjder. Så vi ser verkligen fram emot att få göra den här resan tillsammans med Svenska Medaljlotteriet. De är dessutom mycket professionella och har varit lyhörda och inkluderande genom hela samarbetet, säger Niklas Carlsson, Förbundsdirektör för Svenska Skidförbundet.

    – Det är fantastiskt kul att vi nu har ett samarbete på plats där vi kan hjälpa fler talanger att nå sina drömmar. Något som vi har haft svårt att göra tidigare, säger Lena Engström, Ordförande för Svenska Seglarförbundet.

    – Sverige är ett litet land, men vi är bra på att skapa framgångar med varandras hjälp. De som deltar i Svenska Medaljlotteriet gör en viktig insats för att förverkliga fler idrottsdrömmar och skapa bättre förutsättningar för att vinna nya internationella medaljer i framtiden. Dessutom har de såklart chansen att själva vinna guld eller andra vinster i lotteridragningen varje fredag, säger Stefan Persson, Marknads- och försäljningschef på Svenska Medaljlotteriet.

    Lotteritillståndet, utfärdat av Lotteriinspektionen, innehas av Svenska PostkodFöreningen. Svenska Medaljlotteriet drivs av Operatörsbolaget Novamedia Svenska PostkodLotteriet AB som också driver Svenska PostkodLotteriet.

    Så funkar det
    Svenska Medaljlotteriet är ett digitalt prenumerationslotteri. Ditt lottnummer är ditt födelsedatum plus dina egna turnummer. Högsta priset är ett kilo guld och förutom det så delas en mängd andra skattefria vinster ut varje vecka.

    En spelomgång omfattar en kalendervecka från fredag 00:00 till torsdag 24:00, då det är spelstopp. Det är dragning varje fredag. En lottprenumeration kan startas när som helst mellan spelomgångens öppnande och spelstopp. Vid alla dragningar är Lotteriinspektionen närvarande och det är deras representanter som slumpar fram värden och intygar att allt går rätt till.

    Det finns två typer av dragningar, veckodragning och specialvinstdragning. Veckodragning genomförs varje fredag, året runt, utan undantag. Den innehåller en i förväg fastställd vinstplan där totalt 17 datum vinner – varje fredag.

    Förmånstagare
    Inledningsvis är Sveriges Olympiska Kommitté, Svenska Skidförbundet och Svenska Seglarförbundet förmånstagare till Svenska Medaljlotteriet. Ambitionen är att antalet förmånstagare ska växa med nya förbund allt eftersom fler svenskar går med i lotteriet.

    Ambassadörer
    Många aktiva och före detta idrottsstjärnor har visat intresse för att stötta initiativet, och fler kommer att adderas över tid. Från starten är Charlotte Kalla, Stefan Holm, Stina Nilsson, Sarah Sjöström, Johan Olsson, Fredrik Lööf, Josefin Olsson, Irene Ekelund och Maria Pietilä Holmner ambassadörer till Svenska Medaljlotteriet. I ambassadörernas åtagande ingår bland annat att vara prisutdelare för lotteriet.

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  • På väg till Düsseldorf

    Jag är på väg till båtmässan i Düsseldorf. Någon som har koll på vad man bör spana in, eller några speciella önskemål?

    Seilas har sammanställt nyheterna här. Litet och sportigt är väl Far East 28R och Farr 280. Nya Bavaria 38 & Dehler 46. Även Italia Yachts kommer till Sverige. Och så hänga lite med gängen från J/boats och Seascape.

    Sedan har jag en lista med lite flottar, EPIRBer och annat som man kan behöva inför Fastnet.

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  • Banque Populaire VIII

    Vad tror ni om den nya generationens IMOCA? Det är rymdskeppet som Armel Le Cléac’h skall köra Vendee Globe i. Skall vi gissa på det slås lite nya båt när en hög sådana här far fram i södra oceanen?

    Det man vet är att Volvo snart inte kan leva upp till sin slogan, “Life at the Extreme” när man envisas med att ligga i stiltje med båtar som är lite långsammare än alla andra.

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  • Alex Thomson om masthaveriet

    Alex Thomson har ju en historia av att gasa för hårt, men nu var det en furler som pajade och fick masten att ramla ner. Grym otur, och jag känner verkligen för Alex & Pepe.

    After leading the Barcelona World Race since the first full day of racing, for most of 14 days and having recently extended their lead on the water to what the skippers estimated to be around 60 miles, pre-race favourites Alex Thomson and Pepe Ribes on their IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss, were dismasted on last night (Wednesday) in the South Atlantic ocean in relatively moderate wind conditions.

    The English-Spanish duo are heading to Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, under engine. Making around 6 knots with enough to fuel to get most of the 370 miles west to the Brazilian port should which should take around three days. The duo had already set a new record in the Mediterranean for the passage from Barcelona to Gibraltar and a course record to the Equator.

    Thomson, 40, and Ribes, 43, were making a sail change when it is believed that the central pin in the headsail furling drum sheared while the British skipper was right beside it, leaving the mast unsupported from the front of the boat. He had to watch helplessly as the mast and sails fell backwards, the mast itself breaking after it landed resting half on the boat and half out.

    Stewart Hosford, Director of Alex Thomson Racing, explained what happened:

    “ The guys were both on deck. They were putting the jib top up and taking the J1 (headsail) off. Alex was up on the foredeck, Pepe was at the mast helping him out. The furling drum, which holds the J2 to the deck and is a fixed stay sheared, the main steel pin in the drum sheared, and so because they were in the middle of changing from the J1 to the J2 there was only one forestay up at that time, for that brief period. That meant the furling drum was unsupported. Alex said that it was like slow motion from there, the mast fell backwards into the water and rested on the stanchions and the daggerboard. At that point the mast broke. And it was gone pretty much immediately. It did not break on the way down. It ended up sitting half in the boat and half out and at that point it broke. There is none of the mast left.”
    Thomson and Ribes had been sailing in moderate easterly breezes and big seas when the accident happened, right before his eyes. He recalls
    “I was looking backwards as Pepe was bringing a sail to me to plug in behind me and all of a sudden I saw this just break. All of a sudden I saw this just break, the (furling) drum just blew up in the air and the sail with it. I looked up and instinctively I knew the mast was going to fall down. It kind of hovered there for a few seconds and then fell backwards into the water. Within a couple of minutes the mast broke in two where it was hinged over the boat. Pepe did a great job with the grinder cutting it away before the mast made a hole inside the boat in the big waves we had. It is extremely disappointing. We were leading the race by 60 miles, we had broken the record to Gibraltar.”
    “We felt we were in control of the race. Yes we had made a couple of minor mistakes, but really we were performing brilliantly. I am disappointed for our team, for Pepe, for all of us. It is heart wrenching when these things happen.”

    By 1600hrs UTC Thursday Hugo Bos s was at 280 miles west of Salvador de Bahia, making 6.3kts.

    Both of the closest rivals to Hugo Boss paid warm tributes to the British-Spanish duo. Guillermo Altadill (ESP) of Neutrogena, with whom Thomson took second in a two handed Transat Jacques Vabre race in 2011, said:
    “As the Spanish popular song says “when a friend leaves, something dies in your soul”, and that’s how we feel today. Alex and Pepe are our adversaries, we´ve fought with them and competed in the water, but we wanted this to continue up to the finish line. Because when an opponent leaves, this means there is one less of us that can help when things get tough. The history of ocean racing tells stories about epic and supportive rescues between competitors; you can ask Alex or Jean Lecam, their own opponents and also friends, were those who pulled them out from the claws of the common enemy we all have to compete against, the Ocean and its forces. Alex and Pepe if it’s any consolation I never doubted that this race was yours and the only way yo u could get it snatched, by the adversity we all fight in this sport, that common enemy that waits for us in every downpour, gust of wind or at the end of each wave we surf.”

    And from new race leaders Cheminées Poujoulat, Swiss co-skipper Bernard Stamm – himself no stranger to bad luck and adversity and a long long time rival of Thomson’s said:

    “First and foremost we are sorry for him. And for the race too, I am sorry, because it loses the favourite. We have lost a strong rival and that is sad. From our point of view we try to sail safely so this kind of thing does not happen. But it confirms again not to take risks.”

    The race goes on
    Cheminées Poujoulat take over the lead of the Barcelona World Race with a narrow margin over Neutrogena. Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam on Cheminées Poujoulat are slightly slower than Altadill and José Munoz but the two Farr designs are racing side by side 22 miles apart west-east as they start to negotiate the Saint Helena high pressure zone’s western side. They will have lighter winds though tomorrow before breaking into the N’lies which will slingshot them south faster, into the low pressure train which is lined up for them.

    For their part, We Are Water and One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton continue their progression about fifty miles from each other. Two hundred miles from the equator, the crew of Spirit of Hungary will soon also be in the South Atlantic waters ready to take their turn in the battle with St. Helena.

    Quotes:
    Stuart Hosford, Director Alex Thomson Racing: “It was at 2102hrs. The guys were both on deck. They were putting the jib top up and taking the J1 off. Alex was up on the foredeck, Pepe was at the mast helping him out. The furling drum, which holds the J2 to the deck and is a fixed stay sheared, the main steel pin in the drum sheared, and so because they were in the middle of changing from the J1 to the J2 there was only one forestay up at that time, for that brief period. That meant the furling drum was unsupported. Alex said that it was like slow motion from there, the mast fell backwards into the water and rested on the stanchions and the daggerboard. At that point the mast broke. And it was gone pretty much immediately. It did not break on the way down. It ended up sitting half in the boat and half out and at that point it broke. There is none of the mast left.
    Then they cut the mast free. They are unharmed. That is the most important thing. They called us. We called race direction. We went into crisis mode. We came up with a plan fairly quickly, to start their engine and start motoring towards Brazil. That is what they are currently heading.
    They were 370 miles from Salvador de Bahia when they started the engine. Now (1300hrs UTC Thursday) they are 320 miles from Salvador, and they have enough fuel to pretty much get themselves there. We have two crew flying there already. It is an 18 hour flight from here. They will meet them on a tender to bring them into the port.
    The boat is undamaged. There is a bent stanchion and a scratch on the coachroof. The boat is secured and seaworthy.

    Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat):”I have just found out about Hugo Boss. Jean (Le Cam) does not know because he is sleeping now. First and foremost we are sorry for him. And for the race too, I am sorry, because it loses the favourite. We have lost a strong rival and that is sad. From our point of view we try to sail safely so this kind of thing does not happen. But it confirms again not to take risks,
    Otherwise we are always monitoring the progress of Neutrogena because we are not far away from them.
    We still have the anticyclone to get around. But meantime the conditions are similar to the last two days. The sky is a bit more cloudy, with some squalls. It is always warm but the breeze is very, very unstable. Perhaps that is a bit of explanation for Hugo Boss. Last night we had 6 to 24 knots of wind. And so we were trimming all the time. Always we have someone on deck. In the next 24-48 hours we need to avoid being becalmed, trapped by Saint Helena. We must go around it. It is like a circuit we have to go around the inside track.
    Since the start of the South Atlantic we have our little routine. We work shifts in the night, watches, and during the day we try to be together more, we talk. We have not seen many animals and no boats. That is our life, that is racing.

    Rankings at 1400hrs UTC Thursday 15th January 2015
    1 Cheminées Poujoulat (B Stamm – J Le Cam) at 20712,7 miles to finish
    2 Neutrogena (G Altadill – J Muñoz) + 25,7 miles
    3 GAES Centros Auditivos (A Corbella – G Marin) + 28,3 miles
    4 Renault Captur (J Riechers – S Audigane) + 182,7 miles
    5 We Are Water (B Garcia – W Garcia) + 414,0 miles
    6 One Planet One Ocean & Pharmaton (A Gelabert – D Costa) + 461,3 miles
    7 Spirit of Hungary (N Fa – C Colman) + 616,5 miles
    ABD Hugo Boss (A Thomson-P Ribes)

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  • Sweet… Rambler 88

    Ser ju helt ok ut. Lite cool (!) att sjösätta i en nollgradigt Newport och sedan bara dra raka vägen till Key West.

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  • Ideala båten för solosegling?

    Med tanke på den senaste tidens diskussioner om smala båtar, stabilitet och besättningsvikt så kanske det kan vara med en läsarfråga?

    Den damp egentligen ner i min mailbox precis före Silverrudder, men då tänkte jag att man skulle skaffa sig lite erfarenhet av solosegling innan man gav sig i i debatten.

    Vi kan väl säga att den skall användas för solokappsegling i våra vatten, så har vi lite förutsättningar att jobba efter.

    Om du har tid och lust kan du kanske lägga ut en tråd gällande folks ideer om hur det ideala solosegelbåten ser ut? Hade varit kul att se vad folk har för tankar.

    Mina egna funderingar är:

    1) relativt långsmal som tåler lite krängning utan alltför förändrad undervattenskropp och lång vattenlinje som innebär att man inte behöver ligga på för hårt och ändå hålla bra snittfart.

    2) relativt lätt för att slippa stora segelytor.

    3) okomplicerad rigg utan backstag.

    4) gennaker.

    5) eventuellt självslående fock.

    Vad tror du, hade det varit en intressant tråd?

    Mitt grundsvar på den här typen av frågor brukar vara “den båt du redan har”… Men jag är säker på ett det finns många idéer kring hur den ideala solobåten skulle se ut.

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  • Pretty Fly III | Sydney Hobart 2014

    Cookson 50 måste vara en av Farr Yacht Deigns allra bästa designer tillsammans med Farr 30 och 40. En design från 2003 som fortfarande känns hyfast fräsch trots mängder av nya båtar i den här storleken.

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  • FC3 53 feet | Cruising like a Vendée Racer

    Finot-conq är ju kända för ett antal IMOCA 60, Class 40, minis och en hel rad framgångsrika Pogos. Så när man tar konceptet till en 53-fots cruiser så blir det ganska mulligt. Att tyskarna på Knierim Yachtbau gör det inte sämre.

    Det funkade ju bra när man gjorde en 100-fotare på samma tema, Nomad IV, som tyvärr bröt sitt transatlantiska race i december.

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    After running us in a conttest against another architect, an experienced sailor chose us to design the boat of his dreams.

    The project’s highlights are: a fast cruising yacht, comfortable, safe, very easy to handle double-handed, and very stylish, both outside and inside.

    Inspired by our IMOCA racing monohulls, this is a wide, light yacht, with one ton of water ballast each side, for maximal performance. It is entierly made of carbon fiber sandwich, with Corecell and Nomex cores. The pivoting lifting keel reduces the performance-oriented 3.75m draft to 1.6m for access to all harbours and creeks. It also provides unmatched safety in case of grounding.

    The fromt part of the cockpit is comfortable and well-protected, separate from the manoeuvres, which are regrouped in the aft part. All lines are led below the deck.

    The longitudinal garage opens to the transom and makes the tender’s lauch a breeze. The liferaft door doubles as a bathing platform.

    The inside is vast and light, with very high-level finishes and equipment. The panoramic coachroof gives a great view towards the sea, even to the front. Large water and gas-oil tanks give peace of mind for even long passages.

    The project is entierly developped in-house, with Pierre Forgia in charge of inside and outside styling, and David de Prémorel as project manager. Provisional delivery date early 2016.

    LOA 17.33m
    Max beam 5.26m
    Draft 3.75m lifting to 1.60m
    Air draft 23.30m
    Empty displacement 10.5t
    Water ballasts 1 ton per side
    Upwind sail area 170m2
    Downwind sail area 340m2
    Engine Yanmar 75CV on conventionnal shaft
    Generator Fisher-Panda 10kVA
    Watermaker 150l/h
    Water tank capacity 750l
    Gas-oil tank capacity 700l

    Cruising like a Vendée Racer

    Knierim is building a Finot-Conq 53’ inspired from the IMOCA Open 60

    The last thing anyone thinks when looking at single-handed sailors in the Vendée Globe non-stop round the world race is that this might be comfortable and relaxing. However, combining the fastest possible yacht design with the demands of cruising is in vogue. Knierim Yachtbau, from the DEUTSCHE YACHTEN working group, is now building a FC3 53 designed by the successful IMOCA Open 60 designers Finot-Conq at Kiel. The boat, 17.33 metres long, looks like a racer, but for extended two-handed sailing and racing is still luxurious enough for its crew to dispense with packet soups. The Kiel-based shipyard is presenting the plans on the boat in Düsseldorf from 17th to 25th January in Exhibition Hall 7a on stand F02.

    “The client wanted a fast cruising yacht, comfortable and safe, but also easy to handle. And the boat had to be very stylish both inside and outside” was how designer Pascal Conq from France summarized the wishes of the German owner. Not by chance was speed in first place on the wish list. “Consequently, the yacht is built using state-of-the art technology with carbon fibre pre-preg skin and Nomex sandwich for the deck and structures, as well as a Corecell foam core for the hull”, explains Knierim’s managing director, Steffen Müller. This is how the super-light 53-footer comes out at a weight of only 10.5 tonnes.

    Even during the construction, the shipyard is not making any compromises. This is how the 5.26-metre wide carbon sandwich plug, which has been finished since Christmas, was milled directly with millimetric accuracy for the carbon fibre hull with one of Knierim Tooling’s enormous five-axis machines. Once the hull is produced early on in the year, the designers and builder are both hoping that other followers also convinced of the concept will also place an order for a FC3 53. This is because demand for really fast cruising yachts remains consistently high, according to Müller and Conq.

    Knierim Yachtbau has already proved its expertise in this segment with the first Knierim 60. The semi-custom concept from the pen of Beiderbeck Designs from Bremen (also a DY company) is a symbiosis between sail performance, classical elegance and lifestyle. With its glass fibre epoxy hull, the cruiser-focused yacht is already setting a benchmark in the market place with its high speed potential.

    Speed is absolutely in the foreground for the FC3 53, with a sail area of 170 square metres upwind and twice as much downwind. The top of the mast is 23.30 metres above the waterline and is positioned well aft; the long main boom, as on the IMOCA Open 60, is sheeted via a traveller at the stern and the sheet fed to a central winch on the starboard side outside the cockpit. The large sail plan relies on a mainsail with a large roach and a fixed bowsprit for the genoa and code zero sails

    In order to achieve thoroughbred racer performance, water ballast tanks can be filled with 1000 litres of water on each side. The lifting keel also extends from a harbour-friendly 1.60 metres to an enormous depth of 3.75 metres. A multitude of frames, including three bulkheads in front of the living area below deck, provides the necessary structural integrity.

    Regarding the lifting keel: the keel box has been cleverly used by interior designer Pierre Forgia to break up the space in the wide lounge, although it functions also as the central bench for the dining table. This provides added strength below deck and crew safety, especially when the FC3 53 is sailing. In all, the layout below deck is inviting for extended long cruises. There is adequate storage space with a gigantic sail loft below.

    Two refrigerators and a 750-litre fresh water tank with its own treatment system which theoretically can fill itself when under way in five hours, speak for themselves. A 700-litre diesel tank provides a reasonable range in windless conditions. Bow and stern thrusters support harbour manoeuvres with a crew of two. Numerous additional features round off the sophisticated order at the highest level. The launch is planned at the very latest for spring 2016.

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