• RORC Caribbean 600 | Wrap up

    The 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 started in magnificent conditions with the largest ever offshore fleet assembled in the Caribbean enjoying sparkling conditions. Close to 900 sailors from 30 different nations competed in the 9th edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s classic offshore race. Olympic medallists, America’s Cup winners and round the world sailors competed alongside passionate corinthians on the same 600 mile race course around 11 Caribbean islands, starting and finishing in Antigua. The 2017 edition will be remembered for highly competitive racing throughout the fleet, with American yachts winning the major prizes. The race was affected by unusual weather conditions, with a low pressure system sending the wind direction spinning through 360º of the compass.

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  • Seglarklocka?

    Har kört slut på min ”seglarklocka”… Vad ska jag köpa?

    Nu menar jag inte ”hoppilandklocka” utan en som man använder på båten; startfunktion mm.

    Vad har ni och varför??!!

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  • Conrad Colman = hjälte

    Om någon undrar vad som är storheten med Vendee Globe, så räcker det att se den här videon. Conrad Colman kommer 16:e efter många motgångar, och vilket otroligt mottagande han får.

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  • Rolex Fastnet Race | questions

    I got an email from Sébastien, who races J/111 BEL11111 Djinn.

    Good evening Peter,

    I hope that you are doing well. We have been fortunate enough to get a spot for Fastnet 2017 on Djinn, and I had a few questions for you if you do not mind sharing your experience in the 2015 edition…

    Here are the key ones for now

    So cool. See my answers below.

    Crew number

    How many people did sail Fastnet on Blur in 2015?
    Did you have shore / reserve crew just in case? What was the logic (e.g.. last-minute replacement, option for extra weight if heavier weather forecast, …)?

    Normally we race with 9 persons, but in IRC (endorsed) we were limited to 8. Fortunately, our 9th crew got to sail with another Swedish yacht and did very well.

    I think it’s always good to go for maximum weight, but even more important to have raced offshore together and have fun as a team. If you have the opportunity to have a spare guy it’s a bonus. Also, the logistics with stuff from Cowes to Plymouth is much easier if you have someone helping out.

    Crew organization

    How did you organize your watch system?
    2 groups (on deck & resting) or 3 groups (on deck, standby, resting)?
    Rhythm / length of watches?
    Anyone off-watch (e.g. navigator)?
    What was the philosophy in terms of resting time vs hiking time? Did you require crew to rest while hiking in the rail? In which circumstances / with which limits vs proper resting inside?

    We wanted to rotate helmsmen and trimmers as much as possible to be able to drive the boat 100% all the times. So we decided on a 3 watch system with 2+2+2 hours: on – standby – off.


    1. On = responsible to sail the boat at 100%, with focus on driving and trimming. Making the call on sail changes and other adjustments. Typically, this means a helmsman and a trimmer upwind. Mostly doing main but also jib adjustments. Downwind you need a third person on the winch. Only time we needed more than three was in waves downwind when we had helmsman + main + gennaker + staysail + winch = 5 guys.

    2. Standby = on deck ore doing navigation, nutrition, cleaning up or helping out with sail changes. Also in some cases rotating back in on the helm or trimmers. But key to be able to relax after two intense hours on.

    3. Off = in the bunk below. Without foul weather gear, well fed and maximizing quality sleep. We arranged three proper sea bunks (2 in the saloon + 1 aft) to make crew weight always as effective as hiking on deck.

    This worked out very well, and as soon as we struggled there was 2-3 fresh people coming on deck. When we got into the routine it became a machinery, and we would have been able to do another lap after finishing…

    Crew roles in watches

    Designated helmspersons, or everyone helming depending on circumstances?
    Designated bowpersons, or everyone on the foredeck depending on circumstances?
    Other roles for which there were designated persons / specialists?
    Crew roles on shore: how did you organize/delegate things such as logistics, food, safety, admin, boat prep, nav systems setup, etc among the team?

    The ”speed team” had a designated helmsman and a trimmer that worked well together. Continuous communication is key when sailing becomes monotone. The third person was typically grinding, doing foredeck and/or pit.

    We also had three navigators, one on each standby watch, that complemented each other (our normal navigator, me as a skipper and a watch captain) Before the race we did the nav preparation together, “dry-sailed” the race with old weather and had meetings with our meteorologist. This meant we we’re in tune, and handovers were easy.

    We also had our normal roles in a “all on deck” mode w additional roles of communication and diver.

    In preparation, we tried to spread duties around the team as much as possible. Who does what depends on the crew… We pretty much had:

    – Race admin
    – Safety (+ inspection)
    – Weather/tides
    – Nav systems
    – Com systems
    – Rig
    – Sails
    – Food/nutrition/water
    – Logistics
    – “work list manager” :-)

    Crew preparation & training

    How many days of training / prep did you plan excluding qualifying races?
    What did you focus on more specifically (e.g. safety / boat handling / other)?
    Did you use qualifying races as training opportunities as well? On what topics?
    Which sail change manoeuvres did you specifically focus on during training?
    Tack changes (jib / jib)?
    Reaching spinnaker drops & emergency spinnaker drops?
    Transitions jib < -> furling Code 0 < -> spinnaker?
    Spinnaker peels?
    MOB recovery at all points of sail & under spinnaker?

    Each of us spent ~30 days in 2015:
    2 days boat prep in the sprting + rigging
    2-3 evenings practice
    2 x 4 days qualifying
    ~1 week transport (2 stages there + 1 home)
    4-7 days in Cowes before the race
    5-7 days racing + logistics

    We did two qualifying races 100 + 200 miles, but also did the transport to the first race in full race mode. So 200 + 200 miles and 4 nights at sea (2 in rough upwind mode + 2 in nicer conditions).

    We wanted this to be as similar to Fastnet as possible, so same watches, same food, same medication for sea sickness… just to find out where we had weaknesses or areas that could be improved. Focus was to get the routines to work with prio on performance (always on 100%) and getting nav/weather/decisions right.


    We also had 2 full days to sail from Cowes to the Needles and back, figuring out tides and stuff. We figured out the correct time to make an imaginary start that matched the real one from a tide perspective, and figured it out. Without prior local knowledge, we were #1 in IRC1 at the Needles. Not by following “conventional wisdom” but by figuring stuff out for ourselves.

    If you don’t have all the sail changes organized, spend time making them simple and easy to do in the dark. Offshore races aren’t won by brilliant maneuvers, but lost due to failed ones. For example, it’s not a big thing if you have to do a bare-headed spinnaker change. But if you can’t go from J2 to J3 when the wind picks up at 03:00 you’re in big trouble,

    The big thing we should have practiced more would be steering/trimming fast in big waves and dark/fog. We had huge problems when the wind rose to 24 knots on the way to the rock, and there were no references. You might be able to get more time in those conditions.

    Boat preparation

    Did you make any tweaks to the boat for easier/safer/faster handling & sailing in offshore races?
    In hindsight, would you do anything differently?

    I talked to some British J/111 sailors before the season, and the common theme was “keep the boat dry”. It’s a wet boat, and you’ll be able to perform better if you keep it dry below. We had a small dodger, and put Sika on the anchor locker.

    Here’s some photos of our setup.

    J/111 Blur³ | offshore-mode

    Most of the mods are just small things to make everything work smooth; sea bunks, colored hooks for personal gear, organization of food,

    One very useful thing is to have performance (% of polar BSP w 10s damping) on the mast. Then you can always see how close to 100% you’re racing the boat. And be more relaxed when you’re doing great.

    Will we have the pleasure to see you and Blur in Cowes this Summer? Doing Fastnet again?

    We’ll stay in Scandinavia in 2017 (some of my crew might do Fastnet) and we’re looking at a European Tour in 2018.

    Similar advice in Swedish:

    Rolex Fastnet Race | tips & trix

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  • Marie Björling Duell ny förbundsdirektör


    Marie Björling Duell ny förbundsdirektör på Svenska Seglarförbundet

    Det blir Marie Björling Duell som tar över rodret på Svenska Seglarförbundet (SSF). Henne primära uppdrag blir att utveckla SSF:s verksamhet mot visionen ”Svensk segling – tillgänglig för alla”.

    – Det ska bli fantastiskt roligt att få jobba med svensk segling och visionen ”Svensk segling – tillgänglig för alla”. Svenska Seglarförbundet är ett väl fungerande förbund med erfarna och kompetenta medarbetare, som jag ser fram emot att få jobba tillsammans med. Som elitseglare är det förstås en dröm att få denna möjlighet och jag skall göra mitt yttersta för att utveckla svensk segling på bästa, säger Marie Björling Duell.

    Maries CV, inom seglingsvärlden, är imponerande. Åren efter millennieskiftet var hon i det närmaste oslagbar på matchracingarenorna runtom i världen. Fyra år i sträck toppade hon världsrankingen överlägset. Marie har sex VM-medaljer, varav den senaste är ett silver från 2009. Sedan 2013 har hon varit styrelseledamot i Svenska Seglarförbundet som elitansvarig/utbildningsansvarig.

    Yrkesmässigt har Marie en bred grund. Hon är certifierad mental/idrottspsykologisk rådgivare och är legitimerad sjuksköterska och barnmorska. Hon har arbetat både inom sjukvården, medicinsk teknik och läkemedel med fokus på försäljning, utbildning, ledarskap. Marie har haft både personal- och verksamhetsledande positioner. Närmast kommer hon från Kompetenshamnen där hon arbetat med utveckling av individer och verksamheter, inom både idrott och näringsliv.

    – Det är med stor glädje jag konstaterar att vi lyckats knyta till oss Marie som ny förbundsdirektör i SSF. Marie är, med sin bakgrund och erfarenhet, mycket kompetent att vidareutveckla SSF, säger Anders Selling, ordförande i SSF.

    SSF:s nuvarande förbundsdirektör, Stefan Rahm, lämnar sin tjänst i samband med årsmötet 18 mars. Exakt datum när Marie Björling Duell tillträder är ännu inte bestämt.

    Svenska Seglarförbundet är ett av 71 specialidrottsförbund som är anslutna till Riksidrottsförbundet (RF) och ett av 35 olympiska specialförbund i Sveriges Olympiska Kommitté (SOK). Svenska Seglarförbundet har cirka 105 000 medlemmar fördelade på 350 klubbar, 17 distrikt och 80 klassförbund.

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  • Veckans regelfråga…

    Formalian kring kappsegling är ibland svår att förstå…

    Kan tävlingsledningen skriva i inbjudan att man ska vara registrerad 20.00 och sedan strunta i det och registrera båtar senare? Eller är inbjudan inte ett formellt dokument i den meningen?

    Kan man bjuda in till banseglingar och i stället köra en distansbana?

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  • RORC Caribbean 600 – Start highlights

    Nästa år…

    Tracking. Något har hänt på Talanta?

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  • Nova sökes

    Någon som har koll på en fin Nova?

    Jeg er interesseret i at købe en Albin Nova (gerne fra 1988-91 hvor de blev produceret i Danmark), kan du hjælpe?

    Svar till Michael.Rasmussen@abgsc.dk

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