• Äntligen fredag…

    Inför årets upplaga av Sydney Hobart, som ser ut att bli rekordsnabbt, så kan det passa att se den här filmen från 1998.

    Då förstår man att det här inte är vilket race som helst.

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  • Drömbåtar?

    Storstädade inför jul, och tömde en tidskriftssamlare som hette “Drömbåtar”. Den hade uppenbarligen samlat damm ett bra tag. Numera så har man väl bara en samling bokmärken på sin dator, och då kan man ju inte blicka tillbaka på samma sätt.

    Några av de här kan jag inte alls tänka mig längre. Men andra står sig mycket bra. Sweden Yacht 45 är fantastisk vacker. Swan 45 är inte dum den heller. Och skall man segla långt så funkar säkert en Discovery…

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  • ÅF Offshore Race på Maxi 77 Any Day

    Man måste inte ha stor båt för att segla offshore.

    Fredrik Arnryd & Tomas Brandvold visade det i sin Maxi 77 där de kom in på platsen efter oss på årets ÅF Offshore Race.

    Hoppas vi får se fler mindre båtar framöver.

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  • Sailing World – Boat of the Year 2016

    Alltid lika kul när Sailing World utser årets båt. Många andra varianter verkar mest avspegla vem som köper annonsutrymme eller mässplatser…

    Det känns som att de har ungefär samma smak som jag, och i år fanns både J/112e (Best Crossover) och Seacape 24 (Best Recreational Racer) på listan. Vann totalt gjorde Diam 24.

    The hulls of the Diam 24 One Design may be white, but the boat is a black sheep in the sportboat flock. As an alternative to 20-something keelboat lookalikes, our 2017 Boat of the Year and Best Multihull is an overdue addition to the one-design menu. The judges’ choice for overall winner was unanimous. “This is the first time in many years where a boat that looked really sexy at the dock actually outperformed everything on the water too,” says judge Tom Rich, a veteran boatbuilder. The sensation of wind and water rushing beneath the Diam’s trampoline is an experience that will leave first-timers wondering what took them so long to try a multihull.

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  • Question: J/111 vs J/112e

    Really love your social media content on J/109, J/111… very cool.

    If you were going to buy a new J right now, and both cost the same, would you buy a J/111 or J/112e?

    We sail mostly handicap, local, and occasional 200-300 mile races, point-to-point, crewed, single-handed, and double-handed. Wind usually 8-12 knots but we see 30+.

    Good question.

    And the answer is, as always, it depends.

    If I compare the J/112e to it’s predecessor, the J/109, it’s seems to be a very balanced design. Both are really good upwind, and could hold their own in any handicap fleet. We’ve seen many J/109 doing well, and the new design did excellent in it’s first outing in Copenhagen this summer.

    The J/112e would be a much better boat downwind, judging by the similarities with the 111. I havn’t sailed it but it should be fun both in the light stuff as well as in 20+ knots.

    Also the interior, which is very similar to the 109, is spot on for a small family, both for the weekend and for a longer cruise. The har decision will be how much cruising gear to

    So the J/112e sounds like the perfect choice then?

    But then you can turn up the sailing dial a few notches.

    And live with a simpler interior.

    When you get into the J/111 you understand the difference between a cruiser/racer or a racer/cruiser (or ”speedster” as J/boats like to call it).

    The 111 will be more demanding, and you have to work hard to first tame it, and then to make it go fast. But the rewards are huge. Either zipping along i no breeze, when most other boats have decided to call it a day. Or plane along in 15-18 knots leaving everyone else behind.

    So, the 111 is the natural choice if you want to get the most out of you sailing every time you leave the dock.

    Downside?

    Rating naturally, as you’ll have to beat most 40-42’ boats on the water. And that will work out fine below 8 knots and above 18 (when you plane downwind), but in medium breeze you will have a tough time hanging in there.

    And not everyone is impressed by the comfort below. I think it’s just right.

    Summary?

    J/112e for windward/leward racing, if you want to be competitive on handicap most of the time and like to cruise with friends and family. A great cruiser/racer for those that value the sailing part.

    J/111 to develop as a sailor and get the thrills of a planing boat. Great if your focus is offshore or beer can racing, and you’re happy with a win when conditions are right.

    For me the choice is easy. I find myself taking the 111 out for a spin whenever I can, just for the pure joy of sailing without all the compromises. After 5 full seasons I’m not sure which boat, in the same size, I would rather have?

    But I can totally understand that many (more) people find the 112e to be a better fit.

    I hope this gives you some clues to the difference between the two boats – and help you decide.

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  • Äntligen Swanfredag…

    ClubSwan 50 var ju en av de hetaste sjösättningarna under 2016, och både pressen och många seglare var lyriska över den nya Juan K-designen.

    Men efter de första regattorna så har det varit tyst. Man seglade väl inte ens Copa del Rey som fanns på programmet, och nu ersätts Jochen Schuman som Class President av Jennifer Hall. Känns lite defensivt?

    Som vanligt så är det hit-or-miss när man tar in Juan K, men jag hoppas man inte har behövt göra alltför stora förändringar. Att däckslayout, rigg och seglingssystem inte höll måttet står nog klart. På en sån här båt så bör man väl ha fallås, piedestal (eller elwinschar) och en del annat för att kunna segla den ordentligt.

    Någon som har insyn i hur stora skillnader det är på den båt som nu byggs i Finland?

    NOTICE # 01/2016 NOVEMBER 15, 2016
    UP-DATE ON ONE DESIGN CLASS RULES

    The first ClubSwan 50 OD boat to have completely full measurements will be launched soon.

    This boat includes the latest improvements, elaborated after the first 3 boats have been tested during intensive sea-trials and while racing at Rolex Swan Cup (ORC rating system) and at Les Voiles de Saint Tropez (IRC rating system).

    The measurement of this boat, in mid-December, will confirm new and final standards of ClubSwan 50 OD Class Rules.

    Complete OD Class Rules will be released right after having completed the official measurement of this boat.

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  • Vad toppar era bucket lists?

    Vi har ju tidigare diskuterat vad som kan finnas på en “bucket list”, dvs race som man skall segla innan man blir för gammal (eller dör).

    Med Matador har vi ju en svensk båt i Sydney Hobart, och ett antal båtar kommer att köra Fastnet till sommaren. Så det går ju att göra om man vill…

    Vilka 3 race (shorthandedrace undantagna) skulle toppa era listor?


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  • Jean le Cam i blåsväder

    Kolla in den här. Speciellt andra halvan. Wow!

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