In mid-May we sailed from our home port in southern Sweden, via the Kiel canal, outside the Frisian islands, along the English coast, up the Irish sea, through the Caledonian canal and were back home by early August.
Two summers of lazy sailing around the Baltic, including two of our favourite spots; Gdansk and Christiansö.
During June-August we logged about 3,300 nm; the longest summer sailing we’ve done so far. We visited Bergen, Husavik (Iceland), Isafjördur, Reykjavik, Torshavn, Lerwick and Skagen.
One of the crew, freelance journalist and PR-consultant Herwig Decker (who found us through www.7knots.com), wrote a couple of articles about the sail for his local newspapers in Bavaria.
During June-July we logged about 2,200 nm. Although the weather wasn’t exactly warm, with the exception of a week in northern Sweden when temperatures exceeded 30 degrees C, the winds were pretty much in our favour and we visited Visby, Stockholm, Sundsvall, Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga and a few places in between. Together with Gdansk, Riga is still our favourite city destination in the Baltic. Both Stockholm (www.navis.se) and Helsinki (www.hmvk.fi) are also wonderful cities to visit and surprisingly inexpensive to moor in.
Our new dinghy sat perfectly on the foredeck throughout the trip with no tendency to move either by wind or waves. We sent a letter to Yachting Monthly and they thought it was a neat solution.
The winter 2014/2015 was luckily free from ice in southern Sweden; we managed to do a little bit of sailing every month. Here we are gliding along under gennaker during the Easter holiday.
During June-August we logged about 1.200 nm. We had planned to sail to Finland, but on July 10, after sailing non-stop from Höganäs, we encountered some weather east of Öland (average wind speeds of 15 m/s and waves 3-4 m). With both wind and waves from the north we did not manage to make any way towards our destination and after dark started to get both tired and seasick, so we decided to heave to under reefed mizzen alone. We spotted the 203 ft Dutch sailing ship Wylde Swan on the AIS and took contact with her on the vhf to make sure that she had seen us, since we were on her course. Just a short while later, we heard a mayday on the vhf from the Norwegian 60ft ketch Wyvern – the rest is unfortunately a sad story;
Next day, we tried to make some way towards Finland, but due to wind and waves we were not very successful – so, in the afternoon we decided to divert to Klaipeda. From there we sailed on to Gdansk and back to Höganäs.
The new main and mizzen, as well as the new sail handling set-up (winches, booms and so on) worked very well.
During June-August we logged about 1.500 nm and our main trip took us from HÃ¶ganÃ¤s to Gdansk and Riga and back, with a few minor sops in between.
When anchored at Hallands VÃ¤derÃ¶, sailing wih our son and some of his friends, one of them rowed me around Anna in the dinghy so I could video – it’s so nice to watch during dark winter evenings. I put it up on youtube;
On May 15, 2010, we left HÃ¶ganÃ¤s, heading for Narvik in northern Norway, where we arrived on June 5 in miserable weather condiitions (hail, +2 degrees C). Fantastic scenery and unbelievably cold. Back in HÃ¶ganÃ¤s on August 4, having logged ca 3000 nm.
We were very impressed with the boat. It is considerably more comfortable than the HR35Rasmus, mainly due to the walk-thru and the headroom. Also, the movement of the boat when the waves get to bigger than 2-3m is, if not comfortable, at least more ‘flowing’ than a smaller or lighter boat.
We had difficulties with;
- The furling light wind genoa (supposed to be used up to max 6-7 m/s). The furling system carries the load of the forestay through the bearing (on a modern system, the furling profile turns around the forestay and only the load of the halyard is carried through the bearing). When strong winds suddenly came upon us we had great difficulties in furling the genoa and we now plans to replace the system with a new Furlex.
- The propeller shaft vibrated loose from the Bullflex. The skeg prevented the axle from exiting the hull.
- The overall length with bowsprit and dinghy in davits is 51 ft. Needless to say, this can be a bit of a handful in smaller harbours.
The HR41 sails so much better than the Rasmus, especially to windward (even though our HR41 has batten-less main and mizzen furling sails, while those on the Rasmus were full-batten with significant roach). Some fo the speed increase is of course due to the longer waterline. Thankfully, the HR41 also maneuvers more easily than the Rasmus, probably due to the keel /rudder setup; the HR41 has a rudder on skeg whereas the Rasmus has a continuous keel.