Category Archives: Sail

What the boat is supposed to do. Includes anchoring, mooring, docking, motoring etc.

Summer 2019: 3,000 nm

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.

Albeit somewhat glassy eyed after an extended stop in Amsterdam, the crew showed the right attitude.

Summer 2016: 3,300 nm

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, wrote a couple of articles about the sail for his local newspapers in Bavaria.

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Summer 2015: 2,200 nm

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 ( and Helsinki ( 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.


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Summer 2013: 1,200 nm

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.

Summer 2010: 3,000 nm

On May 15, 2010, we left Höganäs, 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 Höganäs 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.IMGP8900 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  • 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.

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First sail

On April 25, 2010, we sailed from Båstad to Höganäs, our first sail ever with HR41 #35. It was a beautiful day and we loved the feel of the boat.

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