Wednesday 30. june

Here some nice pictures fromm Wednesday the 30th june. The pictures were taken by Christopher Robin Hansen. To see more pictures from that race follow this link >>>>>




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Looks like the main is slightly under-trimmed 


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Blue spinakker... Wonder if we couldn't let out a little bit more sheet?


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Færder 2012



The Færder Race is the biggest event for sailing in Norway. Every first weekend in June a large amount of boats are racing out of the Oslo Fjord. This year bout 850 boats started. The start was as exciting as every year despite the low winds. It was at times chaotic with big cruise ships making their way through the armada.

The race was a trial in patients for the first 10 to 12 hours. But we were really successful at finding the little wind that was there. We did not have high hopes though because we still lack a Genua 1 and the main sail is too small. Also we sailed short handed only the three of us.

We almost stopped in the narrow Drøbak sound but in a magic moment we got a small stripe of wind all for our selves close to the Hå island. We made over five knots while the rest of the fleet was virtually still. Magic! This helps us to catch the "train" of new wind that just started right north of Kaholmene. The wind picked up later and we in the end had a nice ride back from the windward mark all the way at Tristeinene. We made a few errors including loosing the spinnaker halyard up the mast two hours before finish. Still we made it to the fifth place in our class against 25 boats. We were super happy. The race took us about 24 hours.

BTW the video was shot with a Rolley 100 Action Cam strapped to my arm. Iprefere that over the Go procam i got. It is cheap and has simple interface that makes is much more useful than Go Pro in th middle of the action. and it has some sort of sound. Really bad, but sound it is. I am still searching for an even better solution though.


Bundefjorden Rundt 19. May 2012

So far the racing is not much to report about. We are held back with the lack of a complete sail inventory. We lack a light wind genua and a new main sail with a much bigger roach. But also there is still much to unlock in sorting out and finding the boat speed. Many details are sorted out and fixes are made and every step is bringing us a bit forward.

Despite our slow progress we are enjoying the siling.

Here two videos from Bundefjorden Rundt our local regatta.

Oslofjorden Rundt 2012

Here a video from Oslofjorden Rundt 2012. The race was the 12th of MAy, (the watermark date is wrong)

Winds were over 20 knots and we were sailing at 10 to 11 knots. We gibed before the leemark but went into a broach that was pretty complete. Water in the cockpit) put recovered quickly without dropping the spinnakker.

We also tested the hardwind genua (nr 4). It worked quite nice.

And we put the new boom brake to the test. It works like a dream also as a preventer. Check 2:05. Jibing is now soft and nice.

Result was not so bad for us, 10 of over 20 boats in our class. Despite some errprs and messups.

Two boats got dismasted in the race.

Maintenance is progressing

Here some pictures from this winters upgrades and maintenance.


Here are the new Selden genua leads mounted and ready. I repaired the damaged deck with some vinyl ester glue i got from my boat builder friend. I added three layers of glass fiber below. I also changed all the washers and used very big ones at the rear end of the tracks. The Selden tracks are stronger than the original ones and with bigger washers it should be fine. I can't believe the size of the washers used on the old tracks. They were barely bigger than the nuts. I am wondering if this was the original mounting but i cant really believe Beneteau did this. It was ridiculous, and its a wonder they did not brake a long time ago. Mathis helped with the mounting. The tracks are bent so we started mounting one end bending the tracks in place. I was thinking for weeks about how to cope with the sealant that is needed to avoid leaks. Normally i would apply this before putting the track in place, but the bending in place made this impossible. I finally decided to use another procedure: fill the holes from above when in place. After filling the holes with sealant Mathis was fitting the screw from above and i held my thumb against the hole from beneath. This made the screw press the sealant into the space between the track and the deck. There is a spce in the track made for the sealant. I think this actually produced a better tightening and distribution of sealant than the other way. No leaks detected.

The changing of the tracks triggered a chain reaction. I had to split open the old vinyl inner-lining so this needed to be replaced. This was anyway so badly done that i was almost glad it made me starting on this rather unpleasant job. The vinyl was not even stuck under the window frames put it was cut in a distance to the aluminium frames and then there was an ugly patch-work of stripes helplessly glued onto the frames to cover the gap. Probably the most ugly work i have seen for a long time. Also the vinyl was mounted in several pieces and the seams where covered with stripes.

So off the vinyl went and new was bought. I refused to use the contact glue and used instead an extreme mounting glue form Casco. It does not produce any fumes, it sticks immediately yet it is easy to reposition if need. So far it has worked fine.

I had to unmount the windows frames off course to stick the vinyl under. This triggered another series of jobs: The windows where mounted with screws that were 10 mm to long so 50 screws stuck out and i frequently hit my head with bloody results. Another incomprehensible thing done by former owners (not the last owner, he is a real professional). Now was the time to change the screws to shorter ones. The old acrylic windows needed replacing anyway so i made new ones with colored glass and i mounted them with black silicone. Looks great.


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To mount the inner-lining in one piece i had to loosen the rig and unmount the diagonal steel struts inside (seen in the picture belo). I secured the rig to the side i worked on with the haliards. All this went really easy and the mounting of the inner-lining of both sides was done in half a day. Before loosening the struts i marked them with tape to set the exact same tention as before.

Finishing was done with acrylic filler in the corners and the result looks pretty good enough.

Here some images of the finalized roof inner-lining. I painted the bulkhead white after demolishing all ugly cabinets. A bit rough, i dont want to use too much filler.

Check the before picture below.





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Here an image of the original state when i bought the boat. The original back rests were taken out and i decided to make new ones last year. It is the only weight increasing decision i made, but it was needed for storage.



Here the picture shows the new windows and the inner-lining nicely fitting under the aluminium windows frame.

Also the new ethanol cooker is seen.



Here the rebuilt galley is on its way. I removed the gas stove, it was ugly, added weight and i don't need an oven and it ran on propane gas (which i am phobic about) and there was no way of storing the gas containers according to the prescription of the insurance company. Dangerous!

Now i use an ethanol burner and use the space below for additional stowing when cruising. This space is actually originally part of the port bunk. When the boat was customized so that the heads were moved from the front cabin aft into a separate compartment the galley was moved forward and the bunk then was shortened. It is too short to sleep an adult. By cutting an opening in the right sidewall seen in the picture i can regain this space when ever need. I already have a cushion that was made out of the cut-aways from the shortened seating of the bunk which fits right into the space beneath the cooker. When ever this space is needed for sleeping we just need to remove the stuff and tuck in the cushion and a full length berth is again available.