Skagen Race

 

The 2014 Skagen race was wonderful though we didnt make a good race. We had upwind problems in the start which destroid a bit of our chances. But the reach down to the last mark before the last leg was good. But we missed a gennakker. At a certain time the wind turned bak and some of the boats we were compeeting against hoisted assyms and off they went, We had to wait a bit to hoist the spi and we never managed to catch them. An assym would be great. Our spi-legg from the last rounding  there was ok and now the genakker boats were struggling.  I think we could have pressed on more by pumping the spi and cutting up to get the boat into more surfs. Looking back we were a bit passive. Our top speed was more than 13 knots. We had some fantastic very long surfs, i would say it actually planned for periods. The boat handles very well and is very stable at high speeds when planning. we had three jibs during the leg and two went well one did not go so well and the spi boom pinched a hole in the main sail. But this was an easy fix with some sail foil. 16 hours from Åsgårdstrand to Skagen is anyway not bad.

After a night in Skagen and a wonderful breakfast we sailed back home through the night and a nice south westerly breeze.

 

Reaching leg along Swedish coast

 

The spi leg crossing over to Denmark

 

Back Home

 

Finally the boat is on the water and we are sailing her back home to Tønsberg.

We have doen a lot of extra work besides the repairs. Changed rudder bearings, new autopilot and plotter.

The engine was sanblasted and painted, the keel was profiled. Thousends of little details fixed.

Work in Progress

The work on the boat is slowly progressing and by now the hull is fixed and better then before.

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The keel is sand blasted and ready for epoxy and filler

 

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Dismounting

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The keel is off the mast down and the engine out.

Waiting for start of the job.

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Engine is taken out. Ready for improvements and to remove the former crappy work.

Finally an answer

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The autumn went by with waiting for a definitive answer from the ensurance company. Will the boat be repaired or scrapped? Serious damage to the hull!

Fortunately we were able to borrow an Express and got to sail a little in the autumn races.

Finally a week ago i got the final answer, the boat will be repaired!

Nice! its a good feeling and it is at a very professional yard at

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So I am confident the boat will be better when finished in the spring than what it was before.

We are all looking very much forward to the spring.

While sailing the Express the team has increased and potentially we are now Birger, Helge, Snorre, Petter, Jan Arne and Jørgen.

Soon a complete team. We need two or three more to have a contineous crew.

 

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At Sandtangen totally emptied and stripped, waiting to remove mast, drop keel and remove engine.

Looking so much forward to spring!!!