Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 26-07-2011, 04:13   #1
Registered User
hoppy's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Boat: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 40
Posts: 2,842
Swede 'Sets Sail' for US via German Autobahn


A Swedish sailor in his seventies began a long-planned solo journey to the United States on Monday by hitching his boat to a trailer and driving through Germany.

"This way it will only take me two or three days to reachIreland," 72-year-old Sven Yrvind told The Local from the road outside of Cologne.

"The North Sea isn't so safe for a small boat like mine. There are so many large cargo ships around Norway and the straights. A big ship may have run me down."

An experienced inventor and boat builder, Yrvind has spent the last three years building the roughly 5-metre vessel--dubbed will take him from Kinsale, Ireland to Florida in the southern United States.

"It's a very special boat. It has no keel and is very small," he said, adding that "small boats are safer than big boats" for braving the rough Atlantic waters.

"Bigger boats generate larger forces and are more complicated. Small boats are much simpler."

While choosing to forego the congested waters between Sweden and the British Isles, Yrvind insisted he feels more at home on the water than on land.

"I feel safe at sea. I feel more afraid of all the people in a big town," he said.

On Monday, Yrvind left Västervik in western Sweden by car for the first leg of his transatlantic trip.

Yrvind hopes his journey, which he expects to last between two and three months, will help demonstrate the advantages of a small, keelless boat as well as draw attention to the benefits of living simply.

As has no motor, Yrvind will have to rely on the winds and his own strength to get him across the ocean.

"If there isn't any wind, I'll have to row," he said.

"I'm something of a missionary, I guess," he added, lamenting sailing traditions which have lost sight of the "fundamentals" and the pressures and distractions of modern society.

"When I was born, there were 2 billion people on earth, and now there are nearly 7 billion and that just can't continue," said Yrvind.

"We're using up our resources and with the TV and radio always on, you can't think by yourself."

Yrvind, who has been sailing for more than 50 years, consciously chose a transatlantic route that would make the journey last longer than the three to four weeks which is typical of Atlantic crossings.

"It takes a month to become one with the sea. It's a good chance to clean out your brain of all the garbage you get from society," he said.

According to Yrvind, life—as well as his voyage to the United States—is very much about the journey, rather than the destination.

"We think happiness is always one step ahead and we have to keep trying to catch up with it, but if you slow down, you often find that it's right there in front of you," he said.

I noticed that there have been a couple of references to him in various threads here.
hoppy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-07-2011, 05:30   #2
Registered User
Jens1's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Dierhagen, Germany
Posts: 88
Re: Swede 'Sets Sail' for US via German Autobahn

I wish him all the best for the tour. It sounds a bit advertising to manage a split tour using German Autobahn and other seaways.
Nothing is before it is. //ECDIS Information/ Gold Site Maritime Web Award
Jens1 is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 22:27.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.