This is actually my second post on the forum, as my first is an overly long answer to the presentation of another new member
. (Boating pro with dumb questions). By that I guess I've proven part of my post heading. (Besserwisser).
I do a lot of stuff, like bicycling, snowboarding and kiting, and I love travelling, but my main thing is: I've been sailing all kinds of boats all of my life, which soon is 50 years. I'll go on doing that for at least 50 more.
I've done a number of long distance cruises. The more interesting ones would be on the TRT 1200 (40 foot very fast cruiser, proven capable of averaging above 20 real knots for hours) "Siste Skrik" (Last Scream) cruising in the Caribbean
and across the Atlantic, and from the Eastern Mediterranean
, out the Gibraltar
Straight and up to Oslo, and totally different: In an old 20 tonne monohull
from southern Turkey
and the Bosporus Straight, across the Black Sea, up the river Danube through Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia
, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria,, and down the Main and Rhine rivers through Germany
and the Netherlands
, across the North Sea and home to Oslo. A very laborious and technically demanding trip, but a true adventure.
I've been racing
very much too, a few years as a pro, but now I do it purely for fun. Key words would be the Yngling class, 470 dinghy
, IOR classes
(International Offshore Rule
, predecessor of IMS), Hobie Cat
16, the Formula 28 pro multihull
series, and briefly in the BIG size Formula classes
. Last year I took up the relatively new and extremely competitive Formula 18 catamaran
class and now sail the new Hobie Cat
for that class, the Wild Cat. Incredibly fast and fun boats. Enjoy feeling like a semi rookie.
I've built a few boats. Notably Formula 28 trimaran
Mirage, (length 28 foot/8,5 metres, beam 7,7 metres/25 foot, total weight 680 kilos/1500 pounds, sail area upwind 92 square metres/990 square foot, meaning: A monster fast thing) and was part of the design/build/race campaign behind Formula 28 trimaran
XOZ, twice World Champ. (Both still exist, but have been somewhat detuned to make them possible to handle.) I've also designed a few boats, but mostly racing
, until recently. I'm in the (lengthy) process of building a (very fast) long distance "cruiser", which will be much more suitable for normal sailors, and might be made for others too.
Having been in the sailing world all my life, I've gathered some theoretical qualifications. I have the D5LA certificate (Worldwide Yacht Master), certificates for all maritime radios, I'm a national level sailing Judge, national level sailing Coach and an Official Class Measurer (Wrong translation? Well. I measure race
boats and certify that they are within allowed tolerances, or make the basis for calculating their handicap rating.)
I cannot promise to be regularly present here, but I'll pop by every now and then to give my 5 cents worth of opinion. I think it's a fair assumption that those cents will frequently give a generous word count value, and hopefully I'll stumble onto good stuff to say too.