170: Magnus Rassy, Round 2

29 Nov



Magnus Rassy is one of my favorite characters in sailing. He’s the CEO of Hallberg-Rassy and one of the most enthusiastic people in the sport. When I asked him how the new HR44 came to be, and why they needed a new model at all, his answer was pure Magnus.

The man has a twinkle in his eye when he talks about his boats and it was a joy to catch up with him for a second podcast interview, again recorded onboard the flagship HR 64 at their yard in Sweden, a year after our first.


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Tanker Sighting

28 Nov

A beautiful afternoon with blue sea and blue sky. Sailed with genoa from midnight on. Flew school flags for photos.

ga4-tankerappolonia-3kwpx-gopr0752-cropSpoke the tanker Apollonia, from Persian Gulf for Brazil. First saw on AIS, see photo.

Have gone through several routing scenarios as the next 24 hours are important for getting us going in the south. We have to cross a high pressure system or ridge, and our routing (our simulation of our boat’s performance given the forecast wind directions and strengths) consistently shows that we should wrap around the western end of the high as it moves east and the ...

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Gifts that give a little more

28 Nov

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Among the lessons cruising has taught me: that a frugal life brings returns in personal happiness, and that seeking simplicity results not in deprivation but in a feeling of abundance. Living in our floating Tiny Home, “stuff” is the enemy. Still… once the tryptophan effect wears off after Thanksgiving, there’s an undeniable pull for a lot of folks to start looking for gifts.

In that vein, I have a different take on ideas for gifts to give your favorite cruiser this year. First, consider donating to a nonprofit that’s making a difference instead. I’m highlighting a few here that are ...

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Tacking an Open 60

27 Nov

Another long day and night. In the aftermath of crossing the front between the two high pressure systems, which didn’t have anywhere near as much wind as one might have expected, we then headed off to the east, oddly back toward the front, with the forecast anticipation that the wind would shift, allowing us to tack and head south on a more favorable direction.

About 10 hours before this was predicted, it appeared to be happening. Suddenly we had a big wind shift. I waited about a half hour to see if it would stay or not, and it did. ...

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ATLANTIC 57 CAPSIZE: More Details on the Fate of Leopard

25 Nov

Leopard upright

Inspired in part by disparaging critiques made on the relevant forum thread at Sailing Anarchy, Leopard’s skipper Charles Nethersole got back to me earlier than I expected to discuss details of the catamaran’s capsize last week. We had a long conversation this morning, and I also a long conversation yesterday afternoon with Leopard’s designer Chris White.

The main critique on the SA thread has been that the crew was negligent, given the unsettled weather conditions, in not having someone constantly stationed in the outside cockpit ready to cast off sheets in the event of a sudden ...

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ATLANTIC 57 CAPSIZE: More Details on the Fate of Leopard

25 Nov

Leopard upright

Inspired in part by disparaging critiques made on the relevant forum thread at Sailing Anarchy, Leopard’s skipper Charles Nethersole got back to me earlier than I expected to discuss details of the catamaran’s capsize last week. We had a long conversation this morning, and I also a long conversation yesterday afternoon with Leopard’s designer Chris White.

The main critique on the SA thread has been that the crew was negligent, given the unsettled weather conditions, in not having someone constantly stationed in the outside cockpit ready to cast off sheets in the event of a sudden ...

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Communication Systems

25 Nov

Yesterday was an important US holiday, Thanksgiving Day, for families and friends. We seem a long way from home, now 19 days at sea, yet almost at the start of this around-the-world adventure and race. So many more miles before we see family and friends in person. Yet we were all brought a little closer by the technology that we now have at sea, email and satellite phones. I remember my first transatlantic voyage, in 1978, from the Canaries to Barbados, and our only communications was by ham radio (I still am licensed as WA1BZE) by hoisting an inverted V ...

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Making Up Miles

24 Nov

In the last two days we’ve made up some ground on the group of boats that have been in front of us for the last week or so. Jean-Yves Bernot, guru of the great French weather routers, when I studied with him last summer, said ‘try to put yourself in a position to get lucky’. So we did, and we did get lucky, with more wind on our track than on the other boats track, and we’ve picked up both mileage and a few places.

The South Atlantic weather map looks distorted, with a vast swath having little or no ...

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What a great trip south!

24 Nov

So, I have decided to start up my blog again.. this time it will be in English so I don’t eliminate the 6+ billion people who don’t speak Swedish… And now when Andy and I have started our new chapter on our own, I feel I have the time (do I really think that will happen, more time… :) ) to focus on a few more things that is mine.

This blog will be about traveling, sailing, adventures on the high seas, working on the boats, friends, exercise, enjoying life, money, eating and cooking, the ups and downs of traveling and ...

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