Last Thursday our president Patrick Shaughnessy and I arrived in Gothenburg Sweden to race on the Bavaria Cruiser 40 Sport in the famous Tjörn Runt regatta. We designed this boat as a modification to the very popular Bavaria Cruiser 40. The design Brief was to incrementally improve the performance of the Cruiser 40 and add some features that make it more suited to racing. compared to the cruiser 40, the boat is 600kg lighter with a keel 30cm deeper and a rig that is 44cm taller. Our boat featured a jib in a tuff luff extrusion and Elvstrom Sails EPEX main and jib.
This particular 40s is owned by the Bavaria factory and is the same boat we raced earlier this year in Croatia at the Kornati Cup. At that race we finished second overall in a fleet of 102 behind the well sailed Bavaria Cruiser 40s owned by Pitter Yacht sales. The factory owns this boat to promote the 40s but also to show customers the sporting potential of the rest of the fleet of Cruisers of which we have designed all the current fleet of six.
Onboard were Bavaria's product manager Daniel Kohl, consultant Peter Meyer and journalist Marcus Schlichting. We also were fortunate to be joined by some notable locals. Magnus Olsson of Swedish yachting fame and two of his friends joined us and added a lot of local expertise as well as sailing skill and enthusiasm. Anyone who has sailed with Magnus knows the enthusiasm and good humor he brings to the effort -- on and off the boat.
The Tjörn Runt regatta has been sailed continuously since 1964. This year 332 boats participated in this 28 nautical mile race around the island of Tjörn. You may have seen YouTube videos of yachts piling up on rocks through narrow passages in Sweden. Most likely you were seeing the results of the battle to sail the shortest distance from start to finish as there are few restrictions for navigators besides the depth of your keel and your bravery.
We practiced on Friday, tuning the rig and ironing out a few wrinkles that have crept in since our April showing in Croatia. The weather was grey with light rain and light wind. But we were focusing on the next day's predicted sun and breeze. Saturday we awoke to clear skies and bright sun to start in 8-10 knots of breeze.
- Tjörn Runt Regatta aboard the Bavaria Cruiser 40S by Keith Carew
- Internship at FYD
- The Design Process and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
- The 2000 mile Qualifier aboard the VO70 by Luke Shingledecker
- Making the TP52 an even better IRC option
- Launching speech for the new Bavaria Cruiser 32
- The Superyacht Circuit on SOJANA
- Luke Shingledecker test sails the new Farr 400 One Design
- Key West Wrap Up
- Key West Race Week 2012