Marstal-sejlers 11-meter beretning fra Silverrudder
Erik Jørs fra Marstal forklarer om solo-sejladsen. Artikel er på engelsk.
Participants aome from all over Scandinavia and Europe and the participants were registered within 40 minutes after release of signing in for the race last November 2017.
Saturday morning 138 boats did come to start out of the 418, probably due to the still rough forecast for heavy weather during Saturday – SW-W 10-15 m/s, with gusts up to 20.
But your placement is rather arbitrary because there are no handicap rules in the race, you are simply divided into classes according to your hull length and that’s it.
This signalizes that this race is a race against yourself and your seaman ship, rather than a race against other boats. I was in the start among the boats with a hull length from 30-35 feet.
Some expensive hours for the insurance companies. Of the 138 boats started 53 finished the race.
I did several times during the tacking evaluate my participation due to the heavy winds.
I had to take down the jib twice to repair it, first the sheet tore the metalplate in the corner of the sail and then the sjekel fastening the front of the jib to the deck was torn and needed replacement.
But this was rather undramatic although there were some waves and a need to give one hand to safe your self and one hand to the ship.
I could only stand on the side of the cockpit and waited for 3-4 minutes before the wind calmed a bit and ‘Petrulla’ raised itself again – not too far from the leeward coast, slowly floatning nearer. In fact it was not dramatic, I could do nothing but wait and hope for no damage.
I came very nice through the strong current against us in the narrow part of Lillebælt by going quite close to the shores were the current were less strong and sometimes even pushing you in the right direction.
In Lillebælt my self-steering device got tired, so from there it was purely hand steering.
The stern ducked into the waves in front and rose again with water all over, dreaming I was in the Southern Ocean. My speed varied from 8-14 knots.
The bigger boats that came up from the later starts in Svendborg were again distanced behind ‘Petrulla’ on this part of the ride into the dark night.
I again entered Svendborg Sound and the finishing line after having sailed 134 sea miles in 21 hour and 15 minutes.
I was fourth keel boat finishing and number two in my class after a JPK 10.10 - not bad and I am amazed that it is possible to sail 11 meter in that much wind alone on board and without no damage to hull or rig. Self-tacking jib is a big advantage and then a bit of luck to avoid damage.