In the summer of 2012, no less than seven family yachts left Sweden to go blue-water cruising. One of them was Per-Olof and Kristina and their 9 and 7 year old daughters. Together, as the only crew, they sailed Meribelle, a Hallberg-Rassy 43 from 2002. In what became a fantastic adventure, the family crossed the North Atlantic and spent a wonderful season in the Lesser Antilles, Caribbean. A journey with stops in Denmark, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Canary Islands, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Grenada, St. Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, Saint Annes, Antigua and Barbuda, and not least the Azores.
Only five years before leaving, they had bought their first sailing yacht; a Hallberg-Rassy 31. As a novice cruising family, they spent their summer vacations cruising the Baltic coasts around south Sweden, Germany and Denmark, like so many other Scandinavians and Germans do. Gradually the summer sailing was extended from 3 weeks to 5 and the idea of extending the vacation into a cruising adventure in tropical waters and anchoring off the white beaches caught on. Soon the idea had reached the point, where it was clear that they had a real possibility to go.
Not to leave on this journey would be turning down the opportunity of our lives, says Per-Olof. At the same time we had lots of doubts and fears. Would we really like sailing the high seas? Would we really dare to cross oceans?
Having completed their journey, there is no question in their minds: It was truly fantastic! And as for daring to cross oceans, they completed seven crossings of four or more days at sea.
In this year’s lecture at the Open Yard, Per-Olof will tell their story; where they sailed, who they met and why they chose to pause their careers and school their children onboard for a year. All accompanied by a selection of pictures from their private album.
The lecture will be held Saturday 22 August at 19.00 and we will start with dinner, followed by the lecture.
As the number of seats to the lecture are limited and dinner with beverage will be served, we request a prepayment of tickets from you. The Saturday night lecture including dinner costs SEK 360 (roughly 38 Euros) per person. Please give us your Visa, Eurocard or Mastercard number, expiry date, CVX2-code (CVX2-code is the three last digits right of the signature on the backside of the card), name, address, mobile phone number, email address and your written agreement for us charging the above mentioned amount. For safety reasons we do not want you to email text with facts about your credit card. Please send either a photo or a scanned hand written letter of the data to info@. For Swedish citizens, please use Swedish Bankgiro 541-2051. hallberg-rassy.se
In previous years the event has been fully booked. We therefore recommend you to send your application as soon as possible.
Parking and to see the yard and the boats in the water is free of charge.