I bought my Misil I “Gunitta” in 1966 and that summer with a crew of four, competed in The Round Gotland Race. We sailed the mini-track, placing 7th of 23. The next summer, we raced in the Baltic Sea and then participated in the Scaw Race. We led all the way to Norway and back to the northern tip of Denmark, where we misjudged the current and had to beat back to round the mark at Skagen Light. To make things worse, we lost our lead to another Misil I. It was modified with a sugarscoop, but apparently without benefit. We were able to continuously close in it, but crossed the finish line looking at its stern.
The next summer, three friends cruised with me from the Hallberg-Rassy yard to Norway and further, across the North Sea to the Orkney Islands, and back again.
Satisfied that I had a seaworthy boat, I decided to try singlehanding. Summer of 1969, I headed for the Faroe Islands. But near the Shetland Islands, the windvane broke, and I was forced to turn around. After effecting repairs at the Hallberg yard; I sailed around the southern tip of Sweden and up to Södertälje, then into the canal system to reach Örebro, where I lived on the coast of Lake Hjälmar.
The idea of cruising long-distance was taking shape. To give it a try, a friend and I sailed “Gunitta” from Sweden to the Canary Islands, where she was laid-up for the winter. The following year, 1971, we sailed non-stop from La Palma to Barbados. The tradewinds were strong and steady. The voyage was completed in 20 days and 6 hours, a record for boats under 30 feet. We surfed on several occasions, reaching a speed of at least 14 knots. Just how fast “Gunitta” really went, we'll never know: at 14 knots the instrument's hand came to rest on a stopper! The Misil 1 was exceedingly course-stable. We never had to hand steer; the windvane coped even during the fastest surfs.
From Barbados, we cruised through the West Indies and the Bahamas to Miami. From there “Gunitta” was shipped back to the Hallberg-Rassy yard, where the topsides were spray-painted and the varnish on the superstructure and in the cockpit renewed. Despite the 18,000 nautical miles under her keel, she looked brand new!