ACT 2020

VOYAGE 2020:

 
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Yes, we went sail racing in order to raise awareness for what has been called "Humanity's most important to-do list" – the United Nation's 17 Global Sustainable Development Goals – Agenda 2030. 

 
PLAN: STOCKHOLM-OSLO, 4 RACES AND
2020 NAUTICAL MILES

We took off on June 11th from Stockholm, Sweden and we planned to finish at the end of August in Oslo, Norway...passing by via Denmark and possibly also Germany (depending on Corona regulations). We didn't quite make it as we could not enter Norway due to Corona. However, the races was sailed with our 100% female racing crew and the long-distance legs between the races were sailed together with our crew and guests. And Skipper Bertoft sailed the boat single-handed more or less non-stop all the 800 NM back to Stockholm - and participated in the Lidingo Runt race.

PRELIMINARY VOYAGE 2020  (EXCL RACES)

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2020 NM - DISTANCES: LONG DISTANCE LEGS 1100 NM | RACING 500 NM | TRAINING AND PROMOTION 420 NM

 
WE SAILED FOUR (+1) RACES:

The plan was to attend 4 major races around Scandinavia. The pandemic made it complicated as some races were canceled and some postponed to a later date. Our female racing team did anyway attend four major sail racing competitions. The first race was a shorthanded 24-hour race in Stockholm, then we sailed the distance of the largest off-shore race in the Baltic Sea – Gotland Runt (the race was canceled due to Covid-19, but our team sailed the distance, starting at the original date and site). Then we sailed the largest race on the Swedish West Coast, Tjörn Runt. Then our team sailed Byxelkroken on the East Coast and finally, Skipper Bertoft participated single-handed in Lidingo Runt in Stockholm.

CHECK THE RACE SUMMARY BLOG POST

RACE 1: KOLFIBERRODRET

REPLACING LIDINGÖ RUNT (COVID-CANCELLED)

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JUNE 12TH  |  COURSE IN NORMAL WIND  |  APPROX 105 NAUTICAL MILES

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JUNE 12TH  |  COURSE IN HARD WINDS  |  APPROX 105 NAUTICAL MILES

RACE 2: GOTLAND RUNT

COVID-CANCELLED...BUT WE'LL SAIL THE DISTANCE!

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PART 2: JUNE 28TH - JULY 1ST  |  SANDHAMN AND GOTLAND  |  310 NAUTICAL MILES

RACE 3: TJÖRN RUNT

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AUGUST 15-16TH  |  GOTHENBURG  |  35 NAUTICAL MILES

RACE 4: BYXELKROKEN

SEPTEMBER |  VASTERVIK - BYXELKROK T.O.R  |  60 NAUTICAL MILES

 
 

 

WE'RE A FEMALE RACING CREW

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It started some 10 years ago in high school – the dream to sail Gotland Runt together – Scandinavia's largest and longest race. Last year, the three young talented sailors Hanna, Siri and Hanna forwarded the idea to manifest their racing dream, together with a gender statement according to Goal no 5 in UN's Agenda 2030. Bam!...their inspiring idea was combined with our climate project and voyage around Scandinvia. Another trio of great sailors and friends – Elin, Inez and Eva – were then recruited to join in and safeguard that at least four spectacular races will be sailed.

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HANNA TORLÉN

Sailor since childhood. Holiday, racing and off shore long range.
Sailed
the Carribean and Baltics. Crossed the Atlantic four times.

 

Sailraced inshore and offshore in Baltics. Deckhand at 50 M motor yachts. Rib Skipper. Member in Royal Clipper Sports Team.

Formal: Marine Gymnasium 2007-10. Coastal Yacht Master. Navigator High Speed RIB Boats. Basic Safety STCW 95. Medical ENG 1. PADI Open Water. VHF.

Work: Process Manager at Zynka Group.

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SIRI REMBE

Sailor since childhood, from dingies, family keel boat sailing up to large sailing ships. Sailed the Carribean, the North Sea, and Baltics. Crossed the Atlantic.

Sailraced at the Tall Ship Race.

Formal: Marine Gymnasium 2007-10. Coastal Yacht Master. Basic Safety STCW 95. PADI Open Water. VHF.

Work: Communication Officer SIDA

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HANNA MARKLUND

Sailor since childhoodwith family in keel boats. Sailed the Carribean and Baltics. Crossed the Atlantic three times.

Sailed large sailing ships. Sailing instructor for kids. Worked on 50 M motor yacht around the world. Sailed on an arctic ski cruise in Svalbard.

Formal: Marine Gymnasium 2007-10. Coastal Yacht Master. Basic
Safety STCW 95. PADI Open Water Diver. Medical ENG 1. VHF.

Work: Space engineer at OHB Sweden

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ELIN CARLSSON

Sailor since childhood in the Baltics. Freeride skier across Europe during the winters.

Sailed the Baltic Sea and lake Mälaren
Work: Architectural engineer

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INEZ ERIKSSON

Sailor since childhood. Since 2015, she and her sister owns and sails a Maxi 68. Sailed the Baltics and Swedish West Coast.

Sailraced her first Match Race summer 2019 in a Fareast 28R.

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EVA GRIM

Sailor since long time back, but boat compatible since childhood. Sailed the Baltic and Swedish West Coast and Mediterranean Sea. Sailed around Sweden – Gothenburg–Stockholm with a small crew in a 24/7 set up.

Formal: Navigator High Speed RIB Boats, VHF, Ship's officers Class VIII, Engineering officer Class VIII Motor Vessels.
Work: Delivery manager at Perido AB

 

 
WE SAILED ELECTRIC

So what's the deal with sailing electric? To avoid fossil fuels of course. And to be able to charge our batteries using our speed while sailing... the Torqeedo electric pod engine and its propeller will be used as a hydrogenerator when we sail in speeds above 5 knots. Isn't that great – an engine that charges its own batteries by itself? We fell in love with that thought already in 2018 – it is in a sence an eternity machine...and a role model solution within Goal 7, 12, 13 and 14 in UN's Agenda 2030.

– Hello electric pod engine, the cable, a control unit and batteries. And hello all extra space.

– Bye bye fossil fuel, the emissions, the tank, the tubes, the filters, the smell, the spill, the grease, the holes through the hull, the need for cooling water, the sound, the searching for and stopping at gas stations.

More about Torqeedo

 

 
WE WENT ZERO WASTE

Plastic pollution is one of the biggest threats to our oceans and wildlife today and packaging (single-use plastics) makes up 40% of the overall plastic demand. To avoid these materials is not easy especially during travel but as a sustainability initiative and a Clean Seas Campaign affiliate it is our mission to “turn the tide on plastic”. So we challenged ourselves to be responsible for our waste as part of our footprint during this project.

 

We did not only eliminate our consumption of single-use plastics but also learned a lot about what it takes to go “zero waste” on a boat. Meaning implementing the 5 Rs as presented by Bea Johnson to reduce our waste as much as possible and ultimately send nothing to land-fill. Team member Guri from Hawaii, is at the forefront in developing zero waste lifestyles for travel, her experiences are mind blowing and the benefits of such a sustainable and conscious lifestyle are more than obvious. They are definitely mirroring the ambitions in Goal no 12 and Goal no 13 in UN's Agenda 2030.

 

Guri designed and managed a tailor-made zero waste program onboard our boat – from the day we took off from Stockholm until we arrived back some three months later. The program is detailed in our Zero-Waste & Solar Food Policy and included an agreement for all crew members onboard the voyage. It explains how we will eliminate packaging, single use plastics, and unsustainable waste, such as sourcing from local organic farms, bulk groceries, alternative storage methods, reusing materials, avoiding food waste, composting, responsible recycling, natural chemical-free products, sustainable handling of waste water, and more.

 

Our progress and hardships has been posted in the blog.

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GURI BIGHAM

Food Sourcing, Recipe Development, Zero-waste management onboard.

Globalist, author of book Heart of Raw Food. Sustainable food and Zero Waste Developer.

www.sovway.earth

BRINGING YOUR OWN BAGS FOR BULK GROCERIES IS ONE OF THE WAYS TO AVOID SINGLE USE PLASTICS… IT IS A FAST GROWING TREND WORLDWIDE.

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WE COOKED SOLAR FOOD

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THE SOLAR OVEN ON DECK – USING NOTHING BUT THE REFLECTION OF SOLAR BEAMS WHEN COOKING...

Nude food, solar cooking, zero-emissions slow-food, organic farms, package-free provisions, plant-based recipes… You name it, we awere digging deep into the field of food sustainability with the help of Guri Bigham. She has extensive experience in health and sustainable food development, preparation, and cooking. Living a natural and conscious lifestyle on the islands Maui and Kauai in the middle of the Pacific Ocean has colored her senses and skills. We are stoked to have her in the team and look forward to sharing what we learn in sourcing, preserving, and storage onboard a small boat...and of course her healthy, tasty, and sustainable meals, snacks, and drinks.

 

We challenged ourselves to find, test, and use only renewable methods for cooking, refrigeration, and water heating onboard.  This is detailed in our Zero-Waste & Solar Food Policy  and includes an agreement for all crew members onboard the voyage.

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SOURCING LOCAL ORGANIC FARMS ON TOUR

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BOILING WATER ON SOLAR ENERGY.

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COOKING ON SUSTAINABLE OPEN FIRE

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GURI BIGHAM

Food Sourcing, Recipe Development, Zero-waste management onboard.

Globalist, author of book Heart of Raw Food. Sustainable food and Zero Waste Developer.

www.sovway.earth

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SLOW FOOD COOKING IN WONDERBAG.

 

 
WE SAILED WITH TOXIC FREE COATING

 
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The boat paint industry wants us to repaint every year in order to sell more liters of paint. So, when a small, unknown coating startup launches a paint that not only is 100% toxic-free, releases no microparticles into the water (like the silicone coatings do) but also does its work for six seasons, the competitors do what they can to kick it out from the market.

 

SeaBoost OY from Finland is a brave David against Goliath in this business. Their story consists of many hardships but they are still kicking and doing it well. We love to support them after having tested their coating during three intense and long seasons. We know it works and we have experienced the "new" habit of having to brush the underwater hull once or twice during the season. It is a no-brainer. We started in 2018 and are still smiling when cleaning seawater salads and barnacles with a hand, a brush, or a cloth.

 

 
WE LOVE OCEAN ART-ACTIVISM

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Think this is just a boat? Wrong, it is also a canvas for ocean art. Julia from Mexico is a graffiti artist who calls herself an "Ocean Artivist" and she made magic happen on that hull in the spring...

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We support new sustainable initiatives and biological solutions and are proud to announce our Ocean Artivism Project – raising awareness about the need for action now according to the Sustainable Development Goal no 14 in UN's Agenda 2030. So by using our hull as a canvas for Julia Moldonado's creative and inspirational expressions we hoped to stir up some thoughts. She went all-in with her characteristic "ink-art" using our biocide and toxic-free coating directly on our hull. Wow, did she create attention...check the unveiling blog post.

You see, the coating "underdog" manufacturer Seaboost, with their toxic-free coating, teamed up with us already in 2018. We experienced a new hard surface coating and how easy it was to clean the underwater hull that season – despite warm waters and a few intensive barnacle periods. Wiping the hull clean was an easy fix with the brushes, a cloth, or simply by hand.

Toxic painting and its hazardous effects on marine life have been a severe issue around the world for too long now – and it still is. We need to show more respect to the oceans, seas, and lakes and stop poisoning them. Now. Right?

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SAMPLES OF JULIA'S TINY INK DRAWINGS IN BLACK AND WHITE – SHE IS NOW SKETCHING ON A LARGER SCALE...

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JULIA MOLDONADO

Ocean Artivist and Street
Art Graffiti Painter.
Grew up on Cozumel Island, Gulf of Mexico, in a snorkeling and scuba diving family. Illustrator and crafter, studying Digital Creative Media at Hyper Island University.