Swedish around the world sailor: “Good seamanship to retire from the race”

2019-07-02 - ÅF Offshore Race The boat Jennifer, a Beneteau Oceanis 500 with Lars Hässler as skipper is a real global sailor. She has sailed a distance compared to almost eight rounds around the world. The reason the skipper made the decision to retire at the beginning near Kopparstenarna was due to his maturity and that the crew had not practised together enough - a wise decision based on good seamanship.

-I decided that we should sail around Gotland for the first time with Jennifer, a cruising boat, and not equipped for racing. It was a bit exciting. There was almost no wind at the start, so I guess we were the last to go out. But we really got enough of wind as we left Sandhamn behind us the night between Sunday and Monday. It increased and increased and we had to reef our main sail and change from genua to jib. We had winds up to 20 m/sec. As a lot of the crew got seasick and we had had enough, we decided to withdraw from the race says Lars.

-So we turned around and sailed back to Sandhamn. We are used to both stronger winds and higher waves but we did not want to put the crew in danger. That is not good seamanship.”Regarding the arrangements around ÅF Offshore Race Lars Hässler thinks that the event and activities on and around Skeppsholmen were excellent. He will recommend other sailors he meets around the world to sail the offshore race around Gotland.

- For us the wind was too strong for a cruising boat so we took the right decision to retired the race, says Lars Hässler.