Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sven Yrvind

Of all the small sailboat sailors, Sven is perhaps the most remarkable. You only need look at my previous articles to learn more about him. (See links below.) Like one of the early small sailboat sailors, John MacGregor, he is an excellent self-promoting publicist, an individual who has influenced many people by his exploits at sea, and by lecturing and by writing.

Not a man who rests upon his laurels and one with boundless energy at the age of 72, he has published at his website his latest plans.* He intends designing and building a 10’ boat to sail non-stop around the world. His definition of a global circumnavigation differs somewhat from the more common one, i.e., a passage of at least 21,600 nautical miles (40,000 km) crossing the equator and every meridian, finishing at the same port as that of departure. Sven’s definition is a voyage that crosses ‘all the meridians’ like that of Vito Dumas. He completed a voyage from Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires east-about, passing south of the great capes.

Sven plans on spending one year at sea, and for bodily sustenance he will take with him 400 kilos of food. For mental stimulus he will have a library of 100 non-fiction books – useful ballast! His mission will be to ‘sail east about, south of the great capes: Cape Horn, Cape of Good Hope, etc.’

Text for the Day

Hebrews 9:27, 28 ‘And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.’


*Sven Yrvind


Sven Yrvind, Ocean Sailor and Yacht Designer


Martinique – Fort-de-France - Sven Yrvind


Out of Sight, but not out of Mind –Sven Yrvind


Sven Yrvind Sails Again


Sven Yrvind


'Rob Roy' Yawl (John MacGregor)


‘Rob Roy’ Canoes (John MacGregor)


John MacGregor


Definition of a Global Circumnavigation


Vito Dumas


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well, Sven can make up all the definitions he likes. If he pulls this off, Serge still holds the record in my book.