Tjörn Runt. SeaCart 26 Claim First, Second & Third!

Multi Cup Grand Prix 4, Tjörn Runt. Saturday’s Multi Cup race around the Tjörn island (Sweden 6th largest) became an epic three boat SeaCart 26 battle in winds reaching 18–20 knots after the first miles of weak preassure. Team Martin Strömberg, Samsung Challenge skippered by Klabbe Nylöf and Team SeaCart All Stars skippered by Calle Hennix with today’s top deck hand crew; Mats Johansson and Karl Jakob ‘‘Jaco’’ Gustavsson (first timers on a SeaCart 26).

To spice up our 18 competitor group the Swedish 2012 Olympic gold Star sailor Fredrik Lööf and Max Salminen did race one of the two M32 catamaran’s, the second skippered by Olympian and Americas Cup sailor Mattias Rahm. After a light wind start and some tricky navigation the playground opened up at the same time the wind picked up. The upwind start transformed to an open stretch all the way down to the southern tip of Tjörn. ‘‘We made some clever moves after a late start and closed in on the M32’s on the stretch south averaging 15–18 knots on a tight reach flying two hulls most of the time says Calle Hennix’’. Turning right a the southern tip of Tjörn the Gennaker was hoisted and Samsung Challenge closed in on the SeaCart All Stars in a high speed battle going north.


The three SeaCart 26’s a few minutes after the start

The SeaCart All Star Team lost their big picture navigation and was searching for the Kyrkösund passage without any success. ‘‘When we passed Fredrik Lööfs turtled M32 cat in one of the bay’s we realized we where lost says Calle with a smile’’. Team Strömberg did get a slow start but picked up speed along the way and beeing a local sailor the navigation around the island was a treat. Samsung Challenge charging hard and succeeded to pass the SeaCart All Stars Team on the way north in a furious jibe battle reaching 20–25 knots of boat speed, Big Fun!  Klabbe Nylöf skipper of Samsung Challenge has plenty of Tjörn Runt races under his belt so when their navigation instruments got out of order Klabbe’s local knowledge came in handy to find the passage through the northern tip of the Tjörn island. The SeaCart All Stars Team thought this was the passage into Kyrkösund not realizing it was actually the passage to the final finish sprint!


Samsung Challenge Tjörn Runt winner 2012 in the multihull class

During the race the SeaCart 26 trimaran showed her potential when all three crew’s was able to push hard all the way around feeling safe. Having Samsung Challenge finishing 20 minutes behind the first M32 and 7 seconds before the second is a good statement of her speed potential and ease to learn to sail and handle in a short time (Team Strömberg have had 5 outings to date). Team All Star finished 2 minutes behind Samsung Challenge and Team Strömberg another 28 minutes behind. The SeaCart 26 ended up 1, 2, 3 in the Multihull Class on corrected time (SRS respite system). If multihulls and monohulls had been one class the SeaCart 26 had ended up 1,2 and 4. Having five top class multihulls filled with star sailors that use to be monohull sailors mark’s a shift and was the ‘‘talk of the town’’ among crew’s, press and the general public this weekend. The future is looking good for multihulls.

Martin Strömberg about the race. ‘‘Overall we feel we had a good race with regard to the small amount of time we have spent in the boat so far. We feel we are improving and getting to know the boat better each outing, still of course a long way to go, but trying to soak up as much knowledge as we can of the other teams. In the meantime we are having fun; the offshore downwind leg on the outside of Tjörn with speeds above 20 knots was a great experience and the boat felt stable all the time’’

Karl Jakob Gustavsson onboard the SeaCart Team All Stars / Black Swan Match Racing Team; ’’‘‘The SeaCart 26 is like a big dinghy where the crew weight placement make a big difference on performance. She was furiously fast in all directions weather you where pushing hard upwind, reaching or downwind. The lifting foils give loads of upforce and added speed, forgiveness and safety! She is a big thrill and pure high speed fun’’

Link to TV4 Sport show 3

Link to Tjörn Runt TV Show

Link to article with pictures. Text in Swedish; fredriksson.tv

Link to interview of Martin Strömberg. Multihull’s healing the aftermath of a Volvo Ocean Race win!

More pictures will be posted in due time.

Multi Cup Schedule 2012
Grand Prix 1 Stockholm, Sandhamn 9–10 June √
Grand Prix 2 Stockholm, Big Boat Race, Nacka Strand, 16–17 June √
Grand Prix 3 Stockholm, ÅF Offshore Race, 29–30 June √
Grand Prix 4 Lysekil ‘‘at Lysekil Women’s Match’’, 10 August √
Grand Prix 5 Stenungsund and Tjörn Runt, 17–18 August √
Grand Prix 6 Nynäshamn, 15–16 September
Grand Prix 7 Stockholm Sailing Grand Prix Riddarfjärden, 22–23 September

The SeaCart 26 Team & Whyshore Events

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Aug
19

Multi Cup at Lysekil Women’s Match

The SeaCart 26 fleet goes west. After a few intense days moving the boats on road trailer to the west coast (Stockholm–Lysekil) we got three days of perfect conditions. During the Friday race the Multi Cup teams got the chanse to file in a start at the Lysekil Women Match race track. Our newest racing team skippered by Martin Strömberg, just back to Sweden after winning the Volvo Ocean Race 11/12 onboard Groupama, now onboard SWE 026. The crew is a blend of friends but mainly based around Emil Wiberg and Johan Wikman as trimmer and floater. They are all long time members of the racing team Svea but newbies to multihulls and the SeaCart 26 so they have some catching up to do. But hey those guys are talented and ambitious so they have set a warp speed training program in place to bring them proper up to speed and into the game!

Back to the race where Calle Hennix his All Stars Team made a perfect port on the gun start and did looked good for the first five minutes sailing out on the right hand side of the course. Samsung Challenge skippered by Klabbe Nylöf followed by Team Strömberg, went for starboard start striving for the left hand side of the course close to the shore close. With dropping wind and a tide pushing the boats away from the windward mark the game changed. At the first windward mark Samsung Challenge was in the lead followed by team All Stars and team Strömberg. After a close rounding the tacktick was clear; Cover the others and try to sneak past – and/or: stay away from those trying to pass you! After a tight downwind leg Samsung and All Star team came in neck and neck to the leeward mark leaving no room for errors. After a crucial close rounding team All Stars came out on top a place they where able to keep until the finish. Second to finish was Samsung Challenge and Team Strömberg finished third.

We all look forward to the Tjörn Runt* race next weekend and the tune up on Friday.
*The race with most entries on the west coast in Sweden.

Calle Hennix; ‘‘Visiting the Lysekil Womans Match has been a very uplifting racing experience at an interesting melting pot where we have meet many of the nice professional and helpful event staff and their partners. By visiting and racing in Lysekil the class has prove that we can make a quite big reallocation from one coast to the other in a couple of days with limited recourses. This is important for team, partners and sponsors looking at the Multi Cup as a future sailing and marketing platform that provide a format that is both cool and fast and yet cost effective and filled with media and TV’’

More quotes is to be posted in due time.

Multi Cup Schedule 2012
Grand Prix 1 Stockholm, Sandhamn 9–10 June √
Grand Prix 2 Stockholm, Big Boat Race, Nacka Strand, 16–17 June √
Grand Prix 3 Stockholm, ÅF Offshore Race, 29–30 June √
Grand Prix 4 Lysekil ‘‘at Lysekil Women’s Match’’, 10 August √
Grand Prix 5 Stenungsund and Tjörn Runt, 17–18 August
Grand Prix 6 Nynäshamn, 15–16 September
Grand Prix 7 Stockholm Sailing Grand Prix Riddarfjärden, 22–23 September

Pictures by © Malcolm Hanes

The SeaCart 26 Team & Whyshore Events

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Aug
14

Multihull Magazine & SeaCart 26 Multi Cup


Read full article – Click on the picture.

We welcome teams to join the 2013 SeaCart 26 Multi Cup. As many of you remember the outstanding Archipelago Raid (F18 cat race – sadly not running since 2009) featured amazing playgrounds* to create plenty of our most extreme sailing memories to date. The SeaCart 26 Multi Cup features tight around islands navigational races as well as windward to leeward courses and speed races to make sure a varity of skills amongst the crews is used and put to the test. The different racing formats is rewarding and make us all better sailors in the end. So dont hesitate to put a team together and join the fun in Sweden. Welcome!

*the archipelagos from Stockholm, Sweden to Åland and Finland,

Read article Online at the Multihulls Magazine July/Aug issue.

Check out what the Multi Cup has to offer. The 2012 review you find here.

The SeaCart 26 Team

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Aug
12

Racing and Display at Women’s Match!

The SeaCart 26 teams is about to visit the number one world class match racing event for women for racing and display.

Lysekil Women’s Match is with 300 000 SEK in prize money, the world’s biggest competition in the match racing sailing for women, in terms of mix of public, media and prize money. In match racing crews meet in pairs in exciting duels that can be easily understood and followed by the audience.

Twelve of the world’s foremost female match racing crews participating in the seventh edition of Lysekil Women’s Match, sailed on August 6 to 11. The competition is organized by the Sailnet Lysekil AB in cooperation with the Lysekil SS Gullmar.

Link to the event here

The SeaCart 26 Team

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Aug
06