On Saturday, we visited the Helsinki International Boat Show. Sailing is the main theme of this year's event, and therefore, at least from a sailor's point of view, the program is perhaps the most interesting for years. Even to the extent, that on Saturday there were some interesting presentations going on at the same. On the other hand, I have not seen the sail boat exhibition hall ever so empty, as there were fewer sail boats at the show than during the previous years. This is of course due to the economic downturn, which is hammering the boating industry.
Merikarhut Ry had organized a top class speaker on this year's event as, on Saturday, Peter Bruce held a lecture on heavy weather sailing. Bruce is the author/editor of the last three editions of the famous storm survival bible Heavy Weather Sailing. He gained wide experience on seagoing in extreme conditions during his navy years. He also participated and finished in the infamous Fastnet Race 1979, on which he shared an interesting story on Saturday — as an answer to a question on the worst situation, he has encountered.
The one and half hours' presentation followed pretty much the same structure as the book has. However, the scope was limited to the monohull sailing yachts. It was interesting to see, that although Bruce has a vast experience on sail racing and has for example been twice a member of a winning Admiral's Cup team, his views on sail boat design were rather conservative. At least he pointed out the benefits of the traditional hull shape in terms of seaworthiness, stability and comfortable motion.
Below are some photos from the boat show:
One of the finest yachts in the show: Saare 41 AC
The cockpit of the First 30 is open, and mainsheet traveler is fitted on the transom beam.
Flush decked Swan 39 Racing was in production between 1978 - 1979.
Nauticat 37 was one of the pearls on the show. Beautiful craftsmanship throughout the boat.
Nauticat is a one of the few manufactures to use solid fiberglass even on the deck. Actually, there is no cored fiberglass structure anywhere on the boat.
The plotter stand/cockpit table in the new Hanse 345 is stylish, but I would be worried about the sharp corners...
Garmin iPad app makes it possible for example to make a route with an iPad and then wirelessly transfer it to the Garmin's chartplotter. Unfortunately, it does not work with our olded Garmin plotter.