This is my sailboat “Mint”, an Albin Vega boat designed by Per Brohäll. It is the third Vega that I have had in Sweden. I purchased this one because it has a well-functioning Volvo Penta diesel engine. The 27-feet Vega has a proven trans-Atlantic capability. I got it in Landskrona in April 2016, three days before driving to Italy. The wind was against and quite strong, and I could hardly maneuver the boat from its bridge to the the crane-ramp. The pictures below are from 15 May 2016.
Here below photos sailing my TUR 80 (also designed by Per Brohäll) in a northern archipelago by Rundvik, where is my summer house.
Photos below, 17 September 2014: Sailing my boat Miranda II. The TUR 80 has, in my opinion, better maneuverability than the Vega. On the other hand, the Vega feels safer and it has better equipment, such as roller furling, in-boom furling, etc.
Above: Miranda II at Tatarviken, September 2014
Above: Summer 2012, my sailing boat at Rundvik is a Tur 80, named “Miranda” in honour of my beloved cat Miranda 1996 – † 2007
Marcello’s TUR 80 – here in the Mälaren, nearby of Enköping 25 July 2005
This is my sailing boat Miranda in Agust 2013, with new windows installed, at her dock in Rundvik
Miranda and I
In this pictorial-page I wish to share something about my sailing life in Sweden. I start with a pictorial from 2010 around my summer-house by the Baltic sea in Northern Sweden, the sailing boat, and the Boat club (Rundviks båtklubb) pretty near my where I live. In the second block there are pictures from my previous sailing in Central Sweden, at the Stockholm Archipelago (my previous boat clubs at Bosön, Lidingö, and in Uppsasla, Öregrund). You can see also – in my page “Restoring Swedish wodden-boats” – photos of my sailing wooden-boats which I have restored in the past. Although nowadays I stay most of the year in my house in Italy (S. Giovanni Bianco, Bergamo, in the Lombardi region), I will never surrender – as long as I am able to – my summer experiences in the beautiful sea landscape of Sweden. Most beautiful among all those surroundings, is in my opinion the Swedish High Coast (Höga kusten). Rundvik is situated by the North limit of Högakusten.
Sailing the TUR 80 to Stokholm
Passing Enköpings Kanal
The harbour town of Rundvik [means = Round Bay], it is in Northern Sweden. More photos of this house and area can be seen here.
1.1. The summer-house
1.2. My sailing boat “Miranda”, in the Rundvik Boat Club
1.3. The sailor
TUR 80 with a rather ugly “sun-glasses” cover. I sill change that Spring 2013
1.4. The boat club
1.5. Sweden Högakusten
2. My other sailing boats in Sweden
I had this Viggen (pictures below) from 2012 to 2015. A great sailboat but it had no ‘inside-engine’ and it felt rather small inside the cabin. It was taken over by a young sailor from Lithuania. We met then in Karlskrona, for me to deliver the boat.
It is not a coincidence that all my fiber-glass sailboats have been designed by Per Brohäll (the Tur 80, the Viggen, and the Vegas). The first Vega I had – I renamed her Lotta Continua (means ‘the struggle goes on’) – I bought it in Gävle and transported to Stockholm, where I kept it for about eleven years at the Bosön Boat Club, in Lidingö. The reason being that I lived during several years in a house “round the corner” from the club. In the same club I harboured my first wooden boats, since 1985. I had that Vega (seen down below) between 1992 and 2003. Then I bought the Tur 80 which I described above, and which I still sail in Rundvik. In 2008 I decided to move back to Italy but I did not want to leave Sweden completely. For this reason I chosen a port that is in about a southernmost latitude in Sweden (a ‘closest’ point to my house northern Italy). There I brought my second Vega sailboat, which I bought in Tranås.
But the Vega shown above has one – for me unresolved – main problem. The Albin 0-21 engine was defective and the maneuver with an out-border engine, no mater relatively strong, was very tricky and annoying. So I replaced that Vega with this one here below, whose engine functions (so far) splendid. It is a Volvo Penta diesel. The only thing I miss from the older Vegas it is the mast and the boom, that in older years were done with more properties and finishing. But on the other hand, this new mast has a furling capability, and I also kept the roller kick from the previous Vega, just in case.
3. My previous sailing
Sailing with dear son Rodrigo in La Lotta Continua I
Dinning on board of La Lotta Continua I, 1995
Marcello, Il Capitano della Lotta Continua I, 1989