Thursday, October 29th, 2009

In Sweden they have a saying ‘There is no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes’. Finisterre dealer Coll Faragher of Sand, Wadebridge, recently put this to the test on an unforgettable trip to Scandinavia on board Berge Viking, a 57’ Swan sailing yacht.

In 1981 Berge Viking represented Norway’s first ever entry into the Whitbread Round the World Race. Skippered by Peder Lunde, Berge Viking finished ahead of entries led by Peter Blake, Skip Novak, Eric Tabarly and Chay Blyth claiming eighth place with a race time of 125 days, 16 hours. It was a national symbol for Norwegian sailing at that time, with a completely Norwegian crew, and is still a much admired and well known boat in the region today.

Recently however a different crew including Coll embarked on a much shorter but very enjoyable voyage from Norway to Finland. They sailed the boat from Oslo down past Copenhagen, through the Baltic straights and around the coast of Sweden. From there they headed up far into Northern Finland; a trip of around a thousand nautical miles. They were returning Berge Viking to the place where she was built, where she will have a major refit to restore her to her full glory.

As they rounded the Swedish archipelago there were very few other sailing boats around, October is considered very late in the season to be so far north. They even received a fly by off a Swedish navy fighter Jet curious as to what they were doing up there and the captain had to explain over VHF radio that they came in peace! They arrived in Finland just in time before the Baltic winter would really start to bear down, witnessing the arrival of the first snow showers. It was Great trip and a great chance for Coll to test out his products. The latest Finisterre ranges are available to try and buy at Sand, Foundry court, Wadebridge.

Stoked Coll, hang in there, product will be with you guys soon.