Navigators really get around!

Flemming Sorensen emailed me from Korea, he wondered if a navigator would go into a container and if it would be a practical proposition to build her where he was working in a shipyard there and ship her back to the Baltic where he hoped to compete in the Raid Finland.

There have been other Navigators shipped in the standard 20 ft shipping container along with a families possessions, and once packed in and secure the long distance involved in this adventure was not an issue so the answer was of course, yes!

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Completion at Kurepalu
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Launch at Saadjarve

An order came through for a set of plans, another followed for sails and there were a few questions about how things went together. Other than that, the work went on, and quite a while later I heard that a Navigator had been entered in the 2005 Raid.

I got a note from Flemming to say that they had a great time in what was a heavy weather event. They had been comfortable and confident in often rough seas and tight channels and that although “Bering” being the smallest boat in the event was not really competitive with the speedsters she had proven to be exceptionally seaworthy and had aquitted herself very well.

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Bering sailing close winded
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More sailing

Other notes came in from fellow competitors, all had admired the little yawl, and at times envied the little boats comfortable and ( relatively) dry ride in what had been a challenging event.

Flemming was good enough to send me some pics of his pride and joy so here is “Bering” sailing off the coast of Finland and Lithuania. Great scenery! Nice boat, well done!

John Welsford