The new Swede 41, Sleipnir, has been launched and has been undertaking
sea trials from the Rossätra yard in Norrtälje, Sweden.
Built as the 3 rd yacht in the series, Sleipnir showed off her paces in the
Swedish Archipelago last week. The remit of the Swede 41 was – Ease of
Handling for one or two crew – Safety – Performance – Beauty and Quality. It
often goes without saying that if a beautiful yacht is drawn, her performance
will match and this is definitely true of Sleipnir.
Olof Hildebrand, whose concept it was, wanted a yacht that he could sail
single handed and take his wife and family when needed. Bearing this in
mind, he developed the 41 with a good deep keel, a safe cockpit, a high
ballast ratio of 48%, a total weight of 3.8 tons, and a tall but easily handled rig.
Although a perfect Gentleman’s day sailer, the Swede 41 is much more than a
this. Olof sailed his own Swede 41 thousand miles, cruising single-handedly
at an age of 80, the Swedish coast, the Baltic, Estonia, Latvia, Finland,
Norway and Denmark.
On sea trails in the Archipelago last week, we encountered a reasonable wind
of some 10 – 12 knots on the first day’s sail. She picked up immediately in the
breeze, heeled over to a comfortable 20 degrees and stayed there, picking up
speed to a steady 6-7 knots to windward. She is equipped with a Gennaker
which was easily rigged and Sleipnir proceeded to perform well when on a
beam reach or downwind. She has been designed so that she is easy to
handle in full control down wind, and will be almost impossible to broach.
Her sleek lines and tall rig make her an outstanding sailing yacht, and she
really is one of the most beautiful yachts you will see being launched today.
Her interior is comfortable for two people or even four. She has a decent
galley, a chart table, comfortable seating in the saloon and a forecastle with
plenty of room for sleeping two. A head can be found under the chart table
with a cleverly thought out system that easily unfolds to make a private
On deck she has a deep safe cockpit which can easily seat 6 people, with all
halyards and trim lines leading back to the cockpit. The 7/8th rig has a furling
genoa and the owner of Sleipnir chose state of the art sails from the North
The engine chosen by this owner is electric, making her very quite when
The construction of Sleipnir, undertaken by the incredibly well respected
Swedish yard of Rossätra Boatyard, is outstanding. Whilst managing to
remain light she has a lead keel with bulb, and strong reinforced sandwich
construction. The Rossätra Boatyard have been in existence since 1886
when they built yachts for the members of High Society and the Aristocratic
families of the Stockholm area of Sweden. The Shipwrights are mostly fifth
generation and the yard is now managed by the third Generation of the
Gustafsson family, who are also well known yachtsmen. Rossätra have never
needed to advertise but have always been a full and busy yard providing
yachts built to withstand the occasional accident with a rock. Sleipnir was
built by two shipwrights who built her from stem to stern, keel upwards and
then undertook the sea trials. One of these was a young man – showing that
the Rossätra Boatyard are still using the same traditions and teaching the
next generations to build in wood.
She really is a joy to behold and a delight to sail.