May 302011

The Swedish Sailing Federation just assigned the official SRS racing handicap rating for the Journeyman 60:


…which means that according to them the Journeyman is one of the fastest monohulls in Sweden at the moment, less than 10% below the TP 52 (Here is the official list)

Which makes me smile of course. But it also means that competing for top spots in races will be extremely hard…

Sep 272010

The headline says it all. The Journeyman performs as intended. Even though the water ballast system is not functional yet!

The wind was N-NNE 12-14 m/s. Very short, sharp and choppy waves, significant height about 1.1 meters. We used 2 reefs and staysail, at AWA 35-40°, average SOG around 8.5-9 knots, top speed 10 knots.

The balance and responsiveness of the yacht is amazing. The steering is effortless and precise. The hull does not slam in the common way, but does a little interesting sideways twist-kick when digging down after a large wave. The impact is softer than a traditional hull and steals a lot less speed from the yacht, but can throw you of balance if you are unprepared…