AN ECLECTIC COLLECTION OF IDEAS OPINIONS AND INTERESTS
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
____________________ SVERIGES FRISHA VINDAR _____________________
My eyes lit up when I drove past this little Swedish yacht less than two minutes from where I live here in Whangarei NZ. I thought when I saw her, " I bet twelve bottles of 'Speights Old Dark' beer that she is the same design as that sweet little boat in that Yachting World Annual I have in my bookshelf."
Sure enough, I found her story "Sveriges Friska Vindar" (Fresh Winds From Sweden) in a 1971 edition of the Yachting World annual. Apparently she was the object of some derision when she turned up as a competitor in the Quarter Ton Cup, the other competitors being shallow hulled yachts with separated fin and skeg rudders. The yacht in question "Allegro" soon wiped the smirks from faces as she out sailed the opposition in both light and heavy airs. She finished a creditable 5th overall in the race series.
'Allegro' is a Swedish 'Koster' design by Las Norlin. The question is - is this the same "Allegro"? or is this one example of many that were produced in fiberglass? I bet she was produced in fiberglass as this is one great little cruising design.
When I next drive past and see some activity on this little gem of a boat I am going to swing in and check out the veracity of my detective work - I am so sure about the design part of the facts that I have already bought the beer! LOL.