Sven Yrvind

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Sven Yrvind in 2008.

Sven Yrvind (born April 22, 1939 in Gothenburg, Sweden as Sven Lundin) is a Swedish sailor, boat builder, and writer. He is famous for sailing alone across oceans in tiny boats of his own design.

Sailing[edit]

Yrvind has made several ocean crossings in his tiny boats. In 1980, Yrvind rounded Cape Horn in 'Bris II', a 20'/5.90m boat of his own design, alone and in the middle of winter, a record for smallest boat to round the Cape. This achievement won Yrvind the 1980 Royal Cruising Club medal for seamanship. In the Roaring Forties he allegedly collided with a whale.

Boat Design[edit]

Yrvind designs and builds the boats he sails. The boats lack all forms of electronic communications equipment.

  • Yrvind built his first boat 'Bris I' in his mothers basement 1971-1972. The boat's size was determined by the size of the basement: length 6.00 meter, width 1.72m, depth 0.40/0.90m.
  • 'Bris II' was built 1976-1978 with the dimensions length 5.90 meter, width 2.40m, depth 1.40m.
  • A later boat, 'Yrvind', at an ambitious 4.1m, eventually turned out to be too small and too slow to make major ocean passages in cold waters.
  • Sven's latest build is 'Yrvind 1/2', a 4.8 meter design inspired in part by Matt Layden's "Paradox". 'Yrvind 1/2' is built of divinycell, fiberglass, carbon fiber and epoxy. Sven set sail in 'Yrvind 1/2' for Florida on August 11th, 2011.

Books[edit]

Yrvind's three books, "With Bris round Cape Horn" (with Anders Öhman 1985), "Bris" (1990) and "The Constructor" (2003), are currently in the process of being translated into English.

Inventions[edit]

Yrvind is the inventor of the Bris sextant, a small, angle-measuring instrument used in navigation.

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