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Sailing in the Atlantic Cup for the second time, Mikael Ryking is looking to make a big impression. Talanta, the only Swedish boat in the fleet is a second generation Class40 and will have tough competition with some of the newer boats, but Ryking and his co-skipper Karl Jungstedt are prepared for the task ahead having sailed thousands of miles together!

 

  • Boat Name: Talanta
  • Port of Registry : Stockholm
  • Builder: Pogo Structures
  • Designer: Group Finot
  • Year Launched: 2010
  • Source of Energy Production: Solar and Hydrogenerator and Fuel Cell

Mikael Ryking

Age: 47

Where did you grow up: Stockholm, Sweden

Describe yourself in one word: Living!

Did you go to University? Yes, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

Did or do you play any other competitive sport? Skiing 

Karl Jungstedt

Age: 46

Where did you grow up: Stockholm, Sweden

Describe yourself in one word: Tall!

Did you go to University? Yes, KTH Royal Institute of Stockholm

Did or do you play any other competitive sport? No

Mikael Ryking

What makes you tough enough to race in the Atlantic Cup? 

Because I’ve done it before..!

For someone who doesn’t understand short-handed offshore sailing, can you explain it in less than 2 sentences?  

One person sailing and one person sleeping.

What do you think about the new leg from New York to Portland?

Nice 😀

How did you get into competitive sailing?

I got into it for so I could sail longer, at night, and beyond the horizon.

Describe sailing to you in one word. 

Desire.

In what way are you superstitious before a race?

I don’t have time for that.

Number of transatlantic crossings under sail: 

6

What is one of your goals for your sailing career?

Route du Rhum 2018!

What is your 2016 race schedule? 

Atlantic Cup, Round Britain and Ireland Race, Route du Rhum 

What are your sailing strengths?

Attitude of continued learning, perseverance and focus

What do you like most about being offshore? What do you like least? 

Leaving everything behind and just being in the present! The worst? Being wet and trying to dry clothes with body heat. 

What is your biggest fear of being alone on deck? 

I never associate being alone with fear.

What makes you and your co-skipper a good team? 

We know each other very well and trust each other

What do you see is your biggest challenge in this race? 

Having a second generation boat

How do you rate your chances in the Atlantic Cup? Who do you think is the favorite? 

We’re having a second generation Class 40 but we’ve done a lot of miles onboard and know the boat very well! Favorite? We’ll soon find out! 

Is it true that if you sleep on the offshore legs you’ll lose? 

No.

Because of the limited number of sails you’re allowed to carry how does sail preservation and damage figure in your strategy? 

This all comes down to good seamanship. Never sail harder than the boat can handle, always repair immediately and always make sure to maintain the boat. Even the smallest things.

The Atlantic Cup has a big sustainability message in that the event organizers try to run the race with as little impact on the planet as possible. What does taking care of the planet mean to you? 

Living life in a sustainable way that can go on and on without ever deteriorating.

If you had to convince someone to do their part in protecting our oceans, what would you say to them? 

Don’t leave anything else than the waves from your bow, don’t take anything more than you can eat for dinner.

Our theme this year is #AtCup1Thing where we want fans to commit to doing one thing for the planet. What’s the one thing you do to protect the planet or our oceans? 

Promote the fact that happiness and well-being is not found in excessive consumption.

The Atlantic Cup also has a robust Kids program, where we teach kids about offshore racing, geography and protecting the planet. We also ask the Kids pick their favorite team. Tell us why Atlantic Cup Kids should vote for your team. 

As a little kid I always dreamt of sailing into New York under spinnaker. Now I have sailed far and beyond distant horizons to make the dream come true and to show new generations that dreams do come true.

What is your favorite type of music? Reggae.

What your favorite song? I have too many to tell!

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you want to meet? Laura Decker, youngest person to sail around the world alone. She was 14 when she started, 16 when she finished.

What’s your favorite thing to eat when you’re offshore? Cheese!

What do you do to relax during your free time? Cooking and spending time in the Stockholm Archipelago

Karl Jungstedt

For someone who doesn’t understand short-handed offshore sailing, can you explain it in less than 2 sentences?

Short-handed sailing is about planning, get some recovery time and encourage each other.

What do you think about the leg from New York to Portland?

Short

How old were you when you first went sailing?

7 years old

How did you get into competitive sailing?

I started racing dinghies when I was around 12 years old.

Describe sailing to you in one word.

Freedom

In what way are you superstitious before a race?

I am not superstitious

Number of transatlantic crossings under sail:

One in 2015 (in Talanta)

Please list some of your sailing career highlights:

Second place in Caribbean 600 2016, Second place in Middle sea race 2016. Besides that, several shorthanded races in Sweden and as a kid I was two times Swedish junior Champion.  

What is one of your goals for your sailing career?

Experience the best sailing in the world

What is your 2018 race schedule?

As of now I have planned the ÅF Offshore Race in Sweden

How did you meet your co-skipper?

I met Michael at work in 2001, organizing a company team for the ÅF Offshore race.

What are the strengths of your co-skipper?

Mikael is practical, strong and stops for nothing

What are your sailing strengths?

I can stay focused helming and trimming for long periods of time.

What do you like most about being offshore? What do you like least?

I like the feeling of sailing towards the “unknown” or the goal on the other side of the horizon, an island, a rock or New York and the hunt for the boat in front (if any). I don’t like feeling seasick and extremely tired (who does?).

What is your biggest fear of being alone on deck?

Actually, I am thinking more of how to not break the boat, damaging the sails etc. than thinking of being swept into the sea by a wave or being hit by the boom.

What makes you and your co-skipper a good team?

We complement each other very well, have different skills and approach risk in different ways.

What do you see is your biggest challenge in this race?

I find it physically challenging to change sails – it is a physical boat to sail fast.

How do you rate your chances in the Atlantic Cup? Who do you think is the favorite?

We hope to among the first half of boats. I believe some of the newest boats will win but have no personal bet.

Is it true that if you sleep on the offshore legs you’ll lose?

I don’t think so, I must sleep, at least for some short periods.

Because of the limited number of sails, you’re allowed to carry how does sail preservation and damage figure in your strategy?

Plan ahead, stay alert for wind changes and signs of changed/increased wind.  

Miscellaneous

What is your favorite sports team?

DIF (Local soccer team in Stockholm)

What is your favorite type of music?

Soul and 80´s synth pop

What your favorite song?

Creep by Radiohead

What’s your favorite thing to eat when you’re offshore? Least favorite?

Nuts, Green Apples, chocolate and any spicy food. Most things taste well when you are sailing.

What is your favorite movie line?

May the force be with you

What do you do to relax during your free time?

Spending time in the Stockholm archipelago, we have a small old country house on a small island in the Baltic sea

Do you have any hidden talents (i.e. juggling, rock climbing, dancing, cooking)?

Not that I can think of

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