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Sailing in the Atlantic Cup for the first 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 Raking and his co-skipper Nathan Fulcher are prepared for the task ahead.

 

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

Mikael Ryking

  • Age: 45
  • Hometown: Stockholm
  • Where did you go to University: Royal Institute of Technology
  • Age started sailing: 5 months
  • Any hidden talents: I am extremely handy. I built my own house.
  • Career Highlights: 3-time August Moon Race Champion

Nathan Fulcher

  • Age: 34
  • Hometown: Portsmouth, England
  • Describe yourself in one word: Resourceful
  • What is sailing to you: Happiness
  • Career highlight: when he got knocked down in the southern ocean on a Challenge boat in 2010…first time he was ever scared while sailing!

Mikael Ryking

What makes you tough enough to race in the Atlantic Cup? Seeing life and what comes along with it as a challenge, there is no reason to hesitate and worry about fear.

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? Good! Likely we’re not done in New York…

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. Passion.

In what way are you superstitious before a race? I don’t have time for that.

Number of transatlantic crossings under sail: 2

What is one of your goals for your sailing career? To live my direction of life.

What is your 2016 race schedule? RORC Caribbean 600, Antigua Sail Week, Atlantic Cup, Transat Quebec – Malo, Normandy Channel Race, RORC Transatlantic Race. And a few more.

What are your sailing strengths? I’m an excellent navigator, sustainable, mentally strong and stable, calm, always creates a good atmosphere in the crew.

What do you like most about being offshore? What do you like least? It’s the diversity between the action, speed, water flushing over deck at one end. And on the other hand the meditational state you get into when becoming one with the boat, helming and playing with the boat in the waves. Worst part in being wet and needing to dry the clothes using my 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? Whoever sails with me is always someone I trust deeply, knowing the other can handle the boat just as I can. And that it is always mutual. Trust is the always the base of good cooperation.

What do you see is your biggest challenge in this race? Understanding the weather and currents as these will be new to us.

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 and we will have to shape up to compete with the new boats.

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.

Describe yourself in one word. Living.

Did you or do you play any other competitive sports? Skiing.

Family. Single, two children, boys 11 and 14.

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? A French Casserole.

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

Nathan Fulcher

What makes you tough enough to race in the Atlantic Cup? Seeing life and what comes along with it as a challenge, there is no reason to hesitate and worry about fear.

Did you go to University? If so, where? No I joined the Army instead

How did you get into competitive sailing? Racing with the British Army team

Did you or do you play any other competitive sports? I cycle regularly for a local club

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? If we don’t take care of the planet it won’t last for our kids

If you had to convince someone to do their part in protecting our oceans, what would you say to them? Recycle and stop throwing things in the sea. You kill all the marine life [by doing that]!

What’s the one thing you do to protect the planet or our oceans?  At home we recycle everything we possibly can

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. We must be the underdogs simply by me being on the team with my limited experience, everybody loves an underdog, every vote we receive gives us hope!

What makes you tough enough to race in the Atlantic Cup? I passed a Commando course once that was pretty tough….

For someone who doesn’t understand short-handed offshore sailing, can you explain it in less than 2 sentences? 2 Guys 1 small boat 1 vast ocean and lots of freeze dried food

Describe sailing to you in one word. Happiness

In what way are you superstitious before a race? Im not really superstitious

Number of transatlantic crossings under sail: 3

What is one of your goals for your sailing career? To be better tomorrow than I was yesterday.

What is your 2016 race schedule? Im open to any offers.

How did you meet your co-skipper? Online- no it wasn’t a dating website!

What are the strengths of your co-skipper? He knows the boat very well having done some miles on her already

What makes you and your co-skipper a good team? I’ll get back to you in New York on that one

What are your sailing strengths? I never quit.

How do you rate your chances in the Atlantic Cup? Who do you think is the favorite? We will have to wait and see…I expect the French guys to do well the French have a great short handed offshore training program

Is it true that if you sleep on the offshore legs you’ll lose? No of course not, sleep restores the mind as well as the body. If your mind is fresh you make better decisions.

Because of the limited number of sails you’re allowed to carry how does sail preservation and damage figure in your strategy? Don’t break it and if you do then repair it immediately or suffer…

What is your favorite sports team? Team Sky cycling team

What is your favorite type of music? I don’t have a favourite but I don’t do classical

What your favorite song? The dock of the bay by Otis Redding

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you want to meet? The Queen

What’s your favorite thing to eat when you’re offshore? Least favorite? Favourite would be real food. Least favourite obviously freeze dried

What is your favorite movie line? “You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off”

What do you do to relax during your free time? I read a lot mostly novels

Do you have any hidden talents? I can sleep anywhere

 

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