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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.

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