Sailing and Champagne

Sailing is like drinking champagne. In the sense that it is stylish, enchanting and can be practiced at any time and without limitation of upper age (a French friend of mine would say /about drinking it / “It is best to be done all the time and without any reason”). Either sailing smoothly through the wind and the waves, caused by the secondary processes of sunshine, or sipping slowly the precious liquid, fizzling like a sea with the playful bubbles coming up from the secondary fermentation in the bottle, you experience the same intoxicating enchantment. This is the enchantment of the purposeful movement of your boat through the endless ocean wilderness. Because when you sail offshore (especially after the first few days), you feel free of all earthly bothers and …

Krone 1. Biography of the Queen.

Krone 1 was built in 2010 in the small shipyard Faurby Yacht in Denmark, on the Jutland peninsula (where all Danish shipyards are concentrated),  located near the small coastal town of Fredericia, the birthplace of the world’s second-best Danish sailor Jesper Bank Jesper, two-time Olympic champion in  class Soling and two-time skipper in the America’s Cup. The other Danish legend I guess you all know, Paul Elvstrom. But why do I write about Jesper Bank ?! Because “Krone 1” was not only his yacht, but she was also built on the basis of the Faurby 396 hull with modifications to meet his ideas. After his first time sailing a Faurby 396, on the next day Jesper Bank said that the yacht sails well but can be made to sail faster. …

My regatta Cor Caroli 2017

This text was written in August, but it was not published / I had only sent it to a few close friends and participants in the described regatta / because Furia site was closed shortly after her sinking. I found it convenient to publish it now, though chronologically after the very first post of my new blog, written much later. As you know my Furia sank 300 miles from Newfoundland. Mihail and Dian survived, but their victory in 2017 Twostar (Plymouth-Newport) was stolen. As you can see from the picture below Furia was sinking with a crown! And she could keep carrying it on to the finish line in Newport! It din’t happen like that. Furia did not hold and betrayed the crew, she betrayed me as well. I remained …

Furia’s heiress. Dreams do not sink.

After giving it a long thought and communicating with readers of the Furia blog, I decided to resume the blog, though under different name krone-1.com, incorporating the name of my new boat, which I hope to be a worthy Furia heiress. Almost five months have passed since my beloved Furia is on the bottom of the ocean alongside with many of my plans an dreams. Alongside sank also the missed victory of my friends Mihail Kopanov and Dian Zaykov in the Ostar/Twostar 2017, which was supposed to regenerate the past glory of the Bulgarian transoceanic sail racing. Following the initial stress, the relief that my friends are safe and sound and the following shock, grief and disappointment, I spent a summer not too exciting. And I was supposed together with …

Furia sunk. Mihail and Dian were saved.

Bad things happen, fortunately not the worst. My beloved Furia sunk but her crew Mihail and Dian were rescued due to the timely reaction and perfect organization by the Canadian coast guard. Chapeau to all of them and to the captain and crew of the ship Thor Magna who effected the rescue operation. I feel really sorry that Furia did not hold and betrayed the crew who did spectacular racing so far. As previously written genuine sailors are tougher than their boats. I watched with tears in my eyes the discoloration of Furia boat icon on the Ostar/Twostar tracking map and the date and hours of her demise June 10, 18:16 BST (17:16 UTC). She was doomed to sink. This site/blog will be closed. Rumen

Furia started in Ostar/Twostar 2017 race!

Half an hour ago Furia started along with the other participants. I feel tempted to state that in my humble opinion (not being unbiased) and according to Vesko (and he is an architect and designer), dressed in her new sails Furia was the most elegant and beautiful yacht. We were enjoying the slender shape of her hull (contrasting the fat sterns of the Sun Fasts and the likes of them) and that high aspect mainsail with that gorgeous BUL 220 with the runic Luffe logo at the top which adds a sort of Viking touch. And though the route does not pass via Iceland, it goes far north enough to match Furia’s Scandinavian born heart. Or let me quote Brodsky “Beauty at low temperatures is beauty”. With Mihail at the …