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Skutträffen inträffar varje år första helgen i oktober (alltså förra helgen 4-6 okt) både på väst och östkust.

På östkusten, i Stockholm, kallas träffen “Saltkråkan race” för att tävlingsbanan går förbi grundet Saltkråkan på Jungfrufjärden – www.saltkrakanrace.se

Video från Ariadne, Saltkråkan Race

På västkusten kallas den rätt o slätt “Skutträffen” och arrangeras av Föreningen Västkustskutorna – www.vastkustskutorna.se

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I Stockholm har det varit min hemskuta Ellen som har varit värd för Saltkråkan Race sedan hösten 2000. Som styrman på Ellen har jag deltagit i tävlingsledningen i några år nu men började bjuda in personer från andra skutor för att sprida ansvaret bland oss. I år gjorde jag mig ersättningsbar genom att lämna över rodret till min yngre styrmanskollega Ella Espling och tillsammans med Patrik Almqvist (K&M) och Sepi Andersson (Sunbeam) så styrde de årets race medan jag smet iväg till västkusten!

Vi har flera år diskuterat och försökt att få med de äldre rävarna på att byta helg på antingen väst eller östkusten så att fler har möjlighet att delta på en ny skuta på andra sidan landet. Detta är ju helgen då vi alla möts och det är det bästa tillfället vi har för att utbyta idéer och kontakter.

Under västkustens skepparmöte (jag seglade styrman på Astrid Finne) så kom jag med förslaget att – även om vi inte lyckas skifta helg – vi skulle skapa ett stipendie gemensamt som skulle kunna tilldelas ungdomar som vill segla på “andra sidan”, det skulle räcka med 1000kr per ungdom för att ha råd med tågresan, och på detta sätt överbrygga kunskapsgapet och skapa mer samarbeten mellan våra verksamheter.

Det återstår att se hur detta samarbete kan administreras och utnyttjas. Det var något liknande som USSO (Erik, Matilda och Anna x 2) och jag en gång drömde om när vi skapade hashtagen #seglaskuta för att lyfta fram den stora flottan vi har i Sverige, och bredden på vår ungdomsverksamhet.

Nedan följer mina bilder från Skutträffen 4-6 oktobet 2019 på Öckerö.

På lördagkvällen åt alla deltagare (ca 200pers) middag i Nimbus lokaler och priserna delades ut:

Släploggen – Först över mållinjen: Mohawk 2 (norsk)
Sanna vinnaren: Bris av Femöre
Träplaketten (först av tungviktarna, tremastade skonare): Ingo
Vikingen (Gott sjömanskap): Westkust
Luftkompassen: Viking
Carl Wilhelmsson-tavlan: Atene
Göstas Öx: Tradition sailing, Matilda och Westvind

Här en lista på vad priserna representerar:

http://vastkustskutorna.se/skuttr%C3%A4ffen/priser.html

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So, I’m making a comeback after 2 years of silence. My studies to become a physiotherapist has taken most of the time from the photography. Until I got these in the mail, analog pictures taken between 2013-2018!

First out a collection of sporadic pictures and portraits of close friends and family…

 

The autumn 2015 a very legendary race went down in Stockholm – the ship Lova won the yearly Saltkråkan race and it was me and the skippers who celebrated with a trip to the paradise island Bullerö… (click to enlarge)

 

Last but not least, I brought my camera to one of the clean-up-days at Beckholmen. People from all boats and organisations connected to BDF, organisation for the docks at Beckholmen, where there to help and trying to set up an old saw among other things…

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En ö i staden – Runmarö

Foton från Svängens pizza-kväll 27/12 2013, Runmarös krog, Stockholms skärgård.

Galleriet ligger uppe för gästerna och vännernas skull.

En del bilder kan komma att ingå i ett ganska nystartat dokumentations-projekt om ön som alltid kommer att vara mitt hem och fasta punkt i livet, trots att jag är ett “frat”.

Runmarös knutpunkt Svängen har drivits som krog sedan 2012, för mer info se Facebook

Winter is coming

and I don’t mind!

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Strangely enough winter is coming with new inspiration – usually I would start to go under earth preparing for 6 months of darkness, planning my next trip to have something to look forward to and survive the depressing weather. Maybe it’s because autumn has taken an unexpected turn with unusually warm weather and it almost feels like spring in the air, sun is shining and the birds are voicing their “drill, drill, drill” a bit louder. Maybe it’s just that the seasonal change, as change always does, gives me new ideas.

The other day I was at my friend’s new place, chatting with her roomie while she was slowly waking up from a late hungover and gradually returning to life. When she had done so, I just said “I’m back”, she instantly knew what I was referring to ( a conversation we’d had 2 months ago), that’s what I love about her. “Good” she said “I’ve missed you”.

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Not the same friend. But will you look at the creepy photo-bomber? ;)

This summer I slightly changed my direction in life as I choose to become a captain! The decision came almost as a surprise even for me and for a few weeks I felt a bit disappointed in myself – Did I give up on my dream to work as a photographer?
My confusion has taken its toll on the blog (naturally I can’t find any joy in taking pictures without inspiration) so here’s some random pictures from the lasts months reflecting my happiness of having my inspiration back and some that just makes me look forward to the winter.

My photos helped me to remember just how easy it is to be happy, with all these amazing people around me!

Hope that my happy thoughts can make you smile!

It’s healthy to accept your ups and downs. I think people in general are too afraid to feel sad and to show others that everything isn’t always a success. Getting back up to the surface after feeling down makes you appreciate the small stuff more.

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Photo: Pablo Cordoba

This year winter is beginning like spring. Optimistic and full of adventures.

In the dock, Beckholmen, Stockholm

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Bilder från Östra dockan på Beckholmen. Mer info om Beckholmen – se Beckholmens Dockförenings hemsida

I dockan denna sommar: Galeasen Libra, galeasriggade norska kuttern Jens Kiil (Stockholm) och bramsegelskonaren Vega från Gamleby, Västervik.

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Tall ships Libra and Jens Kiil from Stockholm and the schooner Vega from Gamleby, Västervik

in the dock at Beckholmen, Stockholm.

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Psychology students are not as politically correct as they think.. they’re wild!

One night as a photographer for the students in Stockholm attending the annual psychology congress in Sweden – PS13

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Guards are waiting for the students to arrive

The party committee are thrilled and running around making the lasts arrangements.

Students are starting to arrive and get ambushed by a over-enthusiastic photographer with the assignment to document their evening.

As part-time barrister I make friends with the staff in the kitchen – it’s always good for a photographer to know where I can get my coffe “the fix” for the evening… and also it’s hard not to make new friends while working.

“Hon har blommor i sitt hår…” (she has flowers in her hair) the guard is singing when I make my way between the lobby, preparing my kit, and heading towards the stairs to wait for my first model.

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Where do I find the best light for portraits? I have one hour to figure out before the students sits down for dinner.

“Well, thank you – I guess ONE glass of champagne will just help me relax and do my work better..”

Students are discussing the past days lectures and exchanging experiences from their own hometowns. Now it’s starting to get crowded. With 600 psychology students in one building a reportage-photographer gets “itchy fingers” with all the emotions and interesting discussions going on.

How does a student from a small town close to Borås, the west of Sweden, analyze Stockholmers? What is most exciting during these days, to party with so many different people in the capital of Scandinavia or to discuss the theme of the congress “What are the boundaries?” when does “no” means just “NO” and not yes.

In both restrooms there’s a bowl with condoms. At the mens bathroom the bowl is empty within an hour. The girls are closing in on the bowl first later during the evening.

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“Oh! I have to have a photo of you close to this bowl – you have such a nice green dress that combines well with the condoms…?”

“No, what will my mum say if she sees that picture on facebook!? ‘What did u this weekend!??'”

The waiter is standing by the window, waiting for the students to get settled for dinner. He’s giving me a strange look when I’m closing in with my camera – first I think he might dislike to have his picture being taken.

“I think I recognize u?”

“You do? From where? Do you buy your coffee at Espresso House?”

“You are Kiki, aren’t you?”

“Yes??!”

“I’m Nuno – from couchsurfing!”

It’s a couchsurfer I wrote with before I left for Uruguay this winter(!) he’s an architect trying his luck in Sweden and this is his first day at work. We never had time to meet before I left on  my reportage-trip and now we’re working at the same event – life works in mysterious ways…

“Here you have my number, call me! Good luck tonight”

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“What’s wrong with the dish?” The chef just have to pour of a bit of oil, he don’t have time to explain and then hands it back to Nuno again.

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Crazy times

It’s finally spring in Stockholm. Or is it summer?

It’s been a loong, looong winter for Sweden. I have had the luxury to spend a summer in February-March in Uruguay. When I came back the last of March I thought I’d return just in time for spring, but I was wrong.

April have pasted by with sunny days but cold weather. The returning light tells you that it’s spring but the nature tells you differently, people get confused, animals act strange.

The traffic in Stockholm is crazy, the whole city is under construction at the same time that everyone one are eager to get out in the sun. People want everyithing to be done NOW. At the coffeshop the guests want their café latte to be served even before they’ve had time to place their order. In the street people walk directly out in the traffic “What, I need to cross the street?”. The traffic lights show red, one person start walking, looking down in his smartphone and everyone else follows – if one cross the street it has to mean it’s green light, right?

The last week I think I’ve seen 1-5 people almost getting run over without noticing it.

I thought I was the confused one, coming home from a long trip, the first weeks back home I kept on wondering “what’s wrong with people?” before I realized that the winter have just been toooo long for swedes to handle..

Spring is crazy, the weather is crazy, people are crazy – the only thing that is normal are the students. They are just as crazy as always.

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If it’s gonna be winter better be real winter

Tuesday night I took a walk from work together with a brasilian guy who had come in to the coffeeshop last week and I told him I’d show him my favorite place in Sthlm –

We passed by the construction fo the new tubeline under the lake – citybanan. Thought I’d go see if one of my locals was working, a guy from England who’s thought me how they build these things (putting down pipes and then sucking out the water), but it was too cold to stop longer than it took to take a pic.

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the walk took us to Skinnaviksbergen, it was too cold to photograph properly, I snapped one of Norrmälarstrand in -15ish at 21h.

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Walter asked me if you’d be able to walk on the lake soon. I believe I said, give it 3days more of this cold…

Today, friday, on my way to work…

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And then they build icebergs with the snow from the rest of the city…

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Don’t think I’ll want to swim in Riddarfjärden this summer…

I also played tourist – asking a spanish couple (the ones with the IKEA-bag) to take a photo of me at Mälarpaviljongen, a bar I sat at dipping my toes this summer…

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That’s what I love about Sweden, the changes of seasons. In everything else we’re very “lagom”, in the middle section – but when it’s winter it better be real winter, -10 with glistering snow and a clear sky as a cure for the darkness.

What is a life without committment? If not very, very booring…

Today I had lunch with and interviewed my friend Nena, who was my Uruguayan “mentor” in Stockholm when I started scratching on the surface of what later became the reportage “Hijos de la dictadura” (Children of the dictatorship). I asked her a lot about Tupamaros, the Uruguayan guerilla that emerged in the 60’s, and her escape to Sweden but what was the most interesting of our conversation was what she started talking about and also what the history ended in – what’s happening in Sweden today. And not just in Sweden, the whole world – Internet has become our most important tool to communicate and to raise our voices, a tool that has made it possible for us to join causes all around the globe.

But then, what’s happening in our own environment while we’re busy, connected to the computer, reading about what’s happening in Somalia and thinking you’re happy YOU don’t live there. Yes, if you’re gonna compare, Sweden is probably one of the “best”, safest countries to live in, but what happens to the society when we block out each other and don’t care about our neighbor. It’s an “every man for them selves”-society. We develop in technology but what about developing in humanity and remembering what we are living for?

I talked about this also yesterday with a guy from Brazil (who I met while working at the coffeeshop the other day). While walking around the lake of Stockholm my mouth went “bla balbbablöa”, he’s studying environmental engineering and I admire people who actually are good at becoming something that the society really needs to survive (instead of me, imagining that my pictures are important to make people think…?). I mentioned I always had thought I would work for the UN or at some smaller aid organisation, to make a difference and do something meaningful – while growing older I realized how corrupt even those organizations are and I started detest giving away money to charity, like paying the catholic church for cleaning you of your sins… it’s an easy fix to keep on living an “expendable” lifestyle, over consuming and clean your conscience when what we really need to do is to take a look in our closest environment, have time to stop and buy a sandwich or a blanket to that poor man sitting outside in -13 degrees – instead we rush by and think to ourselves “he probably has himself to blame”.

Why is it easier to care about starving kids in Africa while we’re ignoring the homeless in our own streets?

What happened to caring? Many times I catch myself being dragged in to the attitude that almost is the hallmark for our generation – don’t care too much about anything, just care enough to be political correct. Multitasking in commitment. The word solidarity has almost lost it’s meaning – it’s been associated with hippies and “unrealistic” ideas, like communism, the same way that feminism has become a word some women don’t even dare to take in their mouths because it would mean that you’re a butch and hate men? (How can you wanna be a free woman and not being a feminist please tell me)

Our generation has stopped caring, we think everyone else, the government, will deal with the important stuff so that we can just enjoy life – but then, isn’t commitment the most important thing in life? Passion? Interest? What will your life become if you don’t care about anything? and what society will we have to enjoy in if there’s nobody committing them selves to making it better…? It’s so easy for us today to live without participating in society – finally you’ve stopped caring so little, or forgot about how to make a change that you’ll let the wrong people rule and you’ll make it easy for evil men to cease power.

Then one day you’re watching SD, the Swedish Democrats, collecting all people in Sweden with “non-swedish” surnames being thrown out of the country and you’ll fear to raise your voice in protest.

We always believe we’re better than before, let’s not forget about the history, talk to more old people.

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Picture from Museo de la Memoria, Montevideo, of when they freed the female “rehenes” from the military at the end of the Uruguayan dictatorship, after 13 years of being held hostages and tortured to keep their families and fellows from raising their voices.

För blogg om reportaget på svenska, y a veces en español – http://www.diktaturensbarn.blogspot.se/