A caress for the sailing minds Silvervingen

A caress for the sailing minds Silvervingen, listen to the name! Surely it feels like a caress? The thought goes to a sheer butterfly with brittle wings. Silvervingen can also be a brand in silver, worn by conscripts during World War II. “Our” Silvervingen is something completely different. She is a long, narrow wooden sailboat dream that extends into a bay north of Örsbaken in Sörmland. The long, slender “Holmska” overhangs are reflected in the water and make every viewer catch their breath.

6 meter R-yacht S31 Silvervingen was built in 1939 according to the 1933 rule in the best Honduran mahogany. Tore Holm designed and Helmer “Hempa” Gustavsson built at home on Rotholmen in Lake Mälaren, even though Hägersten’s shipyard is officially the construction site. Silvervingen was originally a pure racing boat without any comfortable accommodation options. drawings from Tore, who then raced in a special class for -ruffered 6s.

Unfortunately, Silvervingen did not get a chance to show what she did for bigger races as a newcomer. The Great War got in the way and the racing was almost completely down during the years when the war raged. When it finally ended in 1945, she was already too old.

Silvervingen’s client and first agar was named Nils Gabel. He had a leading position at the carbon dioxide factory in Liljeholmen and was an agar for a whole range of benefits for several decades, all with the name Silvervingen. Most famous was Nils Gabel as the first Swede to buy land and settle in Torrevieja in Spain, where he sailed with his family in the 1960s in one of his many “Silvervingens”.

Once a sailor, always a sailor?

Silvervingen has regained its former glory thanks to its current agar Fredrik Lindqvist who fell in love with R6s in his 20s. “I saw a picture of an Estonian 6th as a team on a slip ”, Fredrik explains. Already as a newborn fl.ck he experienced the charm of sailing together with parents and big brother in everything from Neptune cruisers to Svea cruisers. He became quite tired of sailing and bat life and under the toner Fredrik preferred guitars and hard rock to the bat life coziness on the club island, but perhaps it is so that the one who has grown into the bat life from a young age is forever fixed? and the sea. For Fredrik’s part, his interest in sneaking back and since he is a handy man was the only alternative. The fact that she was also designed by Tore Holm, who is Fredrik’s favorite among yacht designers, led the purchase to hitherto unimaginable levels of happiness.

Office for form and craftsmanship

Since 2004, Fredrik Lindqvist has been a happy agar for the beautiful Silverwing. In 2005 she was in sight but Fredrik soon realized that there were some details that needed to be taken care of. In other words, the condition was not very urgent. In the rush of the same year, the hay was raised for an extensive renovation that came to a halt until 2013. The beautiful leap had been lost and the hay was completely straight in front of the mast. Trahats expert Harry Johans helped with the renovation plan and with a matte finish he suggested a raise of the foredeck by about 60 millimeters. The plywood hack was taken aback and the night of the horde-laying was cut off. The hanging rod was slowly raised by five millimeters a month until it had regained its original shape. Then it was the turn of the frame. 14 frames are left in the original and 70 have been converted to new ones. Everything that could be saved is left on Silvervingen, but a lot had to be saved. In addition to the deck and frame, Fredrik has changed the transom, manufactured new deck slides and beam trimmers, skarn decks, frames and middle fish. The hull has been glued at night, a new carbon plank and rudder rod have been fitted, the lifting holes have been replaced, the bottom logs and slabs have been renovated. In other words, Silvervingen is in top condition.

Fredrik was awarded the Gaff Yacht Society’s scholarship in 2013 for his recent renovation of a classic 6 meter R-yacht, designed by Tore Holm.

Helmer Gustavsson was an active racer. The picture was probably taken during the early 1920s. He built Silvervingen in Malaren, just outside Hagerstensvarvet, there is an o, no bigger than a cob, named Rotholmen. During the first half of the 20th century it was inhabited. On Rotholmen there was a summer cottage from the end of the 19th century and a small workshop. The boat builder Helmer “Hem pa” Gustavsson lived there with his wife. Hempa lived and worked on Rotholmen from 1927 until his death in 1969. There was no electricity or water. The only modern aid that Hempa used was a kerosene-powered band saw.

Despite simple circumstances, Hempa built a number of boats in his workshop. Among others Silvervingen. Today, nothing can be seen of the boatbuilding business that Helmer Gustavsson carried out on the small island. Some metal tins in the rock and stones suggest where the workshop was once a team. 

It is hard to imagine how R-yachts and Skargård cruisers could have been manufactured under such scarce conditions.

There was a lot of mischief in the area and Hempa was constantly worried about what might happen if he was paralyzed. After his death in 1969, everything was burned down by a pyromaniac. Hempa’s wife’s granddaughter Leif Liljekvist lived his first 13 years together with his grandmother and her husband. It is Leif who lent his pictures of Helmer and his workshop.

Silverwingen today