The Crew

We are a Swedish couple with the dream to sail around the world. We bought our sailboat Anne-Mon in August 2018 as a renovation project (read more about our sailboat HERE). We are working as much as we can to get the boat (and ourselves) ready to sail around the world and on this blog we will share all our work. But this page is not about the boat, it is about us and what we have done before starting this project! šŸ™‚

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We met at university were we both studied Vehicle engineering at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) in Stockholm. We started talking about sailing around the world early on. When we both had graduated we could start saving money and buy our sailboat to make the dream to sail around the world come true.

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Before starting to renovate Anne-Mon we have done a lot of work on the ship Aline. We love to spend the summers in the Stockholm archipelago on Aline, either just the two of us or with a couple of friends. If you want to know more about our ship, check out our blog post about her; HERE.

The ship Aline on an autumn tour to the Stockholm archipelago.
The ship Aline when we went for a tour to the Stockholm archipelago, in the summer of 2018, with some friends.

Thomas

Name: Thomas Larsson

Born: May 22 1991

Occupation: Electronic engineer

Interests: Boats, Electronics, Mechanics

I grew up in a suburb area outside of Stockholm. During my early years I played a lot of soccer and I spent a lot of time in the archipelago of Stockholm with my family and friends. My interest for different kind of vehicles started at an early age. I bought my first boat, a sailboat, together with a friend when we were 15 years old. It was a Monark 700.

After finishing high school I started to study Vehicle Engineering at KTH in 2010. In 2011 I bought another boat with another friend. It was an old fishing boat, which was in quite bad shape when we bought it. We renovated the boat and the engine to get it in a good condition. The fishing boat were used frequently during the summer months in the Stockholm archipelago, together with some friends. Most of the time to the sauna on the island Ostholmen or to the village of Sandhamn.

In 2015, when I was almost finished with my university studies I bought Aline. A 22-meter long ship made of steel and a background as a military vessel. Aline needed some renovation as well, to become a comfortable ship to spend some time on. One major job we did was to change a big part of the keel since it was rusty.

At university I got a degree in Vehicle Engineering and a Master of Science in Mechatronics. After finishing university I started working as an electronic engineer.

The fishing boat.
Aline in the dry dock where we changed a big part of the keel.

Why do you want toĀ sail around the world?

I want to explore new places and take on the challenges a trip like this entails.

What are your strengths?

My strengths for this trip lays in my engineering interest and my knowledge about engines, electronics and mechanics. This way we will, hopefully, be able to do almost all the work ourselves.

10 quick questions

Spring or Autumn

Wind or Water

Comedy or Thriller

Beer or Wine

Morning or Evening

Beach with cliffs or Beach with sand

Sunbathing or Swimming

Chocolate or Vanilla

City or Countryside

Pizza or Hamburger

Petra

Name:Ā Petra Hesselmar

Born:Ā August 2 1992

Occupation: Embedded Software Engineer

Interests: Geography, weather, food, yoga, books

I was born in the west coast of Sweden, close to Gothenburg, but moved to the southern part of Sweden, SkƄne, when I was eight years old. In SkƄne we lived on a farm with my parents and my little sister, and we had a lot of horses. My passion in life was my horses and my sister and I started early to compete in show jumping. Since we had a lot of horses it meant a lot of work taking care of them and training them, which was what we did most of our spare time after school. One of my horses was called Anne-Mon, and she is the namesake for our boat.

In 2011, after finishing high school, I moved to Stockholm to start studying Vehicle Engineering at KTH in Stockholm. During my university years I arranged a lot of parties and other fun activities. The years went by fast and in 2017 I graduated with a degree in Vehicle Engineering and a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics. The same year I started working as a Software developer in Embedded Systems towards the Telecom industry, which is my current occupation.

I didnā€™t have very much experience of boats before Thomas bought Aline. After that I have learned a lot but still have a lot to learn about sailing.

Me and Anne-Mon at a show jumping competition in 2008. She isĀ unfortunately not alive any more. We named our sail-boat after her, she was a very kind and good horse.
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Enjoying a summer evening on the ship Aline in the Stockholm archipelago.

Why do you want to sail around the world?

I want to travel to places you might not normally visit, and you have the freedom to choose where to go without leaving ā€œhomeā€. I am also fascinated by the idea of being in the ocean and not see land for some time. It will probably be quite a challenge, but it must be wonderful to watch the sunrise/sunset in the middle of an ocean.

What are your strengths?

Positive and adaptive, interest in weather and geography.

10 quick questions

Spring or Autumn

Wind or Water

Comedy or Thriller

Beer or Wine

Morning or Evening

Beach with cliffs or Beach with sand

Sunbathing or Swimming

Chocolate or Vanilla

City or Countryside

Pizza or Hamburger

Hope you’ll enjoy our blog and follow or dream to sail around the world!

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  2. Hello Petra and Thomas,

    I also have a 39 ft ketch and a lot of dreams. I have bought it from Gullspang and I started a journey towards Aegean sea with it (Vannern-Gothenburg-Helsinborg-Copenhagen-Lubeck-Hannover-Duisburg-Koblenz-Frankfurt and now she is in Wurzburg). Due to the big efforts up the Rhine, my Volvo Penta MD19 68 HP needs a new cylinder head gasket. I saw that you have repaired yours and maybe you can give me an advice: The gaskets I have found on internet have the diameter 94 mm, but the cylinders of the engine have a diameter of 88 mm. Is it ok? For example I found this: https://www.autodoc24.ro/ajusa/7244475

    Thanks a lot!

    Calin

    1. Hi, think you can use that one, we bought this kit from Der Franzose: https://www.franzose.de/en/Peugeot/Alle/Motordichtsaetze/ANR71134/
      and it says bore diameter 94mm which is the same as you were looking at and it has worked for us (so far, fingers crossed).

      Fun to hear about your boat, good luck with both it and the engine and future sailing adventures. If you have any further questions regarding the renovation, feel free to ask.

      /Petra & Thomas

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