This is a copy of one of our early Senta II blog entries.


That's a very long story.


The short version is of course that Senta was the girl who finally saved the Flying Dutchman from his eternal sailing curse.  Playing Wagner's Flying Dutchman while sailing is awesome !


The long version goes back to my grandfather, lektor Sven Grenander.  He was a sailor with his brother since his childhood.  When it came time for him to get his doctorate he had to petition the king because he wanted to do it in meteorology,  a first in Sweden at the time.  He got dispensation and did his thesis (in German) explaining the physics of the sea breeze.


Later he somehow convinced the Swedish government to pay his expenses to sail up and down the Swedish coast to take magnetic readings during the summer.  What was even better was that he would take up to a dozen well-to-do boys with him to teach them sailing and their parents paid for the educational experience.  Quite a few of those boys later became famous mariners in their own right,  both merchant marine and navy.  One of them went down as the captain of his ore-carrying freighter,  sunk by a Russian sub during WW II,  while my grandfather was watching through binoculars from the summer house.


He wrote a rather successful text on the wonders of sailing and cruising (plus several other books).  In 1923 he founded the Swedish Cruising Club (Svenska Kryssarklubben, SXK) which today is the largest individual member boat club in the world with 40-43,000 members through Sweden,  the rest of Scandinavia,  the other Nordic countries and Germany: http://sxk.se .


His most beautiful boat was a 70'+ yawl named Senta.  When he went to Germany to pick her up during the war he almost ended up with her sunk under him as a French frigate charged thinking she was a German enemy ship,  but somehow it worked out.  Later during the war he sold her but there were stories that she was still sailing down off Africa,  carrying freight,  in the 60's and 70's.  Around 1996 a guy contacted me because I had posted a picture of her and her name on a web site and he recognized her as the boat that a relative of his had owned in the Caribbean in the 80's.


My grandfather and I spent a lot of time together talking about sailing and the oceans and I have his collection of logbooks in the cabinet.  He was a really neat guy,  very formal and eccentric too.


So Senta will sail on as Senta II with a new Sven Grenander.

Why did we Name her Senta ?