This website contains stories and scenes from our voyages across the Baltic region, seeking adventure aboard our 31-foot Hallberg-Rassy Monsun sailboat Isabell. Climb aboard to share our voyages, read articles on cruising, ideas on fitting out your sailboat, and tips on the art of cruising under sail. In 2012 we added the listing with all known Monsun boats, the Monsun Registry which became a very popular theme, and you find it under the links below.
Sailing is great fun. The combination of relaxing, sail trimming, navigating remote places, and the beauty of getting somewhere without burning fuel gives a nice sense of fulfilment. The 5-knot average speed of a Monsun is a perfect way to relax and sail. It is also fun sharing a passion with those who have found theirs in similar boats.
What is it that makes us want to sail the blue water, out of sight from land? Freedom, space, starry skies at night, or just the sound and smell of the waves beating the hull of our boat at a steady rhythm? The beauty of it all is different to each individual. Just being at sea can seem boring, with water all around, as far as you can see. But the ever-changing sea-surface characteristics are enchanting and are my research interest. The challenge that blue water sailing provides creates a feeling of individual satisfaction.
With Isabell stationed in the heart of the Baltic region we have sailed to many prime Baltic locations. For some nice information about sailing to the Baltic from the North Sea, and great tips about Baltic Sea visits, we recommend the following website in the UK: Kissen, the Baltic Cruise.
During the summer we made several short trips here and there. For two weeks the captain sailed single-handed between Stockholm and Kalmar on the Swedish eastcoast. Lots of wind, waves, and miles to enjoy.
The summer of 2015 we sailed Isabell from Stockholm to Gotland, over to Latvia (Pävilosta), and along the Latvian coast into and around the Gulf of Riga, north to Estonia, past the islands of Saaremaa, Muhu, and Hiiumaa, and back to Stockholm. 813 sea miles of exiting sailing adventure. Read more...
The summer of 2014 we roamed the Stockholm Archipelago. Special about sailing in the Baltic region is the absence of tidal water. This makes sailing so much less complicated. Another advantage is that coasts in many places consist of hundreds of small islands, where some fabulous anchoring spots can be found. During the summertime, the nearly 24-hour daylight makes night navigation a daytime feast. So don't hesitate and visit the Baltic Sea region by boat! See also Kissen, the Baltic Cruise.
The summer of 2013 Isabell sailed south to Bornholm (DK) and Christiansoe (DK), and back to Stockholm, sailing through the amazing archipelago along the Swedish eastern coast. When back in Stockholm we had experienced a sailing adventure along 756 nautical miles of wind and salty water.
The summer of 2012 Isabell sailed north, all the way around the Bay of Bothnia, 1220 nautical miles of cruising adventure. We sailed via the islands of Åland to the towns Vaasa and Kemi in Finland. Then on to Haparanda, Northern Sweden, just south of the Eurasian Arctic Circle, at 65°N 24°E. From there we sailed back to Stockholm, following the Swedish coast for 29 days. see slideshow
Find some Monsun information in Swedish by following the Swedish link at the top of this page. Here you will find downloadable copies of the original Swedish Monsun Newsletters from the 1970´s and 1980´s. Enjoy!
This website contains a listing of all known Hallberg Rassy 31 Monsun boats; the Monsun Registry. Make sure you announce your Monsun, and help find the missing ones
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We are putting together a picture collection of beautiful Monsuns. Email us the most favorite picture of your Monsun, and we will post it in the collection. Mention ship´s name and hull number when you send it, please
And here are some recent statistics from the Monsun Registry
Did you know that Monsun has its own page on Facebook? And that many Monsun owners are so pleased with their vessel, that the average ownership lasts over 20 years? These are some of the facts about this amazing little boat.
In January 2016 this website was updated to handle reading and searching from mobile devices. We hope this simplifies reading our pages on different devices.