Sensa is built to the International 5 Meter rule:
( L + √S - F - 0.5 B ) : 2 = 5.
L length;S sail area; F freeboard; B beam.
All Int. 5 Meter boats have this measurement in common, but no boat is the same.
Sensa is an early 5 Meter, no 11. There were over a hundred made in Sweden alone. She is one of the longest boats in her class, but was quickly surpassed by newer designs coming along in the 1940's.
She stopped racing and became a cabin cruiser. She changed hands 15 times before I got her and I have the names she changed into and the names of all previous owners. I have owned her longest and am the only non Swede so far.
She was commissioned in 1936 by the KSSS, the Royal Swedish Sailing Association, as a price draw for the 1937 AGM, along with 5 other boats. There is a half model of her in the KSSS Clubhouse in Sandhamn.
She is made of Honduras Mahogany on oak ribs. Erik Nilsson designed her, a private man, with several Square Meter Boats to his name and only one other 5 Meter, S 18 Yrsa, same length, 9,55.
Out of the 100 boats there are 3 boats 5 cm longer than her. All the important Baltic
designers have drawn 5 Meters, people like Knud Reimers; Tore Holm, Arvid Laurin; etc.
Only once Sensa proudly won the BCYC Round the Island Race in the Racing Boat Class in front of 6 and 8 Meters and 2 Clyde Linear 30's (finishing transom first ). It was an extraordinary year 2007, the
100th year of the Meter Rule and Sensa beat the reigning National Champion of Sweden who came over to Cowes for the occasion. Not by boat speed, nor pointing ability, but these guys had never sailed on
tidal water. This was her sweet revenge to a more advanced design and a much later sail number. Since the last years of the 20th Century she sports her original race configuration again, and her initial name,
all brought back by the previous owner, slight changes remain.
When I met the great grandson of the first owner who came to Cowes in 2007 to celebrate the Meter Rule, crewing a modern 6 Meter, he told me that all the boats in his family are called Sensa, even his own Laser.
He did not however know the provenance of the name. We see that often in Sweden, that a name goes with a family and when the boats are sold on, the name has to change.
The 8 Meter Athena was first called Ilderin.
Int. 5 Meters are a more economical version of the 6 Meter Class, only slightly shorter, not more then 3 foot, but half the displacement. The draft is restricted to 1.10 meter by Class Rule. A small rig set
forward in the boat, a short boom; a high narrow main sail and a 200% genoa. The helmsman sits behind the swing of the boom. I am afraid that the teak deck I had put in, is very unoriginal, she might be the only 5 M. with a teak deck! She is a simple and elegant craft and it is a pleasure to sail her.
|Owner:||Cornelius van Rijckevorsel|
|Class:||Int 5. Metre Boat|
|Builder:||Kungsors Betvarv Sweden|
|Hull Frames:||Steamed Oak & Steel|
|Sail Material:||Dacron / Cotton|
|Deck & Superstructure:||xxx|
|Interior:||Stripped Race Boat|
|Mast Configuration:||xxx spreaders|