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Posted on 26. Sep, 2007 by Ryan.
Photo Credits: Saab Sailing Cup / Saab Automobile Poland
Saab Automobile Poland are wrapping up the summer long 2007 Saab Sailing Cup program after completing the recent SPRAY CUP regatta this past weekend, Sept. 22nd-23rd, 2007 in Warsaw, Poland. The final event will take place this coming weekend , the 28th and 29th of September.
Here are some excellent photos that capture this engagement which appear to be sporting two teams amongst many other competitors, which are both the SAAB team as well as the Saab BioPower team. The SAAB team is an all-male team while the Saab BioPower team is all-female. If the BioPower sailboat has an inboard motor, I sure hope that they are running a BioPowered motor in that thing given their team name emblazoned on the side of the boat.
I have sent an e-mail into Saab Automobile Poland for a press release, but I have not yet received a response. I have also sent in an e-mail to the Saab Club of Poland for some translations of this website, so please be patient.
Is Saab trying to reconnect to their roots of competing in the marine industry as a connection to the SAAB boats they made back in 1944? Please post your comments below.
For more information about this promotional engagement that Saab Automobile Poland has been involved in, please visit their website.
Posted on 30. Nov, 2006 by Ryan.
In 1944, believe it or not, Saab made a number of boats too, 250 in fact.
Here is a passage from the book “The Saab Spirit”
“A graveyard of Saab shot skywards like its planes. The seemingly inevitable World War came and, when its end was finally in sight, the firm’s director’s Ragnar Wahrgren and Sven Otterbeck started to think about alternatives. Who would need fighter planes once the war was over? It appeared to be more lucrative to build light and durable rowing boats out of aluminum rather than planes. Seriously, in 1944 this idea was top of the list in plans for the future of Saab – ahead of prefabricated houses and built-in kitchen equipment.
But instead of ending, the ware flared up again even more violently and drove away these ideas. Prefabricated houses, kitchen equipment and light aluminum boats went down the drain.
The decision not to build boats was not a difficult one for the plane manufacturers. They built 250 of these little aluminum craft with a pair of small aerofoils under the boat and they sold a few in Africa but it was just not possible to turn them into a profitable business. The boats were good on the water but not on the market. Saab concluded its excursion into the boat building business industry and scuttled the small aluminum boats. The traces of this nautical escapade disappered with a short gurgle. They can still be viewed by experienced divers: the graveyard of the small aluminum boats is on the bottom of Lake VÃ¤nern near TrollhÃ¤ttan.
Here is the lake where a number of these boats are stilll apparently located in.
For more information on Lake VÃ¤nern, visit. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C3%A4nern
Magnus Bjork, a Saab Enthusiast in France owns a Saab boat.
Here is what he says about it.
This is the oldest SAAB that I have. It is an original SAAB made aluminium boat, it has
“serial” number 26
For more information about Magnus Bjork’s website, visit http://mbjork.home.cern.ch/mbjork/
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