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Elin Petersson har intagit Rr59 år 2009 Hanna Liljebäck intog också Rr59 2009
Elin Petersson (2009) and Hanna Liljebäck (2009) at the stone Nº 59. A goal often dreamt of.

As a paddler reaches Haparanda after start in Svinesund the memory bank is highly enriched by experiences and impressions from the tour. The route might seem to be the same for everyone, but weather condition gives an obvious variation. There is however one way we most often share with others who also have made the distance. This is the gate in to Stråkvägen 24 in Solna where Jim Danielsson lives with his Gun. The jury meeting with the paddler is waiting.

Pasi Airike on his way to his jury meeting 2009
This might be the most well known passage to a HBB-paddler that Pasi Airike is about to open with his jury meeting at hand. The gate in to Stråkvägen 24 and we all remember how tension and expectation increased.

If we have announced our paddling from Svinesund at the Norwegian border along the entire Swedish coast to Haparanda at the Finnish border the log book isn’t telling all. After reaching the goal at landmark 59, comes most often reverberations of different kinds. One reverberation is obvious. A meeting with theHBB- jury will round off the tour. It isn’t enough saying that we have landed at Virtakari to be an approved conqueror of Havspaddlarnas Blå Band. We have to prove that we have paddled the estimated 2300 kilometres at our own capacity and skill according to the rules and followed those.
When this has happened the members of the HBB jury find great joy to in company with the paddlers celebrate their achievements. We like to memorize them all and have now started this page. It started 2007 as a try and became a habit from 2008. A page we hope more than us find interest in.

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5 x HBB

During the past years, since Jim Danielsson’s first tour 1991, many have paddled HBB one time or more and here are images from those meetings. At first however a glimpse from the five folded conquerors.


The five folded-quartet: Bengt Larsson year 2008 | Jim Danielsson year 2009 | Leif Andersson year 2009 | Peter Magnusson year 2014
 

 

6 x HBB

Year 2014 was the tart golden yellow as the times someone had paddled HBB increased to six. We congratulate Jim for his efforts that probably a record hard to beat.
The year after - 2015 - got Jim company by Peter in this group of six-folded conquerors and the tart was brown.


Jim Danielsson år 2014 - Peter Magnusson år 2015

 

 

2021- Conquerors this Year
 

MARIE EKLÖF  &  BEN STRENGELL


 

Approved by the jury 2021 October 03
 

In due order was this 148th jury meeting opened with probably same excitement to members of the jury as to the paddlers. That was only to close the eyes might Marie have thought.
To the meeting had chairman Sven Berggren and members of the jury represented by Thorvald Nielsen, Peter Sjödin and naturally also Jim Danielsson paid attention. The jury was very impressed by the clear way the tour was shown by Marie & Ben. That much as the camera was forgotten until the meeting was ended.
Now remained however to receive the miniature-kayak handed over by Jim.

 

 
Further photos from the meeting will be found at their homepage if you click -
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THOMAS OLSSON

Approved by the jury 2021 Oktober 19
 

It was today time for Thomas to stand before the jury where Sven Berggren, Jim Danielsson, Thorvald Nielsen, and Peter Sjödin had gathered. A heavy jury who should scrutinise the tour according to our rules.

Thomas, who often leads kayak tours in Helsingborg, has the skill in standing in front of several persons and felt welcome as he arrived. A good start.

In his charts, Thomas had marked his luck clearly and was able to account for his breaks in addition to night camps. During the tour, the weather had been very different. Wind and rain were an almost constant spice. Yet he had only once had to realize that it was windy more than he could challenge. He often paddled the immediate way across bays. However, once he had to deviate from the intended course. The deviation was planned when he paddled in to Piteå. He had to visit a store. The provisions were over and there was still some way to go to the finish. Certainly, was it with pleasure he reached at Virtakari.

Notes were closely followed in the logbook against plotted continuous lines from Svinesund to Haparanda. No errors or doubts were observed. Therefore, the Jury could in good conscience approve Thomas HBB's turn. Thomas then received the desired miniature kayak. A pleasant moment with accompanying coffee and some stories ended this 149th meeting. Unfortunately, we were unable to follow Thomas in any blog during hi tour, but our congratulations he has.


 

LILJA NIKULASDOTTIR

Approved by the jury 2021 November 09

 







 

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