Ohlson Brothers: Bringing the past to life
Published on January 6th, 2020
At the end of the 1940s, naval architects Einar and Carl-Eric Ohlson delivered boat designs for design contests but requests for design work started to flow in heavily after their 5.5m IC Hojwa won a bronze medal at the 1952 Olympic Games at Helsinki, Finland.
This early success established their names internationally as the 5.5m boats became the formula one in world class sailing from the beginning of the 1950s until the end of the 1960s.
At each of the Olympic Games between 1952 and 1968, one of their boats was sailed to an Olympic medal. In parallel to these successes in racing, cruiser/racers were developed for sailors and won international recognition in racing and cruising.
The work of the Ohlson Brothers forms an essential element of the Swedish boat building and sailing legacy, with The Ohlson Project (TOP) seeking to revive this legend by bringing the past to life.
As part of this work, more than 1 600 drawings have been collected for digital storage along with producing a five minute video.