Swedish pensioner to cross globe in 10-foot boat
SWEDEN: Sven Yrvind has always swum against the tide. When the
73-year-old Swedish sailor and adventurer was asked to give a talk in
front of the Swedish king and queen, he refused because he wouldn't get
paid. "They (the organisers) told me that doing it was considered an
honour," he scoffed.
The lecture went ahead a few months later after an oil millionaire
stepped in and paid Yrvind, which means "whirlwind," his fee. But even
then, he refused to don the black tailcoat organisers wanted him to
"Even five minutes before I was about to enter the room, they had a
tailcoat there for me to wear. 'Wear this, otherwise everybody will look
at you,' they said," Yrvind recalled.