Services for sailors

Isokari lighthouse

Isokari lighthouse

The Isokari lighthouse (Enskär in Swedish) is the second oldest lighthouse in Finland. The lighthouse was built in 1833 and is still in use. The lighthouse (and the island Isokari) lie on the northern border of the Archipelago Sea. North of the island starts the Gulf of Bothnia. Isokari one of the many lighthouses in Finland […]

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Turku marina alternatives, the yacht clubs

Turku marina alternatives, the yacht clubs

Turku (Åbo) is the 6th biggest city in Finland and the main city in the western archipelago. Turku offers everything you could expect from a major city: shopping, night life, culture and much more. The main marina in is very conveniently located in the city center on the western shore of the Aura river. It […]

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Stories from Finland

A comparison to the British Channel Islands

A comparison to the British Channel Islands

6 years ago I was lucky enough to move to Finland from Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands. I had come from a rich boating experience, spread over a number of years: learning from my father, then gradually sailing solo, later with friends and then my wife and son. The craft I have gained a […]

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HSS Classic Symposium 2014 – presentation videos

HSS Classic Symposium 2014 – presentation videos

The HSS yacht club (Helsingfors Segelsällskap) arranges an annual symposium on classic yachts at Helsinki International Boat Show, the HSS Classic Symposium 2014. This time the theme of the symposium was breakthrough classics. Robbe & Berking Classics Sönke Stich, CEO of Robbe & Berking Classics talks about the history of the boat yard completed and […]

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Great sailing locations

105 Rocks – Boskär – anchorage

105 Rocks – Boskär – anchorage

This one’s a bit of a cheat, as I didn’t actually stay here. I did however go ashore, albeit briefly. I found reference to a nature reserve harbour here with good mooring by stern anchor to a quay, with composting bog provided. Obviously everyone else knew something I didn’t, since when I arrived there was […]

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105 Rocks – Västerön – natural harbour

105 Rocks – Västerön – natural harbour

This was a properly off-piste rock wot I found. It’d be crap in any sort of northerly, but was very pleasant in the south westerly I had. Sheltered yet with open views. When I first arrived, with my normal paranoia, I thought there might be a good reason why nobody else was there, as Zoph […]

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Safe sailing

An organised crew is the first step to a successful sailing holiday – part 2

An organised crew is the first step to a successful sailing holiday – part 2

An organised crew is the first step to a successful sailing holiday. It’s not always easy to prove yourself as a skipper and gain authority on-board when your crew consists of friends, work mates or family who you live with in a different way in daily life. But a boat is a boat and as the skipper, you DO […]

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An organised crew is the first step to a successful sailing holiday – part 1

An organised crew is the first step to a successful sailing holiday – part 1

An organised crew is the first step to a successful sailing holiday. It’s not always easy to prove yourself as a skipper and gain authority on-board when your crew consists of friends, work mates or family who you live with in a different way in daily life. But a boat is a boat and as the skipper, you DO […]

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Interviews

Interview with Greg Ward

Interview with Greg Ward

One of the great times to meet other sailors is during the spring service of your boat. Last spring I met Greg Ward in the marina in Pargas when I was getting our sailing boat ready for the summer. Between waxing and painting we had some great conversations with Greg about the differences between sailing […]

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Interview with Incila Oezmert from Sailvation

Interview with Incila Oezmert from Sailvation

The sailing season in Finland is slowly coming to an end so planning next year’s sailing can therefore start! To help you prepare for future yacht charter tours, Sail in Finland has the pleasure of introducing a new guest blogger. Incila Oezmert from Sailvation is a real sailing and chartering multi-talent. She has done pretty much […]

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Other Recent Posts

105 Rocks – Parattula – guest harbour

105 Rocks – Parattula – guest harbour

| 2014/03/22 | 0 Comments

I fled here when a north westerly gale was forecast and it’s hard to imagine a more sheltered marina. Even before the approach you feel like you’ve left the sea behind and the reedy channel in, lined with casually tied up wee speedboats, looks almost impossibly narrow (see photo below). It’s not though and despite […]

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105 Rocks – Jungfruskär – harbour

105 Rocks – Jungfruskär – harbour

| 2014/03/21 | 0 Comments

I was here a couple of times. By coincidence it was exactly a year apart, on 12th July 2012 and 12th July 2013. The first time I was superbly sheltered from a south westerly by nudging deep into the east side of the long guest quay, into the shallows beyond all the other boats that […]

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105 Rocks – Lappo – guest harbour

105 Rocks – Lappo – guest harbour

| 2014/03/21 | 0 Comments

                  Lappo was well enough sheltered from the north west really, and there’s stern buoys to pick up so you don’t have to rely on your anchor. These buoys, however, were my problem when I was there. With a strong cross-wind, Zoph blew over one of them […]

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