Stories from Finland

Viaporin Tuoppi – yacht race for wooden boats

Viaporin Tuoppi – yacht race for wooden boats

Viaporin Tuoppi, just the Tuoppi among friends,  is one of the biggest races for sailing yachts in Finland and the biggest race for wooden yachts in northern Europe. Viaporin Tuoppi means “the pint of Viapori” and Viapori in turn is an old Finnish name for the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress in Helsinki. Each year the race collects up towards 200 sailing […]

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ARC Baltic Rally 2014

ARC Baltic Rally 2014

The World Crusing Club (of Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, ARC, fame) has expanded into many new seas and oceans. This year the Club added the Baltic Sea to their list of rally destinations with the introduction of the ARC Baltic Rally 2014. The ARC Baltic took a fleet of of 27 yachts on a grand […]

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Marinas and harbors

Reposaari

Reposaari

Most Finnish cities on the sea shores or on the lakes have sprung up around a harbor. As cities grow, these inner-city harbors become coveted building plots and the harbors with their authentic and often rough neighborhoods disappear. The city of Pori is an exception. Pori sits on the estuary of the river Kokemäki, quite far from […]

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105 Rocks – Kuorsalo – harbour

105 Rocks – Kuorsalo – harbour

I arrived here on the way back from the Russian border and in pleasant, calm conditions it was a great spot. Since it was empty I was able to go alongside the substantial concrete quay. There was enough water for Zoph but you’d not need to go too far in. If it was busier you […]

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Great sailing destinations

Saimaa Canal boating guide

Saimaa Canal boating guide

The Lake Saimaa waterways provide some of the most enchanting inland boating in the world. With thousands of nautical miles of marked channels, thousands of islands and great boating services (almost 100 marinas), Lake Saimaa is like no other boating destination. One of the best kept secrets of Lake Saimaa is that you can quite […]

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The Bothnian Sea National Park

The Bothnian Sea National Park

If one would have to give one reason to sail north along the Finnish coast of the Sea of Bothnia, then that would have to be the nature. Fortunately the Finnish government also understood this and formed significant parts of the sensitive archipelago into the Bothnian Sea National Park  as recently as in 2011. The National […]

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Safe sailing

Responsible use of fire

Responsible use of fire

The “Everyman’s right” in Finland gives locals and tourists alike access to the fantastic nature in Finland. You are quite free to roam the country with a boat or on foot and enjoy the best that the Finnish nature has to offer. One of the most prevalent misconceptions of the everyman’s right is that it […]

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Emergency sail repair and preventive maintenance

Emergency sail repair and preventive maintenance

Sails are put under a lot of stress when used. The wind tears at them, the sun fries them with UV radiation and rain drenches them. No wonder sails rip now and then. If you are close to home, you probably have your own sailmaker available for repairs, but what if you are on a […]

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Interviews

ARC Baltic experience, interview with Tina and Richard Exley

ARC Baltic experience, interview with Tina and Richard Exley

The World Crusing Club (of Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, ARC, fame) organized their first Baltic rally in August 2014. I had the pleasure of joining the rally for a couple of days as the fleet made its way from Helsinki to Mariehamn (see my account of the trip here). I sailed with Tina and Richard […]

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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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Services for boats and boaters

Restaurant l’Escale in Nagu – how a restaurant created a sailing destination

Restaurant l’Escale in Nagu – how a restaurant created a sailing destination

Nagu as a tourist destination and the Nagu Marina are the number one destinations of the Finnish archipelago. About 8000 boats visited Nagu in 2012 during a couple of hectic months that make up the short summer season. Nagu has many attractions, but one of the most important ones is the wide variety of high […]

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Yacht charter in Finland

Yacht charter in Finland

Despite the great sailing in Finland, yacht chartering is by no means a mega industry in Finland like it is in the Med or in the Caribbean. The fleet of even the biggest charter companies in Finland would barely fill a single pier in one of the gigantic charter marinas around the world. And this is precisely […]

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Other Recent Posts

105 Rocks – Haapasaari – guest harbour

105 Rocks – Haapasaari – guest harbour

| 2014/06/17 | 0 Comments

As well as the ridiculous number of spare ‘A’s, this is one of the two border points for heading to and from Russia. It seems to be the standard immigration port for folk who are heading for St Petersburg. The border post is the quay in the south west corner of the island. If staying […]

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105 Rocks – Kaunissaari – guest harbour

105 Rocks – Kaunissaari – guest harbour

| 2014/06/17 | 0 Comments

This is a pleasant, sandy island with a twee village, nice walks and a proper guest harbour with reasonable berthing fees, showers, leccy etc. It was quite full when I arrived in thick, thick fog and an onshore force 5 blowing. In these conditions the approach was pretty hairy. I could only see the cardinal […]

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105 Rocks – Lillfjärden – natural harbour

105 Rocks – Lillfjärden – natural harbour

| 2014/06/14 | 0 Comments

This is another free nature reserve harbour with stern buoys. There’s not many spaces and you’ll have to squeeze around the end of the wooden quay that pokes out from the reedy shore. I was the first boat there and was joined by only one other. Ashore there’s a composting bog and a very elaborate […]

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