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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

Cruising guides for Finland

Cruising guides for Finland

 Cruising guide books The selection of cruising guides for Finland is very limited. One book series has dominated the market for as long as I can remember. It is “The great harbour book” series published by the Turun Partio-Sissit sea scout troop from Turku. They have a series of 5 guides, covering the northern Baltic Sea (Finland, […]

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Anchoring and landing restrictions in Finland

Anchoring and landing restrictions in Finland

  One of the best things about sailing in Finland is that you can anchor or land quite freely. A safe harbor or a beautiful lunch stop is often no further away than the nearest island or shore (and they are always close at hand). Anchoring is however not permitted everywhere and this guide to anchoring restrictions […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Services for boats and boaters

Leaving your boat in Finland for the winter

Leaving your boat in Finland for the winter

 It’s no secret that Finland is a bit peripherally located at the far end of the Baltic sea, but the slightly remote location is part of the charm of Finland, the Mediterranean-like crowds are nowhere to be seen and sailing is just that little bit more of an adventure. The downside of course is that it takes […]

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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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Other Recent Posts

Responsible use of fire

Responsible use of fire

| 2014/07/10 | 0 Comments

 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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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 […]

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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 […]

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