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 – Jungfruskär – harbour

105 Rocks – Jungfruskär – harbour

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

                  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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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 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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Interview with Martin Edge, skipper of Zophiel

Interview with Martin Edge, skipper of Zophiel

It is my great pleasure to introduce a new guest blogger here on Sail in Finland. The guest blogger is professor Martin Edge from the UK, skipper of the Vancouver 27 sail boat Zophiel. Martin is also the author of  ”Bobbing to the Baltic“, a book about sailing from Edinburgh to the Baltic. The book is […]

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Other Recent Posts

105 Rocks – Enklinge – guest harbour

105 Rocks – Enklinge – guest harbour

| 2014/03/10 | 0 Comments

This pleasant guest harbour, where you use your own stern anchor, was very well sheltered from the strong northerlies we had when I was there. It might be a bit crap in strong south easterlies, but you’d probably be OK round the north side of the long pontoon. There’s just a composting bog and, of […]

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105 Rocks – Kökar – guest harbour

105 Rocks – Kökar – guest harbour

| 2014/03/10 | 0 Comments

It’s a somewhat convoluted trail into this harbour on Kökar (ed. note: the harbour is called Karlby, there are two other harbour on the north side of the island of Kökar), but most of it is marked with painted leading lines. By the time you get in you have the impression of having turned round […]

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105 Rocks – Sottunga – guest harbour

105 Rocks – Sottunga – guest harbour

| 2014/03/10 | 0 Comments

In July Sottunga was properly busy. There’s a small harbour to the east and a substantial pontoon to which you tie with the use of a stern anchor to the west. I went for the latter. At first I was more or less convinced that the place was full. Boats were packed shoulder to shoulder […]

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