2017 Plans

One of the reasons for creating this website was to be able to offer other sailors the opportunity to sail a classic boat in her home waters.  Since our children grew up they’ve had less time for sailing, although they still help out when they can.  For most of the last ten years the crew has been just two of us, and in 2014 my wife retired from sailing, so I set up this website to find suitable volunteer crew.

Since you’d be doing me an enormous favour by offering to come and crew we aren’t making any charges, this is a great opportunity to sail a classic boat.

To see the routes below on the chart go to Sailmate Link for a chart on which you can follow the plans.

Korybant – Proposed cruises 2017

The only spaces left are two spaces from 21 July to 1 August, starting and ending in Stockholm, and exploring the Stockholm Archipelago, and one space from 19 to 26 August for a final cruise around the Turku Archipelago.

Timetable

CruiseStart dateEnd dateDaysBerths FreeCrew (plus David)
Arrive Lovisa, collect, fit out21/05/201726/05/20170
Fit-out Cruise, Lovisa to Helsinki31/05/201702/06/201721 EB
Helsinki Open Days02/06/201704/06/201720
A - Helsinki-Hanko05/06/20178/06/201731JI
A - Hanko-Turku08/06/201711/06/201731JI
Turku Open Days11/06/201713/06/20170
B - Early Archipelago Cruise14/06/201721/06/201772
Johannus - Midsummer Break21/06/201728/06/201770
C - Turku - Mariehamn via N Aland30/06/201711/07/2017110TR, EL
D - Mariehamn - Stockholm11/07/201720/07/201790EB, PR
E- Cancelled21/07/201701/08/2017110Cancelled
Stockholm Break02/08/201710/08/201770
F - Family Cruise10/08/201719/08/201790HO, MF
G - Final Turku Archipelago cruise19/08/201726/08/201771JM
Laying up (Turku)27/08/201731/08/201740

 

This is the final list of cruises for 2017.  The planned cruises and the timetable may change a bit, as volunteers get fitted into the grand plan.  Please start by looking at the planned timetable above, which shows which cruises are booked, and which still have spaces left.

Please remember that we don’t set out to thrash to windward in a force 6 wind for 8 hours, this is supposed to be fun, and that means that our plans will change if the weather doesn’t cooperate.

In particular this means that we can’t guarantee to get you back to the stated end-point of the cruise.  We’ll do our best, but it’s always our decision whether to sail or not.  What we will try very hard to do is to make sure that you can catch your return flight if you’ve come from outside Finland.  This may mean that we have to put you on a ferry or other public transport (at your expense, but ferries are usually free to foot passengers) within a timetable which should allow you to catch your plane.

The cruises described below cover quite a wide range of different sailing experiences, and we’ve tried to explain who each cruise might best suit.  Please feel free to ask questions.

Cruises are arranged in provisional date order.  If you’re an early respondent then please ask if we can change the running order to allow you to join the trip you prefer.

 Vegetarians and Vegans

Several of the crew in 2015 and 2016 were veggies of one sort or another.  In 2017 I’m hoping to arrange vegetarian/vegan only cruises, which makes the cooking a bit simpler.  If you are a vegetarian or vegan please say so when you contact me, and let me know roughly what you do and don’t eat, and give me some choices about which cruises you’d be available for, and I’ll see what can be arranged.  No promises, but I will try to fit you in.

Pre-Season Fit-out Cruise, Lovisa-Helsinki (2-3 days)

This should be a fairly short trip, but the weather can be cold, and the winds can be strong.

Open Days in Helsinki

This was a new idea for 2016 which worked well.  Several people  expressed interest for 2016, but wanted to see the boat (and the skipper, perhaps) before committing themselves.  The idea is that once we complete the fit-out trip I’ll be in Helsinki for 3-4 days, while I do some shopping and other things, so prospective crew can come and see us, and if the weather cooperates perhaps go for a short sail. More details will be posted here when we reach Helsinki, and also on the Facebook group “Kivojen typpien gastiporssi”.

We should be fully booked for 2017 by then, of course, so mainly this will appeal to people who are interested for 2018, although there’s always the possibility we can find room for 2017.

 Cruise A – Helsinki to Turku (7 days)

In 2015 this was a hard slog to windward for several days, although things improved at the end.  2016 was much better, fortunately.  This needs at least one experienced crew.  Bring warm clothes and a warm sleeping bag.

This is to some extent a delivery trip. Prior to this we will have collected Korybant from winter quarters, stowed everything, and done the usual start of season sorting out, ending up in Helsinki. Because of this we can be pretty certain that we’ll be in Helsinki on time and ready for this cruise.

In June the weather can be quite variable, so we allow 10 days for this trip, if the weather is good then there will be time to stop off along the way and see some of the islands.

The route is WSW from Helsinki, through dozens of coastal islands. The first stop, depending on conditions will be in the Porkkala area. The Bay of Porkkala is about 20 miles across, fairly open water, with good harbours on both sides.

After crossing the Bay we travel down the Barosund, in a SW direction, becoming WSW in the later parts. The next stop might be at Jussaro, with a former underwater iron mine.

On day three or four we hope to make Hanko, the Finnish Cowes and centre of much racing. When Finland was part of Russia many wealthy Russians built grand villas (of wood) in Hanko, for the summer. There’s a casino, some good restaurants and an opportunity to shop and restock the larder and wine cellar. The marina has showers and a washing machine.

This is about the half-way point, and our next target is probably Helsingholmen, or possible Rosala, depending on wind and weather. See http://www.helsingholm.fi/eng/index.html for current details. The harbour on this island is well-sheltered from most directions, there’s a tiny shop, and they also sell their own smoked fish. There are some good walks around the island, and a very good sauna.
With a bit of luck we have a day in hand by now. We can use that to visit another of the islands in the Turku archipelago, or if the weather forecast is not too good we can continue towards Turku.

Turku itself (see http://www.turku.fi/Public/default.aspx?culture=en-US&contentlan=2&nodeid=23 for details) used to be the capital of Finland. It’s still the second city, with excellent rail and bus connections to the rest of the country. Trains take 2 hours to get to Helsinki, and run at least hourly, so it’s a good spot to swap crews.

Turku open days

I hope to have 2-3 days in Turku, which may be convenient for other potential crew to come aboard and have a chat/drink/sail.

Cruise B – Early Season Archipelago Cruise (7 days)

It’ll still be quite cool, but it’s nice to get into the islands before the summer crowds arrive.  No specific plans, but we may get to Noto, Brannskar, Vano, Jurmo and possibly Kokar.

The Turku archipelago is an amazing collections of islands (large and small), originally inhabited solely by fishermen and farmers, but now more dependent on the summer sailing visitors.  Somewhat reminiscent of the crofting life in the Outer Hebrides, but a rather more benign climate in summer (and fewer biting insects)

Warning – Out in the islands there is generally no mains drainage, all the toilets are simple earth toilets.  Showers are rare, but saunas often offer a shower as well.  Some islands will have basic shopping facilities, but we try and make sure we’re well-stocked before we start.

There’s no formal plan for this cruise, it’s intended to be a relaxed cruise with the route dictated by wind and weather, but we would hope to visit several of the following islands.  Here are some of the possible stopping points:

  • Helsingholm – http://www.helsingholm.fi/eng/index.html a well-sheltered harbour which can get really full in July
  • Noto – http://www.noto.fi/swedish/index.php notable for Highland cattle and a lovely old wooden church. Shop, shower and a washing machine here.
  • Aspo – close to Noto, and with a small number of moorings
  • Brännskär – http://www.brannskar.fi/en/ a busy little harbour with lots of events during the summer.
  • Vänö – http://www.vano.fi/welcome/ a lovely and friendly little island. We aim to be here for Vänö Tree-boat Day, a small celebration of the local wooden boats, with a picnic and an evening party.
  • Österskär – one of the more remote islands, with an active fishing community.
  • Borstö – http://borsto.fi/blog/ a very friendly island with a well-sheltered harbour, but beware of snakes, the island has hundreds of adders.
  • Utö – http://www.uto.fi/2.0/main.php?lang=en formerly a military island, but now very welcoming of visitors, and with a fascinating tour of the lighthouse.
  • Jurmo – http://www.jurmoby.fi/?lang=en a well-sheltered harbour with a small shop, excellent sauna and some interesting walks. Jurmo used to be the home of wreckers, but it’s far more civilised now.
  • Berghamn – http://marinas.com/view/marina/13218_Berghamn_Yacht_Harbour__Finland
    a small but very sheltered harbour, with few facilities but very friendly islanders.
  • Rosala, quite a big marina with shop, showers. About a mile away is the Viking Centre (which we’ve never visited)

There are lots more, each with their own special features. The challenge in the archipelago is to tie up before the harbours get full, and to find somewhere to shop and shower every 2-3 days.  Saunas are quite easy to find.

This is intended to be a relaxed cruise with no time pressures.  The exact route will depend on wind and weather; we’ll be aiming to do no more than 20 miles of sailing a day, and often less.

Cruise C – Turku to Mariehamn (11 days)

A fairly leisurely cruise around the Archipelago and probably around the North coast of Aland, ending up in the Western Harbour of Mariehamn.

The Aland Islands lie between Finland and Sweden, and are predominantly Swedish-speaking.  See http://www.aland.ax/ and http://www.visitaland.com/ for some of the history and features.

The North coast of the main islands is rocky, with steep cliffs and very little by way of facilities.  Our plan is to circumnavigate the whole island group, in an anti-clockwise direction, visiting as many different places as possible, and with some longer days when the next harbour is some distance away.

Very provisionally the route will be to leave Turku after topping up with supplies, heading for a small marina at Verkan.

From there it should be a fairly easy day trip to the first of the Aland islands, probably Sottunga.  From there on day three we move on to a small harbour close to the old Russian fort of Bomarsund, destroyed by the British Navy (with help from the French) during the Crimean War.  The ruins are a fascinating relic.

From there we move on around the northern coast of Aland, taking two or three days to reach the marina of Karingsund on the West coast.

Next stop after that is Mariehamn, capital of Aland, and last home of the clipper fleet, notably the Flying P line, with an active fleet of clippers still carrying freight between the 2 world wars.  The Pommern, one of the last working clippers, is moored just below the Aland Sailing club moorings.

This is a chance to stock up again, and to explore Mariehamn.

Summary

Day Leave Arrive Distance sea miles
1 Turku Verkan 20
2 Verkan Sottunga 30
3 Sottunga Bomarsund 25
4 Rest day 0
5 Bomarsund Hamnsund 15
6 Hamnsund Skatan 30
7 Skatan Berghamn/Eckero 20
8 Berghamn Mariehamn 20

Cruise D – Mariehamn-Stockholm (7 days)

Across the Sea of Aland (3-6 hours, depending on weather), and then a leisurely cruise to Stockholm, exploring the Northern Stockholm Archipelago along the way.

This is provisionally already fully booked.

Cruise E – Cancelled

 

Cruise F – Stockholm – Turku (8 days)

This is more a quick passage than a cruise, but we’ll try and find time to stop at some interesting harbours.  Fully booked with family

Cruise G –Turku Archipelago Cruise (7 days)

This will be a leisurely trip around the archipelago, visiting as many islands as possible.

The Turku archipelago is an amazing collections of islands (large and small), originally inhabited solely by fishermen and farmers, but now more dependent on the summer sailing visitors.  Somewhat reminiscent of the crofting life in the Outer Hebrides, but a rather more benign climate in summer (and fewer biting insects)

Warning – Out in the islands there is generally no mains drainage, all the toilets are simple earth toilets.  Showers are rare, but saunas often offer a shower as well.  Some islands will have basic shopping facilities, but we try and make sure we’re well-stocked before we start.

There’s no formal plan for this cruise, it’s intended to be a relaxed cruise with the route dictated by wind and weather, but we would hope to visit several of the following islands.  Here are some of the possible stopping points:

  • Helsingholm – http://www.helsingholm.fi/eng/index.html a well-sheltered harbour which can get really full in July
  • Noto – http://www.noto.fi/swedish/index.php notable for Highland cattle and a lovely old wooden church. Shop, shower and a washing machine here.
  • Aspo – close to Noto, and with a small number of moorings
  • Brännskär – http://www.brannskar.fi/en/ a busy little harbour with lots of events during the summer.
  • Vänö – http://www.vano.fi/welcome/ a lovely and friendly little island. We aim to be here for Vänö Tree-boat Day, a small celebration of the local wooden boats, with a picnic and an evening party.
  • Österskär – one of the more remote islands, with an active fishing community.
  • Borstö – http://borsto.fi/blog/ a very friendly island with a well-sheltered harbour, but beware of snakes, the island has hundreds of adders.
  • Utö – http://www.uto.fi/2.0/main.php?lang=en formerly a military island, but now very welcoming of visitors, and with a fascinating tour of the lighthouse.
  • Jurmo – http://www.jurmoby.fi/?lang=en a well-sheltered harbour with a small shop, excellent sauna and some interesting walks. Jurmo used to be the home of wreckers, but it’s far more civilised now.
  • Berghamn – http://marinas.com/view/marina/13218_Berghamn_Yacht_Harbour__Finland
    a small but very sheltered harbour, with few facilities but very friendly islanders.
  • Rosala, quite a big marina with shop, showers. About a mile away is the Viking Centre (which we’ve never visited)

There are lots more, each with their own special features. The challenge in the archipelago is to tie up before the harbours get full, and to find somewhere to shop and shower every 2-3 days. Saunas are quite easy to find.

This is intended to be a relaxed cruise with no time pressures.  The exact route will depend on wind and weather; we’ll be aiming to do no more than 20-30 miles of sailing a day, and often less.

The start and end dates can be moved a bit later, or the cruise made shorter, if you’d like.

Provisional Timetable

CruiseStart dateEnd dateDaysBerths FreeCrew (plus David)
Arrive Lovisa, collect, fit out21/05/201726/05/20170
Fit-out Cruise, Lovisa to Helsinki31/05/201702/06/201721 EB
Helsinki Open Days02/06/201704/06/201720
A - Helsinki-Hanko05/06/20178/06/201731JI
A - Hanko-Turku08/06/201711/06/201731JI
Turku Open Days11/06/201713/06/20170
B - Early Archipelago Cruise14/06/201721/06/201772
Johannus - Midsummer Break21/06/201728/06/201770
C - Turku - Mariehamn via N Aland30/06/201711/07/2017110TR, EL
D - Mariehamn - Stockholm11/07/201720/07/201790EB, PR
E- Cancelled21/07/201701/08/2017110Cancelled
Stockholm Break02/08/201710/08/201770
F - Family Cruise10/08/201719/08/201790HO, MF
G - Final Turku Archipelago cruise19/08/201726/08/201771JM
Laying up (Turku)27/08/201731/08/201740